US Mobile is no longer just that small mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that uses T-Mobile’s network. It now has the distinction of being the first wireless carrier in the United States to legitimately carry mobile devices made by Chinese phone makers Xiaomi and Meizu. American mobile carriers may be forgiven for never having heard of both these smartphone brands, but via US Mobile, Xiaomi and Meizu now have an access way into the US market.
As explained by Ahmed Khattak, the founder and chief executive officer of US Mobile, American mobile users have always been generally open to the idea of buying lesser known brands of smartphones in order to save on expenses. Indeed, phone makers such as Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and HTC have dominated the US market, but these brands do not always have the cheapest smartphone offerings. Enter Xiaomi and Weizu, two Chinese phone makers that can offer smartphones that deliver on features but come at really affordable prices. Previously unavailable for American buyers, interested parties in the US now get their chance to own devices produced by Xiaomi and Weizu.
So which smartphones exactly are being carried by US Mobile? These include the Xiaomi Redmi 2 (priced at $119), the Xiaomi Mi 3 (priced at $135), the Xiaomi Mi 4 (priced at $219, and the Meizu Note 2 (priced at $149). Among Chinese phone makers, both Xiaomi and Meizu are known to be two of the most reliable in terms of smartphone builds. American buyers now have an opportunity to see for themselves exactly how reliable these two brands are.
As for the plans that go along with these handsets, it is safe to say that US Mobile is rather generous with its offers. Like Ting, US Mobile employs a mix and match approach to its plans, but with cheaper rates. One get enjoy 500 minutes of voice calls, 500 text messages, and 500 megabytes for only $24 a month, or get 2.5 gigabytes plus a hundred minutes of voice calls and unlimited text messaging for just $37 a month. Overall, customers get up to more than a hundred plan recipes.
However, there are caveats. For one, Xiaomi and Weizu phones are not exactly designed for US networks, which means they can not get LTE. But having already put a foot in American shores, Xiaomi and Weizu should still have plenty to celebrate. And if both phone makers make good on their relationship with US Mobile, they just might be able to offer new US LTE compatible devices in the future.
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