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That price is insane. For a slightly higher price, you can get the standard unlocked Moto E4. That also happened with my UMI Cross. If this is the same for all Buzz users, it looks like Telstra’s firmware is causing this. It really is an amazing device for the dollars. Are you reviewing the One Plus X? The phone I use for Amaysim is now pretty hopeless for internet use, hence my interest in potentially using the Buzz which is very snappy.
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Please try your search again later. I’m started to lean towards the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro. Do I actually need to be at home to show the delivery driver the same ID used to make the purchase? Some steps are in http: Interesting — that certainly gives better network coverage throughout your home.

Killing the Swiftkey process then starting it again fixes the issue — at least until the next restart. I’ve uninstalled Swiftkey for now since I change sims quite often. And the fit of the battery on mine is also quite tight.

I need a coin and quite a bit of force to remove it. I also have the Y which I think I slightly prefer over this. The Y’s IPS display is significantly better and the double unlock procedure on Lollipop is quite annoying.

But I don’t install too many apps — double the amount of onboard storage on the Buzz will be significant for those who do. Both are great handsets though. Offer runs till the 15th of Sept. I have this prom as my first Android phone coming from an iPhone 5.

I really quite like it. Is there any way to put a ‘clean’ ROM on this phone? Check this post on how to disable built in apps in android: But you might have issues with 3G coverage since this handset doesn’t support the Mhz band that Optus 3G uses.

Has anyone else had problems getting gesture typing to work on the Google keyboard that comes installed by default on the Buzz? Try as I might it just doesn’t seem to want to happen for me.

But you can download the latest version Google keyboard from the Play store and that works as expected. It doesn’t suffer from the high cpu usage on startup I experienced with Swiftkey either.

Would anyone recommend this phone for someone who doesn’t know much about phones and is looking to buy one? Would anyone recommend this phone for someone who doesn’t know much about phones. Yes, as long as you are on the Telstra network.

I’d say it’s especially good for someone who perhaps doesn’t know if a smartphone is really worth spending on. Jack B Nimble writes I just realized the Buzz is missing two 4G bands, 1 and 8 http: I was considering one of these.

I broke the screen and replaced it with a Huawei? I had read up on these and I thought they sounded like a reasonable cheap phone. I hate the Samsung, the only good thing is it fits in my case.

It seems to take forever to launch things like facebook, but it will instantaneously launch things that you didn’t means to start. Also the mAh battery seems to be not big enough.

I just worry that if I buy another cheap phone it is just wasting more money on something that won’t do the job I want. Will this Buzz perform better than my little Samsung, and will battery life be better?

The Buzz has almost the same specifications as your Y but has more onboard storage 8GB vs 4GB, a slightly bigger battery, illuminated soft buttons and a newer version of Android. I have both and they perform similarly with great battery life — I get 5 to 7 hours screen time with wifi on with both.

I find the display and build quality of the Y to be better but if you’re on Telstra, 4GX support makes the Buzz a better choice. We just got a Telstra Buzz for an on-call work phone.

Married to Christ writes WTF, I always miss the sales. Don’t know which is better, but please consider that you would probably need to unlock the Buzz before it can run on Boost, even though they are both on the Telstra network.

Identical spec and design here: I actually found some proof that this phone is the Blade Q Lux. Thread about this here: I own a Y with a similar chipset Snapdragon and my Buzz is scoring about 2, while the Y gets 12, Their scores in Antutu are close so it could be an issue with Quadrant and the differing runtimes in Lollipop and Kitkat but my Nexus 7 that also has a Snapdragon doesn’t have the same issue.

If other handsets aren’t getting the same low scores then I might need to contact ZTE about it. I’m getting about as well. I expect it’s the benchmark. Just bought one to replace my Samsung Galaxy Trend which I grew to hate and swore at regularly.

So much faster than the little Samsung and battery life appears to at least twice as good, it is now 4: My only problem was that I hadn’t realized that it uses a micro sim, so I had to get the Telstra shop make up a new sim for the phone, but this was done with a minimum of fuss.

I tried to answer question about using it on Aldi. I don’t think that it will work without unlocking. Low latency and impressive speeds which flat lined, clearly reaching either the tower or handset max speed.

But maybe only Mhz looking at handset signal levels at distance? Have had a look online but can’t find any reference to this price at DSE. Has anyone recently successfully used a Boost sim in this phone?

I think that price might be store specific. I switched from boost to telstra since i purchased this phone. But a boost sim will work fine is what they told me. It takes a smaller sim though.

Did you buy one for a cheap mobile Wi-Fi Device? I’m looking to get one for my sister in law, might be a cheaper option for her than using her Telstra pre pay broadband. Has anyone put this phone to the test as a portable wifi device and used a handful of devices simultaneously?

Does it do a decent job as a portable router? For those wondering how fast the Telstra Buzz is at handling data, here is a great speed test for such a cheap phone. Just 2 bars signal strength suspect 4G MHz at 9.

A busy time for the internet down in the Adelaide CBD. If it’s the Mhz 4G frequency you seek it is indeed a good price. There’s one white model left at Nunawading, VIC Would that be a huge problem for suburban areas?

I’m still wondering how it handles data when used by a few devices simultaneously. Does it still do a better job than those pocket wifi devices? Thank you very much sween64 for posting this information.

I managed to pick one up for that price on my way home tonight. Sure, I know it will get cheaper, but I am currently very frustrated with the limited capabilities of my current Android phones.

This firmware allows any later model Android phone to act as a modem to a number of routers via USB tethering. With a number of users, everything runs very well Can not promise every android phone but the more people that report back the better.

Have you reported this works back to the Rooter thread? Thanks for letting me know because I have both also but have not tried it. Interesting — that certainly gives better network coverage throughout your home.

So basically the phone just interacts with the TP-Link router and then the big device dishes everything out to the end devices. Have you tested the Buzz on its own before, as a pocket wifi that spreads the love to all devices on its own?

I still have the Telstra Ultimate pocket hotspot but am considering the Buzz if it can do a better job as a standalone device. Dairyman, Coltec and Cobia are the real master minds.

Here is the website info is a bit dated so forums are the better place to talk about it on whirlpool. Indooroopilly Centro had none last night but told me that Indooroopilly Shopping Town had four, one of which I bought.

It seems they are on the DSE computer and any shop should be able to tell you where they are available. So i have used mine for 1 day. People on the other end keep saying they cant hear me properly.

Must be the way i hold it. I decided to put my voice directly over the tiny mic hole and talk it made things even worse. The Speaker is on back and is not very loud especially when it comes to using speaker phone.

Also had one phone call where the telstra lady was cutting in and out but they could here me fine. She called me back and all was good. I was on 4G in the city about m from a cell tower.

More testing to do. I was told because it’s a pre-paid phone I need to get the sim activated and I need to wait in line with 5 other people because I can’t do it myself WTF? I just want this cheap phone without a sim as I already have a BYO sim on my flagship daily.

I just wanted a spare phone and Telstra couldn’t do it: I rang my nearest store Garden City in Brisbane Southside — they had none left, but advised there were 3 at Sunnybank and 4 at Calamvale.

I just swapped over. I know the feeling. I went to telstra for 3 sims today and they said they dont sell them and that I had to go to coles or wollies to get them and then ring up and get each activated then come back to telstra for them to charge 2X prepaid devices up with data and ring for the freedom plus plan on the other.

I can report that I have tried the following 4G phones, all with great success: Yes, I’m very happy with it. I originally wanted to go down this track so that I could connect a voip box ATA device via a LAN cable to utilise my phone’s data allowance.

The cordless phone Telstra brand contains bluetooth. This allows you to copy your phone’s address book in just a couple of steps into its memory. When making a call via the cordless phone, I am given the choice of making it via MyNetFone or via my mobile phone the Telstra Buzz.

When I leave for work, I simply take the now fully charged Telstra Buzz with me, connecting a Huawei Y in its place for others to use while I’m out. Yes, it works absolutely fine.

It just doesn’t give me all the flexibility I get with the above setup. The wifi range of the Buzz phone is every bit as good as another good phone The Buzz also manages to do all of this, plus connect to my bluetooth headset which lets me talk while doing mundane tasks such as the dishes or the washing.

I didn’t mean the code the public can see. Please contact store to confirm availability”. Here are my 2 best speed, Note that I am not in a 4GX area and these are about the bet possible in this case.

I will try to get to a 4GX area and test. On plugging in say a USB hard drive. I paid cash, no ID required, nice fast transaction. The DSE operative said that there are plenty of these phones around at present.

His shop restocked on Fri afternoon. He also commented that Telstra is offloading this stuff now and he would be surprised if stock is still around in quantity after Christmas.

As others have said, about the only negatives are the el-cheapo screen but the digitiser is fine and the low end camera. Other than that, all good. I am quite impressed with overall speed and responsiveness, from booting up through loading apps to shut-down, all is smooth.

I auto-loaded about apps from my Cloud storage and this did not have any noticeable effect on performance after loading had completed. Battery performance also looks to be good but it’s early days yet.

My main objective was to get a cheap entry into Telstra 4GX wireless hot-spotting and I must say that as a hotspot it performs admirably. The phone runs cool, much cooler than the ZTE MF91 dedicated pocket hotspot that I will probably now retire, presumably meaning that battery life will be solid.

Thanks for reporting because my last Cheap coles telstra phone died with minimal addition of apps. I did notice this battery is of a fairly large size. The latest cordless bluetooth phones that provide incoming and outgoing calls via bluetooth are cool.

Most of the cheap Telstra branded handset have external antenna ports. They are perfect for adding an external antenna to keep the phone alive in an area where an external antenna is necessary.

Connect to the stationary mobile handset external antenna connected via your bluetooth cordless. Telstra stuffed up and ported my number to the wrong sim. After 30 hours I called them and they fixed the problem.

So now i have 8. I also thought I was meant to get 5GB for a new service? I know that would be greedy. The best thing is this rolls over. So apparently because i didnt set up direct debit at the beginning i need to do it 1 day or on the day of recharge before it runs out.

StraitVodka, with respect, isn’t this stuff decidedly off topic and better discussed over in the Telstra Prepaid thread here? I only got around to unboxing yesterday.

But further, I find the screen is fine. I haven’t tried the camera. My previous Androids are now so slow browsing using Chrome and I find the Buzz is great.

My apps are working well, except perhaps for CSipSimple which is working although every time I get the message that it has stopped working. It only stops working if I acknowledge the message by touching OK.

So I had a chat on 24×7 about these phones and I’m very confused about whether the phone has a removable battery. I see a lot of you guys are alluding to one.

The Telstra chat operator said that it did have a removable battery then apologized and said no it doesn’t have one and now insists that it doesn’t. Telstra’s page about the phone says the battery isn’t removable under the detailed specifications section https: But I’ve just discovered use of Telstra credit on Google play and the joys of an extra GB when using CreditMe2U — both these things currently require me to use the sim card in my main phone, which is a hassle.

I’m very confused about whether the phone has a removable battery. It has a removable battery. As above the battery is user replaceable or removable. In fact it comes separate to the phone itself in the box.

I just got one for myself as a spare for the kids, http: Correct, as per the thread title ;. And in “About phone” Sure you’re not thinking of the much older Tempo? On a side note, when using this phone just as a pocket wifi device for the household, will it always stay on and connected when it comes to dishing out wifi assuming it’s plugged in, or will I have to mess with it when I get up in the morning for instance?

They are not on display. You have to ask the sales guys. Two more left about half an hour ago. Mentioned mates rates at the cashier. If I go into a Telstra store, will they give me the same deal?

Unlike at Dick Smith they’re displayed with printed price tickets as if it’s a new regular price. I bought a phone anyway: Not a bad idea. I only purchased it 1week ago from Telstra store.

They could have let me know a deal was coming Docket are usually 7 days right? Couldnt help myself and purchased another: Its all your fault, and Jacks and astero’s, and a couple of others: To good to pass up.

I will keep the headphones and pass the phone on to one of my extended family in the Philippines. It can take a couple of days for the data to appear. If not get in touch with Telstra.

The store probably would not be aware of the headphone offer. Try returning it, nothing to lose except some time and possibly angst: I’m tempted to get a second one myself so the wife’s got a set of headphones too..

I’m an iphone guy, I’m at the point of being sick of ios issues and generally bored with apple, so I am going to use this to enter the world of Android Android has it issues as well.

Still after trying apple, ms, and android, I am hooked on android. I’m at the point of being sick of ios issues and generally bored with apple. I would not call this an awsome android phone but hey its cheap as and has mhz.

Android does not have all the annoying constraints etc that apple has. Apple, google etc are all pain in the butts. What’s the approx delivery date for the Buzz? Is it really the 2 day delivery for metro locations?

Every time I have ordered sims or phones from Telstra I get it within 1 to 2 business days. I ordered the Buzz last night. They will dispatch today. It will turn up tomorrow or Friday.

Here is a problem i have run into with this phone Put telstra sim in I also have the Huawei y and both sims tether fine no problems Can anybody else check this please: The headphones are all black and look to be the same model as these: I ordered mine yesterday at Arrived in Fitzroy It does sound very much like it.

Perhaps this article will be of assistance: No APN settings made no change were correct already You could surf on the phone no problem and had 4G While we do support tethering for iPhones we do not provide personal hotspots for iPads.

Depending on your mobile device, check out our Help and Support articles on how to set up tethering on your handset. So it would appear that there is a special APN that your get routed through when trying to tether.

True, but it’s still a good valued phone irrespective. Its an incredible deal with the headphones. Has anyone got the white Buzz? If so, how do the two colours compare?

Already ordered a black and thinking about a second one for the wife Looking from the front you see very little white maybe 2mm around sides. I like the white. I just bought one yesterday, but only today — almost 24h later — I received a confirmation email.

Getting a bit worried that 2-day delivery time-frame is not going to happen I jumped on chat to as the status of my order and they said its currently out of stock and once my order is fulfilled, I would receive the tracking details.

I jumped on chat to as the status of my order and they said its currently out of stock. That’s a bit strange, you must of just missed out, mine shipped yesterday and StarTrack website is showing it in Perth today.

How many days passed since you placed your order and the package actually being delivered? I ordered Tuesday night, shipped yesterday and is showing “onboard for delivery today” this morning.

I’m in Perth so would expect us to be worse case. Hope you can help. Ive just purchased the buzz and want to know if it can block numbers?? And also can it take screen shots??

Hoping someone can help. Here’s the user manual if you are keen http: I’ve read through it and found screen shots, still can’t get it to work. I must be useless but still can’t find info about blocking numbers.

Do I actually need to be at home to show the delivery driver the same ID used to make the purchase? Normally all packages at my condo are signed by the admin guy and then everyone just picks them up in their own time.

So just wondering if this one time I actually have to be present no matter what Does anyone know if you can switch the hard-keys around on the Buzz? I really would like it the other way around Crap, it’s actually in my wife’s name — do I just need her DL when she heads out or does she need to physically be here too?

By the looks of it you are out of luck. I was looking to do the same thing. Also can’t fine tune the screen like the fit. The Buzz and fit look identical from the outside.

The Buzz has a slightly nicer backing. I think I prefer the fit out of the two after brief impressions. I’ve had a quick scan through the comments to see if this question has already been answered, but couldn’t find anything Once unlocked to all networks, would this be a good phone to use on Optus?

Or would the missing network bands make reception patchy and unreliable? I just bought this phone because I needed one and headphones. This was perfect, except I just got it delivered and there aren’t any headphones.

I really like the white colour as it’s a slight pearlish metallic colour. Of course we are only talking about the back of the phone here. Headphones came included not just the small ones in the phone’s box but also the Monster DNA headphones that Telstra is currently attaching to orders as a bonus, and after activating the included SIM card I have 5GB data on it already valid for 28 days.

Overall — great experience with Telstra and a great phone too — an absolute bargain at this price. And an absolute steal considering you get the Monster DNA headphones with it for free. My widget just says “tap here to manage your prepaid service”.

It should show it if you’re on mobile data — when it’s on wifi it can’t get the usage information as well. My widget just says “tap here to manage your prepaid service” Remove that widget.

Install the Telstra 24×7 app and then put the 24×7 widget on. This will show you all the info, not just data. Can someone please clarify what being locked to Telstra means? Does it mean being locked to being a Telstra customer, or being locked to using the Telstra network, but able to go through another company that uses the Telstra network — eg.

Can we unlock other network bands on this device, under the options you listed Wahroonga Farm? It does not seem to give that option which is a pain. Tethered to Rooter is fine but not stand alone.

On closer inspection of the box there was a sticker over a sticker, so I offered the unlocker the IMEI number in the battery compartment and that unlocked it. I’ve now received a second a second Buzz, this one from Telstra — an impulse buy, heck the headphones are worth 60 notes by themself.

So if you come to unlock be aware that the stickers IMEI number may not be the same as the one on the phone, which isn’t a problem unless you persistently bang in an incorrect unlock code 10 times.

I gave the unlocker the IMEI number showing on the box and the resultant unlock code failed. Where’s the hardware specs? Is this a Qualcom Snapdragon? According to ZTE’s website it is Qualcomm. If the former then might be able to unlock additional 3G and 4G bands.

And appears to add Mhz 3G, as I just popped a Voda sim in and don’t think that Voda does or here. Perhaps someone else can confirm this. I wonder what additional 4G bands could be unlocked?

