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    Default Cheap Smart Phone

    I am looking at replacing my very dumb phone with a cheap smart phone that is capable of Covid 19 scanning. The current phone, a Nokia 3310 3G, is only used for very occasional texts, both in and out including appointment reminders from Doctor & Dentist. There are very seldom voice messages mainly to or from home. A camera would also be useful.

    Has anyone any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Cheap Smart Phone

    1) define Cheap.
    not being a smartarse, cheap varies by many hundreds of dollars . Some see $400 as a cheap phone .

    2) what Telco provider are you with ?
    Voda, Spark, 2degree have some 'locked' phones at cheaper than normal prices.

    Im more than happy with My Moto G7+ (now unavailable?)
    heres the cheaper Motorola 6 $229
    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/MPH...tphone-2GB--32

    Go too cheap on Android & it becomes a painfull experience
    Also, "cheap" phones are often abandoned after release by manufacturer, so usually no updates or security patches on the cheapies
    Check what version of Android a new phone has. Some cheapies may have obselete versions of Android .

    Some Android phones are bastardized versions of Android , try and avoid those if possible.

    Some chinese imports have non official Android installed. So when Google detected its a non authorized Android install, they Blacklist it & you cant download anything from the Google play store (so cant get the tracing app) . That hapened to my LG Tablet :-(
    Last edited by 1101; 02-03-2021 at 12:45 PM.

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    Default Re: Cheap Smart Phone

    Any smart phone is capable. I have a very old one, thanks Kenj! Take a look on Trademe and sort by price....
    Ex-pctek

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    Default Re: Cheap Smart Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Any smart phone is capable. I have a very old one, thanks Kenj! Take a look on Trademe and sort by price....
    Good to hear it is still going OK

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    Yep, love it. Deleted some unwanted stuff off it, got a new case (and a spare) and it's great!!! I see no reason to chnage it.
    Very happy, thank you again.
    Ex-pctek

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    Default Re: Cheap Smart Phone

    I wouldn't go with anything under $150...

    As 1101 says, software updates are usually non-existent on budget phones, leaving you vulnerable to security risks or the inability to run some recent programs, potentially requiring the purchase of another phone in a couple of years.

    Cheap ones are also often horribly slow, have very limited storage, and are likely to break sooner.

    A Nokia 3310 on the other hand will outlast the known universe so if that's working for you otherwise, maybe just keep it!!

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    They wanted something compatible with the Covid app, so that Nokia is a no go .

    Many used phones may have also Android versions too old for the Covid app .
    As above, save yourself some grief , just buy new. Look at PBTechs site , plenty there
    Make sure the version of Android is at v6 to be covid app compatible, at least Android v9 to be reasonably current.
    If the Android ver is stated , assume its horrendously old.

    The Motorolla's seem to do a good job rolling out updates on the mid/cheapish phones, unlike many other brands

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    Default Re: Cheap Smart Phone

    I bought the Spark Plus 3 Smartphone for a family member. It has Android 9.0 op system. Smiths City ChCh currently has it for $89. Elsewhere it looks like prices are from about $110-$130. It has the Emergency Alert built in and is Covid Alert capable. Front cam 5MP, rear cam 2MP. The Spark Gold Plan for over 65's is great value at $12.99 per month. 50 texts, free unlimited calls to other Spark mobiles and landlines, 50min to other networks and 100MB data and free voicemail.
    Last edited by bellbird; 05-03-2021 at 10:18 AM.

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