Eric H. Johnson on 8 Jun 2017 18:55:20 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Suggestions for replacement of android phone: small, privacy-respecting, T-Mobile?


I bought a Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime for my father a little over a year ago. At the time it was about $150 through T-mobile. I see you can get the unlocked version on Amazon for just over $100 now. It has 8GB storage. Not much, but may well work for you as it did for my dad.

The advantage of using an unlocked phone is that T-mobile usually locks down tethering on the branded phones, however the branded phones support wifi calling.

As a basic phone, it is quite adequate, and does fit in a shirt pocket. From a security standpoint, it really does not have enough storage to support drive encryption, otherwise it supports all of the security features of any Android device.

Not sure if a later model has come out to replace it.


On June 8, 2017 9:09:05 PM EDT, Greg Helledy <> wrote:
Today I dropped my phone.  Half the screen doesn't work at all and the 
other half displays dimly in a few colors. It is a Samsung Galaxy S
Blaze 4G.

This is a very old phone (released in 2012). I chose it because it was
small (4" screen) and because there was a Cyanogenmod ROM available for
it--I flashed it immediately on purchase.

The only real limitation I ran into over 4 years of use was a lack of
onboard storage (1 GB). I have to confess I haven't kept up with the
state of Android since then--specifically how much it siphons off your
personal data, and how much control it gives you over what apps do on
your phone.

What's a good current choice for a phone that:
1. Is a good privacy choice
2. Isn't too large (fits in a pants pocket easily)
3. Isn't super expensive--having the latest is not important to me
4. Has to be a SIM model, fully-compatible with T-Mobile

I know this isn't really a "linux" topic, so maybe just email me
directly if you think that's more appropriate.


Sent from my Android device with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.
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