Whatever was cheapest and worked from used cell phone shop down the street. Brainwave PC. 6-month basically no questions asked warranty with good free support for $100 - $60 (street price) = $40. Cheap, done! Receipt is in email. They said it should work in Japan, we'll find out.
Going with LG V10 from Glenn.
Got a boot loop after a few weeks . Maybe need to restore the bootloader? I feel like it's a hardware issue though, since it worked occasionally.
Very likely hardware issue. Trying to re-sell for parts.
Smartphones are really handy as maps, but the size and dumbness and non-desirability of flip phones is interesting. And they're really cheap, last a long time, and you can transfer contacts on/off of them using bluetooth pretty easily!
Features of smartphone I want are offline maps that are searchable, camera and flash that last longer than 60 seconds.
Recent update seems to be taking all my battery (
preventing sleep and keeping gps on) even though it's quite disabled and doesn't have access to location. Hmm….
Keeping a backup of a good version on Dropbox. Dropbox/phone/10.4.2 from December 2018.
Basically, remove misspellings: https://www.timeatlas.com/clean-gmail-autocomplete-list/
Using Tello for now. 1c per text and call, 2c per MB.
Tello, Twigby, or Unreal mobile all seem like good options. $10/month for unlimited calling and texting, and less ($5/month with Tello) if you use under 100 minutes. Great!
Can check for more info (whether it uses VoIP calling or “2g” calling) with BestMVNO: https://bestmvno.com/mvnos/tello/
How to set up APN settings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7CF1UbVf7Q
Be sure to disable background data when you're trying to read MMS messages.
$20 / month for unlimited voice and texts. $10/GB w/ rollover data. Can do cell phone call in 170+ countries for $.20/minute and don't need to change SIM cards. Texting is always free. Wifi calling is free generally and included.
Pretty good deal, maybe. Europe now has free roaming mandated, and it somehow works. So maybe don't need Fi.
Pass around a in dict, and pass out an 'out' dict (cost, plan picture, plan name).
Scrape Page Plus usage with Python Mechanize.
Typically, MVNO's don't charge extra for voice roaming, but do charge for data roaming.
|Straight Talk||Don't care||Smartphones require $45 plan for data. Nope!|
|Page Plus||Verizon|| Pretty cheap plans, including $12 a month and pay-as-you-go
Looks like any CDMA except iPhone?!
|GoPhone(AT&T)||AT&T||Not sure yet. Plans $.20c for texting…or $2 a day unlimited. Supports an iPhone (1,2)|
|Republic Wireless||???||Cheap ($10/month for unlimited non-data), but force you to buy new phone for their service|
|US Mobile||AT&T||Looks good for low and high usage!|
|Ting||??? GSM or Sprint CDMA, your choice|
|H2O Wireless||AT&T||Similar rates as Page Plus, but with removable sim card. woot|
Maps.me, offline maps. open source too!
Google maps was using Google location history in Settings → Location → at bottom