Xiaomi and Meizu phones officially land in the US through US Mobile (update)

Xiaomi and Meizu phones officially land in the US through US Mobile (update)
UPDATE: It appears the product pages for the Xiaomi and Meizu phones at US Mobile's website have been taken down. Furthermore, it has been discovered that shipments of the phones were not to be handled by the MVNO itself, but by a third-party importer from China. We would not expect the Xiaomi and Meizu handsets to return to the carrier's website anytime soon, but we'll see how the story develops.

US Mobile - a mobile virtual network operator that uses T-Mobile's physical network - is now selling a few Xiaomi and Meizu smartphones through its web store. 

For a few good quarters now, Xiaomi and Meizu, two of the largest smartphone makers in China, have expressed their ambitions to expand to the US smartphone market, and today the two companies scored a major milestone in the form of a carrier partnership.

Until a few hours ago, the only way that you could get your hands on a new Xiaomi or Meizu smartphone in the US was to import one, which usually implied giving up support and accepting a shady (or non-existent) warranty agreement. US Mobile has fixed both of these setbacks, as the Xiaomi and Meizu phones get both support from the carrier and a one-year warranty from the importer. Furthermore, the phones are sold unlocked.

As value-for-money brands, Xiaomi and Meizu make affordable smartphones, but US Mobile is also offering equipment installment plans on all these new additions to its online web store. This payment option involves signing up for one of US Mobile's plans, which future subscribers can create themselves depending on their needs.

Unfortunately, the Xiaomi and Meizu smartphones sold by US Mobile are not compatible with US LTE bands, which means that users won't be able to take advantage of high-speed mobile connections in the areas where these are available.

In the future, US Mobile says that future devices might get support for the LTE bands in the US. Before this can happen, however, Xiaomi and Meizu need to start making smartphone variants with North American LTE radios, a move some industry watchers say is expected to take place by the end of the year.

The phones now on sale at US Mobile include the Xiaomi Mi 4i for $219, the Meizu M2 Note for $149, the Xiaomi Mi 3 for $139, and the Xiaomi Redmi 2 for $119. If this is the first time you're hearing about these phones are willing to sacrifice LTE connectivity, here's your chance to learn more about the value-for-money phones that proved to be extremely popular in Asia:

source: US Mobile

Related phones

Mi 4i
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3120 mAh
m2 note
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh



1. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Older phones and no LTE. Only decent phone is the Mi4i.

2. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

start the invasion.

3. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

All Chinese phones with band 7 (2600) - must be over 90% of their LTE phones, work in Canada on LTE with Rogers, Fido and Bell, so Canadians can order virtually any Chinese phone from a retailer in China and it will work fine. I am using the Meizu Pro 5 at the moment, great phone, reasonable price and no problems.

4. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Yes, they work perfectly in Europe too, just you know: the USA needs always something else, not that, what the rest of the worl uses... (Btw a happy Pro 5 user here as well :D )

5. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Redmi 3 has outstanding battery on GSMArena. I'm waiting for it to be released in my country.

6. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Well its a start. Still waiting for the US version of the Elephone p9000. That is of course if they don't cancel it like the p8000.

7. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Apples lawyers are already smiling and Chance to earn big cash. Biggest copycat "Apple of China" landing in US. But Apple won't do anything yet , because they want expand in China market and Xiaomi is still no threat in US.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they'll sue really soon.. they need some fresh cash to make their investor happy :D

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