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SIMs, Unlocked Phones, etc.... Grandpa here.....

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Hey, I'm technically old enough to be a grandpa now, though I don't have any kids.

I've got a Virgin Mobile phone, a Samsung J7. It's almost four years old now.... Battery is showing age, phone is as well, and the charging port is getting weird (physically).

I have been using Virgin forever--prepaid. They've been good to me, but I don't ask much. I use it as a mobile computer mostly. I almost never take it out if I have access to a desktop. Howerver, it's almost time to upgrade.....

I have a question about SIM cards and unlocked phones: It seems like everybody is out to bend me over--if you have a prepaid plan it seems like your SIM card isn't transferable to an unlocked phone, etc (I don't know).... GSM/Universal--wtf are these things?!

My question, I guess, is: What should I do? Virgin Mobile is about to close up shop and switch us all to Boost. At the same time my phone is old enough to upgrade. I will not spend more than 200$ on a phone and I prefer to only spend around $150.

Help a grandpa out!! Thanks.
 
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bump because i am a grandpa with phones too
hope somebody with more phone knowledge chimes in and helps
 
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