Judging by the number posts here on AF I think a lot of people, especially Stateside seem to like importing exotic phones from "communist" China. And sometimes find they can't use the things at all... https://androidforums.com/threads/does-my-phone-need-rooted.1237567/ I purchased a Homtom S9 from GearBest. It said it was compatible with the Verizon network, but I took it to Verizon and they said it was not compatible. Nope...not going to happen...and that phone will not work in the US at all. Of course being in China, I'm absolutely spoiled for choice with phones.