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       14 Jul 2015 #21

    Winuser said: View Post
    They are full price no contract only. The Lumia 635 must be a very basic phone to only be $49.00. I can get the Lumia 640 XL through AT&T for the same price. I think I'll wait for the new phones to be released.
    It'll be way more than $49. That's just the down stroke. It's pay now or pay more later via contract. All carriers will make more presenting the subsidy over the two-year period. It's basically a loan with interest, so one actually pays more when all is said and done. Much better off purchasing outright and choose a prepay plan.
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       14 Jul 2015 #22

    Winuser said: View Post
    The only thing I don't like is that a few of my phone apps are not available for the Windows phone. My local news\weather alert app being one of them.
    Cortana gives local weather news alerts when configured to do so. Just had some last night due to Tstorms moving thru. Notification center gives all kinds of alerts.
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  3.    14 Jul 2015 #23

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    Cortana gives local weather news alerts when configured to do so. Just had some last night due to Tstorms moving thru. Notification center gives all kinds of alerts.
    There is a Microsoft store in the mall near me. I might go there and check out their phones. From what I read I can just switch my sim card from my Galaxy III. When I was doing a online conversation with AT&T they said I would have to deactivate my Galaxy sim and activate the sim in the Lumia. I'm not sure how that would effect my contract that runs out in October. I can also check the AT&T store in the mall.
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       14 Jul 2015 #24

    Winuser said: View Post
    There is a Microsoft store in the mall near me. I might go there and check out their phones. From what I read I can just switch my sim card from my Galaxy III. When I was doing a online conversation with AT&T they said I would have to deactivate my Galaxy sim and activate the sim in the Lumia. I'm not sure how that would effect my contract that runs out in October. I can also check the AT&T store in the mall.
    You may have to buy out of the contract to do so. You may be money ahead to wait until October. By then a model you may want could be released.

    Also, be aware that there's a difference between a carrier-branded phone and an unlocked phone. Both can be used with a prepay plan, though.
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  5.    14 Jul 2015 #25

    I hope with the release of Windows 10 we'll see a new wave of interest in Windows Phones. The only reason I held off with my latest is because of the App Store. With Continuum and one account across multiple devices, when my contract is up next year I would seriously consider a Windows Phone. It just needs quality apps and a less polluted store. Quality, not quantity Microsoft. I hope your vetting is going well.
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  6.    14 Jul 2015 #26

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    You may have to buy out of the contract to do so. You may be money ahead to wait until October. By then a model you may want could be released.

    Also, be aware that there's a difference between a carrier-branded phone and an unlocked phone. Both can be used with a prepay plan, though.
    That's why I want to go to the store. I can ask question in person face to face and not from someone reading ready made answers from a book. If I don't like the deal I can always say no and walk away.

    Edit: (forgot to add) The guy I was chatting with online said there would be no additional charges except for the normal fees I would have to pay if I waited till the end of my contract. I'm not really sure that's true. That's one reason I would rather talk to someone at the store.
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       14 Jul 2015 #27

    Winuser said: View Post
    That's why I want to go to the store. I can ask question in person face to face and not from someone reading ready made answers from a book. If I don't like the deal I can always say no and walk away.

    Edit: (forgot to add) The guy I was chatting with online said there would be no additional charges except for the normal fees I would have to pay if I waited till the end of my contract. I'm not really sure that's true. That's one reason I would rather talk to someone at the store.
    There's a good one > "Normal fee". How about no fees?!! $30 to $40 for "hookup charge". Ahhh, let's see...I already have and have had an account with you. Your going to charge me that much to enter data in a few boxes within the page of my account, hit the enter key, and charge me that much?!! Geez.

    I'm no lover of any carrier of any kind, whether it be cellular, cable, satellite, or pigeons. I know companies need to turn a profit, but it's a ripoff for what we pay and get. You're streaming data, not sending a manned mission to the moon! They're like banks. Service charge for this > Fee for that. Then look at all the taxes on a monthly bill. On top of that they force those of us with a smart phone to buy a data plan. No! I don't need a data plan. I have data at home and living around the big city there's WiFi hotspots everywhere. May be fine for those that need it out in the boonies, but some don't. I'm lucky if I use 100 Mbs out of my 500 in my plan. Nice to have, but I could live without it.

    Rant over.

    Smart move to shop around. Good luck to you, Winuser, and please let us know how it goes.
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       14 Jul 2015 #28

    MS simply need to address the fact that still a lot of major corporations have no interest in developing apps for their phones. It's OK pushing flagship phones if people can't use them the way they use their iPhones or Android phones, if you want to be glued to Facemuck or play Angry Birds I dare say you'll be fine, but if you need to do your banking on the go or book travel arrangements or whatever you can't. I don't know how MS would even address that situation but until it changes I can't see MS breaking into the major player phone market.
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       14 Jul 2015 #29

    Boozad said: View Post
    I don't know how MS would even address that situation but until it changes I can't see MS breaking into the major player phone market.
    Once in awhile I've thought of this myself. I suggest MS approach these companies and offer to develop the apps free of charge. After all, they are the largest code-writing company in the world. A department like this would be pocket change to them, especially that they introduced the APIs.

    A few times I've emailed my bank and a few other companies questioning the lack of a Windows app. Here's one of recent to and from a gas station chain I frequent that has a rewards card campaign going on. After awhile I get blunt with them and was kind of yanking her chain here.

    The emails are, of course, in reverse here.

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       14 Jul 2015 #30

    I've literally begged my bank to develop their app for Windows phone but they simply won't, there has to be a good enough reason for them not to but I have no idea what it is. Perhaps they perceive the market to be too small for them to take the time on? Either way ultimately it's hurting sales of Windows phones, I'd love one myself but there's no point if it won't do what I now need a phone to do. I posted my bank's response a while ago, I won't hold my breath for it.
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