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BANGKOK 19 August 2019 19:40
peterdwje2

DTAC - getting 3G phone to replace 2G

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I use an old Nokia just for calls and don't want a smartphone but I guess I have no choice since DTAC will shut down 2G (when, anyone know?). DTAC shop told me that if I turn in the Nokia, I can get for just 50 baht a 3G phone, which is called "Beyond" and looks like a generic Chinese-made machine. They said no need to sign up for any package, I can continue to use prepaid, which I prefer since I am not in Thailand for long periods of the year.

Has anyone done this exchange and could offer advice of any kind? How does the Beyond phone working out, etc.?

Thanks.

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If you simply want a phone to make calls and send the odd text, it's really not worth losing sleep over 50 Baht, is it?

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2 hours ago, PerkinsCuthbert said:

If you simply want a phone to make calls and send the odd text, it's really not worth losing sleep over 50 Baht, is it?

It's not the 50 baht. Just wondering if there was anything I hadn't thought of that someone who has done this exchange could advise. I'm also thinking about getting the Nokia 215, which is more like the conventional phone I am currently using, rather than using the Beyond phone I would get in the DTAC exchange.

JamJar -- Tnx for the info on the Beyond.

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4 hours ago, peterdwje2 said:

It's not the 50 baht. Just wondering if there was anything I hadn't thought of that someone who has done this exchange could advise. I'm also thinking about getting the Nokia 215, which is more like the conventional phone I am currently using, rather than using the Beyond phone I would get in the DTAC exchange.

JamJar -- Tnx for the info on the Beyond.

 

What are you thinking? If the problem is that you are concerned about 2G disappearing, why are you considering the purchase of another 2G device?

 

These are the kind of thing you want, if you want an older style; 

https://www.nokia.com/phones/en_gb/nokia-3310-3g

https://www.nokia.com/phones/en_gb/nokia-8110-4g

 

You need to make sure they are 3G and/or 4G versions. Not GSM only.

 

 

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19 hours ago, JamJar said:

 

What are you thinking? If the problem is that you are concerned about 2G disappearing, why are you considering the purchase of another 2G device?

 

These are the kind of thing you want, if you want an older style; 

https://www.nokia.com/phones/en_gb/nokia-3310-3g

https://www.nokia.com/phones/en_gb/nokia-8110-4g

 

You need to make sure they are 3G and/or 4G versions. Not GSM only.

 

 

I mis-wrote the model number. Thank you for the suggestions.

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But of course, the 50 baht phone is a whole lot cheaper. So unless, you are wanting to keep your 2G phone as a collectors piece, I don't see the issue.

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Wife is still using 10 year old Nokia, can't locate number at present but looked it up on web, introduced as 2g phone. Went to DTAC Market Village HH. They put in a3g SIM with same number, no charge! Remember your passport.

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18 hours ago, JamJar said:

But of course, the 50 baht phone is a whole lot cheaper. So unless, you are wanting to keep your 2G phone as a collectors piece, I don't see the issue.

I just find the old phone easier to use and carry around, less distracting, and no light/glare that can give me headaches.

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16 hours ago, Chaspul said:

Wife is still using 10 year old Nokia, can't locate number at present but looked it up on web, introduced as 2g phone. Went to DTAC Market Village HH. They put in a3g SIM with same number, no charge! Remember your passport.

But even with 3G SIM inside, if phone itself doesn't support 3G, it won't work when 2G service terminated, no? I believe I already have 3G SIM but getting lots of messages from DTAC to switch to 3G phone.

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