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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey everyone, I was wondering what are some good phones that are really snappy off contract? I never owned a phone before but I would like something mobile to keep in touch off the PC. I am always 90% on wifi 24/7 and I do not want to be on contract. This would be a "social media/media device" rather a phone to talk on excluding of course skype. 

 

Or would something like an ipod touch do me better? Just curious, and thanks for the info :) 

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First thing first, do you need a phone? It seems like you're going to use it only for social media and then you don't need a phone, but if you want to call people and stuff you need a phone.


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Sounds like you need a tablet. Get a tablet and a cheap flip phone or something if you ever really need to make calls.

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If you want something pocketable and cheap I'd get a Nexus 5, Moto X, Oneplus One (if you can get one) or a iPod touch would be fine if you don't need data all the time.


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First thing first, do you need a phone? It seems like you're going to use it only for social media and then you don't need a phone, but if you want to call people and stuff you need a phone.

Need? No but with my PC having random issues and only have an xbox to backup on, I would like the option of a smartphone. and something more portable.

 

Sounds like you need a tablet. Get a tablet and a cheap flip phone or something if you ever really need to make calls.

Tab..what?... Gods no... 

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Need? No but with my PC having random issues and only have an xbox to backup on, I would like the option of a smartphone. and something more portable.

 

Tab..what?... Gods no... 

Why are you against tablets?

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bulky, uncomfortable, Same reasons I hate mobile gaming.

A 7inch tablet isn't really bulky. But, if you're set on a cell phone, get yourself a moto g is a good prepaid route, or if you can get a nexus 5 and just insert your sim. I know tmobile has a pretty solid pay as you go option.

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A 7inch tablet isn't really bulky. But, if you're set on a cell phone, get yourself a moto g is a good prepaid route, or if you can get a nexus 5 and just insert your sim. I know tmobile has a pretty solid pay as you go option.

I don't have a "SIM" and Don't want to be with any company preferably. 

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I don't have a "SIM" and Don't want to be with any company preferably. 

I'm not sure you understand how off-contract phones work. So what you'll do is buy an unlocked phone, and then go to a store and get a sim kit from a carrier. then from there you can airtime from the carrier. You'll have to be with a carrier. Unless you own your own towers. http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-plans 

http://www.boostmobile.com/shop/plans/monthly-unlimited-select/

 

You'll need to either buy a phone that comes with the carrier, which will come with its own sim card, or get an unlocked phone (nexus, moto g, etc...) and then buy a sim card for the carrier that you want. 

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I'm not sure you understand how off-contract phones work. So what you'll do is buy an unlocked phone, and then go to a store and get a sim kit from a carrier. then from there you can airtime from the carrier. You'll have to be with a carrier. Unless you own your own towers. http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-plans 

http://www.boostmobile.com/shop/plans/monthly-unlimited-select/

 

You'll need to either buy a phone that comes with the carrier, which will come with its own sim card, or get an unlocked phone (nexus, moto g, etc...) and then buy a sim card for the carrier that you want. 

I don't plan to use airtime, or call, or any of that I have my own Wifi. As long as it turns on and connects to wifi it should work right?

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I don't plan to use airtime, or call, or any of that I have my own Wifi. As long as it turns on and connects to wifi it should work right?

Ohhh you don't want to make calls or text at all? Ok I misunderstood. What is your budget? But yeah, as long as you can connect to wifi it'll work. But if there's no wifi, you won't get anything. 

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Such a strange request. You want a device for social networking and media only, no calling, and you will be on wifi almost 100% of the time, but you want to limit yourself to a tiny smartphone screen rather than a tablet. Buying a phone is going to cost you more for functionality you won't use. 

 

I suppose the iPod Touch is best suited for your strict limitations. Maybe a PS Vita if you want to do a little gaming, but that may be too bulky for you.


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Such a strange request. You want a device for social networking and media only, no calling, and you will be on wifi almost 100% of the time, but you want to limit yourself to a tiny smartphone screen rather than a tablet. Buying a phone is going to cost you more for functionality you won't use. 

 

I suppose the iPod Touch is best suited for your strict limitations. Maybe a PS Vita if you want to do a little gaming, but that may be too bulky for you.

I had a vita for awhile, Wayyyyy too bulky, But I needed another reason to play Persona 4 :) 

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Well a iPod touch is a good alternative in this case


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Moto E or Moto G

 

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Google Nexus 5 - $350 

Motorola Moto G - $179

Motorola Moto X - $350

 

Best phones off contract at VERY reasonable prices.

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If you're only ever going to be on WiFi, Nexus 7, it's really not that bulky at all, comparable to a bigger phablet.

 

Don't bother with a phone, you'll be wasting money if you don't actually want to use any form of cellular data.

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lol there's barely any replies actually answering the question. If you need a phone, as in a device that fits in your hand and is reasonably sized (regardless of whether you actually use it with a SIM/plan or not) then I would get the new Moto G that has a MicroSD slot. If you can shell out a little bit more then the Nexus 5 is a lot more bang for a bit more buck. If you need a general device, that gets the job done regardless of size/weight/whatever, then a Nexus 7 (rumor has it Nexus 8 is coming though) or a Tegra Note 7


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Posted · Original PosterOP

lol there's barely any replies actually answering the question. If you need a phone, as in a device that fits in your hand and is reasonably sized (regardless of whether you actually use it with a SIM/plan or not) then I would get the new Moto G that has a MicroSD slot. If you can shell out a little bit more then the Nexus 5 is a lot more bang for a bit more buck. If you need a general device, that gets the job done regardless of size/weight/whatever, then a Nexus 7 (rumor has it Nexus 8 is coming though) or a Tegra Note 7

Thanks this was a really good reply thank you mah man. 

 

I will end up going with the Moto G as currently I am testing a cheap NET 10 phone to get use to size, etc, I think I'll be happy with the Moto G. 

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Thanks this was a really good reply thank you mah man. 

 

I will end up going with the Moto G as currently I am testing a cheap NET 10 phone to get use to size, etc, I think I'll be happy with the Moto G. 

 

No prob. Again though get the new Moto G that has LTE and a MicroSD slot. Both seem just like little things but you'll realize how much better it is later on.


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No prob. Again though get the new Moto G that has LTE and a MicroSD slot. Both seem just like little things but you'll realize how much better it is later on.

 

If he isn't signing with a carrier LTE is going to be of little use ^_^


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If he isn't signing with a carrier LTE is going to be of little use ^_^

Yeah but he's going to be using it as sort of a multimedia device so available expansion is an awesome option to have. There's a reason why it was added, and its because the Moto G never had lots of internal storage in the first place :)


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