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Michael in ABQ:
My current phone is a 2013 model that I bought around 2014-2015. It's still adequate but the battery life is starting to degrade and it has to be plugged in just right to charge and will not work reliably with some of my other charging cables. In addition, some apps are starting to not work because it's still running Android 4.4.4 and I think the current version is 6 or 7. I'm on Verizon and don't plan to switch because they are generally the only carrier with service where I work and in remote areas for Army training. I do not want to spend $500+ for one of the new phones on their website. I use my phone for talking, some texting, reading books, and listening to audiobooks. I'm not interested in an iPhone but it seems like there's about a million different Android phones out there. Can I just buy one on eBay? I remember my first phone many years ago had an easily removable SIM card that you could easily swap between phones but it seems like everything today is all sealed up. Do I need to buy a particular type of unlocked phone or one that is specific to the Verizon network? Is eBay going to be my best bet or is there other options I should consider. I'm looking to spend $100-200 and don't mind something used as long as the battery life is still good and the screen is in good condition. I've had my phone for 4-5 years with no case or screen protector of any kind and aside from a few minor scrapes on the back it's held up fine.

windypig:
Get a Moto G5, they can be purchased at costco, amazon etc unlocked for about $200. Its an excellent smartphone that should last many years and has good bang for the buck. Ive been buying the Moto G line for a few years now, every other generation basically.

You could probably save money switching off verizon.

dang1:
my Galaxy S7 is holding up pretty well

Michael in ABQ:

--- Quote from: windypig on August 16, 2018, 10:28:54 PM ---
You could probably save money switching off verizon.

--- End quote ---

Probably. But I can't count the number of times I've been somewhere and had service while everyone around me with AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile has nothing. Especially living in a large and mostly rural state like New Mexico.

Another Reader:
Looking at the Verizon website, there is this Motorola that is essentially $120 ($5.00 a month for 24 months).  That's my price point when the battery starts failing on the current phone.

https://www.verizonwireless.com/smartphones/moto-g6/#sku=sku3050009

Motorolas are ok.  The glass screen on mine is very resistant to cracking, and the phone has been dropped numerous times.  It's a Motorola Play Z Droid I bought a year and a half ago on special.

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