One of the best Android deals during this Black Friday 2015 was the Moto E 10 dollar phone for just $9.99 at BestBuy. This is a prepaid phone without contract and probably the best deal on a brand, new smartphone I have seen in a long time.
I just couldn’t resist such a low price and picked up two of these 10 dollar phones and figured I would just use them as wireless security camera recording devices. Well, it turns out that these 10 dollar phones have 4G LTE radios for AT&T, T-Mobile, and many other GSM networks!
With couple simple ADB commands, I was able to get the Moto E working on my T-Mobile SIM card just fine with 4G LTE working flawless (getting 40Mbps download speeds as seen in video).
For 10 bucks, I got a 4.3-inch 960×540 resolution screen, microSD card slot, 8gigs of storage, 1GB of RAM, and CDMA/GSM radios! I probably won’t use this as a daily drive but for the price I paid, this is a killer deal on a smartphone.
If you missed the Black Friday sales, you can still pick up one of these for around $40 bucks on eBay. If you need a cheap smartphone that gives you basic access to the internet, apps, and voice calls, this is certainly not a bad way to go.
And for those of you who have picked one up and want to activate it on a GSM network, here’s how I did it (Credits to XDA):
Step 1. Go to Settings->About Phone and hit the “Build number” about 5 times until it says, “You are a developer”.
Step 2. Hit the back button once, tap on “Developer options”, then make sure “USB debugging” is checked ON.
Step 3. I didn’t do this step in the video tutorial (and had to do everything all over again) but make sure airplane mode in ON!!!
Then connect a micro-USB cable from your Moto E to your computer. You can use Windows, Mac, or Linux.