What kind of phone is needed for FreeUp?

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1 month 1 hour ago #41632 by dst11
What kind of phone do I need to sign-up for and use FreeUp? Phones that were used on Sprint's network are a no, but unlocked gsm phones are OK, right? What about phones that say 'Network: AT&T' or 'Network Status: Locked (AT&T)'? Aren't those OK since FreeUp uses AT&T's network?

I'm looking for cheap used flip phones at eBay. I'll be using the cell phone very very very lightly (~5 minutes a month). Any models you recommend? I see a lot of Samsung SGH XXXX models. XXXX is A237/A117/A437/A107/A167/A157/A707/A997/A197/X497/C417. Also, a lot of LG models. I'd like a tough/sturdy and not a delicate phone.

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4 weeks 1 day ago #41638 by Diedrich_Duo

dst11 wrote: What kind of phone do I need to sign-up for and use FreeUp? Phones that were used on Sprint's network are a no, but unlocked gsm phones are OK, right? What about phones that say 'Network: AT&T' or 'Network Status: Locked (AT&T)'? Aren't those OK since FreeUp uses AT&T's network?

I'm looking for cheap used flip phones at eBay. I'll be using the cell phone very very very lightly (~5 minutes a month). Any models you recommend? I see a lot of Samsung SGH XXXX models. XXXX is A237/A117/A437/A107/A167/A157/A707/A997/A197/X497/C417. Also, a lot of LG models. I'd like a tough/sturdy and not a delicate phone.

You might want to consider just buying an inexpensive new phone, and it looks like @mmfacemm has found a great deal at Best Buy:
www.nthcircle.com/forum/general/1357-hot-deals?start=610#41636

AT&T Prepaid phones do work on FreeUP (just need a FreeUP SIM). Good luck!
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2 weeks 6 days ago #41769 by dst11
Thanks. However, there is a small problem: I'm a huge kludge! So, I was looking for rugged phones that work on ATT's network on eBay and I found a lot of cheap 'Sonim XP5' phones. Will the XP5 work on FreeUp after ATT shuts down its 3G network on 02/2022? I read a phone must support VoLTE in order to work on ATT after 02/2022. Spec pages (URLs below) say the XP5 supports LTE but I'm not sure, is VoLTE and LTE the same thing?

www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?p=4693
www.phonearena.com/phones/Sonim-XP5_id9493/fullspecs
www.cnet.com/products/sonim-xp5/

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2 weeks 5 days ago #41771 by Isamorph

dst11 wrote: Thanks. However, there is a small problem: I'm a huge kludge! So, I was looking for rugged phones that work on ATT's network on eBay and I found a lot of cheap 'Sonim XP5' phones. Will the XP5 work on FreeUp after ATT shuts down its 3G network on 02/2022? I read a phone must support VoLTE in order to work on ATT after 02/2022. Spec pages (URLs below) say the XP5 supports LTE but I'm not sure, is VoLTE and LTE the same thing?

www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?p=4693
www.phonearena.com/phones/Sonim-XP5_id9493/fullspecs
www.cnet.com/products/sonim-xp5/

Thank you.


02/2022 is more than two years away, so if you can get a Sonim XP5 phone for $30 and have it working on FreeUp for two years, then to my thinking things could be a lot worse. I think most FreeUp users would be more worried about FreeUp still being in existence two years from now rather than AT&T shutting down 3G and one needing a VoLTE capable phone to continue using AT&T. From the links you have provided, it looks as if only the Verizon locked Sonim XP 5 phone has the VoLTE feature, while the AT&T Sonim does not. But I would agree the SonimXP5 looks like a beastly phone and will fare well for many a year.
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2 weeks 5 days ago #41772 by KentE

dst11 wrote: . Spec pages (URLs below) say the XP5 supports LTE but I'm not sure, is VoLTE and LTE the same thing?
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LTE is necessary for VoLTE (voice over LTE), but not all LTE phones can support VoLTE.

Isamorph found better clues/info than I did. It's a pain, but I don't think AT&T currently has a way for a consumer to check VoLTE capability. (T-Mobile, as an example, does have a user-accessible tester.)

