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only downside is this phone will probably not get any android upgrades or security updates. As long as android 7.1.1 stays supported by the majority of apps things should be fine so maybe 2-3 years but then you can just upgrade to a new moto e or install a custom rom
Gotta say great review man. I picked up one of these while on vacation to replace my LG Stylo 3 when my fingerprint sensor finally gave out and I gotta say it's such a better experience than phones 2x the price. At this price point there is literally no other phone that comes close.
how do you do call forwarding? or accepts wifi calls..i have no reception where i live and im missing all my phone calls, cant find a way to forward the calls to my house phone and/or connect wifi call
I've bought 2 at Walmart (1 unlocked so far) and 1 completely unlocked from Motorola ($125 + tax). And while the fine gold of the "real" one is nice, I actually like the Verizon-locked-unlocked phone better. Verizon made a couple of nice changes (i.e. It gives the option to show battery percentage in the status bar without having to install a separate app to do that; the fully unlocked "stock Android" from Motorola does not have that option. And the Walmart/Verizon shows 4GLTE in the status bar even when WiFi is on. The Motorola "real" phone does not. And I like the way the phone app is configured in the Verizon phone better.) Plus, it's $90 cheaper. And it works just as well. And with a case on you can't really see the pretty "fine gold" anyway.
There might be a caveat when it comes to the Verizon locked phone. It is supposed to be very limited as far as which non-Verizon carriers it'll work with. I have Consumer Cellular/AT&T and that seems to work okay. No problems. I bought the ones from Walmart figuring if worse came to worse I'd have an extra battery or two and mp3 players with great battery life. But when I got the "real" one after having had the Walmart ones to play around with for a week or so I really did prefer the Walmart ones, but only because they worked. They might not work in every case. But hey...if it doesn't work, all you're really out is the $2.20 for the unlock code [mobunlockingmaster on eBay] and you can return your Moto 4 to Walmart.
My parents had verizon for 6 years. But the bill is like 500/mo so we had to switch to sprint. I don't like sprint personally, but it gives us 5 free Moto E4's, so im fine, it'll be my first phone. Plsu we payed 500/o and it was too expensive so i wouldnt be able to get a phone unless we switched bc it would be like 800/mo and, well, we feel like paying 800/mo
SGDevotee If you can increase your budget to 200$ then I strongly recommend you get the Huawei p8 lite 2017 or the honor 6x they're amazing phones and so much better than the e4 and the e4 plus. The camera on the e4 is terrible
I bought mine yesterday from Target for 40 bucks to use as a trap phone (#FlossyCarter). Very light form factor with good ergonomics. Super smooth operation. Fast fingerprint reader (especially compared to my N6P). The Target salesperson told me that it will work on Verizon postpaid, which is what I have, so that's good. However, I don't know if I need to do anything special beside just pop in my SIM. After 4-5 hours of use, I feel like I should have bought the E4 Plus version, which is going for 100 through Target. But for 41 bucks after tax, this phone is a steal! Thanks J. Will!
Jimmy Nguyen I don't know if this is the answer you are seeking, but I purchased a 64 GB micro SD card, and turned on developer options, then selected something like "force app migration to external storage" and now I can move every single app I download to my 64 GB card. Prior to fiddling with developer options, it would only store apps on internal storage and the only things you could put on external were files and photos.
All Verizon phones are unlocked. You don't have to buy unlocked codes. The question is, does the phone have all the necessary bands? At worst, you will only get 3G. Verizon made a deal with FCC, all their phones should be unlocked, I do it all the times. If it is Not, call customer service, and remind them of their agreement.
Another good video J Will. Thx for keeping us updated. Got mine yesterday. 40$ and did the unlock. An amazing deal I think. What carrier would you recommend? I inquired Republic Wireless BYOP but they said this model wasnt compatible ...even tho they sell the e4 themselves. Also, do you know how to remove the verizon bloatware apps?
Great video bro, I have one important question however, compared to the Moto g4 and 5, is this phone way smaller? Is it as asmall as the first moto g, because I am not into the bigger cell phones they are just not as easy to carry. thanks
JustAFatGuyInTX on eBay. You pay $2, the guy emails and physically mails the unlock code. You get the email pretty soon after your payment clears, with instructions. He mails the same thing so there is no question that you received what you paid for
Jwill - If you have Verizon Postpaid, they make you buy a month of prepaid service and activate it on the prepaid service, before you can use it on your postpaid account. Greedy on their part, for sure!
