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.
In the last few weeks Google has been busing cleaning up its Play Store. As a result the HTC One, Galaxy S4, Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition have disappeared from Google’s store but not from the market. In fact, the devices drew our attention when they showed up in quite attractive prices on Expansys. Expansys USA’s big sale of Google Play edition devices follows a couple of similar bargains offered by several distributors lately.
Nokia announced the 6-inch Lumia 1320 Windows 8 phablet in October last year as an affordable massive smartphone for masses. As weeks turned into months and there wasn’t as much as a rumor suggesting that at some point the device would make it across the US border. We simply assumed that the device was destined for developing markets only where should receive more attention thanks to its competitive price tag. It turns out that the big boy is up for grabs in the US after all. The new Cricket Wireless network, revamped after merger with AT&T, has just launched the Nokia Lumia 1320 at a price of $229.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
Huawei devices arrived in the US a while back; however, the only way to get one of them was through carriers or third-party retailers. Starting today, potential Huawei customers can choose one more option to shop for Huawei phones as the Chinese manufacturer opened its first online store in the US. The very first device to be sold in the store is the massive 6.1-inch Ascend Mate 2 which was launched in unlocked flavor and without contract. The phablet can be pre-ordered at GetHuawei.com for an affordable price of $299.
Motorola is now offering $100 discount on the 32GB version of the Moto X Phone compatible with any carrier of your choice: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and unlocked for T-Mobile. That brings the price down to $349 for the handset without contract. The sale will be held until tomorrow, June 5th. The “48-hour sale” will also save you $100 on the Developer Edition phone.
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It’s been a long wait but finally, three months after it was announced, the Samsung Galaxy S5 arrived at Virgin Mobile. The phone is now for sale via carrier’s online store for $599.99. Being a prepaid carrier, Virgin Mobile doesn’t require contracts. The most obvious advantage is that you won’t have to sign any lengthy agreements, however, no contract also means no subsidy, so what you are paying for the device is its full retail price.
Boost Mobile confirmed that would be offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 a few days after the phone was announced, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when earlier today the carrier added the device to its high-end smartphones portfolio. Boost Mobile is a pre-paid carrier so it doesn’t require signing up contracts. Consequently, you can’t take advantage of subsidies that normally are a part of long-term agreements. In other words, it means that you will have to pay full retail price for the Galaxy S5 which, in the case of Boost Mobile, is $599.99. For comparison, it’s exactly the same as Verizon’s off-contract price and $50 less than Sprint’s and AT&T’s.
Howdy T-Mobile fans! The magenta network has just added to its portfolio a new smartphone for budget-conscious users, the ZTE Concord II. The phone is now for sale at carrier’s store for a price of $150 without contract. If T-Mobile is not your choice for a carrier, you will be happy to know that the Concord II also will be coming to Metro PCS, though you will have to wait until May 19th to get your hands on it.
If you are looking for a cheap feature phone with QWERTY keyboard and don’t mind jumping on Virgin Mobile, you will be happy to know that the carrier has added a new feature phone to its portfolio – the Kyocera Contact. The phone is a rebranded version of Kyocera Verve launched on Sprint network that we wrote about last month. The phone is up for grabs starting today for a price of $39.99 and is available with payLo’s $40 monthly plans. Virgin Mobile’s payLo is a pre-paid brand so you won’t have to sign any lengthy contracts.
In 2013 Mozilla announced that would be bringing its Firefox platform to the mobile industry and soon after teamed up with ZTE to make the first Firefox-powered smartphone, the ZTE Open. Now both companies are back with a new and improved handset, the ZTE Open C. The phone is available in the US exclusively from eBay for a budget-friendly price of just $99.99 without a contract. The phone is unlocked meaning that can be used with any GSM carrier of your choice, such as AT&T or T-Mobile.
Affordable AT&T & T-Mobile phones featuring physical QWERTY keyboard for those who prefer texting above all
There are literally hundreds of smartphones and non-smartphones on the market today, each offering its own combination of specs and features from the most basic options to truly cutting-edge technology. If you are looking for an AT&T, T-Mobile or unlocked phone offering variety of messaging features but don’t have too much money to spare, here are a few affordable phones featuring QWERTY keyboard to consider. Let’s meet LG Xpression, Motorola Droid 2 Global, Pantech Laser and BlackBerry Bold 9900, shall we?
No one questions the fact that quality is costly. However, the examples of the Moto G, OnePlus One or BLU phones are a living proof that it’s possible to offer devices with decent specs and do not charge people horrendous sums of money. And speaking of BLU Products, following the announcement of the LTE-capable Studio 5.0, the company unveiled another smartphone, the Blu Life Pure XL. Actually it’s a phablet that offers a solid set of specs including 5.5-inch 1080p display and 16MP camera yet keeps the price at a budget-friendly level.
If you have had your eye on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition but weren’t quite sure if you could afford it, now would be a good time to make the move. Google has just shaved $200 off of the phone’s price and is currently offering the device for $449. It’s not exactly dirt cheap, but given that the unlocked phone without contract used to cost $649, it’s over 30% cheaper to pay. Moreover, for a limited time Google will also offer free ground shipping.
If you don’t need or want a fancy smartphone but still prefer a touchscreen navigation and stylish design, these four Verizon touch screen phones may be a good option to consider. The Pantech Hotshot, LG Cosmos Touch, LG enV Touch and Samsung Glyde are affordable devices today that don’t require signing lengthy contracts and purchasing expensive data plans. These are good alternatives when you need a replacement phone for Verizon but you are not eligible for an upgrade yet. Prices starting as low as $19.99 for pre-owned phone and tops at 69.99 for the new device. In the other words, these are cheap.