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Old December 11th, 2012, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is there anywhere I can go (online) to get these chinese phones?

I keep seeing reviews for these sweet ZTE, lenovo, or xiaomi phones that are just priced fantastic, but only available in China or on ebay with a 200% markup.
Anybody have any legit sources to get these phones at the prices they're available overseas?

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Old December 11th, 2012, 06:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think most buy them through ebay, correct me if I'm wrong. They usually do free shipping.
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Unless they're unlocked they likely won't work outside their country. Advise caution
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I don't know if this is completely true. I do know however that recently i believe the US said that these phones could house potential threats to security in the United States.

Otherwise i know there are deals everyday on Amazon with a couple phones marked at 50% off. You could always check that out.
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Most times these Chinese phones do not come with Google Play installed. Just an FYI.
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ZTE is actually a name brand, and does have Play out of box. The rear being off brands? Dunno, never heard of 'em
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If these phones were really sweet and fantastically priced you would see them all over (look at the Nexus 4). I am willing to bet there are good reasons we don't see more of them over here.
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Check with THESE guys. I have no affiliation with them, but have heard very good things about them from folks who have used them.

They can even mod the phone before you receive it and add the Play store, a multilanguage OS, unlock it, and root it. They can also remove all unneeded/non-useful Chinese apps.
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What country are you in? ZTE isn't expensive in the US.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 07:13 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Something to keep in mind when buying phones directly from China(usually HK or Shenzhen) or on Ebay, it's caveat emptor(buyer beware).

It's worth reading the forum sticky about Chinese phones as well...
Off-brand Phones and Tablets: Worth the Low Cost?


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The ZTEs sold in the West, e.g. UK, USA, all have Google Play. However the phones sold in China do not have Play. Same with Huawei.

Lenovo is certainly not an off-brand. One of the world's largest PC makers, and their phones are very popular in China. However Lenovo and Xiaomi are only sold in China and SE Asia AFAIK.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 07:26 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Phones from China are unlocked. However a possible issue with a phone bought from the PRC, is that it might not have the US and Canadian 3G/4G bands, specifically 850MHz WCDMA. It will work, but you'll only get slow GSM/EDGE data. Also some people have posted about buying phones intended for China Mobile, these will not do 3G/4G data at all outside of China.
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