Mobile manufacturers seem to push the limits of how big a mobile device can be to be still considered a smartphone. We’ve already witnessed devices like the 5.96-inch Nexus 6 and 6.44-inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra debuting on the market. And if you consider them colossal, what would you say about the sporting 7-inch phone for cheap, and to be more specific – the BLU Studio 7.0 priced $149 off contract? This budget-friendly device is simultaneously the biggest smartphone and the smallest tablet currently available on the market, combining entry-level specs and low price tag. The good thing about it is that you don’t need to carry two separate devices, one for phone calls, other for surfing the net.
Still don’t know what to buy for a Christmas gift? Perhaps a smartphone will be a good idea? But, even if we decide to get one, which one to choose? Since the smartphone industry is a rapidly developing business, and today even midrangers come equipped with fast processors, powerful cameras and a 1080p display became something of a standard, the choice is so big that it is hard to pick the right one. In order to help you make a smart decision, we create the list of 5 hot phones for Christmas without contract that will make you loved one happy and won’t cost a fortune.
Some phones, especially premium ones, go official with fanfare. Others usually don’t generate so much interest, unless they have something special to offer, for example decent specs with LTE connectivity at affordable price. Where you can find such combination? In the LG F60 which was announced back in October. The phone is now for sale as LG Transpyre for Verizon pre-paid service for $99.99 without any contract . It’s a special offer for Verizon pre-paid customers – others will have to pay $199.99 to buy the device.
Some folks claim that smartphones are toys for adults. In a way they are right – in addition to serving for making calls and sending text, phones give you the possibility to surf the web, watch movies or read newspapers. Some models allow for much more creative and advanced entertainment. Those models are called developer editions and usually are pretty pricey. Today, however, unlocked Moto X 2013 Developer Edition is on sale on eBay for just $229.99 and contract free.
Some smartphone makers release one device after another or sometimes even a few at a time. BlackBerry, however, has different tactic. Having gone through really tough times, the Canadian manufacturer doesn’t want to throw a bunch of phones to the market hoping that customers will be satisfied. That would be too risky and risk is not what BlackBerry needs right now. With that in mind, the company made the BlackBerry Classic which is now available for pre-order unlocked for $449 unlocked.
Nokia Lumia 530 for prepaid T-Mobile is now for sale in carrier stores contract free priced at $79.20
There is quite a selection of Android smartphones aimed at users who can’t afford to pay a fortune for their new phone. However, you don’t have to settle for Android experience, if your taste is directed rather towards Windows Phone platform. Nokia, now owned by Microsoft, is catering quite well to the needs of low-cost sector of the market as well. The Nokia Lumia 530 for prepaid T-Mobile is now for sale in carrier’s stores contract free and is priced just $79.20.
Sprint’s prepaid subsidiary Boost Mobile announced adding the Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to their list of offerings. Both smartphones will be available starting from October 17th, which makes Boost Mobile the first prepaid carrier to sell the freshest phones from Apple. The same happened in 2013, when the company started to offer iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. What’s even more interesting, Boost Mobile will sell the latest iPhones with $100 discount. Feel interested in further details? Let’s take a closer look at the offer.
Motorola unveiled the Moto G with LTE connectivity five months ago almost to the day and the phone went on sale immediately. Actually, the Moto G LTE appeared on Amazon even before official announcement. However, users who wanted to pair the device with AT&T service had to wait their fair share of time. We are happy to announce that the wait is over and the Moto G LTE for AT&T is now available in carrier’s stores priced at $179.99 without contract.
What a better way to celebrate new partnership than to release a new smartphone? Probably there isn’t one and that’s what Sprint, Sharp and Japanese company Softbank thought when they set to work on the Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone. The device was announced back in August and now is starting to make its way to stores. Prepaid Sprint and Boost Mobile have just begun selling the phone for $149.99 without contract.
So many great smartphones have been announced recently that you probably don’t remember what happened in mid-summer, so let us refresh your memory. In July Microsoft unveiled the Nokia Lumia 530, a successor of the popular Lumia 520. Not long after that the phone was released in Asia while the rest of the world had to wait almost two and a half months. Finally, users in the US also can get their hands on the Lumia 530 for Cricket as it is now for sale from carrier’s store and will be coming to T-Mobile on October 15th.
