Galaxy Light – Good Cheap SmartPhone
I don’t normally write reviews at least on cell phones but there is this deal that I had to share. My wife has been somewhat reluctant to move into the smartphone arena – reluctant is an understatement; I had to drag her kicking and screaming into the 21st century. She had been completely satisfied with her Nokia flip phone and her “Circle of 5″ calling plan with T-Mobile. She has been a faithful T-Mobile subscriber for an awfully long time. She could have chosen a lot worse. They at least have dependable network. I had issues with her staying on her current plan and flip phone. There were three strong reasons for moving ahead and embracing the smartphone realm.
- Circle of 5 Calling Plan – Call only 5 people unlimited? Prehistoric!
- Nokia flip phone’s age – it was over 6 years old. No QWERTY keyboard.
- Switching to a smartphone saved around $10/month. It was a no brainer.
That’s why I persuaded her to give up the flip phone and get off the “Circle of 5 plan” to a new more affordable T-Mobile calling plan that had a lot more to offer.
So I began searching for a phone that I could buy outright and wouldn’t break my budget. I wanted to stay with an Android based OS because I am most familiar with Android so I could offer a little technical support as she learned the features. I discovered the Galaxy Light while searching Google for inexpensive Samsung smartphones. I was astonished at the positive reviews that this little powerhouse of a phone was getting. It had been overshadowed by the release of the Galaxy 4 then the new Galaxy 5 and was kind of pushed to the back of the smartphone group.
I came across a comment on a review of the phone and while reading that comment the author mentioned the low cost, little known, $40/month starter plan that was offered by T-Mobile – it was settled; that was the right way to go. I knew that the Galaxy Light could be unlocked easily and used on AT&T, Straight Talk or even GSM if the need arose so to read about this starter plan that provided unlimited talk, unlimited text, and 500MB of data with a cap so there are no overage fees if you use too much data – I was sold. I ordered the Galaxy Light off Amazon.com for $119 + taxes and shipping (around $150 total) and a $3 rubberized case.
It took about 4 days to receive the phone and another 3-4 days for the case. The phone came in an unopened Samsung for T-Mobile box with some accessories. My wife decided that she would play with the phone in WiFi mode until the case arrived and then we would go to T-Mobile and have her current number ported over and sign up for the new calling plan. The young man at the T-Mobile store was extremely helpful and in no time the new phone was active. No waiting for the number to propagate it was instantaneous. It may have been that since the number was already registered through T-Mobile it was a particularly fast activation. We were surprised that the total was approximately $43.38/month. We lowered her cell bill, gave her a whole new host of additional features and owned the phone outright all without signing a long term contract.
It has been great for her. She has really taken to the phone very easily. With the availability of WiFi these days I don’t think we will ever out grow the 500MB limit. She has had the service and the phone for almost a month now and she has used 2.1MB out of her 500MB limit so far. As for the Galaxy Light phone, she loves it. She frequently sends me texts during the day which is nice because I work around a lot of noisy equipment and short texts for just, “checking how your day is going”, is a nice “pick me-up” to help get me through the day. It is nice to have my wife living “among the texting”.