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Nexus 4 on the way, but I have a Galaxy S3. Wind or Rogers.

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Nexus 4 on the way, but I have a Galaxy S3. Wind or Rogers.

I recently bought a N4 and it should be coming in the mail soon, hopefully within the month.

But I have a Galaxy S3 which I think is perfect, nothing wrong with it. But I'm currently paying $35 for 200 mins, unlimited browsing and text, which is great. But the data does take a toll on the battery life because of mandatory proxy apps.

I'm thinking of changing to Wind Mobile with the Nexus 4, or just buying a Wind-compatible Galaxy S3, almost trade value, and selling the N4 + S3.

Wind would be $40 a month for unlimited everything, that's it. I'm not on a plan currently, as I prefer prepaid. Wind would also be prepaid. Reception I heard is pretty decent, with decent 3G speeds.

What do you guys think? Sell S3 for Wind S3, Sell S3 and keep N4, Sell N4 and just keep S3?
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I guess you should decide which phone you want first. Why would you go back to a S3 after owning a N4? Perhaps receiving it will sway your opinion one way or the other. I'm perfectly happy on wind. Maybe try it out for a month before you port your existing line.
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mariokarter wrote:
Dec 6th, 2012 1:23 pm
I guess you should decide which phone you want first. Why would you go back to a S3 after owning a N4? Perhaps receiving it will sway your opinion one way or the other. I'm perfectly happy on wind. Maybe try it out for a month before you port your existing line.
Because I just recently bought a case for it, and I love the case :D Also, S3 has microSD slot and I just bought a 64GB for it (only for $35 though).

True, I could try Wind on Nexus. But once opened it loses a lot of its value...

Are speeds good on Wind?
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Although Wind has prepaid plans, the Wind $40/month is not one of them. It is a postpaid plan, and it is possible to accumulate additional charges for stuff like international long distance or roaming.
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kitty wrote:
Dec 6th, 2012 1:47 pm
Although Wind has prepaid plans, the Wind $40/month is not one of them. It is a postpaid plan, and it is possible to accumulate additional charges for stuff like international long distance or roaming.
You can sign up for any plan on Pay Before (prepaid).
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Dec 6th, 2012 1:30 pm
Because I just recently bought a case for it, and I love the case :D Also, S3 has microSD slot and I just bought a 64GB for it (only for $35 though).

True, I could try Wind on Nexus. But once opened it loses a lot of its value...

Are speeds good on Wind?
Do you really need that much storage though? I know it would be nice to have, but since your using a smartphone you can easily use streaming radio and stuff. For example, I don't think I know anybody who would transfer videos onto their phone, they would just watch them on youtube or wherever they are on the internet.
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First, take phones out of the equation and decide whether you want to go with Wind or stay with Rogers.

The two phones are available for both carriers, so you can decide that after (sounds like you still like the flexibility of the S3).
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icemasta wrote:
Dec 6th, 2012 2:41 pm
You can sign up for any plan on Pay Before (prepaid).
Didn't know that. Thanks for educating me. Wind is so confusing in the sense the their "Pay Your Way" plan is clearly labelled as their "Prepaid Mobile Service". So what happens if you roam or make an international LD call on "Pay Before" and your account is $0? Does the call not go through, do you get a message or does your account go into negative?
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kitty wrote:
Dec 6th, 2012 5:10 pm
Didn't know that. Thanks for educating me. Wind is so confusing in the sense the their "Pay Your Way" plan is clearly labelled as their "Prepaid Mobile Service". So what happens if you roam or make an international LD call on "Pay Before" and your account is $0? Does the call not go through, do you get a message or does your account go into negative?
Yup, just like any prepaid plan. If you don't have a positive balance, you can't use PPU services. Being on Wind prepaid, if you try and call on $0 balance a message will tell you top up. Considering it's very straightforward to top on your phone (*123# in the dialer), I prefer the guarantee I can never be changed anymore than what I top up and the potential to have to call and reverse charges.
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mariokarter wrote:
Dec 6th, 2012 2:45 pm
Do you really need that much storage though? I know it would be nice to have, but since your using a smartphone you can easily use streaming radio and stuff. For example, I don't think I know anybody who would transfer videos onto their phone, they would just watch them on youtube or wherever they are on the internet.
I take a lot of photos, and I like having my music collection on the go.

If I could find a Galaxy S3 T999 for $400, I'd totally snag it.
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Always consider the carrier first, phone second. It's easy to swap out a phone - much more difficult and potentially expensive to change carriers.
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icemasta wrote:
Dec 6th, 2012 5:50 pm
Yup, just like any prepaid plan. If you don't have a positive balance, you can't use PPU services. Being on Wind prepaid, if you try and call on $0 balance a message will tell you top up. Considering it's very straightforward to top on your phone (*123# in the dialer), I prefer the guarantee I can never be changed anymore than what I top up and the potential to have to call and reverse charges.
Thanks icemasta. Additional question: Can you go on WindTab with prepaid?
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Sepharite wrote:
Dec 6th, 2012 6:38 pm
I take a lot of photos, and I like having my music collection on the go.

If I could find a Galaxy S3 T999 for $400, I'd totally snag it.
Not to mention that this is Android; people often use custom ROMs and create/store backups on the device itself.

EDIT: OP, keep the S3. Samsung just released the "Premium content" pack for the S3 in Poland which includes some pretty nifty features that the present Note II has eg. Multi-view, Smart-rotate etc. As far as variants go, you'd think that using it on WIND would use just as much battery since the phone is more likely to search for signals than competing Robellus devices. In any case, you could always flash a custom ROM and improve battery that way —the T999 probably has less support than the international or the LTE variant.

My two cents.
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