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New Phone - FiGO
November 3, 2016
2:48 pm
pdops
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Stopped by my local 7eleven and noticed they had a couple of new phones that are not shown on their site yet. There was a crowd at the counter so didn't bother having a look but did grab the spec sheets:

FiGO - $79.99 (no model specified on the store handout)
4G HSPA+
8GB Internal Memory
1GB RAM
1.0 GHz Quad Core Processor
Andriod 5.1 Lollipop
4" Capacitive screen
1080P Rear Video
5MP Rear Camera
2MP Front Camera
Dual micro SIM
MicroSD up to 64GB

November 3, 2016
3:32 pm
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This could be a phone that's just sold at a 7-Eleven, and has nothing to do with SpeakOut itself. 7-Eleven sells phones for various providers, not just SpeakOut.

November 3, 2016
3:36 pm
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The store info sheet has the 'SpeakOutWireless' logo and website on it so I think this is legit.

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November 3, 2016
5:26 pm
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Figo phones on Amazon get pretty bad reviews. Remember when Speakout offered Motorola phones. Now that was more like it should be!

November 4, 2016
1:40 pm
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pdops said

The store info sheet has the 'SpeakOutWireless' logo and website on it so I think this is legit.

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Ok I went back to the store today and spoke to a clerk who seemed knowledgeable. The FiGO phones were supposed to be introduced at the beginning of the current promo (Nov 1) but were delayed for a couple of weeks. The phone is featured on the big in-store poster for the current promo. Forgot to ask if they were replacing the BLU Advantage.

The FiGO pictured in the store looks like the Virtue model although the specs don't match exactly.
http://www.figoglobal.com/prod.....ts/#virtue
http://www.figoglobal.com/prod.....-gsm-hspa/

November 16, 2016
2:07 pm
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Asked about the FiGO phone on their 'contact us' form and just got this.

Hello,

The phones will be delivered to stores in a few days. We expect to offer them online next week.

Thank You,
AskSpeakOut

November 24, 2016
5:21 pm
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And the FiGO phones are up on the website
https://www.speakout7eleven.ca/prepaid-cellphones/figo-virtue-2

The specs for RAM on the website do not match those in the store handout (512MB vs 1GB, respectively) but do match those on the FiGO website
http://www.figoglobal.com/prod.....ts/#virtue

November 25, 2016
2:09 pm
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From SpeakOut help line:

Hello,

The FiGO is not provisioned with a SIM card. You will need to purchase a SIM if you do not have one.

Thank You,
AskSpeakOut

November 28, 2016
4:12 pm
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SpeakOut has changed the model to FiGO Virtue III and the specs for memory (1GB) now match the store handout.
https://www.speakout7eleven.ca/prepaid-cellphones/figo-virtue-iii

November 29, 2016
7:21 pm
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pdops said

SpeakOut has changed the model to FiGO Virtue III and the specs for memory (1GB) now match the store handout.
https://www.speakout7eleven.ca/prepaid-cellphones/figo-virtue-iii

There is obviously a lot of unnecessary confusion regarding this phone! According to Google, there is no such thing as a "Virtue III." sf-confused_gif Either this is a model specifically unique to Speakout, or it exists elsewhere despite there being absolutely no information about it on-line. The closest thing I can find via Google is the "Virtue II 4.0." Moreover, 7-Eleven billboards are advertising "Virtue II," but the actual phone packages in store say: "Virtue III." There is a lot of confusion, and I find it rather disconcerting!

Does anyone know whether this phone is locked, or unlocked?

November 30, 2016
6:22 am
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pdops said

SpeakOut has changed the model to FiGO Virtue III and the specs for memory (1GB) now match the store handout.
https://www.speakout7eleven.ca/prepaid-cellphones/figo-virtue-iii

Appears to have also changed from Lollipop to Android 6.0 Marshmallow which does not match the store handout.

November 30, 2016
7:22 pm
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If the specs on the speakout7eleven website are accurate, this phone becomes very appealing! Getting a nearly up-to-date version of Android, plus 1GB of Ram is an attractive proposition. sf-surprised_gif Also, it only costs about $29.00 with G.S.T., when you consider the $30 discount and the free $25 top-up bonus. The only real question is the battery life. The Blu Advance had pretty decent battery life, IMO.

The Blu Advance is still available for sale in store, but for $79.99 there is no way I would make that purchase. I got the Blu Advance last year for free, but the phone crapped out on me after a few months, and it was locked down so tight I couldn't fix it no matter what I tried. Despite having the old battery and a case for it, I still wouldn't buy it for $79.99. It is running Android Kit Kat, which was released way back in October of 2013.

December 1, 2016
6:00 am
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Marshmallow said The Blu Advance is still available for sale in store, but for $79.99 there is no way I would make that purchase.

At least until a week ago the BLU Advance was on sale on the website with the same discount as the FiGO ($49.99 with purchase of $100 topup). Not sure if the store would match that.

If you're still considering the BLU Advance there's an updated version with Marshmallow available from Amazon for $59.99 and free shipping (OS at the moment).
psc=1&smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB

The original model is also available for a few bucks less as described in this thread:
https://www.speakoutwireless.ca/speak/in-store-availability/buying-blu-advance-4-0l-black-in-store/

December 4, 2016
8:06 am
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A small summary of the specs from my Virtue III

"Settings > Storage & USB" shows:
Total space 8.00 GB
System memory 2.99 GB
Internal Storage 4.14 used of 8.00 GB

"Settings > Memory"
0.94GB Total Memory

"Settings > About phone"

Model number VIRTUE3

Andriod version 6.0

Andriod security patch level October 5, 2016

December 5, 2016
10:28 am
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Asked about about a manual and more information online on the FiGO forum and got this in reply

"The model you purchased is a Canada special, it will soon be available in the US as well and have all its information online.

I attached a pdf copy of our user manual, if you have any other questions please let me know and i will be more than happy to assist you.

Thank you."

http://support.figoglobal.com/.....6000007185

December 12, 2016
6:02 pm
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pdops said

I attached a pdf copy of our user manual, if you have any other questions please let me know and i will be more than happy to assist you.

Thanks for the link to the manual! The manual that came with the phone was in french for some reason...

I decided to buy the phone, and I'm very happy with it. The battery life is very good for my needs.

January 28, 2017
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I'm disappointed to say that the battery on this phone seems to be draining extremely fast. I charged the phone last night, I used the phone this morning, and then I had a nap for about 5 hours. Upon waking, I see that my phone is completely dead. Thankfully it's just a problem with the battery, and not the phone. I don't need another brick like my Blu Advance 4.0L became!

I would say that I've noticed some concerns with battery life over the past 2-3 weeks. There are days when the battery seems to lose it's charge very quickly. I did not have the flashlight powered on, and I regularly close all open apps. Therefore, I have no idea what is causing the battery to die so quickly.

I wanted to also mention one more interesting thing about this phone: According to my security app (Malwarebytes Anti-Malware), my phone is apparently "rooted." I received a message from the app one day, telling me that my phone is rooted. I certainly didn't choose to root the phone! Perhaps this message was incorrect. Honestly, I haven't had time to look further into this possible issue. I just thought I'd mention it. Perhaps the security software was incorrect.