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  1. xenu

    xenu Member

    The phone has almost identical specs to an HTC desire. Total price is $261.34 including UPS shipping.

    It is coming from Guandong province in the People's Republic of China.

    I was ready to buy the Desire for $549.99 from but am tired of waiting for it to be restocked. Almost six weeks later and no phone in sight except from a few sketchy retailers.

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  2. Phenomenological

    Phenomenological Well-Known Member

    You talk about sketchy retailers then order a generic, cheap smartphone from China? Enjoy your regrets, friend. :rolleyes:
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  3. spenspuma

    spenspuma Well-Known Member

    Jeeeez!!...theres one born every day!...no wonder these gimps keep creating knock off cheap electricals, cos theres always a sucker who will part with their money.
  4. anoniemouse

    anoniemouse Well-Known Member

    I seem to remember when if something was made in Taiwan then it was cheap crap, but now a lot of the best electrical goods come from there.
    HTC & Acer spring straight to mind.
  5. Phenomenological

    Phenomenological Well-Known Member

    And those are the companies people buy from. Buying from shabby backstreet manufacturer who probably bases his products on parts from the good companies that failed quality control is still a bad idea.
  6. anoniemouse

    anoniemouse Well-Known Member

    I agree there, but occasionally you can find an up & coming company among the dregs.
    Although in those circumstances its advisable to do some serious research first, & then part with your readies.
    More times than that people just see the price & think wow & fall into that old proverb about a fool & his money.
  7. mobileman

    mobileman Member

    sounds like an advert rather than information :(
  8. Phenomenological

    Phenomenological Well-Known Member

    I thought that too, but realised that my first post applies as a warning for anyone reading the advert even if that is the case. :p
  9. maxnicks

    maxnicks Well-Known Member

    Don't pay any attention to the naysayers they're all just pissed that somebody might've gotten a quality phone for 1/3 the cost they paid. Most of their Droids (including mine) were built in China.

    Let us know how your phone works out and where you purchased it. Good Luck!
  10. anoniemouse

    anoniemouse Well-Known Member

    Yes China does get picked to build a lot of these devices, using quality parts as wages are very low = higher profits.
    The Chinese companies that build & sale there own products, can be a minefield of good & very poor quality products.
    The moral is do your research before you buy, not jump straight in.
  11. Phenomenological

    Phenomenological Well-Known Member

    Built in China isn't the issue. Built from castoffs from the proper manufacturers, with almost no quality control, no customer service, and normally a warranty with so many holes in it it may as well not be there - THAT is the issue. ;)

    Cheap and cheerful is an illusion - You'll only be cheerful till it breaks.
  12. Evil Genius

    Evil Genius Well-Known Member

    well, 10 days ago, the OP was asking questions about chinese copies in this very forum so he knew what he was doing when he bought this item.

    some members warned then about the "dangers" so it shouldn't come as a surprise if the phone is rubbish (if it turns up at all).
  13. Ceefax

    Ceefax Well-Known Member

    Well, I hope it works out for you.

    Out of curiosity, what android OS does it come with? Will you get updates? What's the potential for programs running on it correctly as it isn't in the android developers kit for testing on? What kind of customer support will you get if things go wrong?

    I know the specs may seem similar, but there's a reason its $300 cheaper and no doubt has sub par components. That's my opinion anyway.

    I do hope it works for you though. Good luck.
  14. Eugene's Mac

    Eugene's Mac Well-Known Member

    On the topic of "non-Brand-names". I am currently on business in India and believe me when I say there is a choice of them here. "iPhone" with 64gig +SD+removable battery+5MP camera+video etc for $150. Let alone their own major brands known only to the surrounding areas. Phones that have 2x sim slots+2x sdcard+2 batteries of which either one can be swapped on the fly without switching the phone off and looks like similar to blackberry. Then don't forget the small mobile phone that doubles as a multifunction remote that can even function the AC in your room. Phone that is linked to your satellite service provider and your decoder so you can set anything to record from anywhere you have signal.

    My point guys is that a lot of the innovations we see in new tech by popular brands have been developed and tested in the back alley shops by those engineers that may not have cut it in the big corporations.
  15. Yenzehn

    Yenzehn Well-Known Member

  16. Eugene's Mac

    Eugene's Mac Well-Known Member

  17. Nagrom

    Nagrom Well-Known Member

  18. jason-567

    jason-567 Well-Known Member

    Well i am one of the lucky ones i bought a sd card from china that wasnt fake, i hope you are just as lucky!!
  19. Phenomenological

    Phenomenological Well-Known Member

    Could you please pick some lottery numbers for me? ;)
  20. smartcard

    smartcard Well-Known Member

    Is there any China phones that comes with Android 2.2 OS
  21. ru'

    ru' Member

    Please, please, please tell us all about it when it arrives :D
  22. Kimi The Worm

    Kimi The Worm Member

    Also get ready for UPS to hit you with a COD charge for import duty + administration fee (assuming you are in the UK it should be around
  23. CloughIsGod

    CloughIsGod New Member

    Assuming 50% of these units are decent you may as well have bought the Desire...
  24. flowerchild120

    flowerchild120 New Member

    I am one of those peeps that bought a cheap china smartphone (i9270+) Came with a 4.0 Android operating system. The only problem I am having is sending and receiving MMS files. Unfortunately, my carrier cant tell me how to fix...grrrrr! I will welcome all suggestions...:rolleyes:

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