It’s been a while since I posted to this blog. Not only do I forget about this blog — I tend to forget about this website. However, I ordered a new phone and I thought I’d write about it. I’ve been interested in technology since the 1960s, and at 80 years old I’m still interested in technology. I’m a T-Mobile customer and I decided to buy one of the company’s 5G phones in order to try the new technology when it becomes widely available. I guess “widely available” depends on approval of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. I checked the T-Mobile website daily to see when the company’s 5G phones would become available and what they would cost. When I checked the website early on the morning of 12/02/2019, two 5G phones were listed for pre-order: the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition for $899.99 and the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G for $1,299.99. There is no way I was going to spend $1,300 on a phone so I pre-ordered the OnePlus. T-Mobile said my LG G8 had a trade-in value of $135.00, so I decided to keep it as a backup.
The next day I read a forum post about T-Mobile offering 50% off the Note 10+ 5G with an eligible trade-in. I checked the T-Mobile website and suddenly my LG G8 had a trade-in value of $650.00! Needless to say, I cancelled the OnePlus pre-order and pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G. I decided a while back that I wasn’t going to purchase any more Galaxy Notes. Although I need a large phone, the Notes are too expensive and have more features than I need (I often forget to use the S-Pen). However, getting any 5G phone for $650 (plus tax), let alone a Note 10+, was an offer I couldn’t refuse. The phone sounds great. It comes with Android 10 out of the box and has the latest Qualcomm 5G processor and the second generation X55 modem. It can access T Mobile’s 600 MHz nationwide 5G and will be able to tap into Sprint’s 5G bands (2.5 GHz) as well, after the merger is complete. I hope to get the phone sometime next week and I’ll try to remember to report back here.