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So, my HTC One M8 died today...

Discussion in 'ANDROID Phones, Tablets and Devices' started by Jay2TheRescue, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. Jay2TheRescue

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    I went to bed last night, and put it on the charger. Everything was fine at that point. When I went to leave for work this morning, it would not turn on. I left it plugged in all day in my work van, and it still would not turn on.

    I went to Best Buy to investigate my upgrade possibilities. I could pay full price for a locked phone, get a GoPhone and put my SIM in it, or buy an unlocked phone. I ended up getting an unlocked Sony Xperia for $250. I'm still in the process of setting up all my apps again. I'll report back in a few days after I get a chance to really see how well it does.
     
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    How long did you have it?
     
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    About 20 - 22 Months. I have been having problems with it the past few months, It has been picky about chargers. Some would not charge it at all, some would charge slowly. I only had one charger that would reliably charge it at a decent rate. I left it plugged into the good charger all day yesterday, and it would still not boot up.

     
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    @Jay2TheRescue I forget who at this point, but someone recommended the Sony to me (here on Wirelessadvisor). They said it was a great phone. I'm curious to hear what you thought (even though I'm still awaiting my preordered Note 7).
     
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    @Jay2TheRescue, sorry to hear that. Sony is solid, it's a bummer they decided to get out of making flagship devices :(

    Looking forward to hearing the update!
     
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    My only complaint so far is that the built in stereo speakers do not sound as nice as the M8's. On a side note, the phone appears to be configured to be used as a mobile hotspot, and run the data as regular mobile data. The at&t branded phones run the tethering data through a special APN so they can bill you extra for it.

    Does anyone have any experience with unlocked phones from Best Buy, and whether at&t knows you're tethering? I don't plan on tethering often, but there are those rare occasions where its handy.
     
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    Don't know what AT&T plan you have, but the latest plan from AT&T allowed for tethering.
     
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    Yeah there is no charge for tethering. Just come out of your data plan, as if you're using you phone.


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    A 10 year old grandfathered unlimited data plan for $25/mo.
     
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    Not sure if that would be covered :unsure:
     
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    Ah, a grandfather plan. I see. From what I read a few years back, ATT knows when you tether. And will shut you down, or charge you.


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    Tethering is never allowed on unlimited plans. If it were allowed, some people would be sharing on multiple devices instead of getting there own plans.
     
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    @Jay2TheRescue, IIRC Google put the code into Marshmallow to respect the carrier's tethering restrictions, so the only ways to tether without the plan allowing it is to flash a custom rom or use an app that bypasses them.
     
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    That sucks about your M8. If it had issues charging, and then won't turn on at all, I'd guess maybe a batter or battery connection problem? Did you try changing the battery? Or if it's non-removable battery, then take it to a repair shop? (That's why I hate integrated batteries)

    As for the Sony, I was looking at a Xperia XA in the shop last week, and it was really tempting. Very nice looking phone, and great price at around $300.
     
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    Yeah, the battery is sealed inside. The screen had 2 cracks in it, and it wouldn't turn on. The phone was nearly 2 years old. I figured it would cost me more than it was worth at this point to fix it.
     
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