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.
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?
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.
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.
The AT&T listing for the XP5-s Sonim XP5s Black on Grey 16 GB from AT&T
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.)
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.)
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.
Looking at the Duraforce XD it appears you have zeroed in on possibly the creme de la creme of beastly phones for kludgy folks, a phone that would serve anyone well during the coming Apocolypse: But, alas, it's not a flip-phone.
Yes, the XD looks good. I got a $28 XP5 and a $8 FreeUp SIM (I haven't gotten my hands on them yet!). And in 2 years we'll see (XP5s?, XD?, something else?). The XD's big un-flipable screen scares me... The XP5 seems more of a brick!