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This is the flip phone to get


Aug 8, 2012, 5:07 PM
The t259 is also a 3G device, however every single other flip phone sold by t-mobile is 2G (LG GS170, T-Mobile 665, and the t139). Soon t-mobile will get rid of 1900Mhz 2G service, so, do not buy a 2G t-mobile phone. If you want a flip phone, go for this one, the t159.
Rich Brome

Aug 8, 2012, 5:50 PM

I completely fail to understand why T-Mobile still sells so many 2G-only phones. It only makes migrating to 3G and 4G harder for them.

Aug 9, 2012, 12:18 PM
I have no idea why either. It's gonna mean lots and lots of pissed off customers when 1900 2G dissapears in their area, and suddenly their 6 month old phone doesnt work at all. I think it's becuase of massive overstock on certain devices. I mean, LG stopped making the GS 170 long ago, but T-Mobile still sells refurbished models, and its still for sale at 7-11 as far as I know.

Just gonna mean lots of pissed off people. Do yourself a favour and don't buy a 2G only phone.

Aug 27, 2012, 3:23 PM
Seriously? So many?

T-Mobile only has one 2G only phone on their website for post paid customers to purchase, ONE! and its a refurb Nokia X2 and its FREE. This device was introduced as an upgrade to a 2G only handset so they are definitely moving away from 2G only devices on post paid lines. Plus I am sure customer service would help you with a free upgrade to an 3G compatible handset if you are still clutching your 2G device come EOL for the 2G network.

On the prepaid side they have 4 but given the average cost of those 4 devices ($49) I highly doubt it will be the financial ruin of anyone if they have to switch their handset when they finally get around to sunsetting their 2G network say in 2017 (see AT&T).

Quit being so dramati...
Rich Brome

Aug 27, 2012, 3:28 PM
AT&T stopped selling any 2G phones at all almost a year ago.

They have a lot on the prepaid side, and they just launched a NEW one not that long ago (the 665.)

The longer that customers have 2G-only phones, the harder it is to phase out the 2G network. It just doesn't make any sense. They are only making the looming network transition harder for themselves, and I don't understand why.

Aug 27, 2012, 3:39 PM
As I mentioned there are 4 on the prepay side as we speak. only 1 was introduced this year and I pointed out my thoughts as to why here https://www.phonescoop.com/phones/p_forum.php ?fm=m&ff=3788&fi=3169391

Lets face it, I imagine its not as easy to come up with budget dumb phones that utilize T-Mobiles AWS 3G.

Still with AT&T not shutting the door on 2G until 2017 I can't imagine with the build quality of todays promo devices many of them being left on the network at that point.

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