Moto e second generation

musiclvr56

    Want to buy this phone but my son says that this phone did a software update and wouldn't work with T-mobile because it doesn't have Band 12.  I am not super tech savvy so don't understand this.  When I looked at Amazon's page there was a chart and it said voice/text was "partial".  I asked my son what that meant so that is when he told me this phone wouldn't work with T Mobile.   Is this accurate.  If it is, can you recommend a budget android phone.  I would prefer a 4 1/2" screen, but it appears that most of the phones are at least 5". 

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      • stevetjr

        Re: Moto e second generation

        If it is the XT1527 model yes it will work on T-Mobile in most locations that T-Mobile has service since the device supports Band 2 and Band 4 LTE which are T-Mobile's primary LTE channels.  He is correct that the phone doesn't support Band 12 (nor does any model of the the Moto E).  Band 12 (700 Mhz A Block)  is T-Mobile's low band spectrum acquired from Verizon and other parties and that T-Mobile markets as Extended LTE.  Low band penetrates buildings and other objects better and the signal carriers significantly farther than the higher bands (which 2 and 4 are).  Not all T-Mobile markets have Band 12 so if you are not in one of those markets and don't venture out of that market then obviously having it isn't as paramount. However if you are in a Band 12 market or one where T-Mobile owns that spectrum and is just waiting for the channel 51 issue to be resolved in that market or other FCC approvals that are pending then you definitely want a phone that supports that. 

         

        As for devices I would look at the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime or Samsung Galaxy J7.  Reasonably priced modern phones with the latest processors, decent screens and most of all they support Band 12.

          • musiclvr56

            Re: Moto e second generation

            Thank you.  I will have my son read your response as it is "over my head".  Regarding the Samsung Grand Prime, I read that the volume is on the low side.  I am looking at the LG K7. 

              • musiclvr56

                I'm starting to give up!  Just read this response regarding the LG K7 phone that was number one on my list until I read this:

                : "the WORST memory ever... I placed a brand new SD card 32 GB, BUT I COULD NOT MOVE ANY APPS TO IT. The "move to sd card" option is shaded or grayed out (not clickable). Worst memory phone. Don't recommend it. I bought my phone from bestbuy for about $100. It is not worth it if you cannot download any apps. You would only have 1.8GB left from the 8GB because the phone has pre-downloaded apps that cannot be removed. And that being said, you cannot transfer or move any app into your sd card. So technically the SD card slot is USELESS"

                  • stevetjr

                    Re: Moto e second generation

                    For the same price $139.99 T-Mobile has the Samsung On5.  Like the K7 it is limited to 8GB of storage but unlike the K7 apps can be moved to an SD card plus the On5 has Android 6.0 Marshmallow on it. Here is an outside review of the On5 http://phoneradar.com/samsung-galaxy-on5-review/

                     

                    If you step up to the Samsung J7 which is $239.99, this is a much higher end phone as far as memory, (RAM and storage), better camera's, better screen etc.

                     

                    Both support all current T-Mobile frequencies including Band 12.

              • drnewcomb2

                Re: Moto e second generation

                Cellular technology has undergone many changes since the '90s. T-Mobile now uses four different radio bands and three different modulation standards in various places. (If they changed to just one modulation standard, many older phones would stop working.) For a phone to "work" somewhere, it only needs one of the combinations used in that place. However, this "working" may be only 2G. For a phone to work well, in all the places T-Mobile has service, it needs all the radio bands and standards they use.  A phone lacking one band may provide only 2nd rate service.