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What happens to the balance at the end of the lease?
The phone leases are kind of like interest free loans. They split the price of the phone over the 18 months and when that time is up the phone is yours and your monthly payment will drop to just the price of the plan.

Unless something changed AT&T spreads the length of the phone lease over 24 months. So it could be cheaper with them if they have a similar data/minute plan.
 

ruckstande

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I'm in desperate need of an upgrade, but I'm not looking forward to the cost.

I really dumb about this shit so I could use any guidance you can give me.

So you know where I'm coming from, I'm currently in a Galaxy S3 on virgin mobile. My plan is $35/mo with unlimited data and 400 minutes.

I'm looking at the S8. Sprint gas a half off deal that is 18/mo for 18 months + 60/mo for the unlimited data plan.

1. Is this the way to go?

2. What happens to the balance at the end of the lease?
Why not try project Fi or Ting. You can finance a Samsung Galaxy S9 for two years also.
 

MayrMeninoCrash

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I'm in desperate need of an upgrade, but I'm not looking forward to the cost.

I really dumb about this shit so I could use any guidance you can give me.

So you know where I'm coming from, I'm currently in a Galaxy S3 on virgin mobile. My plan is $35/mo with unlimited data and 400 minutes.

I'm looking at the S8. Sprint gas a half off deal that is 18/mo for 18 months + 60/mo for the unlimited data plan.

1. Is this the way to go?

2. What happens to the balance at the end of the lease?
After 18 months, the phone is yours, you can keep using it with Sprint, unlock it and take it to another carrier or trade it in on a new phone from Sprint. If you cancel or switch early, you'll be liable for whatever unpaid balance exists on the phone.

Check all the carriers, since they are fighting for your business. Especially if you have a spouse or friend to go in with because a lot of offers are 2 for 1 type deals.
 

MayrMeninoCrash

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I got the S9+ the other day. Getting used to going back to Samsung after the Pixel but one of the coolest dumb features (or dumbest cool features) is the ability to copy an entire chat in one picture, not doing several screenshots like before.

The little things...
 

whiskeyguy

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I got the S9+ the other day. Getting used to going back to Samsung after the Pixel but one of the coolest dumb features (or dumbest cool features) is the ability to copy an entire chat in one picture, not doing several screenshots like before.

The little things...
Get bxactions from the play store, it allows you to reprogram the useless Bixby button. I have it set to Google Now, but you can have it do a ton of stuff.

Another cool feature is Samsung Secure Folder. It's a Knox encrypted sandbox within your phone. You can even have a second copy of apps with their own profiles in it.
 

MayrMeninoCrash

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Get bxactions from the play store, it allows you to reprogram the useless Bixby button. I have it set to Google Now, but you can have it do a ton of stuff.

Another cool feature is Samsung Secure Folder. It's a Knox encrypted sandbox within your phone. You can even have a second copy of apps with their own profiles in it.
I saw the secure folder but haven't played with it. Sounds good.

Yeah Bixby is pretty lame
 

Sinn Fein

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My S7 Edge is rebooting randomly, once to a few times a day since the upgrade to Android 8...

Honestly, I think it's because I left it outside by accident in direct sun a few weeks ago. The thing was ripping hot and in mega-freakout cooldown mode,

It was only for like 15-20 minutes but, it was hot and in direct Florida sun. It just hasn't been the same since,

It's pretty much paid off. Thinking of replacing it, because I don't have time for this shit...
 

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My S7 Edge is rebooting randomly, once to a few times a day since the upgrade to Android 8...

Honestly, I think it's because I left it outside by accident in direct sun a few weeks ago. The thing was ripping hot and in mega-freakout cooldown mode,

It was only for like 15-20 minutes but, it was hot and in direct Florida sun. It just hasn't been the same since,

It's pretty much paid off. Thinking of replacing it, because I don't have time for this shit...
Try a reset. Random reboots aren't unusual after an update.
 