Touted as “affordable flagship”, the Nokia Lumia 830 was announced last month at IFA in Berlin. Soon after that, it was confirmed that AT&T would be one of the carriers to offer the phone in the US. So we are waiting, and waiting, and it looks like we will be waiting for another month as the device is expected to arrive on AT&T on November 7th. However, if you are too impatient to wait that long to get your hands on the device you are in luck because the unlocked international version of the Nokia Lumia 830 is available right now from Expansys USA.
Blu Vivo IV is just 5.5 mm thick and comes at even more attractive price tag of $299 without contract
The ultimate symbol of quality in smartphone world is Apple’s iPhone. Right behind it are such manufacturers as Samsung with its Galaxy S series, HTC with the One lineup, LG and its G family, Sony’s Xperia phones and a few more. All offer premium hardware and advanced software solutions but there is a small problem with those devices – they are expensive, especially off contract. Users who can’t afford to spend so much money have only one choice – settle for more modest offerings. Wait a minute, that’s not exactly true because BLU has just released the Blu Vivo IV which is only 5.5 mm thick and comes at even more attractive price tag of $299 without contract.
Although recent years have been pretty tough for BlackBerry the company haven’t give up and is still launching new handset to the great delight of their staunch users. And just today, after teasing us for months, the company officially released their latest flagship handset, the BlackBerry Passport. The long-rumored device mostly known for his square screen and the innovative touch-enabled keyboard goes on sale today priced at $599.
It’s perfectly understandable that such premium phones as the recently launched iPhone 6, the Samsung Galaxy S5, the LG G3 or the HTC One M8 are the first to stand in the limelight. After all, who isn’t excited about the latest technology? There are, however, a number of not so high-end phones that still deserve our attention. One of such handsets is the HTC Desire 510 released by Sprint last week. As promised, the phone is now available also at Boost Mobile priced at $99.99 without contract, and will be coming to Virgin Mobile soon.
It wasn’t that long ago that ZTE opened its first store in our motherland and the move was followed by a promise that the company would bring more phones to US customers. The Chinese manufacturer sure didn’t waste words. A couple of months ago we were treated to the Grand S Pro and now an unlocked ZTE Nubia 5S Mini 4G LTE is available in the US via Amazon online store.
It’s very unlikely that the fact of carrying a smartphone in the pocket would stop people from going about their business, but it goes without saying that in certain cases consequences for the phone may be sorry. Smartphones are of a delicate nature and usually don’t do well when exposed to extreme conditions for example being dropped on a hard surface or taking a plunge in the pool. Of course, there are a few exceptions and the new Kyocera Hydro Life for T-Mobile is one of them. The phone is now on sale from Walmart at price $124.99 without a contract.
For the obvious reason of being one of the best devices released so far this year, the HTC One M8 receives far more attention than other HTC smartphones, but it doesn’t mean that the company cares only about its most demanding customers. The Desire lineup, which is aimed at mid-tier users, has two new members too, the Desire 610 and 816. Both phones went official way back in February at MWC and HTC sure didn’t hurry in bringing them to our motherland. The wait is finally over, though, and both are available for purchase in the US.
Back-to-school promotions are popping up like mushrooms across carriers and retailers who use this powerful tool to woo potential customers to buy a new phone. If indeed you need one but your budget won’t allow you to go crazy with high-end specification, Cricket Wireless might have something you will like. The ZTE Grand X has just been added to the portfolio and is now available in carrier’s store and online. The phone costs just $99 with a $50 mail-in rebate and obviously doesn’t require a contract.
As for a phone said to reach its End of Life status, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is making out surprisingly well. Since, Microsoft Online Store has started directly offering its black unlocked version of the phone for the price of $549, including costs of shipping and eventual return, the smartphone for sure will find a greater audience. All those who don’t want to be bonded with a contract can now enjoy putting their hands on the phone which is sold without contract. Is it really an end of life of the outstanding combination of phone and camera, or just another stage in the lineup history?
Early this year Sony announced launching the Sony Xperia Z2 to the US market during this summer. And the company seems to keep their promise, since it’s second half of July and the Xperia Z2 has become available in the US for $699 via Sony online store. The device goes on sale unlocked, which means that the phone will be compatible with any GSM service provider, such as AT&T, T-Mobile or prepaid Straight Talk.