10 cell phone companies you've probably never heard of

10 cell phone companies you've probably never heard of
Quick, how many cell phone manufacturers can you think of? Samsung, Apple, Nokia, LG, HTC, Sony, and Motorola are the few names that spring to mind almost instantly, which is not surprising given the popularity of their mobile devices. However, there is a whole bunch of cell phone makers that are so obscure that you've probably never heard of them. Or have you? Well, there's one way to find out! Just flick through the slideshow below and meet the cell phone companies we've picked. How many of them are you familiar with? Or can you suggest a brand that is even more obscure than the ones we've selected? Let us know by dropping a comment!




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34 Comments

1. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

The Last One, Xiaomi. I see potential in it. But... Who's that Apple again? Ah... The one who is in lawsuit now with Samsung and makes great tablets, I remembered.

18. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Miui is what iOS should have been

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Love to see all these makers cross into the US more choices= better pricing. Id love to see one day when i walk into a cell phone store I choose my phone first and then go home and decide on my carrier. And I can choose from the cheap crap phones to the awesome phones that the carriers currently have. Like make it a walmart experience. Do I want the great value galaxy s3 or the real one?

3. lonestrider

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

What about Nexian? Mito? Sagem? Have you heard those?

20. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Cross, Imo ?

4. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Oppo, anyone???

16. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Wouldnt mind.

5. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Boy some of those phone look way better than the S3 design.

6. wendygarett unregistered

Why all of this above is android phone? Why?

8. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Not i-mate.

10. wendygarett unregistered

This article is so android biased I would skip this as well

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

have you seen any other manufacturers using iOS? these manufacturers use android coz its famous and its free... while WP, they need to pay... and there's no other OS that these manufacturers can use... in the philippines, we got cherry mobile, starmobile,myphone, and torque... they all use android now.. coz its free and famous... and they are very cheap... around 3000 pesos

15. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

There cheap cause there budget handsets. Unlike oneX. S3. And others.

22. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

What a dumb statement.

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Maybe because Apple doesn't allow iOS on any other manufacturer's hardware. Same for RIM. The only other OS that could be put on any manufacturer's hardware is WP, but since that has hardware requirements, Android is about the only choice. Weren't you saying just yesterday that you were an android user but also collected iPhones? If that's actually true I'm surprised you didn't know this.

26. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I thought RIM was going to license blackberry 10?

14. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

ios will never let other company use there OS.

31. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Cause no one wants to use iOS mate :)

30. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Wendygarett:- Go and write your own articles then lolzzzz

7. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

No offence, but it seems like PA was really stretching at the end there. I'm pretty sure the last three (Xiaomi, INQ, and Blu) have even been featured in the news fairly recently.

9. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

plus one....BlackBerry, LOL just kidding here's my list of obscure cellphone companies : -Nexian which stands for "Next Generation" situated in indonesia -Mito -ivio -venera -k-touch -cross -maxtron -Ti-Phone

21. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Ti-Phone Marshanda. Hahaha only $20

25. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

LOL, how do you know that phone ? live there ?

11. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Philippine phone manufacturers, check out their androids. Hahaha~ Example:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-_iwds8y-I

17. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

micromax makes decent phones with good specs.

19. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

q mobile. just google it

23. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

Acatel, they make sturdiest phones in my country and they are cheaper than dirt l

24. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Lol @ imate..... I mate at night was the first thing that came to mind.

27. Seannyc

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

I guess there is potential right

28. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Imate was Dubai based company. It was more selling branded versions of HTC. Their lifetime warranty phone was 810F and not the earlier ones. Company ceased to exist after 2009 i think.

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