But I like Isamorph's suggested plan. In 2 years, maybe one of the newer ruggedized models will be available at an affordable price.

I see the Sonim XP5s (current model) has Ebay listings at $31-$50 for Buy-It-Now.
www.ebay.com/itm/Good-Sonim-XP5s-XP5800-Black-AT-T-PTT-Rugged-Phone-Free-Shipping/163940373982?hash=item262b9b95de:g:WooAAOSwWn1dZFGY

The AT&T listing for the XP5-s www.att.com/buy/phones/sonim-xp5s-16gb-black-on-grey.html
does indicate it's HD Voice capable, but doesn't specifically state VoLTE. (My crude understanding is that present HD Voice is generally considered to indicate VoLTE, but VoLTE isn't technically required for the HD Voice codec.).

(The absence of a mention of a direct & specific mention of VoLTE on AT&T's listing for the XP5-s doesn't really mean anything either-- it frustrates me that AT&T doesn't seem to give that answer for any phone, and just prefers to state whether phones are HD Voice enabled.)
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2 weeks 5 days ago #41773 by Isamorph
The below info is from the phonearena specs and the main variant is the GSM version(AT&T?) of this phone, so by implication, I assume the GSM version doesn't have VoLTE.

www.phonearena.com/phones/Sonim-XP5_id9493/fullspecs



ALTERNATIVE VARIANTS
We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Sonim XP5
for Verizon
Differences from the main variant:

LTE (FDD):
Bands 2(1900), 4(AWS-1), 13(700 c)
CDMA:
800, 1900 MHz
HD Voice:
Yes
VoLTE:
Yes
Hearing aid compatible:
M3, T4
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2 weeks 5 days ago #41774 by KentE
aarghh.
but the phonearena page for the current XP5-s does not list that difference for the Verizon variant..... I'm less than comfortable that it's providing definitive info on the XP5-s, although I'm perfectly willing to believe that the older XPS does not support AT&T VoLTE.

The AT&T page on the XP5-s has 69 user questions, answered by staff-- none of which are about VoLTE. At least 3 customers asked about WiFI calling (not supported on any of the current Sonim models on AT&T.). Although I don't know how quickly they are answered, it does seem that AT&T responds to questions posted via the phone shopping pages. (Link in earlier post for the XP5-s page.)
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2 weeks 5 days ago #41775 by dst11

Isamorph wrote: 02/2022 is more than two years away, so if you can get a Sonim XP5 phone for $30 and have it working on FreeUp for two years, then to my thinking things could be a lot worse.


Yes, you're absolutely right. I'll get a cheap phone for now and in two years I'll reassess the situation.

I think most FreeUp users would be more worried about FreeUp still being in existence two years from now rather than AT&T shutting down 3G and one needing a VoLTE capable phone to continue using AT&T.


True. RingPlus (I was not there from the start) and Tello (with no 90 day order) didn't last much.

From the links you have provided, it looks as if only the Verizon locked Sonim XP 5 phone has the VoLTE feature, while the AT&T Sonim does not. But I would agree the SonimXP5 looks like a beastly phone


Beastly sounds good for me!

and will fare well for many a year.


I don't think ATT agrees! :)
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2 weeks 5 days ago #41776 by KentE
dst11, if you end up getting one, would you drop back by and give us a report on the Sonim?
No reports here, and few elsewhere, from Sonim users. There have been some pretty big fans of the Dura series of ruggedized phones here, but most of those were sprint-only, and will no longer activate on Sprint. Some of those fans must be looking for a new(er) similar device.

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2 weeks 5 days ago #41777 by dst11

KentE wrote:

dst11 wrote: . Spec pages (URLs below) say the XP5 supports LTE but I'm not sure, is VoLTE and LTE the same thing?
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LTE is necessary for VoLTE (voice over LTE), but not all LTE phones can support VoLTE.


I see VoLTE is a subset of LTE.

]But I like Isamorph's suggested plan. In 2 years, maybe one of the newer ruggedized models will be available at an affordable price.


Yes, buy the XP5 now and in two years maybe the XP5s will be cheaper! :)

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