Voda actually uses all 3, , and Got mine and insta-ordered an unlock code, screw the telstra sim included. Indeed but not all districts have all three available Australia-wide. What we need is confirmation as the phone or modem doesn’t indicate frequency info for connection.

I’ve tested with a Voda SIM. The handset is network locked to Telstra. If you put in a non-Telstra SIM card you won’t receive any service. So if you come to unlock be aware that the stickers IMEI number may not be the same as the one on the phone,.

Telstra took 2 days to dispatch, a lot unusual in my experience. On board for delivery today still within Telstras time frame and the moron driver from Star Track tries to deliver it to the wrong address.

Geez its a business address with a business name, how hard is it? Anyway now fighting with Star Track to find and deliver my phone, what a useless company!!

Mine made it just on time. Ordered Wednesday morning, got the 2nd email yesterday evening and luckily got delivered today. Star Track being themselves carded it to my local LPO Lucky I didn’t stay waiting and checked the tracking status at pm The LPO is within walking distance.

I fly out of Australia for several weeks on Sunday things would have been messy otherwise chasing refunds Yes it’s funny this phone is pretty much identical on outside to the fit, but the mtk SoC the fit gets performs better.

Mainly the GPU is a lot better. If you test benchmarks side by side you can watch run through the tests fast. Seems the GPU is not quite twice the speed going by 3dmarks scores. On a side note, as someone has already mentioned, the Telstra SIM is actually quite useful to activate it as you’ll get 5GB straight off the bat and I think you have a full 28 to use it too.

I’m ok getting the 24×7 app via Google Play as that is one thing I actually know how to use, but how do I dump the current widget and then put the new 24×7 widget in its place?

If your mobile doesn’t automatically place a new app on the main screen – do a similar thing, hold the app down with your finger and it “should” drop it on the main screen. Where do you get the unlock code?

Open your app drawer. Go to widgets tab. Find widget you want. Tap and hold on it. Place it where you want. Or on the handset itself: Looks like the replacement for this is the Y5 also blue tick which has more bands spec wise and is running 5.

Picked it up over this ZTE model. I don’t see anything about the Y5 being Blue-tick, and no mention of 4GX support either on the Telstra website: According to your link it does list support for mhz band in specifications, which is 4GX.

I would find it odd that a newly released phone didn’t offer support for it at this stage. Yeah the s is definitely a downgrade over the s used in the Buzz. You probably not going to notice much difference performance wise between the two in real life use except for the s does seem to be lot more friendlier on battery life.

Do you have the handset now and if so, do the specs match the Huawei website? Yeah that’s the thing I found with these lower end phones, you can’t trust the listed specs. Box is blue tick and there is the MHz so it is 4GX.

Nope — read the very first post in this thread, and look up the specifications for yourself:. I found this interesting, I benchmarked battery life between the fit and the buzz, here’s the results: I posted on another website forum that I thought this phone was better than the Y, but having used this phone for a while, I’ve changed my mind and I’d say the Y is better.

But this phone is very good. Y back is so slippery, Buzz is way better soft-touch rubberised. According to this site, http: Set preferred network type: And the Buzz is much better in low signal areas.

For a solid phone with Monster headphones included, not to mention a SIM card that gives 5GB straight off the bat after registration? Super for a second phone.

Anyone knows if the credit can be used for existing Telstra prepaid service and not activating the new sim? To get the headphones, can these be purchased from a T shop, or do they have to be purchased online?

If buying online it appears that one has to go through the activation process as part of the procedure. Must order online to get the headphones and discount. I was thinking about taking the sim kit into a T shop to get that credit added to my existing prepaid service.

You need to activate the new SIM. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Amazon offers a large selection of unlocked phones from brands big and small.

Some of these phones are very cheap, and Amazon is making a small selection of great budget devices even cheaper with Amazon Prime Exclusive phones, which are subsidized with advertisements.

Affordable unlocked phones are much more powerful than they used to be, and any of our top picks would make an excellent first smartphone for a kid or young student who just needs a reliable cheap phone.

It’s noted in the copy which ones we’ve tested and which ones we recommend based on research. Motorola’s Moto G series has produced the uncontested best budget phone year after year since it first launched.

The competition may be fiercer and the Moto brand may have been bought by Lenovo, but the Moto G series is still king. Either way, we doubt you’ll regret it. It looks and feels good in your hands, though some may find it a bit slippery.

Selfie takers will be pleased with the 5-megapixel front-facing camera, too. The battery should last you a full day, and it charges up quickly with Motorola’s TurboPower charging, which promises to give you six hours of use after 15 minutes of charging.

Moto-branded phones also have a decent track record of getting timely security patches and updates, so you know your phone will stay safe from hackers and malicious bugs.

In my short time with the phone, I was impressed with the zippy performance and solid cameras. I always like clean Android software, and I’m a real stickler for timely software updates and security patches.

The Moto G5 Plus satisfies all my requirements for best budget phone. Amazing low price, decent cameras, metal design, fingerprint sensor for security, and quick Android updates.

It looked like the iPhone X before the iPhone X was a thing. The cameras are fantastic, too. A 5-megapixel selfie camera sits on the front of the phone to take really nice shots. I tested this phone when it first came out and even went to Korea to see how it was made, so I can vouch for how well built and powerful it is.

Although there are plenty of other new phones coming out, the LG G6 is still a great buy — especially at this price. Big screen, fast processor, lots of storage with MicroSD, strong cameras, great price for a flagship, wireless charging.

This is the budget phone for people who have a little bit more cash to play with. The stunning multi-layered glass design is just so pretty. Even though I’m not terribly partial to glass-backed phones because they break too easily and pick up fingerprints terribly, the Honor 8’s shimmering glass design impressed me.

The multiple layers of glass and the reflective pattern used on the back makes it less of a fingerprint magnet — especially if you pay a bit more for the gorgeous blue color option.

I recommend you get this clear case from Spigen to protect the Honor 8 from drops and scratches. It may not be the most rugged case, but at least it won’t hide the phone’s lovely design, and it’ll give you enough protection against everyday wear and tear.

Enough about the Honor 8’s looks — on to what really matters: It’s got a sharp 5. The Honor 8’s killer feature is its dual-camera technology. There are two camera sensors on the back — just like on the iPhone 7 Plus — and both are megapixel sensors.

The cameras can shot in monochrome or in full color, create fun blurred background effects that mimic a DSLR camera, and offer a manual mode for getting the perfect shot.

No other phone on this list offers a camera this great. The only real downside here is that Verizon and Sprint customers can’t use the Honor 8 on their carriers’ respective networks.

Gorgeous design, great dual-camera tech, a zippy processor, nearly flagship specs, and a fingerprint sensor for security. ZTE is rather well known among budget phone buyers as a no-frills option, but its cheap phones have gotten a lot better over the years.

Just to give you an idea of how well it should keep up with everyday smartphone tasks, ZTE’s phone has the same processor as the Moto G5 Plus, but it has an extra 1GB of RAM that ought to improve multitasking performance.

May not be important to you. The Meizu M3 Note has been announced. Asus factory, quality assured, and they have ASUS apps which is constantly improving and updated via playstore, unlike other Chinese Androids.

Chiming in late here.. The attraction I see here is well specced phones for good prices. Suggestions appreciated, sub bucks if possible Havent really been keeping up with Chinese androids for a while my backup THL t11 is going strong even used as main one while in Phils for a month.

Whats been happening with Chinese Androids in the last 6 months?. So I’m looking to buy a Xiaomi mi5 this week. Just wondering which site is recommended in terms of quick shipping and decent warranty service?

ADSL User writes You may be interested in this deal for the Redmi Note Prime: I loved my Mi4c, but once I dropped it and cracked the screen I’ve had nothing but trouble. Two replacement screens later and I still can’t get it going.

In a broader sense, I see this as a major problem with Chinadroids Inability of the local market to fix them. I notice they have also poached some Samsung execs to exapand into Nth America.

LeEco Le Max 2 5. LeEco Le 2 Pro 5. LeEco Le 2 5. LeEco formely LeTv seems to of announced 3 new cheapish well specced phones Hopefully they have improved the camera and software since the 1s.

Yeah, I’ve never really seen or used one previously. I remember you telling me about some of the camera issues with the previous model s. They are using the IMX 21Mp sensor like most others, but of course the ISP image signal processor and software also plays a part of the quality of images, and and that is generally where the Chinese manufactures haven’t caught up to the Samsungs and Apples of the world.

I would of also changed the name of the company to something more globally popular LeTv and LeEco are still very Chinese, and they likely won’t set the world on fire with that name change.

But I’m all for well specced phones at a decent price, although I noticed they’ve removed the IR for TV remote, which their previous models had dagnabbit. I have tiny hands and really wish they would release those spec’ed phones with 5″ or lower screen: There are no major issues with rooting, but I don’t think the custom ROM situation is good.

Getting a OnePlus One or Two would be better, but those two have poor cameras too. I was a little surprise that the base model wasn’t a 5″ version Not sure they needed two 5. But have heard a few people mention the same thing.

I use a Sony Bluetooth adapter with standard 3. I think Apple have been rumoured to be removing the 3. If true it could mean a slew of compatible Type-C iPhone headsets will be compatible in the future.

Getting harder to find the singular Chinese branded phones that are popular enough world wide to get ROM support. So many are coming out with good specs, that the userbase is being divided amongst them all.

The Mi5 will likely be popular that way, but between the price, availability and locked bootloader even that is not without issues. I couldn’t agree more. The Redmi Note 3 was perfect for me hardware wise, apart from the capacitive buttons being the wrong way around, which I find annoying.

The thing that often ruins it with these Chindaroids is the UI or issues with apps. Thinking of the InFocus M for my dad. Doesn’t need anything special and barely uses his phone so the battery is not a huge deal.

I think i read on a different article they come with usb-c to 3. But i might be misremembering. With the number of people who go jogging with phones etc, I can only imagine a lot of heartache with usb-c connections jiggling loose.

Maybe but wireless is generally a lot more expensive and then you’ve got another device with a battery. On some sites in the specs it says it has a removable battery, although it doesn’t seem to be the case I haven’t tried unscrewing them How do I tell?

Sorry, I’m not sure how to tell if it supports Band The battery life is good for my purposes, but I’m a very light user. I don’t know how long it would last under heavy use.

I keep it fully charged. I looked at the specs on Vickmall. This is where I looked. Xiaomi mi max to be unveiled May But the Lenovo K3 was spoilt for choice, but finding others with that same large userbase is trickier now.

Looks like a good phone.. Not sure why its predecessor the Z1 wasn’t very popular. For me it was simply the price of the Zuk Z1, the prices were around that of the Leather wrapped LG G4 with Headphones, only importing and support was less.

For a phone without a real warranty, no mhz and little 3rd party support, It is likely a bridge too far for me. I’m on the lookout for a new phone for my wife. Her Nexus 4 is having touchscreen issues parts of the screen unresponsive to touch, so I’m looking to replace it with a cheap and cheerful Chinese solution.

The only thing is, there is so many options and it’s getting really confusing. For example, Xiaomi have quite a lot of different models. The Mi4 seems to be good with decent specs, but then there’s the Note models which seems less well specced but cost more for some reason?

Then there’s the issue of which phones work on which bands which is alos confusing she’s currently with Telechoice, runs Telstra network but no 4G and throttled NextG. All she really needs is something with decent battery life, not too big, solid performance in the Nexus 4 ballpark would be good, Play store access and reliability to run apps.

If I need to do some tweaking to get things up and running like install a ROM or something, I can, but it would be good if there was a minimal of stuffing around and things just worked.

Is there one model that is a clear choice for the above requirements? Has 12 months Aussie warranty. I’ve had it for about 1 month so far and I’m very happy with it so far. I have unlocked the bootloader but there are a few ROM’s that don’t need an unlocked bootloader and have root enabled.

Id recommend the Xiaomi Mi4S or Mi5 if you can afford just that little bit more. They look nice, but probably a bit more than I was willing to spend. The Mi4 looks OK, and decently specced. Again it gets confusing with the Mi4, 4i, 4c and 4s.

The extra money for the 4s doesn’t seemed justified by the relatively minor spec bump. The Redmi is an interesting one. I think it’d suit her better given it’s smaller size, but it seems a waste because it’s lower specced for similar money.

M8,just got the Umi Rome on Friday. Looks a lot like a Galaxy with great internals for the price. But be careful as I didn’t check frequency band and now have to change to Optus network.

Previously with Telstra network. Luckily no biggy for me but so far a great phone. I have had one of these for just over a week inFocus M It really is an amazing device for the dollars. Loaded with software and used constantly for a mix of browsing, watching youTube and playing HD videos it gives a life of between 6 and 8 hours!

Minuses The inFocus V5 launcher is absolute crap! Nova Launcher is a good choice to resurrect the lost usability. Both sim slots are 4G capable but NOT simultaneously! If you are using 4G for your data on one sim the other operates at 2G.

This is a serious bummer that is documented in the on-line brochure. You can switch the 4G radio to the other sim without opening the sim slot, however. For those looking to root the phone and install a custom ROM, just forget it!

The ROM is totally locked down. I have tried everything to root this thing. The external micro SD can be configured as the default write device so your camera and most other apps will put their content there.

In spite of the limitations I am seriously considering buying another for my partner. Truly an amazing device for the dollars! I have seen some russians and Taiwanese have rooted this phone.

Apparently there was even a marshmallow dev ROM from Infocus. Can someone recommend me a Chinese phone with THE best camera for the money you can get? I’m actually willing to sell my note 5 as I believe the functionality you can run with on other androids.

But I’m not willing to downgrade on cameras that much. I treasure being able to grab my phone and take a quick pic of my boys and have great quality pics. It doesn’t support U for Telstra.

It’s annoying how companies such as Zopo, Umi and Ulefone fail to include this band, as it immediately rules the phone out for Telstra customers. It’s annoying how companies such as Zopo, Umi and Ulefone fail to include this band,.

Maybe because they are producing these phones for the China market and those bands aren’t used. I know, but Xiaomi, OnePlus, LeEco and Lenovo among others include that band, and it doesn’t cost them any more money.

I’m thinking the Mi4 looks the best choice for the price. Sure, it doesn’t have latest Android, but it well specced for little money. I didn’t realise that any Xiaomi phones had official CM support.

The Mi4 certainly does. Or does it still have to be done manually like a normal custom ROM? You just go into About Phone and set it to check manually or automatically and if automatically, you can choose how often you want to be notified of updates.

Since they’re usually nightlies, I just check manually on my OnePlus One. It downloads the ROM in the background and then asks you to agree to apply the update. I am running it on my Mi3 which was also on the list for the first phones to get Android 6 my version number is 6.

So I assume it maintains apps, settings and data like a regular Android update? If so that’s hella cool. However, that’s just because I prefer supersu to superuser that CM includes by default in the developer menu, and because I have a custom DPI.

I just received the Infocus M yesterday. I am not sure of the difference but it looks as though it has multiple names for the same phone. The build quality is amazing for the price and the screen pops.

I purchased mine from gearbest and paid a few extra dollars for faster shipping. Took 5 business days to arrive which was pretty good. However according to the box and from what I have read around the M actually supports the following:.

This is really a jack of almost all signals phone. For the price and quality, there isn’t too many other phones close. This is Gearbest’s product comparison page for the M and M I picked up the mi5 from honorbuy.

Shipped in about 4 days. Works fine on Telstra and Optus dual sim but better on Telstra. Just out of curiosity because i have never used Android. Would this make the phone still useable in a couple of years if stuck on 5.

Or do apps require the latest version eventually? Eventually yes, but the couple of year time frame you are referring to will probably see you out. Minimum android versions required is highly subjective and is basically up to the developer of the app and the app requirements but as a rule anything from say android 4 or 4.

I honestly don’t think there’ll be any app issues, a lot of phones only ever see slight updates and rarely upgrades unless it is a flagship. The Google Play store recognises what android version you are on and will only show you the apps compatible with it.

Main concern to me would be a key-logger, as nothing else on the phone is sensitive, but key logging my Password Safe would be a real problem. I think the Mi Max gonna sell like hotcakes. Xiaomi spec it right and price it right.

One thing I found problem with this phone is that it couldn’t pair Bluetooth with any of other devices. Car stereo, speakers, etc. I don’t use bt much so it doesn’t bother me.

What’s best place to get a mi4s? I’m using the redmi note 3 mtk version ATM good phone looking for something abit newer: I’m interested in this phone — does the phone gearbest ship come without pre-installed malware?

Are there any other sellers people can recommend for this phone, preferably those that ship the phone with a malware-free ROM. Quick question for those that have a M or M — just wondering if this non connection to bluetooth — is this occurring in a lot of M and M phones or was timhn unlucky with that one.

Use translator in chrome. I try pair again to the car stereo again and got it working. Make me realise it could be some sort interferences when last time I tried — there were 3 phones in the car with bt on that time that could cause the problem with pairing.

Have had it on order for about 8 weeks. Sweet that’s good news. It has been running great, no dramas at all. Hi complete newbie here, I have a Lenovo a which I like very much, however it won’t pair with my new car due to it’s out dated android version.

I would like a phone that has either a update able android or b android 5. It has to run on Telstra networks, nothing to big as I have little girlie hands lol and all the usual playstore, facebook etc.

There was an update that broke bluetooth but I heard it has been pulled so you won’t have any issues with that. I know it comes with Marshmallow but not sure if it is on 5.

My lenovo does everything I need well, unfortunately I can’t upgrade it. I don’t think that will fit the bill, I was looking for something with similar specs or better than what I already have.

