by Jules Wang | July 14, 2015 3:46 PM
Mid-rangers are an interesting beast in this smartphone market. Publicized unlocked phones have become a more common occurrence. ZTE wanted to be the uncommon occurence. The Chinese manufacturer made a point in renaming its US brand — one tarnished by security doubts and locked-in by a legion of low-end devices (some 66 being actively sold in the US market, ZTE claims) — and kicking things off in high-end fashion with the launch of the Axon smartphone. Axon's competitors, which include Huawei and Xiaomi, took phones from their home-market production, watered them down to "Lite" or ...
by Joe Levi | December 14, 2012 12:06 PM
T-Mobile USA recently announced a plan to get rid of handset subsidies. On the surface this sounds like a great idea, but before we get into the pros and cons, we need to understand how "subsidies" and "standards" really work. Standards Rule! The GSM standard allows you to put a SIM into your phone, and as long as it's activated by its carrier, you're online. Globally, that's how it works. In America, not only do we have phones that support limited bands (and may not work across all carriers), we even have two different standards for voice: GSM and CDMA. In an ideal scenario, phones would ...
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