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We would very much welcome FW folks' kind advice on purchasing an inexpensive unlocked GSM smartphone with at least 8 GB of internal memory.  We were using a Moto E 2nd gen 4GB (CDMA) phone on Ringplus, which has now been migrated to Ting and is working well.  However, before the Ting migration, we had bought a couple of the cheapy FreedomPop Sims for $2 to use with that phone, but it turns out the Moto E doesn't have a SIM slot so no go!  Plus, that phone is ok for lots of uses, but is very short on internal memory.  So, we are ready for the "big upgrade" to a better but still inexpensive unlocked GSM phone that we can also use for travel, especially in Canada. Choices are confusing and unclear.  Thanks in advance for advice!

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If traveling to Canada is your primary concern, start with that rather than trying to make some use of the $2 FreedomPop SIM.

T-Mobile is generally the best for oversea travel. Just about any old phone will work in Canada as they adopted US standard for obvious reasons.

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ZenNUTS said:   If traveling to Canada is your primary concern, start with that rather than trying to make some use of the $2 FreedomPop SIM.

T-Mobile is generally the best for oversea travel. Just about any old phone will work in Canada as they adopted US standard for obvious reasons.

Not completely true, they use an lte band we don't in the us

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If you bought the FP international SIM you can actually use it in the Moto E.  That device can be UICC unlocked for just that purpose, right in the device settings (system updates).  Since you make calls and text through the FP messaging app you probably could use it both on Ting & FP without having to get a new device.
p.s. don't set your expectations too high on the FP messaging app.  BUT one more thing.  As long as you didn't cancel out your Ring+ line, if hasn't already got it, it will eventually have a Fluidcall International Plan which sounds perfect for traveling to Canada.  Just install Voiper and you will be good to go and use it with the FP app, or use it without...which ever app works best.  

However since you did ask about a new device, your best route for inexpensive = getting a goPhone and unlocking it.  You can also use Voiper on it too if you still have a Ring+ line.  The reports of Ring+'s demise were not exactly true; it turns out it has returned to it's roots. 

 

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Thanks to all!

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The Moto E 2nd gen has a replaceable sim card. Is yours different?

https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/prod_answer_detail/a_id/103896/p/30,6720,9299

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Opened the Moto E 2nd gen to discover that it has TWO SiM cards.  We have no idea what they are.  The phone was purchased in the USA from Best Buy after FW recommendations to use on Ring+.  It runs on Android 5.1 with no update to Android 6 in sight to be able to format an SD card to augment the insufficient internal 4 GB of memory.  We have added our own SD card and moved what we can to it, but it still needs much more internal memory to run apps and update them. That said,  it is nevertheless a very useful and inexpensive device that we actually like and use.

BTW, sorry to be so uninformed.  We have read manuals, instructions, and forums, but they are incomplete and often actually misleading, and seem to assume a level of knowledge that we are lacking.  Again, thanks to all for sharing info with us!

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Larryslug said:   If you bought the FP international SIM you can actually use it in the Moto E.  That device can be UICC unlocked for just that purpose, right in the device settings (system updates).  Since you make calls and text through the FP messaging app you probably could use it both on Ting & FP without having to get a new device.
p.s. don't set your expectations too high on the FP messaging app.  BUT one more thing.  As long as you didn't cancel out your Ring+ line, if hasn't already got it, it will eventually have a Fluidcall International Plan which sounds perfect for traveling to Canada.  Just install Voiper and you will be good to go and use it with the FP app, or use it without...which ever app works best.  

However since you did ask about a new device, your best route for inexpensive = getting a goPhone and unlocking it.  You can also use Voiper on it too if you still have a Ring+ line.  The reports of Ring+'s demise were not exactly true; it turns out it has returned to it's roots. 

 

  RingPlus is offering free Fluidcall service? Did you get it already?

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How many sim cards for $2?

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Originally, two SIM cards.  Then they spontaneously sent me another....

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Well, that's pretty awesome for such a low price. Thaks OP

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you do not need any other sim card other than the Sprint sim which you were using on Ringplus. I just signed up for FreedomPop via the .99 cent link in the new LTE sim thread. The process is just like you did with Ringplus but easier - there is no special sim needed. Calling is through the FreedomPop app.

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