I wouldn’t know where to start with flashing and rooting and custom roms. I did try asking at a few phone places if they could root my phone and they looked at me like I had pooed on their counter: More than happy to have it done if someone can point me in the right direction.

ZTE Axon 7 looks promising. Saw this last night. Very tempting with that price and specs. Hopefully the camera is up to scratch. Of course, I say that not having actually had a 6″ phone yet, but my Oneplus One does feel a little small these days.

Yeah, as someone who’s been holding out for the OnePlus 3, now that specs and features are firmed up, I’m a bit ‘meh’ about it. Then sure enough, last night I found the Axon 7 popping up on several news sites.

This was my fav to date in that someone has their hands on one – http: They’re reserving judgement so far on stuff like battery life and a detailed review of the camera, but they’re talking about the difference between ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ as it’s already clearing the full day of intensive use threshold.

You can get a G5 for that and be guaranteed of having the best camera on the market. It’s in a different league to OnePlus and Asus. And yes, I have been looking at the Xiaomi Mi Max.

Just waiting for the 4gb ram one, and not metallic pink rose gold coloured. Just not sure about all these Chinese manufacturers pushing expensive flagships.. Presents a compelling case if you don’t invest a lot of value in your phone’s camera or ‘good enough’ will do.

Just want to warn anybody who’s contemplating an Elephone P I bought one about a month back and returned it inside of 2wks. It was built well physically, but everytime i used i noticed something else that wasn’t working.

I was desperately hanging out for a software update so that the camera was actually useable, really — it was that bad. Once it came it wiped out cellular data access. Nothing at all, all gone.

Don’t even get me started about battery life Elephone were exactly zero help. Antelife where i got it from are incompetent and rarely respond to emails, and if they do it’s somebody different from the previous response.

Paypal have surprisingly been no help whatsoever so i’ll likely be out of pocket. A phone that you might like to look into is the Umi Super. It has very decent specs and comes with stock Marshmallow.

It’s the only Umi phone I’ve seen that supports both 3G and I’m done experimenting with other Chinese brands. I’ve used Xiaomi before and that’ll do me fine for a secondary device. Huawei i’d be content if price wise they didn’t miss the mark.

Actually, the Umi Iron and Touch have received a lot of negative feedback online. Scratch my excitement for the Super. Looks like a nice upgrade on the Touch which is still to hit distribution, so would be somewhat surprised if this makes its launch target.

The original Nexus 5. It’s not the best at anything, except just being awesome. It’s probably the first device i can think of for a very long time i hadn’t wanted to get rid of for one reason or another.

There are phones with better cameras, better batteries, better displays even, but it’s better than the sum of it’s parts and that’s why i’ve had it for so long. I had considered the Umi Touch orginally, but figured if that was an option then the RN3 was the safer bet.

These lesser chinese brands seem content with churning out device after device. They should make half the product perhaps and spend three times as much time on software. I got a OnePlus One in October.

It’s the only smartphone I’ve ever had, but holy damn am I impressed with how well it performs for such a small price. Listening to music doesn’t drain the battery nearly as much as my old iPod R.

I went from a HTC oneX to the Xiaomi Mi3 am 2 weeks off using it for 2 years, would really like an Mi4s but can’t seem to want to relegate it it to the cupboard yet. Why don’t they spend zero on software just put on stock Android and spend a little more on the hardware product.

It’s not that simple. Umi does that with its phones and there are bugs that need to be fixed. Every phone has different hardware which requires different drivers and optimisations. Could I get some thoughts on the Blackview bv http: Will it work with Telstra and Vodafone?

Will I be able to have play store on it. Recommendations of where to purchase would also be greatfully received. Finally heard from Antelife. Response was “yeah, we can’t fix this But Vodafone is dropping 3G so 3G which is used regional will be used in suburbia as well I beleive this to be right.

The fun thing is, for 4G the mhz numbers aren’t the whole story. For example, the oneplus one supports a certain type of mhz, but not the mhz used by telstra and optus which is Band 28 http: So I have decided to take the plunge on the Blackview bv, can anyone more experienced recommend some trustworthy sites to buy from.

I note that chinavision. Just responding to previous posts THL are another hassle-free Chinese brand. I’ve had two, and another three friends have had no problems with their models either oh hang on, the THL had a power button problem eventually?

Had it about 2 months now, no probs to speak of, nice fast good-looking phone, and 4G rocks. Calling it a 5. Full HD screen is nice though as is the bluelight filter — I use the phone outdoors at night a lot and it stops me searing my retinas.

And did I mention how fast 4G is? First thing I did was flash it with Marshmallow, root it and remove some of the bloat. Popped an Aldi sim in it and so far it’s been performing brilliantly.

Stays on 4G all the time. Mate im waiting in mine, could you please list the steps or point to a website for downloads and instructions? Some steps are in http: Just use SUTL to flash it to your phone.

The zip has a beta SuperSU included. Extract it and put it on a microSD and put that in your phone before flashing. Install it from TWRP. We will see how that goes when it arrives.

Well, my Zopo speed 8 is on the way. Looking forward to it. Don’t s’pose anyone on here has theirs already. The umi super, or the zopo speed 8? Or am I missing one completely? I ordered it a couple of months ago on preorder for a lower price.

I expect it here on Tuesday. I have to plug the phone to a notebook and use adb to boot to recovery. Took me a while to switch English. All good so far with Marshmallow. Zopo Speed 8 has just arrived.

About 15mm taller than my Zopo but very nice so far. Just have to do an update. It installed everything from my automatically. Had the AliExpress order refused, waiting on Alipay to rview my appeal after submitting required docs.

I have literally just got mine and the seal was broken on the box. The seal on mine was also broken. I also assumed it was because they put in a power adapter for AUS.

When do they expect it to ship? I bought it from www. Yeah I couldn’t use AliExpress either so went with www. Be careful with these guys — absolute crooks. Currently “dealing’ with them now to get my money back on an Elephone P Sheez that is just so bleeding old for a new release tablet.

Slightly confused, have flashed many a file before but most of the translations are hard to follow. Do i have to flash TWRP before i flash a rom? Looks like it but where do i get it from?

The xda links above links to another forum in italian? I’ve been hanging out ever since my Nexus S to be able to pay for stuff with my phone. I’m not about to give up now that android pay is imminent in Australia.

My bank is one of the few that doesn’t have its own tap n pay app St George and when I tried Optus Pay my phone wasn’t compatible it had a very short compatibility list.

Thanks mate, got the marshmallow downloaded just didnt know it had twrp there as well. Tried this but it shows an error, no idea why, installed all the required drivers as well. I haven’t been on the Forum for a while, so don’t know whether the new start up Company Vernee and it’s first phone the Vernee Thor has been discussed.

I had one of these phones sent the next day after ordering. So, the Vernee Thor is a 5″ model, with Android 6 straight out of the box, a fingerprint scanner, gorilla glass screen with anti fingerprint coating, an excellent 13MP Samsung back camera — and just about every latest thing you could wish for.

Pity it doesn’t have a notification LED, but most of us can live with that. For instance you could install a missed call and notification app that will provide a notification ring or sound.

This tiny Korean designed phone gets a Vodafone signal, even deep inside supermarkets or Malls Sydney. It never fails to send or receive voice or texts and runs on the GMS G2 networks.

Note Telstra is closing their G2 at the end of the year. Optus and Vodafone have made no similar claims. The received voice is loud and clear, and th microphone can even pick up a TV in the background.

Neither party would feel this was other than a normal size phone. The YouTube videos are all in Russian, sadly. It takes a few minutes to charge, and weighs only 35 grams, and has a 2 colour Oled screen, and has many of the functions an android phone has.

You may think your phone is dead when it arrives, — there are no instructions. But underneath in the second hole — to the right of the charger hole is a one time use master power switch not obvious and the purpose of the enclosed seem card tray pin there is no sim card tray is to activate that hidden switch.

The usual power switch is on the keyboard. It claims to be dual SIM. The left receptacle is for a TF memory card. The language on the screen is English. Even plays an opening and closing theme song.

The keyboard has back lighting. One think I’ve been very impressed with is the GPS. Surprisingly fast to lock with good accuracy. The only negative I have is that the camera photo quality is average, however this might be fixed with a different ROM.

Just came across a violent testing video for the Vernee Thor, and it seems indestructible, being dropped numerous times, cracking open walnuts and being run over by a car.

I’m aware I may need to downclock the CPU a little to keep temps good. I hear the x runs cool but so we’ll see I noticed there are a few ROMs out for it which is good! Is this the one dude?

Everytime I look, I always go back to the redmi note 3 pro 3gb. For the money it looks fantastic along with the battery. The only negative is the kinda subpar camera. Maybe it’s because I have a note 5 who knows.

But anyway, anyone got anymore suggestions before I pull the trigger? I’m in the same boat as you. I’m considering the Elephone P, but for that price I’d really prefer at least 64GB of internal storage.

J B L writes Has anyone considered the LeEco Le2? If you manage to find the Indian version, you get the Snapdragon instead of the Helio X The camera appears to be an improvement on the one included with the previous model.

I’ve got a P, and after the two latest updates, the phone is fantastic. My friend has P and the camera shutter is really slow. Shutter speed is OK. Not slow but not the fastest I’ve used either.

Photos are detailed, but a little under exposed. Only downside with the phone is it’s loudspeaker. It’s loud, but very tinny. That wouldn’t bother me, as long as voice audio ie, listening to a caller on hands-free isn’t going to be too nerve shattering ‘tinny’.

Anything in particular about the P that impresses you or you feel they could have done better? I looked at the p and it’s fairly impressive. You’re all going to roll your eyes, but I keep going back to the redmi note 3 pro!

The reason is the battery.

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Have had a look online but can’t find any reference to this price at DSE. Has anyone recently successfully used a Boost sim in this phone? I think that price might be store specific. I switched from boost to telstra since i purchased this phone.

But a boost sim will work fine is what they told me. It takes a smaller sim though. Did you buy one for a cheap mobile Wi-Fi Device? I’m looking to get one for my sister in law, might be a cheaper option for her than using her Telstra pre pay broadband.

Has anyone put this phone to the test as a portable wifi device and used a handful of devices simultaneously? Does it do a decent job as a portable router? For those wondering how fast the Telstra Buzz is at handling data, here is a great speed test for such a cheap phone.

Just 2 bars signal strength suspect 4G MHz at 9. A busy time for the internet down in the Adelaide CBD. If it’s the Mhz 4G frequency you seek it is indeed a good price.

There’s one white model left at Nunawading, VIC Would that be a huge problem for suburban areas? I’m still wondering how it handles data when used by a few devices simultaneously.

Does it still do a better job than those pocket wifi devices? Thank you very much sween64 for posting this information. I managed to pick one up for that price on my way home tonight.

Sure, I know it will get cheaper, but I am currently very frustrated with the limited capabilities of my current Android phones. This firmware allows any later model Android phone to act as a modem to a number of routers via USB tethering.

With a number of users, everything runs very well Can not promise every android phone but the more people that report back the better. Have you reported this works back to the Rooter thread?

Thanks for letting me know because I have both also but have not tried it. Interesting — that certainly gives better network coverage throughout your home.

So basically the phone just interacts with the TP-Link router and then the big device dishes everything out to the end devices. Have you tested the Buzz on its own before, as a pocket wifi that spreads the love to all devices on its own?

I still have the Telstra Ultimate pocket hotspot but am considering the Buzz if it can do a better job as a standalone device. Dairyman, Coltec and Cobia are the real master minds.

Here is the website info is a bit dated so forums are the better place to talk about it on whirlpool. Indooroopilly Centro had none last night but told me that Indooroopilly Shopping Town had four, one of which I bought.

It seems they are on the DSE computer and any shop should be able to tell you where they are available. So i have used mine for 1 day. People on the other end keep saying they cant hear me properly.

Must be the way i hold it. I decided to put my voice directly over the tiny mic hole and talk it made things even worse. The Speaker is on back and is not very loud especially when it comes to using speaker phone.

Also had one phone call where the telstra lady was cutting in and out but they could here me fine. She called me back and all was good. I was on 4G in the city about m from a cell tower.

More testing to do. I was told because it’s a pre-paid phone I need to get the sim activated and I need to wait in line with 5 other people because I can’t do it myself WTF?

I just want this cheap phone without a sim as I already have a BYO sim on my flagship daily. I just wanted a spare phone and Telstra couldn’t do it: I rang my nearest store Garden City in Brisbane Southside — they had none left, but advised there were 3 at Sunnybank and 4 at Calamvale.

I just swapped over. I know the feeling. I went to telstra for 3 sims today and they said they dont sell them and that I had to go to coles or wollies to get them and then ring up and get each activated then come back to telstra for them to charge 2X prepaid devices up with data and ring for the freedom plus plan on the other.

I can report that I have tried the following 4G phones, all with great success: Yes, I’m very happy with it. I originally wanted to go down this track so that I could connect a voip box ATA device via a LAN cable to utilise my phone’s data allowance.

The cordless phone Telstra brand contains bluetooth. This allows you to copy your phone’s address book in just a couple of steps into its memory. When making a call via the cordless phone, I am given the choice of making it via MyNetFone or via my mobile phone the Telstra Buzz.

When I leave for work, I simply take the now fully charged Telstra Buzz with me, connecting a Huawei Y in its place for others to use while I’m out. Yes, it works absolutely fine. It just doesn’t give me all the flexibility I get with the above setup.

The wifi range of the Buzz phone is every bit as good as another good phone The Buzz also manages to do all of this, plus connect to my bluetooth headset which lets me talk while doing mundane tasks such as the dishes or the washing.

I didn’t mean the code the public can see. Please contact store to confirm availability”. Here are my 2 best speed, Note that I am not in a 4GX area and these are about the bet possible in this case.

I will try to get to a 4GX area and test. On plugging in say a USB hard drive. I paid cash, no ID required, nice fast transaction. The DSE operative said that there are plenty of these phones around at present.

His shop restocked on Fri afternoon. He also commented that Telstra is offloading this stuff now and he would be surprised if stock is still around in quantity after Christmas. As others have said, about the only negatives are the el-cheapo screen but the digitiser is fine and the low end camera.

Other than that, all good. I am quite impressed with overall speed and responsiveness, from booting up through loading apps to shut-down, all is smooth. I auto-loaded about apps from my Cloud storage and this did not have any noticeable effect on performance after loading had completed.

Battery performance also looks to be good but it’s early days yet. My main objective was to get a cheap entry into Telstra 4GX wireless hot-spotting and I must say that as a hotspot it performs admirably.

The phone runs cool, much cooler than the ZTE MF91 dedicated pocket hotspot that I will probably now retire, presumably meaning that battery life will be solid.

Thanks for reporting because my last Cheap coles telstra phone died with minimal addition of apps. I did notice this battery is of a fairly large size. The latest cordless bluetooth phones that provide incoming and outgoing calls via bluetooth are cool.

Most of the cheap Telstra branded handset have external antenna ports. They are perfect for adding an external antenna to keep the phone alive in an area where an external antenna is necessary.

Connect to the stationary mobile handset external antenna connected via your bluetooth cordless. Telstra stuffed up and ported my number to the wrong sim. After 30 hours I called them and they fixed the problem.

So now i have 8. I also thought I was meant to get 5GB for a new service? I know that would be greedy. The best thing is this rolls over. So apparently because i didnt set up direct debit at the beginning i need to do it 1 day or on the day of recharge before it runs out.

StraitVodka, with respect, isn’t this stuff decidedly off topic and better discussed over in the Telstra Prepaid thread here? I only got around to unboxing yesterday.

But further, I find the screen is fine. I haven’t tried the camera. My previous Androids are now so slow browsing using Chrome and I find the Buzz is great. My apps are working well, except perhaps for CSipSimple which is working although every time I get the message that it has stopped working.

It only stops working if I acknowledge the message by touching OK. So I had a chat on 24×7 about these phones and I’m very confused about whether the phone has a removable battery. I see a lot of you guys are alluding to one.

The Telstra chat operator said that it did have a removable battery then apologized and said no it doesn’t have one and now insists that it doesn’t. Telstra’s page about the phone says the battery isn’t removable under the detailed specifications section https: But I’ve just discovered use of Telstra credit on Google play and the joys of an extra GB when using CreditMe2U — both these things currently require me to use the sim card in my main phone, which is a hassle.

I’m very confused about whether the phone has a removable battery. It has a removable battery. As above the battery is user replaceable or removable. In fact it comes separate to the phone itself in the box.

I just got one for myself as a spare for the kids, http: Correct, as per the thread title ;. And in “About phone” Sure you’re not thinking of the much older Tempo? On a side note, when using this phone just as a pocket wifi device for the household, will it always stay on and connected when it comes to dishing out wifi assuming it’s plugged in, or will I have to mess with it when I get up in the morning for instance?

They are not on display. You have to ask the sales guys. Two more left about half an hour ago. Mentioned mates rates at the cashier. If I go into a Telstra store, will they give me the same deal?

Unlike at Dick Smith they’re displayed with printed price tickets as if it’s a new regular price. I bought a phone anyway: Not a bad idea. I only purchased it 1week ago from Telstra store. They could have let me know a deal was coming Docket are usually 7 days right?

Couldnt help myself and purchased another: Its all your fault, and Jacks and astero’s, and a couple of others: To good to pass up. I will keep the headphones and pass the phone on to one of my extended family in the Philippines.

