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After one too many drops, my Galaxy S5 finally broke1. With just a month before I could upgrade, I rushed to the nearest Best Buy to pick up a temporary phone—a Microsoft Lumia 640 and for $30, it was an amazing phone. Here’s
Given all it had, this is probably the best value smartphone out there. It had issues, however:
So even as great as it was, no wonder it cost $30. It didn’t help that Microsoft was pulling out of the mobile business due to poor sales. It’s a shame they left. The mobile ecosystem needs more diversity. Then again, Microsoft made bank from royalties on Android3so I guess they didn’t lose much in the end besides the $7 billion write-off and 12,000 employees laid off.
Well, just the screen. It still powers on, I’m just too lazy to fix it. ↩︎
Past tense. AT&T changed the eligibility requirements to unlock prepaid phones. It used to have no eligibility requirements and it now it requires users to use AT&T prepaid for at least 6 months. ↩︎
More past tense. They open sourced their patents. ↩︎