Sinn Fein

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Fixed!

Since the factory reset didn't fix it, I was resigned to the fact I was going to have to drop serious coin on a new phone. It was going to be the plan late next week when I start my vacation, as I can't afford to dick around with changing phones while I am on-call for work.

Strangely enough, the program I've used for years to access my work e-mail (Touchdown) just stopped working the other day (Wednesday). It worked fine after the post-reset reinstall, but for some reason It just wouldn't sync with our exchange server anymore. It synced once at like 7:30 AM when I woke up and picked up the phone. It pulled down a few emails that came in overnight. After that, nothing all day. I contacted out administrator and he said nothing changed. I screwed around most of the day as time allowed trying to get it working, because my boss loves communicating via email and has a hissy fit if you don't check your email throughout the day because he just might send you something. I uninstalled it and reinstalled Touchdown, set up the account information again from scratch, etc. It still wouldn't sync.

Screw it, I de-installed it and installed Outlook for Android in it's place. Didn't think about at all but today I realized that I haven't had a single random reboot since.

It was rebooting 2-3 times a day on me before I ditched Touchdown.
 

mascan42

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Picked up a new Galaxy S9 yesterday. I keep seeing this new symbol in the status bar - I had to zoom in to see exactly what it was.



The plus sign on my wifi is a new one for me. Any ideas?
 

whiskeyguy

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Picked up a new Galaxy S9 yesterday. I keep seeing this new symbol in the status bar - I had to zoom in to see exactly what it was.



The plus sign on my wifi is a new one for me. Any ideas?
Your wifi is pregnant.

With your porn preferences, the baby will probably be black.
 

blazin

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2 months into Project Fi and I'm starting to get annoyed

Sorry, but the Pixel 2 sucks. Ive had to download (and pay) for a bunch of apps to make the phone functional

the dialer sucks balls

the voicemail sucks balls

and T-mobile barely fucking works, but my phone always wants to connect to it. I have to dial *#*#FISPR#*#* to change back to Sprint

I can't use YouMail, or a real version of Google Voice.

I might cancel and use this phone on Sprint, but I'd have to pay off the $600 balance first, and I'd still be stuck with this shitty phone.
 

ruckstande

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2 months into Project Fi and I'm starting to get annoyed

Sorry, but the Pixel 2 sucks. Ive had to download (and pay) for a bunch of apps to make the phone functional

the dialer sucks balls

the voicemail sucks balls

and T-mobile barely fucking works, but my phone always wants to connect to it. I have to dial *#*#FISPR#*#* to change back to Sprint

I can't use YouMail, or a real version of Google Voice.

I might cancel and use this phone on Sprint, but I'd have to pay off the $600 balance first, and I'd still be stuck with this shitty phone.
That's the first time I've heard the Pixel 2 sucks.
 

blazin

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Here's another example of something that just gets on my nerves

Normal pic taken with camera:



Image displayed when taking a picture through the SMS app



Now the pic does come out right when you send it, but the preview is distorted and skewed

If snapchat can overlay a wizard hat and beard on my face with perfect accuracy, this should not happen on an Android phone BY GOOGLE!
 

blazin

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The camera is actually pretty good

This is just a bug
 

blazin

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Are you getting updates regularly?
yes, 8.1.0

After my last post, I called Project Fi to bitch, gonna try to send this thing back and go back to Sprint, which I had for 21 years without much issue.
 

Sinn Fein

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you heard it here first

maybe carrier versions are better. This one on Fi is shit
A few friends have Pixel 2s, because another friend of ours who works for VZ was able to get them special deals.

They all rave about them. So there might be something to that.

Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
 

Cunt Smasher

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I have no issues with my note 8, except for the first one I got had a bad display out of the box, and the dumb store people made me factory reset it like 3 times before they'd give me a new one. Bad thing is it's att so virtually impossible to root. I've been modding my phone's since the og razr flip phone. If my Nexus 6 hadn't died I'd still be using it.