It can take a couple of days for the data to appear. If not get in touch with Telstra. The store probably would not be aware of the headphone offer. Try returning it, nothing to lose except some time and possibly angst: I’m tempted to get a second one myself so the wife’s got a set of headphones too..

I’m an iphone guy, I’m at the point of being sick of ios issues and generally bored with apple, so I am going to use this to enter the world of Android Android has it issues as well.

Still after trying apple, ms, and android, I am hooked on android. I’m at the point of being sick of ios issues and generally bored with apple. I would not call this an awsome android phone but hey its cheap as and has mhz.

Android does not have all the annoying constraints etc that apple has. Apple, google etc are all pain in the butts. What’s the approx delivery date for the Buzz?

Is it really the 2 day delivery for metro locations? Every time I have ordered sims or phones from Telstra I get it within 1 to 2 business days. I ordered the Buzz last night.

They will dispatch today. It will turn up tomorrow or Friday. Here is a problem i have run into with this phone Put telstra sim in I also have the Huawei y and both sims tether fine no problems Can anybody else check this please: The headphones are all black and look to be the same model as these: I ordered mine yesterday at Arrived in Fitzroy It does sound very much like it.

Perhaps this article will be of assistance: No APN settings made no change were correct already You could surf on the phone no problem and had 4G While we do support tethering for iPhones we do not provide personal hotspots for iPads.

Depending on your mobile device, check out our Help and Support articles on how to set up tethering on your handset. So it would appear that there is a special APN that your get routed through when trying to tether.

True, but it’s still a good valued phone irrespective. Its an incredible deal with the headphones. Has anyone got the white Buzz? If so, how do the two colours compare? Already ordered a black and thinking about a second one for the wife Looking from the front you see very little white maybe 2mm around sides.

I like the white. I just bought one yesterday, but only today — almost 24h later — I received a confirmation email. Getting a bit worried that 2-day delivery time-frame is not going to happen I jumped on chat to as the status of my order and they said its currently out of stock and once my order is fulfilled, I would receive the tracking details.

I jumped on chat to as the status of my order and they said its currently out of stock. That’s a bit strange, you must of just missed out, mine shipped yesterday and StarTrack website is showing it in Perth today.

How many days passed since you placed your order and the package actually being delivered? I ordered Tuesday night, shipped yesterday and is showing “onboard for delivery today” this morning.

I’m in Perth so would expect us to be worse case. Hope you can help. Ive just purchased the buzz and want to know if it can block numbers?? And also can it take screen shots?? Hoping someone can help.

Here’s the user manual if you are keen http: I’ve read through it and found screen shots, still can’t get it to work. I must be useless but still can’t find info about blocking numbers. Do I actually need to be at home to show the delivery driver the same ID used to make the purchase?

Normally all packages at my condo are signed by the admin guy and then everyone just picks them up in their own time. So just wondering if this one time I actually have to be present no matter what Does anyone know if you can switch the hard-keys around on the Buzz?

I really would like it the other way around Crap, it’s actually in my wife’s name — do I just need her DL when she heads out or does she need to physically be here too?

By the looks of it you are out of luck. I was looking to do the same thing. Also can’t fine tune the screen like the fit. The Buzz and fit look identical from the outside. The Buzz has a slightly nicer backing.

I think I prefer the fit out of the two after brief impressions. I’ve had a quick scan through the comments to see if this question has already been answered, but couldn’t find anything Once unlocked to all networks, would this be a good phone to use on Optus?

Or would the missing network bands make reception patchy and unreliable? I just bought this phone because I needed one and headphones. This was perfect, except I just got it delivered and there aren’t any headphones.

I really like the white colour as it’s a slight pearlish metallic colour. Of course we are only talking about the back of the phone here. Headphones came included not just the small ones in the phone’s box but also the Monster DNA headphones that Telstra is currently attaching to orders as a bonus, and after activating the included SIM card I have 5GB data on it already valid for 28 days.

Overall — great experience with Telstra and a great phone too — an absolute bargain at this price. And an absolute steal considering you get the Monster DNA headphones with it for free. My widget just says “tap here to manage your prepaid service”.

It should show it if you’re on mobile data — when it’s on wifi it can’t get the usage information as well. My widget just says “tap here to manage your prepaid service” Remove that widget.

Install the Telstra 24×7 app and then put the 24×7 widget on. This will show you all the info, not just data. Can someone please clarify what being locked to Telstra means?

Does it mean being locked to being a Telstra customer, or being locked to using the Telstra network, but able to go through another company that uses the Telstra network — eg. Can we unlock other network bands on this device, under the options you listed Wahroonga Farm?

It does not seem to give that option which is a pain. Tethered to Rooter is fine but not stand alone. On closer inspection of the box there was a sticker over a sticker, so I offered the unlocker the IMEI number in the battery compartment and that unlocked it.

I’ve now received a second a second Buzz, this one from Telstra — an impulse buy, heck the headphones are worth 60 notes by themself. So if you come to unlock be aware that the stickers IMEI number may not be the same as the one on the phone, which isn’t a problem unless you persistently bang in an incorrect unlock code 10 times.

I gave the unlocker the IMEI number showing on the box and the resultant unlock code failed. Where’s the hardware specs? Is this a Qualcom Snapdragon? According to ZTE’s website it is Qualcomm.

If the former then might be able to unlock additional 3G and 4G bands. And appears to add Mhz 3G, as I just popped a Voda sim in and don’t think that Voda does or here. Perhaps someone else can confirm this.

I wonder what additional 4G bands could be unlocked? Voda actually uses all 3, , and Got mine and insta-ordered an unlock code, screw the telstra sim included. Indeed but not all districts have all three available Australia-wide.

What we need is confirmation as the phone or modem doesn’t indicate frequency info for connection. I’ve tested with a Voda SIM. The handset is network locked to Telstra.

If you put in a non-Telstra SIM card you won’t receive any service. So if you come to unlock be aware that the stickers IMEI number may not be the same as the one on the phone,.

Telstra took 2 days to dispatch, a lot unusual in my experience. On board for delivery today still within Telstras time frame and the moron driver from Star Track tries to deliver it to the wrong address.

Geez its a business address with a business name, how hard is it? Anyway now fighting with Star Track to find and deliver my phone, what a useless company!! Mine made it just on time.

Ordered Wednesday morning, got the 2nd email yesterday evening and luckily got delivered today. Star Track being themselves carded it to my local LPO Lucky I didn’t stay waiting and checked the tracking status at pm The LPO is within walking distance.

I fly out of Australia for several weeks on Sunday things would have been messy otherwise chasing refunds Yes it’s funny this phone is pretty much identical on outside to the fit, but the mtk SoC the fit gets performs better.

Mainly the GPU is a lot better. If you test benchmarks side by side you can watch run through the tests fast. Seems the GPU is not quite twice the speed going by 3dmarks scores. On a side note, as someone has already mentioned, the Telstra SIM is actually quite useful to activate it as you’ll get 5GB straight off the bat and I think you have a full 28 to use it too.

I’m ok getting the 24×7 app via Google Play as that is one thing I actually know how to use, but how do I dump the current widget and then put the new 24×7 widget in its place?

If your mobile doesn’t automatically place a new app on the main screen – do a similar thing, hold the app down with your finger and it “should” drop it on the main screen. Where do you get the unlock code?

Open your app drawer. Go to widgets tab. Find widget you want. Tap and hold on it. Place it where you want. Or on the handset itself: Looks like the replacement for this is the Y5 also blue tick which has more bands spec wise and is running 5.

Picked it up over this ZTE model. I don’t see anything about the Y5 being Blue-tick, and no mention of 4GX support either on the Telstra website: According to your link it does list support for mhz band in specifications, which is 4GX.

I would find it odd that a newly released phone didn’t offer support for it at this stage. Yeah the s is definitely a downgrade over the s used in the Buzz. You probably not going to notice much difference performance wise between the two in real life use except for the s does seem to be lot more friendlier on battery life.

Do you have the handset now and if so, do the specs match the Huawei website? Yeah that’s the thing I found with these lower end phones, you can’t trust the listed specs. Box is blue tick and there is the MHz so it is 4GX.

Nope — read the very first post in this thread, and look up the specifications for yourself:. I found this interesting, I benchmarked battery life between the fit and the buzz, here’s the results: I posted on another website forum that I thought this phone was better than the Y, but having used this phone for a while, I’ve changed my mind and I’d say the Y is better.

But this phone is very good. Y back is so slippery, Buzz is way better soft-touch rubberised. According to this site, http: Set preferred network type: And the Buzz is much better in low signal areas.

For a solid phone with Monster headphones included, not to mention a SIM card that gives 5GB straight off the bat after registration? Super for a second phone. Anyone knows if the credit can be used for existing Telstra prepaid service and not activating the new sim?

To get the headphones, can these be purchased from a T shop, or do they have to be purchased online? If buying online it appears that one has to go through the activation process as part of the procedure.

Must order online to get the headphones and discount. I was thinking about taking the sim kit into a T shop to get that credit added to my existing prepaid service. You need to activate the new SIM.

I think you’ll find that this is merely their ID procedure, so they know who’s responsible for the sim they’re sending out. Once received you or anyone can activate the sim in a different name provided that relevent ID is provided.

I’m finding this, but the differences are minor like the viewing angles better with the Y and as DerekG says in favour of the Buzz it goes brighter. A matter of personal choice this.

The camera on the buzz has it all over the Y, but find the Y battery lasts longer, but it’s early days, I’ve only completed one charge cycle on the buzz thus far, so the li-ion may still be settling.

With Mhz LTE on the Buzz but Mhz 3G on the Y, the difference between the handsets has to be in the eyes of the beholder and what they need it for. Both are excellent budget smartphones.

I bought the buzz mainly for the Monster headphones, but figured I can use this as a second phone. What do people normally use a second phone for other than work purposes?

Activate the sim that came with the Buzz on freedom plus and you’ll get a 5gb data bonus valid for 28 days. You now have a decent 4gx pocket wifi for all your wifi devices. Install Here and download offline maps and you get a 4.

I use mine mainly as a workout phone since you don’t want your flagship phone to get all sweaty and possibly dropped a few times. I might not even bother with a flagship phone in the future since these cheap ones are plenty fast with decent battery life for my use.

Hi there, I’ve juts picked up one of these as a secondary phone and am surprised at the quality and functionality for the price. I am unable to find the option to do this on this phone.

I had a Y when they were cheap and the biggest flaw I found with it was only around 1. You could set it to install apps directly to sd card easy enough. It shouldn’t be any faster though than the Buzz, because the Buzz uses the exact same system on chip.

The screen I believe is ips on the Y, so should have better viewing angles and might be a bit better to look at despite having the same dpi. The only other budget phone with an ips screen that I could use to compare against is the Sony E4g, but I doubt the Y is in the same league as that phone’s screen.

I’ve had the Fit longer, and has been through a few more battery cycles, so perhaps that helps a bit. You still wouldn’t think that it would achieve around 2 hours better. The rest of the phone seems almost identical, same screen, same mah battery, same crappy quality camera etc.

Just ordered one of these purely for use as a cheap GPS but I was wondering if everyone is still receiving these with headphones have the headphones sold out? Just checked OzBargain and 2 people received theirs with headphone on Friday so it seems like the headphones haven’t sold out yet.

Both are actually excellent scores when compared to other results: My only qualm with that benchmark is that it uses the CPU primarily and isn’t really indicative of real world performance.

The GSMarena endurance rating is good but they seldom test these cheap handsets. I don’t think it’s possible with the stock launcher and I have the same issue with my Nexus 7.

You’ll probably need to install a more customisable launcher like Nova:. You’ll probably need to install a more customisable launcher like Nova: Ordered a Black and White phone on Saturday. Received the black one today with a set of headphones.

No sign yet of the white one on its way. I assume that I will get the headphones as my invoice says: I was supposed to receive mine today. According to Star track tracking it was on board for delivery today.

Then it went back to depo. After numerous calls, I finally got out of them that Telstra had sent an Email requesting that it be ‘return to sender’! I’ve tried all afternoon to find out what is going on but I am getting the usual run-around.

Almost a wall of silence. Lucky you, my receipt doesn’t have that on it, even though they were “Included” right through checkout. However the two Buzz phoens in our house can see each other via Bluetooth.

So while I suspect it’s a Bluetooth protocol issue does the Buzz use a special protocol that isn’t widely available or something? I don’t think any battery benchmarks are.

I think it just a way to compare against other phones. I haven’t found their tests to be indicative of real world battery life either. I like the GSMarena one because they test talk time, web browsing and video playback separately to come up with the aggregate score.

I value the web browsing and video playback results since that’s what I use my handsets for most over any other tests out there but that’s just me and we all have different requirements.

Yeah their tests must be a best case scenario, I have no idea how some of the phones achieve the numbers they get. So I don’t think their numbers are good indicator of real world use either.

Thinking of returning, getting this, looks like it has message alert LED can anyone confirm thanks. Lumia’s don’t offer that, they want you to use glance instead.

Have you tried glance? Though the buzz is a much better phone than the Lumia Yep used glance, i like the clock at night handy, both have 1 gig ram which is good, and 5mpx camera. Battery seems better in the Buzz though.

Just got my Buzz with the free headphones. Enjoy mate — glad you got the headphones. Going to use mine as an Audiobook player with a micro-SD as well. Only issue with this is the volume on all droid phones is a bit low.

If you use it more like dumb phone, the is better with power-saving mode. For smartphone use then the buzz should get 2 days of moderate use easy enough and better than Lumia.

I’d take the buzz everyday over the Faster processor, better apps, and flash on camera. I found this out the hard way after trying to use it with multiple android phones: Several days ago I tried to order online, at the end of the process after I pressed “submit” or whatever, got a brief on-screen message saying there was a payment failure, order status is unknown and to check my bank statement.

All too hard, I won’t be bothering further — top ordering system That was the only way to get Optus 4G mHZ at my house. My Zenfone 2 was getting 2 bars Optus amaysim 4G signal when they were side to side, Buzz was on E dge all the time.

Has anybody ordered multiple units and got headphones for each phone ordered? What sort of adapter would I need to get? Or never heard of an adapter for headphones buttons.

I would love to know if there’s an adapter that allows the use of both the mic and the buttons on iPhone-centric headsets on Android You can’t lose, beat valued smartphone. Don’t forget the free 5gb sim activation.

Is that with the included sim? No extra recharge is required in the case of SIM cards included with prepaid devices. If you do some searching in the Lycamobile prepaid thread you may find a technique which allows tethering to occur in spite of Lyca not permitting it.

Lyca uses Telstra however and there is no guarantee the same technique will work in your case. I do know it works for Lyca although I do not use it. We ran into a problem some time back on a different phone.

Phones without MHz work fine in metro areas and large regional centres where there is MHz service. This had me stumped for a while, we even had 5 bars of signal at times but no service — I am guessing the phone was monitoring Telstra signal, not Optus.

As soon as you step into the country where there is no MHz service, the service stops. Someone mentioned before that this phone might actually support MHz. However, you’ll have to play around with the secret handset menu.

Yes, I remember reading W-Farm’s post, but i haven’t experimented. I am actually using the phone with Telstra prepaid, but it could be handy for me if I could use it with Amaysim Optus too. It should arrive within the next few days and I’ll give this a shot.

And I’ll be very interested in what you discover. The phone I use for Amaysim is now pretty hopeless for internet use, hence my interest in potentially using the Buzz which is very snappy. You should be able to enable 3G and other bands.

You’ll need root though. Refer to my previous post. Thank you for this information. I had read your previous posts and looked at your link. Unfortunately the process is too hard for me and I’ll have to be satisfied with the phone the way it is.

But thank you anyway. Mine just got delivered via Startrack Express. Has this happened to others? Now trying to get on to 24×7 chat. Because even though the offer runs till Christmas, the headphones are mentioned as subject to stock availability in the fine print.

For those saying you can enable MHz, I doubt the phone has the hardware for it The chipset does support 3G, but there’s no guarantee the antenna is capable of it as well.

But they didn’t come. So it is on record. BTW this was a lengthy session, 24×7 seemed to think I was referring to the little earpiece that comes with the phone. Lucky the offer is still there so I sent them the link referring to the “Bonus Gift” Eventually the light filtered through.

I cant find where to turn on notification light? Maybe it was that priority thing i played with anyone know how? I’m using messenger for texts thanks. This phone will be my sons, so I need to restrict some apps ect.

When I go in to setting to do this, I don’t have the “Users” option listed. Is it hidden somewhere else on the phone? The second issue is when I go in to system updates, the only option listed is “Storage card updates” Is anyone able to help me with this?

The headphones are pretty ordinary. If I paid the prices they normally sell for I’d be disappointed. Doss apparently there isn’t a way to set up seperate user accounts, although this phone runs android lollipop its version is missing this feature.

Perhaps a hardware limitation, insufficient memory perhaps. All you may be able to do is disable apps that are innapropriate in settings apps. I read somewhere that zte are unlikely to issue any updates to the phone.

There is an update app in the app drawer. I presume if an update became available you would use this app to download it to SD card then go to settings to install it. Presumably the one mentioned here: I checked “about phone-system-updates “and I saw that only “storage cards updates” available, it said” copy update pack to storage card for system updates”.

I then used this script to remove kingroot and replace with supersu. As stated by other users it’s not available by default, however if you root the phone as above you can enable it by editing the build.

You should be able to remove root once you have edited the build. I have no problems with my Telstra sim either If this is the same for all Buzz users, it looks like Telstra’s firmware is causing this.

