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  1. #11


    I've never worried about the battery replacement issue, or at least not for many years.

    But I wonder if it really is just not user replaceable? Like the iPhone, never had a user replaceable battery yet Apple and others are more than will to do the service for you.

    Is that the same for the Windows phones? I don't know.

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  2. #12


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    You make a good point. I read that the thinking is a sealed gasket provides for better functioning and sleeker design.
    But as you say, the manufacturer may be able to replace the phone.
    I will likely be buying my last phone due to age and health so that is why I was concerned about the battery.
    But who knows who will outlast what? No guarantees there.
    I am going to look at the Huawei Windows for the fun of it just to gather more information. I have the entry level Prism[no data] now with T - Mobile but their coverage is not that great. Sprint is making a come back but the don't vary the windows phones.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by lparsons21 View Post
    Frankly it was the best deal they have right now imo.
    Welcome to Windows EightForums, lparsons21.

    Working in construction, Iíve had a cell since bags back in the 90ís. I was with Vz for about 7 or 8 years and changed over to AT&T after the New Year when I bought my Lumia. Iím not a fan of any U.S. carriers. Theyíll have to toe the line now that we can unlock our phones.

    Are you sure about the deal? Your plan actually costs $80.00/mo due to monthly Line Access charge. After 20 months tack on $10/mo after the offer expires. It may the best deal they have right now, but itís not the best deal around. Buying outright with prepay is best.

    If one buys the M8 outright with a prepay plan at a cost of $60/mo (matches your plan) > Over 20 months > $600 + $1,200 ($60/mo x 20 months) = $1,800.

    Your plan: $600 + $1,600 ($80 x 20 months) = $2,200. What could you do with $400? Perhaps money towards a new Icon.

    In reality they are still charging you to subsidize the phone. That's what it is with carriers > They get you one way or the other.

    Both phones have their pros and cons. To me the Icon camera makes up for the nonexpandable storage and of which can be made up via OneDrive or any Cloud. Itís also $100 less. Hereís a fair review:

    Nokia Lumia Icon vs HTC One M8 for Windows, class leaders Ľ Phone Reviews

    Either way, your choice of a Windows phone is really what counts!
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  4. #14


    You need to keep up with the plans!!

    I have the Single Line plan. 2Gb for $60/month with no additional charges for equipment access. Right now I'm getting $10/month off of that.

    THEN, I pay for the phone. And I'm paying exactly what I would pay anywhere, $600. Well not Ebay, but then Ebay phones can be very hinky. It is a crapshoot on Ebay.

    So your figures are a little outdated...
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  5. #15


    OK, but you need to calm down!!

    Well they certainly changed their tune in the past few months then, although I went through their buying process as a new customer this morning and I thought I saw a monthly access charge of $30, which is what it was when I was with them. However, to double check, I went through the process again and there was none.

    Anywho, I did peak into their prepay plans and saw they have a little better deal for $5/mo more than AT&T, but I’d never fulfill it, so it’s not worth it to me.

    I’m liking all the competition going on due to the unlock law. Now they want to keep us knowing we can unlock our devices and go elsewhere.

    To each their own, but after watching the comparison video again I would’ve picked the Icon instead. But then again, I may be partial because I have a 1520.
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  6. #16


    The single line plan just started this month I think. Works well for us singles that don't need shared data plans.

    The shared data plans are $40 per smartphone access fee and then whatever the data cost is. Not bad for those that need/want a shared plan. Works best for families that use a pretty good amount of data each month.

    In my case, before the single line plan, it cost me about $60/month total for a 250Mb plan. Now for the same total I've got 2Gb.

    As to the Icon vs the HTC One M8, well all my reading showed the only really negative thing about the HTC was that the camera isn't as good. For me that wasn't an issue because I don't use the camera all that much.

    Skype (and FaceTime when I had the iPhone), calls, receive some texts and run my Golf GPS app pretty much is it. I just liked the look and feel of the HTC One over the Icon. But the reality is that I would have been just as happy with the Icon I think.

    Now I'm calm!! 2 cups of coffee with a beer chaser...
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  7. #17


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    I have read about many people who were sorry the battery could not be replaced. I found the Nokia Lumia 820 ATT which has a replaceable battery. The Samsung ATIV S also has a battery that can be replaced. I hope I can buy the phone then get a plan for unlimited talk/text with 1 GB data and rely on Wi-Fi heavily. Perhaps the phone is about $450 and the monthly plan about $60.
    Any criticism appreciated.
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  8. #18


    @ lparsons21

    I see MS is featuring your handset over their Nokia this month's commercial: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nRV76VbTq-8

    @ Peter2

    Depending on how much you use the camera and how important pic quality is to you, you may want to consider one with a 20 mega pixel rather than the 8MP. It makes a lot of difference. Along with that you'll get a handset with a more powerful CPU.

    Both handsets are a good deal for the money, but the 820 has 2GBs of RAM, whereas the Samsung ATIV S only has 1. Basically the only difference I saw.

    The most important thing is that both come with 8. Make sure either are upgradable to 8.1 otherwise you're buying old tech, therefore not such a good deal after all IMO.
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  9. #19


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

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    I think I have boxed myself in with this battery issue.
    I wanted the Icon which is a sealed unit and the battery cannot be changed.
    The camera is very important as my wife is an artist and photographer.
    I have to get to the store and sort this out in person as there are too many surprises.
    I have a hard time reconciling this inability to replace a battery but I may have to give in in order to get a phone. The 820 and Samsung i mentioned could replace batteries but were not really the phones I wanted..
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  10. #20


    I think you are possibly worrying too much about the battery issue. Early on with phones, having a user replaceable battery was very important as battery life was so short. I used to take a few extras with me on trips to conventions and such because the phones just couldn't get through the day if you actually used them. Hell, some wouldn't get through the day if they were just sitting idle!

    These days battery life is much improved and I actually haven't had an issue of not having enough juice to go a full day. Even after 18 holes with my golf GPS app that is pretty hungry, the useage is less than 50% battery used.

    Check to see if the Icon's battery is replaceable by a tech, if it is that should allay most of your concerns I would think.
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