Got one because of your videos , got it unlocked am using it on cricket... I was planning on using it as a backup but I like it so much I've been using it as my daily driver... I can't believe I have less then 45 dollars in this phone ...
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The different carriers operate on different LTE bands or channels in common parlance, some channels overlap which is why JWill can use T-mobile on his Verizon version. Both are using LTE Band 4 channel. The unlocked Amazon version has about 3 times as many LTE Bands (channels) as the Verizon version & is guaranteed to work with any carrier. Some people luck out with the Verizon version in their area & can use it with another carrier. Some people may not have that kind of luck.
The Amazon phone is totally unlocked for all carriers and carrier frequency bands. The Walmart/Target $39 phone is locked to Verizon and requires an unlock code in order to be used on any carrier other than Verizon. Plus there are a couple of relatively minor differences. The unlock code on eBay from mobunlockingmaster costs $2. You message the seller your IMEI number and in around 30-60 minutes you receive an email with the unlock code.
A few caveats:
1. If you get the locked version the first thing you should do, before even turning on the phone, is take off the back and remove the Verizon SIM card. If you turn on the phone with the Verizon SIM card before you have an the unlock code already in hand I've heard it can make problems.
2. If you want to get the best of both worlds with an SD memory card get the best one you can find (SanDisk Extreme) and use the Developers Options "trick" that will allow you to have apps and their data loaded onto the SD card (since the memory is really pretty limited on the E4) without having to format the card as "internal/portable" memory. Formatting a memory card as internal memory on a smart phone has a lot of unwanted side effects. Using the Developers Options trick circumvents this. You get the desired results without the unwanted hassles. The "trick" is as follows: Go to About Phone, go down to Build Number, and (I'm not joking here) tap the build number 7 times. (After 3 times you'll see a countdown that says something like "In 4 taps you'll be a developer, in 3 taps, etc.) After the 7th consecutive tap a little thing will pop up telling you that you're now a developer. It will place an option line in your settings that wasn't there before. It's called Develop Options. Tap on that, go down almost to the bottom, and tap "Force allow apps on external". Try to do that as soon as you get your phone, and install your high quality memory card a.s.a.p. as well -- like even before you turn on your phone. That way, hopefully all the app updates that a new phone goes through will place apps and data on the card instead of your internal memory.
3. Depending on your carrier and the bands/frequencies they use, you might be able to use this phone with your SIM card, or it might not work. There's still some confusion about this issue. If worse comes to worse, and it won't work on your carrier, just return the phone to Walmart or Target and all you're out is the two bucks for the unlock code.
jamkur I've owned both phones and as far as everyday use you really won't be able to tell any difference from a UI or chip set point of view Motorola optimized the software so perfect/little that the phone runs just a smoothly as any other phone. But as for the E4 plus you get a bigger screen and I've been getting on average of 10 hours of screen on time. I also think the speaker on the Moto g5 is louder than the E4 plus.
Best $40 phone you can buy now. I'm waiting for my case to arrive for the camera bump. Phone works great on Cricket. With T-Mobile the lack of band 12 hurts a bit since that's what I get here with them. Fingerprint reader works faster than the iPhone 6 and the camera like you mentioned are fantastic for the price.
J Dubb, great review as always. Don't you think it would be smart for Moto to make their Moto mods compatible with all of their devices. I think that would encourage Moto Mod sales. Either that or slim down their line up. They have the Moto E, G, X, Z. Way too many options and the mods are only compatible with the Z.
I couldn't agree with you more J it's been a great phone I've had mine for almost 2 weeks and I've had no issues. and the cameras are really good on here for what they are. great video keep up the good work and have a good one.
I've seen a few verizon ones on ebay claiming they'll work for tracfone or straight talk mvno, is this true? I thought it was verizon only but if I can get this thing cheap and use it on straight talk or tracfone it's an amazing value...the verizon version is alot cheaper than the factory unlocked one