ZTE is best known for making super-cheap phones that are sold on pre-paid carriers. However, its latest device goes after a different market entirely. The ZTE Axon is an all-metal premium smartphone priced at $450 that you can use on any GSM/LTE network.
No doubt about it, the mid-range market is heating up, even in places where unlocked and contract-free phones have typically undersold. This morning Chinese smartphone maker Huawei announced the Ascend P8 Lite, a new offering for the US that has its sights set on competitors like the Moto G.
The Galaxy S6 has only been out for a few months, but we're already seeing some solid deals on the international variant around the internet tubes. Today it's popped up on eBay Daily Deals for a mere $579.99. That's $50 less than the last time we saw it.
Asus hasn't had much of a presence in the US phone market aside from a few unpleasant PadFones, but that's about to change with the ZenFone 2. This device was revealed at CES in January, but now the US variant is official. It's coming May 19th for $199-299, and you can pre-order it tomorrow.
Samsung won't sell you an unlocked Galaxy S6 direct in North America, a situation for which you can blame the carriers. So why not do an end-run around Samsung and buy this unlocked Galaxy S6 (in white, black, or gold) on sale through eBay. The G920F has plenty of US LTE bands and the price isn't bad (going for well over $700 on Amazon).
The 2nd generation Moto X is one of the best devices you buy running stock Android, especially if you're among those that consider this year's Nexus to be better sized for giants than humans. The device still sells for roughly half a grand, but if you're willing to pick up a refurbished model, you can current get one for just $250 on eBay.
These units are unlocked AT&T models, so you're free to take them to your GSM carrier of choice.
So maybe the Galaxy S6 doesn't strike your fancy because of the non-removable battery or lack of a microSD card slot. No problem—you can pick up an unlocked Galaxy Note 4 right now on eBay for a relative pittance of $470.
Carrier phones are all well and good if you need a subsidy or trade-in payment plan to make it financially feasible, but HTC has an unlocked phone with your name on it. If you can justify $649 to buy the phone outright, you can place your order right now.
The base mode of the 2014 Moto X is still only 16GB, but a 32GB upgrade has been available since launch. Not enough? Motorola has just announced that 64GB is an option when you order through Moto Maker, but only for the Pure Edition unlocked Moto X.