My phone died suddenly, but not totally unexpectedly (it had been increasingly acting up), when it went to the Android blue screen of death, but no panic. I was both prepared and pleasantly surprised with the smooth transition to a new phone. Below are some statistics to compare my phones/service, how I use online storage and programs to sync data, and a few things I learned along the way of my research.
Service: Net 10 no contract
Unlimited talk, text, data — although slows down after 4GB
Price: $40/mo plus discount for 2 phones
Previous Phone: LG G3 Refurbished @$150
Replacement Phone: LG V20 Unlocked Verizon @$315
SIM Card: $.99 via FedEx NDA from Net10
2-yr Comparison my way vs name brand option
(Figures are approximate)
Major Carrier @ $80/mo = $1920
New Phone @ $33/mo = $799 (List for V20)
No Contract Carrier (Net w0) @ $40/mo = $960
No Contract Phone: LG V20 New @ $315
SIM Card @$.99
SAVINGS: $1444 ($60/mo)
Popular Facebook Post (not mine)
Hey everybody, I got a new phone and lost all my contacts. Please send me your number.
I avoided that. Here’s how:
Where/How I store stuff
- CALENDAR / CONTACTS: I use Google and GMail for easy transition from home and school computers and phone. My wife and I sync our calendars so we can both see what is going on.
- PHOTOS: All phone photos and videos are automatically backed up to Dropbox when I am connected via Wifi
- DOCUMENTS / SPREADSHEETS: Google
- Google Play. I download albums to my phone so I’m not using data when driving. This was one step I had to do over with my new phone.
- Amazon Prime Music. I use the online service when I am connected to Wifi.
- STORAGE (Backup) ONLINE
- Dropbox. Only 2GB free, but I have earned 9.75GB by inviting friends to join. I sync between two computers and phone.
- Drive. 15GB available. Sync between two computers and phone.
- Box. 50GB Free. Not as easy as Dropbox, I use this for ‘older’ files.
- STORAGE (Backup) OFFLINE. WD “My Passport Ultra” 1TB hard drive. Auto backs up my home computer, including all my synced files.
So, when my old phone died and I activated the new one, Google Play automatically re-installed all the apps I had installed — onto my new phone, including Google, Dropbox, Box, etc. For several of them, I had to log in the first time, but I did NOT have to reinstall.
Even though the LG V20 claims “military grade” reinforced corners and stronger glass that doesn’t need a case, I purchased a slim, clear cover for the back — mostly because it has a slightly raised rim to keep the screen off the surface if I place the phone screen down.
I bought adapters because the V20 uses USB C and my G3 used micro-USB. By purchasing 5, I could use for my home office, bedside, business office and car.
I have not yet purchased a backup battery, power pack, or QC quick charger.
Misc from my search
- LG V20 is 2016 vs LG G6, which is 2017. About $100 difference in price. Some reviews have the camera (including video) rated higher than the 2017 phones.
- The LG is a couple hundred less than the Samsung S8.
- If you look for an unlocked LG V20 on Amazon, note that the “International” version comes with no warranty. Not sure why.
- The V20, G6 and S8 all have 5.7″ screen. My previous phone had 5.3 and I wanted larger.
- In eBay
- “used” is cheapest, but you are generally purchasing from an individual
- “vendor refurbished” means the store/vendor has purchased phones and refurbished them in house.
- “manufacturer refurbished” usually cost more, but may be worth it.
- “new, other” (what I purchased) is a new phone, but may have been a display — or for whatever reason does not come in the original packaging but is NOT used.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for reading.