Your only choice will be to use the wifi hotspot or to replace Telstra’s firmware with the factory generic one. Maybe tell others where you found it. Anyway I found it too.

For information of others trying to update.. Scroll through the pre installed apps and find one called “system Updates”. White with green arrow. What can I use this on? My update downloaded and installed ok went smooth I find them a bit similar to my Logitech UE, except the mids are suppressed.

The UEs have very crisp bass, the Monsters have emphasised lows and highs, and fairly unenthusiastic mids. Still, they don’t really hold a candle to the Sennheiser HD I normally use with my laptop I attempted installation from the System Updates app and it seemed to be working until I got the same message as Mike reported:.

And as in his case I have plenty of space on the device and I also have a micro SD card installed. Now the System Updates app reports: System update was not completed because the package is mismatched.

I attempted installation from the System Updates app and it seemed to be working until I got the same message as Mike reported. That happened to me three times in a row last night. Thank you for that.

I notice in my System Updates app history that code is quoted at the end of the failure message. Power down phone, while holding the volume up power the phone up and it should enter recovery menu, use the volume buttons to select wipe cache, after that finishes reboot and try update again.

Yeah lots of devices like that yet my gb SD card still works. I haven’t tested the buzz, but it works in the very similar ZTE fit. I doubt it’s a hardware limitation. Works fine without formatting as FAT So no need to worry about the supposed 32gb limitation.

Price valid from 7 Dec to 24 Dec Okay I received my amaysim sim today and can confirm tethering doesn’t work with any sim except for a Telstra one. I received my amaysim sim today and can confirm tethering doesn’t work with any sim except for a Telstra one.

So i just got this phone for a family member and ended up doing the update, however now it seems to of removed the bluetooth smart function. Any idea how i can get it back?

The device they use requires this. It did work before the update too which seems even weirder. Maybe we can try it on our phones to see if the same issue exist after updating. I no longer have the phone with me and they won’t tell me the app for some reason?

Just told her to keep it for a couple days and see if it changes, otherwise work something out. I have two of theses phones one updated, one I haven’t yet, using this app it confirms the updated phone doesn’t support BLE, while the non updated one does show as working.

They probably don’t want to in case any issues arise rolling back to a previous version, sucks they don’t provide full firmware roms, as it limits development. Same thing has happened to me — did the update and now can’t use BLTE bluetooth low energy.

I was using it to couple a Wahoo Tickr heart rate monitor to the phone — in fact, it was the only reason I bought this phone — for the Bluetooth 4 capability.

It’s not a problem with any APP — it is because Bluetooth 4 capability has been removed from the phone!!!!! My bluetooth still allows me to connect to a set of headphones — but not to a device which requires Bluetooth 4.

The phone itself will not pair with the device. Have any of you managed to get Foxtel Go working with the Buzz? I get an error message while Foxtel Go is loading — “Sorry. Video playback is not available on this device.

Please turn off AllShare to continue. Given this is not a Samsung phone, I wonder why this error shows up. I’m very interested in hearing from anyone about what happens when you install and then attempt to use Foxtel Go.

Might have something to do with the chromecast stuff I have installed though. Mobile Foxtel different app works fine though as long as you turn off wi-fi — it’s unmetered mobile data on Telstra so all’s good.

Foxtel’s just paranoid about people trying to stream from phones to a TV. I’m having some trouble applying the update as an OTA, does anyone know where I can find it as a download that I can put on the SDcard and do the update that way?

I’ve had a Google around but not having any luck finding it. Have you tried setting the APN type to: I know in Kitkat and Lollipop there is apparently a tethering flag meaning that your carrier will know that you are tethering and restrict your usage.

I do not know however, if there is the ability to have a fixed tethering apn on Android Lollipop. Root your phone, instructions by Snakebyte here 2. Run the app and grant it root permission 4. Close the application, reboot, and you’re good to go.

So multi user is a feature of 5. I thought it was from 5. Any other tweaks I should do while rooted? List of default bands: Here are the list of available bands you can enable with this phone: Agreed, make sure you write a reply here at least.

Would have to do something about it asap then surely? There are certain areas at work where I have difficulty getting Telstra 3g but works fine on Optus, I’ll be able to check it out tomorrow to see if my phone can utilise MHz frequency.

Hi Baz, I’ve managed to edit the permissions to enable this feature after the update. You’ll need your phone to be rooted. Copy the file and paste it in: Reboot and BLE should be working!

Excuse me if i’m blind but i can’t seem to find this path, where should i be looking? Can’t see any device folder. I rooted it with kingroot, then followed your steps but no device folder in SD card drive.

Was in the drop down. Hmmm very tempting!! Do you have any thoughts as to why it would have been removed by the latest update?? Anyway — I have never rooted an Android phone before.

So am not sure how to do this. Would much appreciate an elemental description of “how to root this BUZZ phone: The deployment of this update has been stopped as an issue whereby the Bluetooth 4 functionality is deactivated has been identified.

A fix is being developed however timelines are not known yet. The original purpose of the update was to incorporate security fixes from Android Partner Security bulletins 14 and 13 which contain additional “Stagefright” fixes.

Hi, It’s a mistake and is being addressed. The final fix will take alittle time due to all the processes required to have it approved. I will update you all once I know the confirmed solution and timeframes.

Also only two users came to me and only one was from Whirlpool or Crowdsupport sites. Bluetooth issues with the Buzz 9I actually started the thread due to a different Bluetooth issue http: I will be replying to the external forum users shortly.

It’s got a sharp 5. The Honor 8’s killer feature is its dual-camera technology. There are two camera sensors on the back — just like on the iPhone 7 Plus — and both are megapixel sensors. The cameras can shot in monochrome or in full color, create fun blurred background effects that mimic a DSLR camera, and offer a manual mode for getting the perfect shot.

No other phone on this list offers a camera this great. The only real downside here is that Verizon and Sprint customers can’t use the Honor 8 on their carriers’ respective networks.

Gorgeous design, great dual-camera tech, a zippy processor, nearly flagship specs, and a fingerprint sensor for security. ZTE is rather well known among budget phone buyers as a no-frills option, but its cheap phones have gotten a lot better over the years.

Just to give you an idea of how well it should keep up with everyday smartphone tasks, ZTE’s phone has the same processor as the Moto G5 Plus, but it has an extra 1GB of RAM that ought to improve multitasking performance.

However, the real highlight here is the dual-camera setup on the back of the phone. Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus made dual cameras popular again, and although the lenses on the Blade V8 Pro certainly aren’t up to Apple’s standards, they are very impressive for such a cheap phone.

If you like larger screens, the V8 Pro’s 5. It’s got a rubbery, textured back and a sturdy metal frame. It feels good in your hand, and it isn’t slippery like glass or metal phones can be.

Your color choices are black and black, so if you were hoping for some fun colors or even just one other option, you’re bound to be disappointed. However, you really can’t expect much more from a basic budget phone at this price point.

Digital Trends was also favorably impressed after initial testing. My first impressions of the phone were positive as well when I saw it at CES and played around with it for a few days.

It’s always impressive to see high-end features on such a cheap phone. Dual-camera sensors, zippy processor, very low price, good battery life, and a fingerprint sensor for security.

Motorola’s Turbo Charging technology should net you six hours of use after just 15 minutes of charging, too. In comparison with the Moto G5 Plus’ design, the Moto G4 feels less premium with its rubbery textured back and metal frame, but it is easier to grip and you can choose between black and white color option on Amazon.

If you feel adventurous, you can even choose other colors on Motorola’s website to customize the phone a bit. When I first used the Moto G4, I seriously wondered whether anyone really needs a more powerful phone.

Even though it’s getting older and the Moto brand has the new G5 Plus available, the G4 is still a great buy — especially if you don’t mind Amazon’s ads on the Prime Exclusive version.

Lenovo’s Moto brand keeps making incredible budget phones. It’s powered by a 1. Unless you’re a tech crazy power user, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this phone.

You’ll want to grab one of our top picks for microSD cards when you buy the Moto E4 so that you don’t run out of room for pictures after a month. The 5-inch HD screen is water repellant and sharp enough to please most people, even though it’s not Full HD.

You’ll find a fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone, which unlocks the device quickly and easily. The Moto E4 is made out of a simple, smooth plastic, and the back is removable. It’s a no-frills device that comes in either black or gold on Amazon.

The 8-megapixel camera on the back is obviously not outstanding, but it takes decent enough photos that you won’t be ashamed of sharing them on Facebook. One of the best things about the Moto E4 is that it comes with near stock Android 7.

If you’re a Verizon or Sprint customer looking for a great deal, that’s music to your ears because aside from the Moto phones in our guide, it’s very hard to find unlocked phones that support those networks.

HD p screen, Android 7. Alcatel makes good budget phones. Sometimes it even makes impressive ones. The Alcatel A30 is not going to win many contests against the other phones in this guide, but it can win in one column: The Alcatel A30 is a brand-new phone, so it hasn’t been reviewed yet.

It has a 5-inch HD p screen, which should be serviceable, though not as crisp as the Full HD p screens that most of the phones on this list boast. The cameras are likely average, but certainly not terrible, since there’s an 8-megapixel lens on the back and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter on the front.

The best thing about this budget phone is that it’s running the latest version of Android 7. In comparison with the other phones on this list, all of which boast mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, the A30 will be less powerful.

Its Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and 2GB of RAM should be able to handle Facebook, email, texting, web browsing, and other basic smartphone tasks just fine. You obviously can’t expect amazing multi-tasking or gaming from a device at this price point, but that doesn’t mean the A30 isn’t serviceable.

The 16GB of included storage is meager, but you can expand it up to 32GB with a microSD card, so you should be okay as long as you use Google Photos and its free cloud storage for your pictures.

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My lenovo does everything I need well, unfortunately I can’t upgrade it. I don’t think that will fit the bill, I was looking for something with similar specs or better than what I already have. I wouldn’t know where to start with flashing and rooting and custom roms.

I did try asking at a few phone places if they could root my phone and they looked at me like I had pooed on their counter: More than happy to have it done if someone can point me in the right direction.

ZTE Axon 7 looks promising. Saw this last night. Very tempting with that price and specs. Hopefully the camera is up to scratch. Of course, I say that not having actually had a 6″ phone yet, but my Oneplus One does feel a little small these days.

Yeah, as someone who’s been holding out for the OnePlus 3, now that specs and features are firmed up, I’m a bit ‘meh’ about it. Then sure enough, last night I found the Axon 7 popping up on several news sites.

This was my fav to date in that someone has their hands on one – http: They’re reserving judgement so far on stuff like battery life and a detailed review of the camera, but they’re talking about the difference between ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ as it’s already clearing the full day of intensive use threshold.

You can get a G5 for that and be guaranteed of having the best camera on the market. It’s in a different league to OnePlus and Asus. And yes, I have been looking at the Xiaomi Mi Max.

Just waiting for the 4gb ram one, and not metallic pink rose gold coloured. Just not sure about all these Chinese manufacturers pushing expensive flagships.. Presents a compelling case if you don’t invest a lot of value in your phone’s camera or ‘good enough’ will do.

Just want to warn anybody who’s contemplating an Elephone P I bought one about a month back and returned it inside of 2wks. It was built well physically, but everytime i used i noticed something else that wasn’t working.

I was desperately hanging out for a software update so that the camera was actually useable, really — it was that bad. Once it came it wiped out cellular data access.

Nothing at all, all gone. Don’t even get me started about battery life Elephone were exactly zero help. Antelife where i got it from are incompetent and rarely respond to emails, and if they do it’s somebody different from the previous response.

Paypal have surprisingly been no help whatsoever so i’ll likely be out of pocket. A phone that you might like to look into is the Umi Super. It has very decent specs and comes with stock Marshmallow.

It’s the only Umi phone I’ve seen that supports both 3G and I’m done experimenting with other Chinese brands. I’ve used Xiaomi before and that’ll do me fine for a secondary device.

Huawei i’d be content if price wise they didn’t miss the mark. Actually, the Umi Iron and Touch have received a lot of negative feedback online. Scratch my excitement for the Super. Looks like a nice upgrade on the Touch which is still to hit distribution, so would be somewhat surprised if this makes its launch target.

The original Nexus 5. It’s not the best at anything, except just being awesome. It’s probably the first device i can think of for a very long time i hadn’t wanted to get rid of for one reason or another.

There are phones with better cameras, better batteries, better displays even, but it’s better than the sum of it’s parts and that’s why i’ve had it for so long. I had considered the Umi Touch orginally, but figured if that was an option then the RN3 was the safer bet.

These lesser chinese brands seem content with churning out device after device. They should make half the product perhaps and spend three times as much time on software.

I got a OnePlus One in October. It’s the only smartphone I’ve ever had, but holy damn am I impressed with how well it performs for such a small price. Listening to music doesn’t drain the battery nearly as much as my old iPod R.

I went from a HTC oneX to the Xiaomi Mi3 am 2 weeks off using it for 2 years, would really like an Mi4s but can’t seem to want to relegate it it to the cupboard yet.

Why don’t they spend zero on software just put on stock Android and spend a little more on the hardware product. It’s not that simple. Umi does that with its phones and there are bugs that need to be fixed.

Every phone has different hardware which requires different drivers and optimisations. Could I get some thoughts on the Blackview bv http: Will it work with Telstra and Vodafone?

Will I be able to have play store on it. Recommendations of where to purchase would also be greatfully received. Finally heard from Antelife. Response was “yeah, we can’t fix this But Vodafone is dropping 3G so 3G which is used regional will be used in suburbia as well I beleive this to be right.

The fun thing is, for 4G the mhz numbers aren’t the whole story. For example, the oneplus one supports a certain type of mhz, but not the mhz used by telstra and optus which is Band 28 http: So I have decided to take the plunge on the Blackview bv, can anyone more experienced recommend some trustworthy sites to buy from.

I note that chinavision. Just responding to previous posts THL are another hassle-free Chinese brand. I’ve had two, and another three friends have had no problems with their models either oh hang on, the THL had a power button problem eventually?

Had it about 2 months now, no probs to speak of, nice fast good-looking phone, and 4G rocks. Calling it a 5. Full HD screen is nice though as is the bluelight filter — I use the phone outdoors at night a lot and it stops me searing my retinas.

And did I mention how fast 4G is? First thing I did was flash it with Marshmallow, root it and remove some of the bloat. Popped an Aldi sim in it and so far it’s been performing brilliantly.

Stays on 4G all the time. Mate im waiting in mine, could you please list the steps or point to a website for downloads and instructions? Some steps are in http: Just use SUTL to flash it to your phone.

The zip has a beta SuperSU included. Extract it and put it on a microSD and put that in your phone before flashing. Install it from TWRP. We will see how that goes when it arrives.

Well, my Zopo speed 8 is on the way. Looking forward to it. Don’t s’pose anyone on here has theirs already. The umi super, or the zopo speed 8? Or am I missing one completely?

I ordered it a couple of months ago on preorder for a lower price. I expect it here on Tuesday. I have to plug the phone to a notebook and use adb to boot to recovery. Took me a while to switch English.

All good so far with Marshmallow. Zopo Speed 8 has just arrived. About 15mm taller than my Zopo but very nice so far. Just have to do an update. It installed everything from my automatically.

Had the AliExpress order refused, waiting on Alipay to rview my appeal after submitting required docs. I have literally just got mine and the seal was broken on the box. The seal on mine was also broken.

I also assumed it was because they put in a power adapter for AUS. When do they expect it to ship? I bought it from www. Yeah I couldn’t use AliExpress either so went with www. Be careful with these guys — absolute crooks.

Currently “dealing’ with them now to get my money back on an Elephone P Sheez that is just so bleeding old for a new release tablet. Slightly confused, have flashed many a file before but most of the translations are hard to follow.

Do i have to flash TWRP before i flash a rom? Looks like it but where do i get it from? The xda links above links to another forum in italian? I’ve been hanging out ever since my Nexus S to be able to pay for stuff with my phone.

I’m not about to give up now that android pay is imminent in Australia. My bank is one of the few that doesn’t have its own tap n pay app St George and when I tried Optus Pay my phone wasn’t compatible it had a very short compatibility list.

Thanks mate, got the marshmallow downloaded just didnt know it had twrp there as well. Tried this but it shows an error, no idea why, installed all the required drivers as well.

I haven’t been on the Forum for a while, so don’t know whether the new start up Company Vernee and it’s first phone the Vernee Thor has been discussed. I had one of these phones sent the next day after ordering.

So, the Vernee Thor is a 5″ model, with Android 6 straight out of the box, a fingerprint scanner, gorilla glass screen with anti fingerprint coating, an excellent 13MP Samsung back camera — and just about every latest thing you could wish for.

Pity it doesn’t have a notification LED, but most of us can live with that. For instance you could install a missed call and notification app that will provide a notification ring or sound.

This tiny Korean designed phone gets a Vodafone signal, even deep inside supermarkets or Malls Sydney. It never fails to send or receive voice or texts and runs on the GMS G2 networks.

Note Telstra is closing their G2 at the end of the year. Optus and Vodafone have made no similar claims. The received voice is loud and clear, and th microphone can even pick up a TV in the background.

Neither party would feel this was other than a normal size phone. The YouTube videos are all in Russian, sadly. It takes a few minutes to charge, and weighs only 35 grams, and has a 2 colour Oled screen, and has many of the functions an android phone has.

