At $299 unlocked, BLU Life Android phones look to make a dent in the market
0. phoneArena 18 Mar 2013, 21:18 posted on
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 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
This could be interesting if it works correctly on American carriers. Edge speeds don't work for me.
6. MATOZ (Posts: 71; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)
Not really they use 1700/2100 for 3G, but in some areas they refarm to 1900
8. MATOZ (Posts: 71; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)
T-Mobile has already refarmed their HSPA+ to a lot of their 1900MHz frequency.
This map shows their current 1900 HSPA+ coverage
5. MATOZ (Posts: 71; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)
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 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
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 (Posts: 78; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
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 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
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 (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)
At that price, sounds like a nice phone for my kids, who would enjoy the larger screen for games and videos.
10. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
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 (Posts: 1020; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
You can buy the S3 unlocked at Amazon for $459 and bunch of Sony Xperia(s)
16. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
thanks for the heads up, I'm sure the s3 prices will start plunging though once the s4 rolls out.
11. Twitch016 (Posts: 23; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)
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 (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
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).