Cheap Windows Phone 8.1-based Yezz Billy 4.7 and Billy 4.0 to be released soon

If you haven’t heard of Yezz, we won’t blame you: it’s not exactly a well-known name in the smartphone industry, although it did manage to release quite many Android products until now. Even so, the company, which is based in Miami, USA, today announced two new handsets that run Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS. The two devices are called Yezz Billy 4.7 (pictured on the left) and Yezz Billy 4.0.

As its name suggests, the Yezz Billy 4.7 offers a 4.7-inch display (with 720 x 1280 pixels). It’s a mid-range handset that further features HSPA+, dual SIM capabilities, a quad-core Snapdragon processor (unknown model), and a 13.1MP rear camera.

Like some of Nokia’s Lumia WP handsets, the Yezz Billy 4.7 will have interchangeable back covers (in white, blue, and red). Yezz says that the Billy 4.7 is only 7.2mm thin, this making it “the world's thinnest mobile device based on Windows Phone 8.1.”

Starting late May, the Yezz Billy 4.7 will be available in Europe and Latin America, unlocked, for $249 / €229.

Yezz didn’t provide too may details about its second WP handset, the Billy 4.0, but we know that this features a 4.0-inch display, a quad-core processor, and an 8MP rear camera. It will cost $139 / €129.

In the US, both the Billy 4.7 and Billy 4.0 should be released in June exclusively via Amazon.

We’re curious to know if any of our readers would consider buying a Windows Phone handset from Yezz, when Nokia (now Microsoft) is already offering Lumia smartphones for all budgets.

source: WP Central



1. papss unregistered

I read this on WPcentral a bit ago.. Never heard of them but glad to see others bringing handsets to this awesome platform

4. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

If the price stays true and the overall performance isn't bad then I'll definitely pick up the 4.7 instead of waiting for a Lumia Icon to appear on craigslist... I've always wanted a backup phone with WP8.1

9. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

they couldn't think of a better name than "Billy"? thats a terrible name for a phone.

15. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I find it funny because I usually equate that name with South Park where Stan's grandfather keeps calling him Billy. But yeah it is a terrible name.

19. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Their Androids are named Andy (after Andy Rubin) so naming their phones Billy (after Bill Gates) makes lots of sense

2. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Yeah! Microsoft should do that. To compete with an army of android they must create an army of windows phone. Kudos to Microsoft!

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea...things are really going to get interesting in the next few years....

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

YEEEEZZZZZZZ!!! MORE Windows phones, lol JP.. And umm are those touch keys? Why not on screen buttons? Display type?

16. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

i seriously dont understand all the hate for touch keys... the panel is IPS acording to WPcentral

21. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Actually no hate at all,, but since it is a new feature to Wp8.1, most folks would like it to be present, and my 1020, I don't really mind the touch keys,,

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yeeeezzzzzzzz Billlllllly!!!! Oooohhhh Yeeeezzzzzzzz Billlllllly!!!!

17. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

You perverted old man !!!

20. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014


6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Look good. Similar to red rice. I still getting to buy one unit of red rice. Out of stock since March.

7. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nokia is not "now Microsoft", Nokia is Nokia. Nokia's Devices and Services business is now Microsoft Mobile (Oy). Lazy writers. Nokia is a separate company that is not owned nor is a part of Microsoft. To answer your question, yes, I would buy a device from a different manufacturer but only if it is technically better than a Lumia in the same price range.

8. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Transparent Tiles are really cool, like them a lot more than I thought would especially with the right image. In the next couple of years I believe WP will really take of not just because of Microsoft in house efforts but because of efforts from other OEM's taking advantage of WP free licensing which incidentally makes Android more expensive to manufacture than WP because of patent licensing they gotta pay to MS when making Android. Android had that market to itself now WP has that advantage. The table in essence has turned.

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

While I agree with some of what you say.....they havent turned yet. A rise in market share, Android falling in marketshare will tell us if that is true.

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010


10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I made a comment recently about smaller companies not wanting to take a chance on the smaller platform when MS made Windows Phone OS license free. I have to take that back.....seems like one of the best moves they could have made...this is the 2nd article about a company I never heard of before making a WP device.

14. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

I'll get the 4.7 one if it releases in India.

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

HSPA+ hmm some People might want it to have 4G too but then again if this smart phone performs well who cares for the price and costing just 240 dollars with a 720P HD screen. hey a lot of folks could buy it outright and give it a try!

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