You may think your phone is dead when it arrives, — there are no instructions. But underneath in the second hole — to the right of the charger hole is a one time use master power switch not obvious and the purpose of the enclosed seem card tray pin there is no sim card tray is to activate that hidden switch.

The usual power switch is on the keyboard. It claims to be dual SIM. The left receptacle is for a TF memory card. The language on the screen is English. Even plays an opening and closing theme song.

The keyboard has back lighting. One think I’ve been very impressed with is the GPS. Surprisingly fast to lock with good accuracy. The only negative I have is that the camera photo quality is average, however this might be fixed with a different ROM.

Just came across a violent testing video for the Vernee Thor, and it seems indestructible, being dropped numerous times, cracking open walnuts and being run over by a car.

I’m aware I may need to downclock the CPU a little to keep temps good. I hear the x runs cool but so we’ll see I noticed there are a few ROMs out for it which is good!

Is this the one dude? Everytime I look, I always go back to the redmi note 3 pro 3gb. For the money it looks fantastic along with the battery. The only negative is the kinda subpar camera. Maybe it’s because I have a note 5 who knows.

But anyway, anyone got anymore suggestions before I pull the trigger? I’m in the same boat as you. I’m considering the Elephone P, but for that price I’d really prefer at least 64GB of internal storage.

J B L writes Has anyone considered the LeEco Le2? If you manage to find the Indian version, you get the Snapdragon instead of the Helio X The camera appears to be an improvement on the one included with the previous model.

I’ve got a P, and after the two latest updates, the phone is fantastic. My friend has P and the camera shutter is really slow. Shutter speed is OK. Not slow but not the fastest I’ve used either.

Photos are detailed, but a little under exposed. Only downside with the phone is it’s loudspeaker. It’s loud, but very tinny. That wouldn’t bother me, as long as voice audio ie, listening to a caller on hands-free isn’t going to be too nerve shattering ‘tinny’.

Anything in particular about the P that impresses you or you feel they could have done better? I looked at the p and it’s fairly impressive. You’re all going to roll your eyes, but I keep going back to the redmi note 3 pro!

The reason is the battery. We’re travelling nz at the moment and we went for a 1. Both of us didn’t use GPS or hardly used our phones. We both are using local sim cards so no roaming.

Either my phones needs a reset or I dont know. I have a note 5. If the camera or flashing ROMs are important to you, give it a miss. I originally had the Redmi Note 3 MediaTek and the camera was acceptable.

More recently, I had the Pro Snapdragon and despite it having more MPs, the camera was terrible for me. I think it’s a good phone if you like MIUI and don’t plan to use the camera.

If you can wait until August, you’ll be able to grab the Asus ZenFone 3, which has a Snapdragon processor, beautiful build quality and band 28 MHz support. I’ve been looking at 5. The Umi Super looked great until I visited the forums and found that the camera is appalling and people are experiencing GPS issues.

It’s so had to find something that ticks all the boxes. The P is impressive simply because of its feature list. Only issues I have with the phone now is camera under exposes and the speaker is tinny.

But it’s loud and perfectly fine for loud speaker conversations. Actual ear piece quality is great. If you can wait until August, you’ll be able to grab the Asus ZenFone 3. When you run a Speedtest, what speeds are you getting with the new phone?

Haven’t got the phone yet lad so I dunno! I’m the same but, as long as I can get enough to browse web pages, load fb etc i’m happy. From memory the Mhz 4G band is only for deep wall penetration assistance anyway.

That’s the one brother! Will be keen to see what you think of it when you get it man. How are Bangood for delivery etc to Australia? The Vivo X7 is looking interesting with a Snapdragon However, it’s been pointed out to me that all Vivo phones are ridiculously priced.

I thought it was only their flagships, but the X6 with an old MediaTek processor stills costs too much. For example in US dollars: Agree those Vivo prices appear crazy..

If it’s not signiicantly cheaper than oneplus3 I can’t see it selling. What I would love is a 5. Aside from the expensive OnePlus 3 and reasonably priced ZenFone 3 , there are very few options.

I’m not responsible for any of your purchases, please confirm specifications with seller etc etc that was just the first link that came up on ebay search. Asus Zenfone 2 Not a bad find — albeit nearing 12 mths old, with a weird Intel chip and a reportedly bad camera Also the old Huawei Honor6.

Xiaomi Mi 5 fits the bill: Sorry, but that’s the best I could find. I am waiting for RedMi Note3 to restock. It has been quite some time since it runs out of stocks. Just noticed this 5.

Man I’m so much more excited to receive this phone now knowing that there is a super stable brand of custom CM being made for it. Good old Snapdragon making it easy for developers: I’ve never ordered from them before but they seem okay so far.

Order was shipped within 24 hours but I got typical Chinese store shipping service that says days and they provided a shipping number that doesn’t work so you have to email them to get your shipping updates lol.

We both must say, it is the thinnest phone we have seen. Thinner seemingly than a Galaxy 7 and it looks great, more so than videos indicate. It is also very light, but the battery is amazingly long lasting.

It is very quick in everything it does, and has been playing complex games via WiFi without the WiFi dropping out, and it did not at any time heat up. The phone didn’t miss a beat on the most complex of games.

There are screenfulls of ring tones, most I had never come across on any of the Chinese phones I have had. Nice and comfortable to hold, the gorilla glass screen has a protective coating designed to resist fingerprint smears.

As you know it has an excellent 13MP camera which takes great photos and videos, with stabilisation, — but isn’t good for night photography. The fingerprint scanner hasn’t been set up yet, but we expect it will be efficient, as entries will be made for “three persons” using the same finger, rolled around not just dabbed as on videos.

That is how I improved the performance of my Doogee F5. The only shortcomings of this phone, is, no notification LED, and a speaker which though loud, is not bassy, but otherwise quite OK.

Is the HTC 10 one of my only options at the moment? I was running Exodus on my Oneplus One for a while. Was pretty good, so you should be happy with it. I switched to Sultan’s CM for it’s promised better battery life, which never originated although maybe the battery is wearing out at the same rate the rom changes gave me better efficiency Well i had it, sold it within 2 days, still keep going back to the LG G2, best phone you can buy for the money and awesome rom support!

This article about cheap phones is interesting. It probably makes sense to stick with last year’s flagships. The THL’s didn’t have 4G at the time, nearly 12 months ago.

These have been fantastic, and never missed a beat. We really put them through their paces. We are with Boost, but looking to going to Aldi. Worst phones we’ve ever had. I guess with the Chinese phones, you get to own a phone that works great for basic everyday tasks and most have dual SIM ability as well.

The more expensive ones tend to have better after sales support, software updates, and better camera. Even though the price is usually 5 or more times more expensive then cheapo Chinese Not including Huawei Oppo etc expensive Chinese, you still can’t get the things mentioned even if you buy 5 cheapos.

Plus the Chinese phones can never have full support for the networks here excluding Taiwanese owned brands like Infocus. Which is why I’ll continue using an expensive phone as my main phone, with a cheapo phone as backup.

I was looking at this UMI Super 5. I wouldn’t find no AU plug a problem, is delivery the standard free one or are you spending more for expediated shipping. Visit the Umi forum first.

The camera is appalling and there are GPS issues. Then you’re left with an expensive paper weight. Damn shame as it otherwise looked like a great phone ex NFC. Poor GPS is back to Mediatek dark old days.

That’s got better specs and it having the Snapdragon processor means it’ll likely have custom ROMs available. The hardware is good on their phones but the interface is terrible. Unlike with Xiaomi phones, you’ll have no issue with unlocking the bootloader.

Umi is excellent with its online marketing, however it has a shocking reputation. It really looked like a great midrange offering on paper. I’m started to lean towards the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro.

It’s a great phone, apart from the camera. The camera is very poor. Also, MIUI is an acquired taste. However, it is fast, has an excellent screen, and the battery is amazing.

Yeah, I had the Le 1. The build quality was amazing. I really didn’t like the interface and the camera produced washed out pics. I think the camera is better on other models though. Cool, I’m confused as to size on the Pro.

I did some extensive browsing before buying my new Chinadroid and decided to go with this. There are a plethora of Custom ROMs available. Nexus ports, CM This is the phone to get at the moment guys.

My Xiaomi Mi5 arrived last night ordered on Tuesday. Can’t believe how fast it is was previously using an iphone 6. Everything is just quick and the build quality is great as is MiUI.

Really surprised that no one is mentioning the Elephone P It has NFC Wireless and quick charge, small bezels, fantastic display and battery life. Initial issues with WiFi and camera have been ironed out through constant updates I actually sold my S7 Edge and use the Elephone as my daily.

The S7 was nice don’t get me wrong, but the P does the job very well. Don’t have any issues using it day to day. GPS works great as well. Worst case scenario just install Google Now launcher and you’ve got yourself a pure Android device.

Never had an issue with them and the postage is a bit faster. Just need a cheap backup ‘phone’, mainly for internet browsing, music gym, and to pop a local SIM card into when traveling overseas.

Another good shop is Tomtop. Choose DHL shipping they ship really quick. Ordered from Hong Kong Dreami on Aliexpress. Risked Aliexpress as cashrewards has 7. Phone works perfectly and is stupidly fast.

Came with the global dev rom installed and all Google apps. There is a reason the Mi5 is the most popular phone in China so it cant be all bad in fact so far it is by far the best phone I have owned.

I’m glad things are improving with your P I’d be happier going with a MediaTek processor if it was at least the X20, but it’s a massive bonus that it comes with stock Android.

The P10 is surprisingly quick. I don’t feel any noticeable performance difference between the P and say the Snapdragon Feels faster than the There has been another update released that I haven’t installed yet, not sure if that’s improved it more.

Zuk Z2 and Zuk Z2 Pro added to etotalk. Descriptions appear the same despite the large price difference. How long does it normally take Bang Good to dispatch an order? Do they use DHL? I need a seller that ships promptly if I’m going to continue experimenting with cheap phones.

I’ve only ever bought cheap stuff with free shipping from them. I like banggood’s honesty. The One-Armed Man writes My Cubot Nore S arrived yesterday after ordering a month ago from Everbuying.

So far an excellent phone with great screen. Nice clear soft plastic phone case came with the phone also. Have bought a number of things and generally get deliries within the week of purchasing them, when shipping with DHL.

Doesn’t get any better than that from China. As I liked the Vernee Thor’s thinness, and the comfort of it in the hand, and that it is virtually indestructible, I bought another, for myself.

I could easily have bought a UMI Touch etc, but did not want the weight of a brick in my shirt pocket. All the medium price range phones, especially those of 5. My recently bought Doogee F5 weighs grams, and to me seems heavy, and at 5.

Now some of the recent phones weigh grams. Such weight takes the pleasure out of using a phone. In this case from Gearbest again. Ive used quite a few Chinese android phones so far and ive had no problems in terms of cellular connectivity.

That being said you need to be informed and do your own research when it comes to these phone as the Frequency bands are not consistent on them. I decided to get it to use as a backup phone, until I decide on a more expensive workhorse phone.

However the OP3 is quite expensive in relation to most other Chinese smartphones. So what you guys think between my choices? One must be conscious that when you pre-order a new release phone, — it is likely the phone will be released without some of the promised features, e.

Also some phone reviews suggest that some phones operating on Android 5. But it might not happen. So, be careful before committing your dollars to a phone without there being some reviews of it on YouTube and noting it does have the features you want.

Have you considered the Le 1 Pro? The default interface is pretty poor. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find reputable sites that review either versions including the camera.

I bought an Lenovo KT from China. More trouble than the saving was worth. But all of them gold or some other fancy finish. I just want the grey. But I suspect they don’t make it in the 4gb version?

Happy to only have 64gb storage. Ordered an Android Box on Friday afternoon – arrived Monday morning! I can also vouch for Hong Kong Dreami on Aliexpress. Ordered on Tuesday last week and phone delivered on Thursday.

Good seller and communication. I may be incorrect about this, but I think 4gb ram is only available on the top priced gb sd version and 64gb versions only have 3gb ram. Grey in all versions seems to be out of stock everywhere at present.

Hi all, I bought a new Mi4 from a local place here in Adelaide last week but have since received another phone from work so I’m wanting to sell the Mi4. I have a question though, the phone has Google Play store installed so I believe the place that sold it to me made changes to the phone and did this themselves.

I’m fine with this as I would’ve tried to do it anyway, but now I’m wondering if I factory reset the phone in order to sell it, will it revert back to the Chinese ‘version’ of the phone and lose Google play etc?

It might revert back to Chinese as the default language but that’s the first option to set on a new phone, so shouldn’t be too hard to navigate. Google Play is installed at a system level which is untouchable by Factory Reset, so it wont lose that.

The LeEco Le2 has been available for a little while. The X20 is very powerful. Interestingly, the Le2 appears to produce superior photos to the Le2 Pro. It would be interesting to know how it compares with the camera on the Le1 Pro.

Rose gold, which is slightly less painful than gold. When I had a silver le1, the front top and bottom were white for the antennas, and it looked terrible. At least they give you gold plastic on the rose gold models.

If this website is to be believed. Looks like it is only 2G on sim 2 http: If I had that kind of money to spend on a phone, I would be looking for top models of Samsung, LG or Xperia, as the latest models of these phones are superior to Chinese phones.

How many have 4 XHD and only about 1 or 2 have laser focusing cameras, but are producing under exposed photos. My Doogee F5 bought in the last quarter of last year now has a fingerprint scanner that doesn’t work, and won’t register new prints.

It never was very reliable right from the start. I hope the Vernee Thor fingerprint is better. Ordered on Saturday from Gearbest, it is already on it’s way. I would suggest canceling the order and looking elsewhere.

Vickmall has a reputation for prompt delivery using free shipping — maybe only two weeks can take longer though if you wished to wait. Phones with some global roms may have it. Some phones are bastardised original roms and can cause havic as in Mi3.

And if you can’t change to a genuine MIUI rom it’s likely a fake. Resetting it may remove Gapps but are you aware there are 2 partions and there may be a second rom in there. If the phone had the original Chinese non global rom google will most likely go.

Weirdest China phone ive seen so far Isn’t that going to be so annoying, holding the phone upto your eye to unlock? Fingerprint is perfect already Touch Screen Phone Brand: Deca-core, bit CPU Models: I wouldn’t worry about the no Paypal thing.

Credit card companies and banks offer better protection these days than Paypal. I tried to get my money back through Paypal on an Elephone P and they basically said ‘not my problem, it’s a warranty issue’ and closed the claim, despite the seller not responding to emails or the manufacturer claiming it wasn’t their problem either.

So yeah, no Paypal no problem. It’s true that PayPal can’t help in every case. However, the Refunded Returns Service is very useful if a defective item needs to be sent back to China or other places.

That’s the only thing they did to help — meanwhile i’m still out of pocket for the Elephone, and had to buy something else in the meantime. Iris scanning for unlock?.. Great 4G frequency specs — good for US.

Old USb connector and no fingerprint scanner is a surprise. I’m sorry to hear about the bad experience you’ve had. I don’t know which seller you used, but some are definitely to be avoided.

Currently dealing with Gearbest after-sales support. Something very obvious, but did you check whether the battery contacts are covered with sellotape? Blackview BV looks pretty nice, but 4.

Nope, I didn’t check that. Wasn’t going to use it as a “phone” until I traveled, so didn’t need to remove the back. The black view phone above is one of the few Chinese android waterproof phones that run android 6.

I am very impressed with the sensitivity of the fingerprint scanner. I made 2 entries for the same finger, which makes it more effective. Like the Doogee, after the first daily reboot, it seems to want you to use the keypad numeric backup, but after that it is virtually instant, and requires no pressure.

The audio is fine, and can go quite loud without distortion, and the screen resolution seems just as good FHD. For such an inexpensive phone, we are very impressed, as are the GearBest buyers, who rated it with all 5’s for every category of satisfaction.

I have no idea what Telstra’s frequencies are. I have had the good fortune of never having been on Telstra. It’s similar to I have never owned a Holden. If you search Vernee Thor, you will no doubt find out exactly what frequencies the phone covers.

Then search Telstra frequencies to compare. My THL t6s is beginning to do a few strange things so I am after a new phone. Netwok compatibility for any phone can be checked on http: MIUI is fine really, even more so if you swap the launcher.

Some sellers are known to install their own variant of the software which is hard to get rid of so it’s good to know this store is doing the right thing. The Infocus M has been discussed previosly in this thread and has been reported as having lte band 28 can check this on willmyphonework.

Thanks okisan and kusala. Great advice there and much appreciated. The link provided by okisan to aliexpress showed the Note 3 was available from them with the Global ROM installed. Kusala, I had come across the M in my investigation as well.

If ‘cost’ was the top and major consideration I would have gone down the M track. I have now had a couple of lower end cost phones and had some hassles with space on both of them. No Paypal at Aliexpress is a bit of a bummer but I do have a card I use expressly for online purchases.

Has better graphics chip Only a little bit more otherwise appear near identical. Edit — does appear antutu scores are higher 42k v 35k www. I’m using the Redmi Note 3 Pro so can vouch for that.

The thing is with cheap Chinese android phones most of the time you get what you pay for. The Xiaomi devices do tend to be head and shoulders above everyone else in regards to quality.

They’re still ridiculously cheap by comparison so I don’t bother looking elsewhere when in need of a cheap device. It becomes a bit confusing with so many variants of the Redmi 3.

However, as you say, the S has a more powerful gpu — on AliExpress, it is usd 20 more than the Pro. If you have Antutu installed on your phone, there are some interesting stats to see in the bottom info link — best performing chipsets, best selling phones in different countries etc.

