Looking to upgrade Android

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 2 weeks ago
  • Answered
I LOVE my HTC One but it's 3 years old and starting to slow down. I've paid off my tab and I've got an old plan that's $30 a month, unlimited text with 200 minutes. I know it doesn't exist anymore and I have ridden this wave as long as I can. I don't need data as I work from home. I'm looking on the website and OMG I've been living in a fantasy land. I'm willing to go up to a $45 plan because I realize that's unavoidable but I don't want to shell out $700 for a phone up front. I could get a phone for $0 down, put it on my tab, but the plan would be $80 plus the tab. I'm going from a $30 a month to $100 a month. Man these little handheld computers are expensive. Are there any decent affordable phones for a dinosaur like me? I'm open to suggestions.
Photo of Anne Lacelle Busing

Anne Lacelle Busing

  • 70 Points
  • obsolete

Posted 2 weeks ago

  • 1
Photo of Timo Tuokkola

Timo Tuokkola, Mobile Master

  • 142,546 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
Koodo's selection of mid-range phones is decidedly lacking at the moment, your choices are basically between low-end and flagship devices. There are good mid-range phones out there through Amazon and the line, but I'll leave specific suggestions to people with more experience than I have.
Photo of Paul Deschamps

Paul Deschamps, Mobile Master

  • 203,584 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
From Koodo's lineup the Samsung Galaxy A8 and Essential Phone are your two best options IMO for $0 up front on a plan $45 or so (medium Tab plan) on a medium Tab, I'd check either of those out and I'm sure you'll be happy with either.
Photo of Bernard

Bernard, Official Rep

  • 80,958 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
@Anne, I would also recommend for you to look at our "online only" selection. You will find phones here that are not available in stores. Also, previously loved units are showcased as well. In addition, when you log into your account you may see some extra offers especially if you upgrade your phone online.  
Photo of BobTheElectrician


  • 67,528 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
If you buy a phone independently (without a tab), you can just put your old SIM into the new rig and your plan can continue as before. For text and talk only, you don't need anything very high-powered. Spending $$$ on a flagship would be a waste, and your $30 plan is a keeper if it suits you.

In the meantime, if you have a backup of your data, you could try a factory reset to see if that will speed things up. The slowdown could also be a battery issue. My personal preference is to only buy phones with removable batteries... much cheaper to replace the battery yourself a few years down the road.
Photo of Robert

Robert, Mobile Master

  • 107,280 Points 100k badge 2x thumb
After reading your story, I'd be better buying a phone without a tab on Kijiji and Craiglist. Like that, you can keep your plan and just change the phone. Yes you might pay more upfront but in the end, that's the best solution.