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Old 21-09-2013, 20:25
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Are these worth the hassle to unlock? I'm looking at spending 90-100 quid on one, but wondering if it would be better to stick to UK options and get a warranty.
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Old 21-09-2013, 20:45
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Are these worth the hassle to unlock? I'm looking at spending 90-100 quid on one, but wondering if it would be better to stick to UK options and get a warranty.

unlock?

they are locking chinese unbranded phones these days?
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Old 21-09-2013, 21:44
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They are ALL unlocked. The question is can you afford to throw 100 away? If the answer is yes then go for it. You can grab a bargain. I got my lad a cracking phone for 60 but I am under no illusions that if it goes wrong there is no come back. There are some UK importers who do offer a warranty worth the paper it is written on, I used one on Amazon for a tablet and was able to return for a replacement after the USB port knacked.
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Old 21-09-2013, 21:45
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There is also a company in America called blu who do good value smartphones if you prefer something that Isn't Chinese.
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Old 21-09-2013, 22:26
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There is also a company in America called blu who do good value smartphones if you prefer something that Isn't Chinese.
Still be Chinese...just comes via US rather than direct from China
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Old 21-09-2013, 22:30
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Still be Chinese...just comes via US rather than direct from China
Could say same for a lot of companies as most devices are made in china these days. It's headquarters are in Miami which makes it a proper american company.

http://bluproducts.com/

There you go it is a proper phone company.
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Old 22-09-2013, 07:46
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I bought a Cubot GT72 dual sim from Amazon, delivered Friday from a UK seller with 12 months warranty.
I wasn't expecting much for 50 but it's better than my Galaxy Y Duos.
4" screen, GPS and can switch work sim off out of hours.
So far so good.
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Old 25-09-2013, 13:16
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Let's hope Oppo carry on as they've started - an EU site, 2 year warranty and great reputation.

The Find 5 is very tempting, although in Chinese smartphone terms, it's expensive. Built very well ineed, full HD 5" screen and almost continual updates are three things that tempt me - and if you can't quite stretch to a S4, HTC One etc it's a viable option.

Only downsides as far as I can see are no removable battery or external MicroSD slot. All reviews I've seen are good and there's a thriving modding community (so you can put Cyanogenmod on it if you don't like the UI). The 32GB Midnight version appeals to me at around 360, even though I can get a Note 2 at around the same price these days.

It's probably been thoroughly discussed as it's been around a while now but I thought I'd give it an honourable mention in this thread as it's an example other Chinese smartphone manufacturers should follow. Even the packaging and SIM tool are works of art!
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