Xiaomi does very well in Asia. I would doubt that he really is an Authorised store, and the fact store is only a month old would be cautious and go with established stores with long term asscociation with Xiaomi.

Has anyone bought a phone from this online store and if so what was your experience like with them? It’s guess work with most sellers, but at least they’ve actually made a point of explaining the difference between the ROMs that get provided, and allowed you the choice up front.

There aren’t many that will do this and even less that will follow through. That said I’ve never used them, but I’d have no reservations in doing so. Vernee Thor owners — There was a second wireless system update, that addressed about 6 issues to do with the proximity sensor in daylight, and WiFi connection, etc.

Hadn’t noticed any problem whatsoever, but nice to know Vernee are continuing to improve the software. I noticed this phone does not have “double” tap to awaken it, — though I don’t know if that is a marshmallow thing.

But, so quick to press the light press power button to awaken it. Discovered it has a fast boot option, and bootup is almost instant. And when booting up, the power button only needs a quick press, unlike some phones which needs a long press to get the screen to light up.

Of all the Chinese phones I have had starting with a THL which was all the talk on this forum years ago, this is the one I like the best. It is just a delight! Are you with Optus or Vodafone? But of all the Chinese phones I have had, I never worried much about frequencies.

If their specs showed a good range of frequencies, that was good enough for me. Every phone worked well on Optus, but apparently as you state, the frequency for Telstra is not present on some phones.

Worth mentioning also that there are quite a few decent ROMs out for it too. Cuoco92 supports it, unofficial CM Reviews are all around 8. Mine will be here in a few days if you’d like to PM me a reminder and I’ll give you a few first impressions.

Thanks rpalmer, I saw the message before I saw your post and followed the link to the site above. I got heaps of ‘watch out be careful’ from my web browser when I checked the Kimovil website.

But I see they do Paypal so that certainly does ensure some covering of the my lower back! GizChina is always releasing sponsored posts written by Umi, and even they were critical of its yellow display and its significant weight.

A better option with similar specs might be http: But double the storage but minus the finger reader. Wonder how the camera and battery life compares though. Have had my Cubot Note S for a few days now.

My first ever Chinese phone. First impressions — really quite pleased. Build quality superior to what I imagined. Nice solid feel, slim considering the huge battery, no loose buttons volume rocker as I’ve seen on some YT reviews of cheaper phones.

Came fitted with a screen protector and in a case too — nice bonus. Close to stock Android 5. Wifi performance is superior to my Motorola G3, which has had some problems Instagram in my house. Battery claims to be a whopping mAh, but my Motorola wins in this department.

I can’t seen to change the lock-screen image though, even after Googling for solutions!! Try doing it from the default launcher. So exit Nova and do it from Cubot’s launcher.

Then go back to Nova — that should work. Had the same issue on an Elephone. You’ll be fine using Kimovil bro. They aren’t the ones selling it, they just index all the sites and prices and shit and provide a product page with links to where to buy it: All of the sites they link are trusted sellers and buying sites.

I’ve used most of them. Married to Christ writes The camera actually has top notch reviews. It looks to be right up there with some of the best stock phone cameras.

However after lodging a ticket yesterday I am advised: Dear Compfused, We wish to take this opportunity to apologize for inconvenience that has been caused. About your order, I am sorry to tell you that as the phone is a hot sale product and for the large quantity, the manufacturer does not supply on time, then the shipment for it is delayed.

We are extremely sorry that we can’t confirm the product arrival date, but we will urge the supplier to send them to us as soon as possible. Hope you can understand. In this case, we can offer you 3 options: If there is any price difference with the original item, we will either refund it to you on your gearbest Wallet or send you an invoice to pay for it.

However after lodging a ticket yesterday I am advised Did you order the 4gb gb version? This appears to be out of stock everywhere. Gearbest has a mixed reputation — quick delivery with using expedited shipping, but also takes orders for out of stock items without informing customers.

With some sellers it is useful to double check that an item is in stock before purchasing. If wish decide to cancel your Gearbest order, a couple of good options for the 3gb 64 gb version are.

I refer to the audio of the Vernee Thor. In one YouTube review, it was stated and shown in a music video, that a bass guitar could not be heard. The conclusion was, the speaker could not produce bass.

Today, I tested YouTube videos of double basses and electric bass guitars, and the Thor plays them just fine, and doesn’t even distort at full volume. There are many good phones in that price range — though hardly any with nfc and cameras are good-okay, but less so in low light conditions.

Gearbest has a mixed reputation And thanks for the links. Not sure if I’ll call for a refund or wait a bit longer. Am waiting on the 64Gb option. I bought 3 phones from them recently, and they seem to be as good as Chinavasion, shipping the next day.

But you might be right in that they take payment for out of stock goods. But do any of these suppliers actually keep stock, or do they just order it in from nearby manufacturers? I think with some of the lesser known companies, probably the latter.

Looking for a phone for daughter must work telstra or Vodafone android 5. We’re not tech enough to root so something that gets updates would be brilliant. Asking a lot I know. It doesn’t support 3G or, so it’s useless here.

There’d be no calls on Telstra, and Optus and Vodafone would be limited to MHz, which is no good inside buildings. Any recommendations on a Chinese phone with QHD 5. Am just looking for something to run full time in VR headset so doesnt need to match our frequencies or have a good camera etc.

Pepsi phone looks alright. I had a look into it. Telstra stuffed up and ported my number to the wrong sim. After 30 hours I called them and they fixed the problem.

So now i have 8. I also thought I was meant to get 5GB for a new service? I know that would be greedy. The best thing is this rolls over. So apparently because i didnt set up direct debit at the beginning i need to do it 1 day or on the day of recharge before it runs out.

StraitVodka, with respect, isn’t this stuff decidedly off topic and better discussed over in the Telstra Prepaid thread here? I only got around to unboxing yesterday. But further, I find the screen is fine.

I haven’t tried the camera. My previous Androids are now so slow browsing using Chrome and I find the Buzz is great. My apps are working well, except perhaps for CSipSimple which is working although every time I get the message that it has stopped working.

It only stops working if I acknowledge the message by touching OK. So I had a chat on 24×7 about these phones and I’m very confused about whether the phone has a removable battery. I see a lot of you guys are alluding to one.

The Telstra chat operator said that it did have a removable battery then apologized and said no it doesn’t have one and now insists that it doesn’t. Telstra’s page about the phone says the battery isn’t removable under the detailed specifications section https: But I’ve just discovered use of Telstra credit on Google play and the joys of an extra GB when using CreditMe2U — both these things currently require me to use the sim card in my main phone, which is a hassle.

I’m very confused about whether the phone has a removable battery. It has a removable battery. As above the battery is user replaceable or removable. In fact it comes separate to the phone itself in the box.

I just got one for myself as a spare for the kids, http: Correct, as per the thread title ;. And in “About phone” Sure you’re not thinking of the much older Tempo? On a side note, when using this phone just as a pocket wifi device for the household, will it always stay on and connected when it comes to dishing out wifi assuming it’s plugged in, or will I have to mess with it when I get up in the morning for instance?

They are not on display. You have to ask the sales guys. Two more left about half an hour ago. Mentioned mates rates at the cashier. If I go into a Telstra store, will they give me the same deal?

Unlike at Dick Smith they’re displayed with printed price tickets as if it’s a new regular price. I bought a phone anyway: Not a bad idea. I only purchased it 1week ago from Telstra store.

They could have let me know a deal was coming Docket are usually 7 days right? Couldnt help myself and purchased another: Its all your fault, and Jacks and astero’s, and a couple of others: To good to pass up.

I will keep the headphones and pass the phone on to one of my extended family in the Philippines. It can take a couple of days for the data to appear. If not get in touch with Telstra.

The store probably would not be aware of the headphone offer. Try returning it, nothing to lose except some time and possibly angst: I’m tempted to get a second one myself so the wife’s got a set of headphones too..

I’m an iphone guy, I’m at the point of being sick of ios issues and generally bored with apple, so I am going to use this to enter the world of Android Android has it issues as well.

Still after trying apple, ms, and android, I am hooked on android. I’m at the point of being sick of ios issues and generally bored with apple. I would not call this an awsome android phone but hey its cheap as and has mhz.

Android does not have all the annoying constraints etc that apple has. Apple, google etc are all pain in the butts. What’s the approx delivery date for the Buzz? Is it really the 2 day delivery for metro locations?

Every time I have ordered sims or phones from Telstra I get it within 1 to 2 business days. I ordered the Buzz last night. They will dispatch today. It will turn up tomorrow or Friday.

Here is a problem i have run into with this phone Put telstra sim in I also have the Huawei y and both sims tether fine no problems Can anybody else check this please: The headphones are all black and look to be the same model as these: I ordered mine yesterday at Arrived in Fitzroy It does sound very much like it.

Perhaps this article will be of assistance: No APN settings made no change were correct already You could surf on the phone no problem and had 4G While we do support tethering for iPhones we do not provide personal hotspots for iPads.

Depending on your mobile device, check out our Help and Support articles on how to set up tethering on your handset. So it would appear that there is a special APN that your get routed through when trying to tether.

True, but it’s still a good valued phone irrespective. Its an incredible deal with the headphones. Has anyone got the white Buzz? If so, how do the two colours compare?

Already ordered a black and thinking about a second one for the wife Looking from the front you see very little white maybe 2mm around sides. I like the white.

I just bought one yesterday, but only today — almost 24h later — I received a confirmation email. Getting a bit worried that 2-day delivery time-frame is not going to happen I jumped on chat to as the status of my order and they said its currently out of stock and once my order is fulfilled, I would receive the tracking details.

I jumped on chat to as the status of my order and they said its currently out of stock. That’s a bit strange, you must of just missed out, mine shipped yesterday and StarTrack website is showing it in Perth today.

How many days passed since you placed your order and the package actually being delivered? I ordered Tuesday night, shipped yesterday and is showing “onboard for delivery today” this morning.

I’m in Perth so would expect us to be worse case. Hope you can help. Ive just purchased the buzz and want to know if it can block numbers?? And also can it take screen shots?? Hoping someone can help.

Here’s the user manual if you are keen http: I’ve read through it and found screen shots, still can’t get it to work. I must be useless but still can’t find info about blocking numbers.

Do I actually need to be at home to show the delivery driver the same ID used to make the purchase? Normally all packages at my condo are signed by the admin guy and then everyone just picks them up in their own time.

So just wondering if this one time I actually have to be present no matter what Does anyone know if you can switch the hard-keys around on the Buzz? I really would like it the other way around Crap, it’s actually in my wife’s name — do I just need her DL when she heads out or does she need to physically be here too?

By the looks of it you are out of luck. I was looking to do the same thing. Also can’t fine tune the screen like the fit. The Buzz and fit look identical from the outside.

The Buzz has a slightly nicer backing. I think I prefer the fit out of the two after brief impressions. I’ve had a quick scan through the comments to see if this question has already been answered, but couldn’t find anything Once unlocked to all networks, would this be a good phone to use on Optus?

Or would the missing network bands make reception patchy and unreliable? I just bought this phone because I needed one and headphones. This was perfect, except I just got it delivered and there aren’t any headphones.

I really like the white colour as it’s a slight pearlish metallic colour. Of course we are only talking about the back of the phone here. Headphones came included not just the small ones in the phone’s box but also the Monster DNA headphones that Telstra is currently attaching to orders as a bonus, and after activating the included SIM card I have 5GB data on it already valid for 28 days.

Overall — great experience with Telstra and a great phone too — an absolute bargain at this price. And an absolute steal considering you get the Monster DNA headphones with it for free. My widget just says “tap here to manage your prepaid service”.

It should show it if you’re on mobile data — when it’s on wifi it can’t get the usage information as well. My widget just says “tap here to manage your prepaid service” Remove that widget.

Install the Telstra 24×7 app and then put the 24×7 widget on. This will show you all the info, not just data. Can someone please clarify what being locked to Telstra means? Does it mean being locked to being a Telstra customer, or being locked to using the Telstra network, but able to go through another company that uses the Telstra network — eg.

Can we unlock other network bands on this device, under the options you listed Wahroonga Farm? It does not seem to give that option which is a pain. Tethered to Rooter is fine but not stand alone.

On closer inspection of the box there was a sticker over a sticker, so I offered the unlocker the IMEI number in the battery compartment and that unlocked it.

I’ve now received a second a second Buzz, this one from Telstra — an impulse buy, heck the headphones are worth 60 notes by themself. So if you come to unlock be aware that the stickers IMEI number may not be the same as the one on the phone, which isn’t a problem unless you persistently bang in an incorrect unlock code 10 times.

I gave the unlocker the IMEI number showing on the box and the resultant unlock code failed. Where’s the hardware specs? Is this a Qualcom Snapdragon? According to ZTE’s website it is Qualcomm.

If the former then might be able to unlock additional 3G and 4G bands. And appears to add Mhz 3G, as I just popped a Voda sim in and don’t think that Voda does or here. Perhaps someone else can confirm this.

I wonder what additional 4G bands could be unlocked? Voda actually uses all 3, , and Got mine and insta-ordered an unlock code, screw the telstra sim included. Indeed but not all districts have all three available Australia-wide.

What we need is confirmation as the phone or modem doesn’t indicate frequency info for connection. I’ve tested with a Voda SIM. The handset is network locked to Telstra. If you put in a non-Telstra SIM card you won’t receive any service.

So if you come to unlock be aware that the stickers IMEI number may not be the same as the one on the phone,. Telstra took 2 days to dispatch, a lot unusual in my experience. On board for delivery today still within Telstras time frame and the moron driver from Star Track tries to deliver it to the wrong address.

Geez its a business address with a business name, how hard is it? Anyway now fighting with Star Track to find and deliver my phone, what a useless company!! Mine made it just on time. Ordered Wednesday morning, got the 2nd email yesterday evening and luckily got delivered today.

Star Track being themselves carded it to my local LPO Lucky I didn’t stay waiting and checked the tracking status at pm The LPO is within walking distance. I fly out of Australia for several weeks on Sunday things would have been messy otherwise chasing refunds Yes it’s funny this phone is pretty much identical on outside to the fit, but the mtk SoC the fit gets performs better.

Mainly the GPU is a lot better. If you test benchmarks side by side you can watch run through the tests fast. Seems the GPU is not quite twice the speed going by 3dmarks scores.

On a side note, as someone has already mentioned, the Telstra SIM is actually quite useful to activate it as you’ll get 5GB straight off the bat and I think you have a full 28 to use it too.

I’m ok getting the 24×7 app via Google Play as that is one thing I actually know how to use, but how do I dump the current widget and then put the new 24×7 widget in its place?

If your mobile doesn’t automatically place a new app on the main screen – do a similar thing, hold the app down with your finger and it “should” drop it on the main screen. Where do you get the unlock code?

Open your app drawer. Go to widgets tab. Find widget you want. Tap and hold on it. Place it where you want. Or on the handset itself: Looks like the replacement for this is the Y5 also blue tick which has more bands spec wise and is running 5.

Picked it up over this ZTE model. I don’t see anything about the Y5 being Blue-tick, and no mention of 4GX support either on the Telstra website: According to your link it does list support for mhz band in specifications, which is 4GX.

I would find it odd that a newly released phone didn’t offer support for it at this stage. Yeah the s is definitely a downgrade over the s used in the Buzz. You probably not going to notice much difference performance wise between the two in real life use except for the s does seem to be lot more friendlier on battery life.

Do you have the handset now and if so, do the specs match the Huawei website? Yeah that’s the thing I found with these lower end phones, you can’t trust the listed specs. Box is blue tick and there is the MHz so it is 4GX.

Nope — read the very first post in this thread, and look up the specifications for yourself:. I found this interesting, I benchmarked battery life between the fit and the buzz, here’s the results: I posted on another website forum that I thought this phone was better than the Y, but having used this phone for a while, I’ve changed my mind and I’d say the Y is better.

But this phone is very good. Y back is so slippery, Buzz is way better soft-touch rubberised. According to this site, http: Set preferred network type: And the Buzz is much better in low signal areas.

For a solid phone with Monster headphones included, not to mention a SIM card that gives 5GB straight off the bat after registration? Super for a second phone. Anyone knows if the credit can be used for existing Telstra prepaid service and not activating the new sim?

To get the headphones, can these be purchased from a T shop, or do they have to be purchased online? If buying online it appears that one has to go through the activation process as part of the procedure.

Must order online to get the headphones and discount. I was thinking about taking the sim kit into a T shop to get that credit added to my existing prepaid service.

You need to activate the new SIM. I think you’ll find that this is merely their ID procedure, so they know who’s responsible for the sim they’re sending out.

Once received you or anyone can activate the sim in a different name provided that relevent ID is provided. I’m finding this, but the differences are minor like the viewing angles better with the Y and as DerekG says in favour of the Buzz it goes brighter.

A matter of personal choice this. The camera on the buzz has it all over the Y, but find the Y battery lasts longer, but it’s early days, I’ve only completed one charge cycle on the buzz thus far, so the li-ion may still be settling.

With Mhz LTE on the Buzz but Mhz 3G on the Y, the difference between the handsets has to be in the eyes of the beholder and what they need it for. Both are excellent budget smartphones.

I bought the buzz mainly for the Monster headphones, but figured I can use this as a second phone. What do people normally use a second phone for other than work purposes?

