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  1.    14 Jul 2015 #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    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.
    I do have to say out of all of the carriers, I find T-mobile to be the most honest. I have had them all and none of them can compete anymore. The way t-mobile works for those that don't know, is if you have decent credit, you can put the purchase price of the phone (not that they are great deals or anything) on a 24-month purchase agreement without any interest. This only benefits their Jump program which allows you to jump a phone every 6 months. They pay off your balance and you get a new 24-month agreement with the new phone. Since I've never had a phone longer than 1 year, this benefits me. They also don't charge for data, although the new "gimmick" is to charge for LTE data, although they are slowly phasing that out. Nevertheless, after all is said and done, I pay $40 a phone for service with Jump, insurance (even though there is a surcharge for a claim), 2.5GB LTE data and about $25ish for each phone that was new within the past 6 months. The other carriers don't even try to touch it. The only difference I found from the other "no-contract" places like cricket/metro is that you have to pay for the phone upfront which is the same deal with tmobile if you don't have decent credit.
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  2.    14 Jul 2015 #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
    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.
    At least you get a response. Unfortunately I didn't get one emailing them twice.

    After my last post I sent a response back. Waiting for one in return, but I doubt it.

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  3.    14 Jul 2015 #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheZeeMan View Post
    I do have to say out of all of the carriers, I find T-mobile to be the most honest. I have had them all and none of them can compete anymore. The way t-mobile works for those that don't know, is if you have decent credit, you can put the purchase price of the phone (not that they are great deals or anything) on a 24-month purchase agreement without any interest. This only benefits their Jump program which allows you to jump a phone every 6 months. They pay off your balance and you get a new 24-month agreement with the new phone. Since I've never had a phone longer than 1 year, this benefits me. They also don't charge for data, although the new "gimmick" is to charge for LTE data, although they are slowly phasing that out. Nevertheless, after all is said and done, I pay $40 a phone for service with Jump, insurance (even though there is a surcharge for a claim), 2.5GB LTE data and about $25ish for each phone that was new within the past 6 months. The other carriers don't even try to touch it. The only difference I found from the other "no-contract" places like cricket/metro is that you have to pay for the phone upfront which is the same deal with tmobile if you don't have decent credit.
    Thanks for that info. I'll surely keep that in mind. My next one will be an unlocked phone so as to go anywhere anytime at will. Something we Americans didn't have until recently.
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  4.    14 Jul 2015 #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    At least you get a response. Unfortunately I didn't get one emailing them twice.
    To be honest their reply came out of the blue, I think it must have been an MS employee who forwarded one of my Tweets as I certainly didn't Tweet the bank directly. Still, it was good of them to reply I suppose, and I have been checking the MS store frequently in the hope their app pops up but I'm giving up hope now. I have a month and a half until my contract's up and then it's new phone time, looks like it will be iPhone again.
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  5.    14 Jul 2015 #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    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.
    Very good rant. My brother had a knack for getting deals, discounts and freebies. If he was still here I would take him with me. A Windows phone is something I would like to have and not something I have to have. If I don't like the deal I wouldn't have any problem walking away.
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  6.    16 Jul 2015 #36
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    I did it. I went to the AT&T store today and bought the Lumia 640 XL. I paid $249.99 for the phone. I saved any extra charges by using the sim card from my Galaxy. Now I need to finish setting it up and learn how to use it. I'm posting from it now. When I get home and hooked up to my Wi-Fi I'll do all the updates and stuff.
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  7.    16 Jul 2015 #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
    I did it. I went to the AT&T store today and bought the Lumia 640 XL. I paid $249.99 for the phone. I saved any extra charges by using the sim card from my Galaxy. Now I need to finish setting it up and learn how to use it. I'm posting from it now. When I get home and hooked up to my Wi-Fi I'll do all the updates and stuff.


    You'll never regret it.
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  8.    16 Jul 2015 #38
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
    I did it. I went to the AT&T store today and bought the Lumia 640 XL. I paid $249.99 for the phone. I saved any extra charges by using the sim card from my Galaxy. Now I need to finish setting it up and learn how to use it. I'm posting from it now. When I get home and hooked up to my Wi-Fi I'll do all the updates and stuff.
    Please keep us posted on your experiences with the 640XL.

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  9.    17 Jul 2015 #39
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    I just about have my Lumia 640 XL setup the way I want. I found a way to turn off the live tile of the photo app. I wanted to turn it off for the people app but I can't find any way to do it. I found a app to transfer my data from my Galaxy to my Lumia by using Bluetooth. I was a little surprised to find out that Hey Cortana doesn't work and from what I've read it's not going to. I'm still happy with my choice though. Right now I'm upgrading it to Windows 10. It's in the install stage. I have to gears spinning. Hope it goes OK.
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  10.    17 Jul 2015 #40
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
    I just about have my Lumia 640 XL setup the way I want. I found a way to turn off the live tile of the photo app. I wanted to turn it off for the people app but I can't find any way to do it. I found a app to transfer my data from my Galaxy to my Lumia by using Bluetooth. I was a little surprised to find out that Hey Cortana doesn't work and from what I've read it's not going to. I'm still happy with my choice though. Right now I'm upgrading it to Windows 10. It's in the install stage. I have to gears spinning. Hope it goes OK.
    Wow. You're moving quick. A little too quick IMO. This is your first Windows phone, yes?

    Hey Cortana works great for me. Did you get to the training part? If not, it's in her settings.

    Reduce the size of the tile if you don't want it live.

    How's it going with 10?
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