At $299 unlocked, BLU Life Android phones look to make a dent in the market
0. phoneArena posted on 18 Mar 2013, 21:18
Okay, we know what you're thinking. Right off the bat, if you hear about a $299 unlocked Android smartphone from a company that you've never heard of before, you assume there are some major downsides in the design that lead to such an inexpensive phone. But, BLU Products is looking to change that with three new handsets that it has just announced...
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1. Joshing4fun posted on 18 Mar 2013, 21:20 1 0
This could be interesting if it works correctly on American carriers. Edge speeds don't work for me.
6. MATOZ posted on 18 Mar 2013, 21:57 2 0
Not really they use 1700/2100 for 3G, but in some areas they refarm to 1900
8. MATOZ posted on 18 Mar 2013, 22:02 1 0
T-Mobile has already refarmed their HSPA+ to a lot of their 1900MHz frequency.
This map shows their current 1900 HSPA+ coverage
5. MATOZ posted on 18 Mar 2013, 21:47 1 0
BLU Life View:
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
As posted on gsmarena.
7. Joshing4fun posted on 18 Mar 2013, 21:58 0 0
Yeah... That means it'll only work on Tmobile with Edge (2G) speeds. Except maybe in Las Vegas or Kansas city where they started refarming their network.
13. izim1 posted on 19 Mar 2013, 00:33 0 0
Yea. Las Vegas, Kansas city... And all the other major cities that theyve already refarmed to 1900. Dude you can't live in the middle of nowhere in some podunk town and complain that a carrier is slow to upgrade their network there. I find that amusing though. But seriously. Get with the program. Tmobile is almost done with the refarming.
14. Joshing4fun posted on 19 Mar 2013, 01:07 0 0
Nothing like jumping to conclusions. I live in a CITY and no, Tmobiles network has not been refarmed here yet. It has not been refarmed in many places. And im not complaining about tmobile, I'm just disappointed that this phone doesn't cover more frequencies to work better on tmobile. If you're gonna jump into a friendly discussion, please bring something to the table instead of just trying to insult me.
3. chemhaz posted on 18 Mar 2013, 21:39 3 0
At that price, sounds like a nice phone for my kids, who would enjoy the larger screen for games and videos.
10. jcpwn2004 posted on 18 Mar 2013, 22:10 0 0
Can't wait for the reviews, hopefully battery life & camera are good! May be my next phone since I'm on prepaid and all the new phones will likely be 600$+ off contract.
15. JunitoNH posted on 19 Mar 2013, 07:47 0 0
You can buy the S3 unlocked at Amazon for $459 and bunch of Sony Xperia(s)
16. jcpwn2004 posted on 19 Mar 2013, 12:15 0 0
thanks for the heads up, I'm sure the s3 prices will start plunging though once the s4 rolls out.
11. Twitch016 posted on 18 Mar 2013, 23:20 0 0
It's an interesting thought, but honestly the vast majority of people who want a stock 4.2 off-contract phone are going to go Nexus if they're willing to venture away from the traditional model. The 5.7 and budget phones have a chance (slight though it is) only because they're different enough from the Nexus 4, but nothing about them seems compelling enough to choose this over the straight-from-Google phone unless you love that extra inch or that extra $70, although at least the storage is 16gb.
I appreciate the thought and effort these guys are putting forth, but for better or worse I don't feel like there's a lot of market share for them to even have a good chance to claim.
12. pixelado posted on 19 Mar 2013, 00:10 1 0
Given that supply meets demand, BLU handsets might give the Nexus 4 a hard time.
I can see two major problems coming with these handsets: bad upgrade policy (if they ever get one) and weak Cortex A7-based CPU. They come with stock 4.2, sure, and minimal customization "should" speed up updates, but we've seen that's not the case with small time manufacturers (oh hey there, huawei).