Activate the sim that came with the Buzz on freedom plus and you’ll get a 5gb data bonus valid for 28 days. You now have a decent 4gx pocket wifi for all your wifi devices.

Install Here and download offline maps and you get a 4. I use mine mainly as a workout phone since you don’t want your flagship phone to get all sweaty and possibly dropped a few times.

I might not even bother with a flagship phone in the future since these cheap ones are plenty fast with decent battery life for my use. Hi there, I’ve juts picked up one of these as a secondary phone and am surprised at the quality and functionality for the price.

I am unable to find the option to do this on this phone. I had a Y when they were cheap and the biggest flaw I found with it was only around 1. You could set it to install apps directly to sd card easy enough.

It shouldn’t be any faster though than the Buzz, because the Buzz uses the exact same system on chip. The screen I believe is ips on the Y, so should have better viewing angles and might be a bit better to look at despite having the same dpi.

The only other budget phone with an ips screen that I could use to compare against is the Sony E4g, but I doubt the Y is in the same league as that phone’s screen.

I’ve had the Fit longer, and has been through a few more battery cycles, so perhaps that helps a bit. You still wouldn’t think that it would achieve around 2 hours better. The rest of the phone seems almost identical, same screen, same mah battery, same crappy quality camera etc.

Just ordered one of these purely for use as a cheap GPS but I was wondering if everyone is still receiving these with headphones have the headphones sold out? Just checked OzBargain and 2 people received theirs with headphone on Friday so it seems like the headphones haven’t sold out yet.

Both are actually excellent scores when compared to other results: My only qualm with that benchmark is that it uses the CPU primarily and isn’t really indicative of real world performance. The GSMarena endurance rating is good but they seldom test these cheap handsets.

I don’t think it’s possible with the stock launcher and I have the same issue with my Nexus 7. You’ll probably need to install a more customisable launcher like Nova:. You’ll probably need to install a more customisable launcher like Nova: Ordered a Black and White phone on Saturday.

Received the black one today with a set of headphones. No sign yet of the white one on its way. I assume that I will get the headphones as my invoice says: I was supposed to receive mine today.

According to Star track tracking it was on board for delivery today. Then it went back to depo. After numerous calls, I finally got out of them that Telstra had sent an Email requesting that it be ‘return to sender’!

I’ve tried all afternoon to find out what is going on but I am getting the usual run-around. Almost a wall of silence. Lucky you, my receipt doesn’t have that on it, even though they were “Included” right through checkout.

However the two Buzz phoens in our house can see each other via Bluetooth. So while I suspect it’s a Bluetooth protocol issue does the Buzz use a special protocol that isn’t widely available or something?

I don’t think any battery benchmarks are. I think it just a way to compare against other phones. I haven’t found their tests to be indicative of real world battery life either.

I like the GSMarena one because they test talk time, web browsing and video playback separately to come up with the aggregate score. I value the web browsing and video playback results since that’s what I use my handsets for most over any other tests out there but that’s just me and we all have different requirements.

Yeah their tests must be a best case scenario, I have no idea how some of the phones achieve the numbers they get. So I don’t think their numbers are good indicator of real world use either.

Thinking of returning, getting this, looks like it has message alert LED can anyone confirm thanks. Lumia’s don’t offer that, they want you to use glance instead. Have you tried glance?

Though the buzz is a much better phone than the Lumia Yep used glance, i like the clock at night handy, both have 1 gig ram which is good, and 5mpx camera. Battery seems better in the Buzz though.

Just got my Buzz with the free headphones. Enjoy mate — glad you got the headphones. Going to use mine as an Audiobook player with a micro-SD as well. Only issue with this is the volume on all droid phones is a bit low.

If you use it more like dumb phone, the is better with power-saving mode. For smartphone use then the buzz should get 2 days of moderate use easy enough and better than Lumia. I’d take the buzz everyday over the Faster processor, better apps, and flash on camera.

I found this out the hard way after trying to use it with multiple android phones: Several days ago I tried to order online, at the end of the process after I pressed “submit” or whatever, got a brief on-screen message saying there was a payment failure, order status is unknown and to check my bank statement.

All too hard, I won’t be bothering further — top ordering system That was the only way to get Optus 4G mHZ at my house. My Zenfone 2 was getting 2 bars Optus amaysim 4G signal when they were side to side, Buzz was on E dge all the time.

Has anybody ordered multiple units and got headphones for each phone ordered? What sort of adapter would I need to get? Or never heard of an adapter for headphones buttons.

I would love to know if there’s an adapter that allows the use of both the mic and the buttons on iPhone-centric headsets on Android You can’t lose, beat valued smartphone.

Don’t forget the free 5gb sim activation. Is that with the included sim? No extra recharge is required in the case of SIM cards included with prepaid devices. If you do some searching in the Lycamobile prepaid thread you may find a technique which allows tethering to occur in spite of Lyca not permitting it.

Lyca uses Telstra however and there is no guarantee the same technique will work in your case. I do know it works for Lyca although I do not use it. We ran into a problem some time back on a different phone.

Phones without MHz work fine in metro areas and large regional centres where there is MHz service. This had me stumped for a while, we even had 5 bars of signal at times but no service — I am guessing the phone was monitoring Telstra signal, not Optus.

As soon as you step into the country where there is no MHz service, the service stops. Someone mentioned before that this phone might actually support MHz. However, you’ll have to play around with the secret handset menu.

Yes, I remember reading W-Farm’s post, but i haven’t experimented. I am actually using the phone with Telstra prepaid, but it could be handy for me if I could use it with Amaysim Optus too.

It should arrive within the next few days and I’ll give this a shot. And I’ll be very interested in what you discover. The phone I use for Amaysim is now pretty hopeless for internet use, hence my interest in potentially using the Buzz which is very snappy.

You should be able to enable 3G and other bands. You’ll need root though. Refer to my previous post. Thank you for this information. I had read your previous posts and looked at your link.

Unfortunately the process is too hard for me and I’ll have to be satisfied with the phone the way it is. But thank you anyway. Mine just got delivered via Startrack Express. Has this happened to others?

Now trying to get on to 24×7 chat. Because even though the offer runs till Christmas, the headphones are mentioned as subject to stock availability in the fine print. For those saying you can enable MHz, I doubt the phone has the hardware for it The chipset does support 3G, but there’s no guarantee the antenna is capable of it as well.

But they didn’t come. So it is on record. BTW this was a lengthy session, 24×7 seemed to think I was referring to the little earpiece that comes with the phone. Lucky the offer is still there so I sent them the link referring to the “Bonus Gift” Eventually the light filtered through.

I cant find where to turn on notification light? Maybe it was that priority thing i played with anyone know how? I’m using messenger for texts thanks. This phone will be my sons, so I need to restrict some apps ect.

When I go in to setting to do this, I don’t have the “Users” option listed. Is it hidden somewhere else on the phone? The second issue is when I go in to system updates, the only option listed is “Storage card updates” Is anyone able to help me with this?

The headphones are pretty ordinary. If I paid the prices they normally sell for I’d be disappointed. Doss apparently there isn’t a way to set up seperate user accounts, although this phone runs android lollipop its version is missing this feature.

Perhaps a hardware limitation, insufficient memory perhaps. All you may be able to do is disable apps that are innapropriate in settings apps. I read somewhere that zte are unlikely to issue any updates to the phone.

There is an update app in the app drawer. I presume if an update became available you would use this app to download it to SD card then go to settings to install it. Presumably the one mentioned here: I checked “about phone-system-updates “and I saw that only “storage cards updates” available, it said” copy update pack to storage card for system updates”.

I then used this script to remove kingroot and replace with supersu. As stated by other users it’s not available by default, however if you root the phone as above you can enable it by editing the build.

You should be able to remove root once you have edited the build. I have no problems with my Telstra sim either If this is the same for all Buzz users, it looks like Telstra’s firmware is causing this.

Your only choice will be to use the wifi hotspot or to replace Telstra’s firmware with the factory generic one. Maybe tell others where you found it. Anyway I found it too. For information of others trying to update..

Scroll through the pre installed apps and find one called “system Updates”. White with green arrow. What can I use this on? My update downloaded and installed ok went smooth I find them a bit similar to my Logitech UE, except the mids are suppressed.

The UEs have very crisp bass, the Monsters have emphasised lows and highs, and fairly unenthusiastic mids. Still, they don’t really hold a candle to the Sennheiser HD I normally use with my laptop I attempted installation from the System Updates app and it seemed to be working until I got the same message as Mike reported:.

And as in his case I have plenty of space on the device and I also have a micro SD card installed. Now the System Updates app reports: System update was not completed because the package is mismatched.

I attempted installation from the System Updates app and it seemed to be working until I got the same message as Mike reported. That happened to me three times in a row last night.

Thank you for that. I notice in my System Updates app history that code is quoted at the end of the failure message. Power down phone, while holding the volume up power the phone up and it should enter recovery menu, use the volume buttons to select wipe cache, after that finishes reboot and try update again.

Yeah lots of devices like that yet my gb SD card still works. I haven’t tested the buzz, but it works in the very similar ZTE fit. I doubt it’s a hardware limitation. Works fine without formatting as FAT So no need to worry about the supposed 32gb limitation.

Price valid from 7 Dec to 24 Dec Okay I received my amaysim sim today and can confirm tethering doesn’t work with any sim except for a Telstra one. I received my amaysim sim today and can confirm tethering doesn’t work with any sim except for a Telstra one.

So i just got this phone for a family member and ended up doing the update, however now it seems to of removed the bluetooth smart function. Any idea how i can get it back? The device they use requires this.

It did work before the update too which seems even weirder. Maybe we can try it on our phones to see if the same issue exist after updating. I no longer have the phone with me and they won’t tell me the app for some reason?

Just told her to keep it for a couple days and see if it changes, otherwise work something out. I have two of theses phones one updated, one I haven’t yet, using this app it confirms the updated phone doesn’t support BLE, while the non updated one does show as working.

They probably don’t want to in case any issues arise rolling back to a previous version, sucks they don’t provide full firmware roms, as it limits development.

Same thing has happened to me — did the update and now can’t use BLTE bluetooth low energy. I was using it to couple a Wahoo Tickr heart rate monitor to the phone — in fact, it was the only reason I bought this phone — for the Bluetooth 4 capability.

It’s not a problem with any APP — it is because Bluetooth 4 capability has been removed from the phone!!!!! My bluetooth still allows me to connect to a set of headphones — but not to a device which requires Bluetooth 4.

The phone itself will not pair with the device. Have any of you managed to get Foxtel Go working with the Buzz? I get an error message while Foxtel Go is loading — “Sorry. Video playback is not available on this device.

Please turn off AllShare to continue. Given this is not a Samsung phone, I wonder why this error shows up. I’m very interested in hearing from anyone about what happens when you install and then attempt to use Foxtel Go.

Might have something to do with the chromecast stuff I have installed though. Mobile Foxtel different app works fine though as long as you turn off wi-fi — it’s unmetered mobile data on Telstra so all’s good.

Foxtel’s just paranoid about people trying to stream from phones to a TV. I’m having some trouble applying the update as an OTA, does anyone know where I can find it as a download that I can put on the SDcard and do the update that way?

I’ve had a Google around but not having any luck finding it. Have you tried setting the APN type to: I know in Kitkat and Lollipop there is apparently a tethering flag meaning that your carrier will know that you are tethering and restrict your usage.

I do not know however, if there is the ability to have a fixed tethering apn on Android Lollipop. Root your phone, instructions by Snakebyte here 2. Run the app and grant it root permission 4.

Close the application, reboot, and you’re good to go. So multi user is a feature of 5. I thought it was from 5. Any other tweaks I should do while rooted? List of default bands: Here are the list of available bands you can enable with this phone: Agreed, make sure you write a reply here at least.

Would have to do something about it asap then surely? There are certain areas at work where I have difficulty getting Telstra 3g but works fine on Optus, I’ll be able to check it out tomorrow to see if my phone can utilise MHz frequency.

Hi Baz, I’ve managed to edit the permissions to enable this feature after the update. You’ll need your phone to be rooted. Copy the file and paste it in: Reboot and BLE should be working!

Excuse me if i’m blind but i can’t seem to find this path, where should i be looking? Can’t see any device folder. I rooted it with kingroot, then followed your steps but no device folder in SD card drive.

Was in the drop down. Hmmm very tempting!! Do you have any thoughts as to why it would have been removed by the latest update?? Anyway — I have never rooted an Android phone before.

So am not sure how to do this. Would much appreciate an elemental description of “how to root this BUZZ phone: The deployment of this update has been stopped as an issue whereby the Bluetooth 4 functionality is deactivated has been identified.

A fix is being developed however timelines are not known yet. The original purpose of the update was to incorporate security fixes from Android Partner Security bulletins 14 and 13 which contain additional “Stagefright” fixes.

Hi, It’s a mistake and is being addressed. The final fix will take alittle time due to all the processes required to have it approved. I will update you all once I know the confirmed solution and timeframes.

Also only two users came to me and only one was from Whirlpool or Crowdsupport sites. Bluetooth issues with the Buzz 9I actually started the thread due to a different Bluetooth issue http: I will be replying to the external forum users shortly.

I have been very busy working out the issue with the team. Ok we have it sorted and understand the issue now. Two problems occurred at the same time. I was testing using a Jawbone UP2 — Jawbone broke their app and we broke the handset Bluetooth 4 function some how at the same time with the update of firmware as you correctly told us.

The update had nothing to do with BT4, but it did have security fixes Still looking at what the cause is. At some stage in the next couple of days you should see another notification that there is another update available and once you apply that Bluetooth 4 on the handset will work again.

What confused me was that the new Jawbone UP2 app also had an issue at the same time as our handset update was released and it wasn’t until I swapped the UP2 for a Fitbit Charge that I found that the Buzz update had broken BT4.

So keep an eye out for the update. We just need to go through the required processes, testing and approvals before we can get the firmware released on the update platform. Definitely worth registering on it in case you ever need assistance I must of missed the link to the forum, but i did fill out the support form on the weekend, nothing back as of yet though.

Glad it’s being sorted. I downloaded and tried it and get the same error, Samsung allshare uses DLNA, the app must be detecting something and thinks it is allshare, try contacting foxtel re the app giving false allsare warning.

Obtain root using kingroot, then replace kingroot with supersu following the instructions on the link for the script. If you didn’t want to keep root it can be removed via supersu once you have made any changes.

Note that is usually best to remove root before applying any system updates. You can enable this feature from build. I don’t think so!! But the same can be said for the latest expensive offerings from Samsung!!

My niece recently renewed an expired phone contract and got the latest IPhone with the new contract — she seems to think that she is getting the phone for nothing!!!! I tried formatting a 2gb sd card that’s all I had handy as exFAT, but couldn’t get the Buzz to recognise it.

Coles has the Buzz in its latest catalog, on sale for a week commencing today. For 10cents extra you can buy it from Telstra and get free Startrack Airlock delivery and Monster DNA headphones, which I’m pretty sure you could sell for a lot more than ten cents if you didn’t want them ;P.

Haha yes have already done this as well, though it might be good to get added for users that don’t like rooting or modifying their devices: Looks like the headphones may have sold out, no mention of them on the Telstra site anymore.

Just checked the website, looks like the deal is over now. I actually ordered another one on the weekend and received it yesterday with the headphones. I did exactly the same. Received my second phone with headphones yesterday after someone else said earlier that they ordered twice and received headphones both times even though the website stated only 1 pair per customer.

Blue tick is a Telstra certification for devices that have an especially good ability to get reception on their network. Performance is OK but i find the screen slightly laggy, My 3yr old Note 2 feels faster but then again that was also a flagship phone in its day.

I found that it outperforms my Note 4 in general use. That has more to do with Samsung version of Android than the hardware. It also has the advantage of a lower resolution screen.

The phone performance is great, battery life is excellent. So you can’t expect it to be fantastic at that price. The poor mans iPhone is something like the Sony E4G, great screen, camera takes good photos in good lighting, excellent performance even when playing games in hgh detail and will get as good if not better framerates,.

Your’s the exception not the rule. That’s one of the negatives of that lovely aluminum. Haven’t tested it yet, ill have to wait till next month when i get another 5gig from Amaysim to use.

Bought a Buzz recently but can’t seem to find a tempered glass screen for this phone. Does anyone know if there are any other phones with the same size screen? Have managed to smash two phone screens already so would be good to prevent this one from suffering the same fate.

Did anybody try OTG usb? I try to connect my Sandisk 32g Otg usb, but can’t be recognised by buzz. I just tried then and it didn’t work. Might have to root it and use an app like StickMount: I bought a buzz today.

Unlocked it and tried Optus. Got 4g great everywhere except inside my house would you believe it! Sorry — but I don’t understand the above. Why would you do this? There is a place inside the settings where you can select 4g, 3g, etc.

Any thoughts re the pros and cons either?? No luck with the tempered glass on ebay — I have found these for all other phones I have owned for the last few years ever since my first droid phone broke the screen back in I got an app called ‘4g switcher’ to change preferred band.

The stupid phone was going 2G when 4G was there the whole time. So now that I have unlocked the ZTE and have got it working properly on Optus, you mean I have to root around with it more to get tethering to work??

I thought that, but I checked OzTowers and there is only and optus 4g in my area. Thinking of buying one of these phones for my Mother In law. I am guessing she would have to go to the telstra shop to get a micro sim to activate and use with her current number?

From memory only Fat I know of one user with a G microSD card formatted to Fat32 and is happy. Telstra shops or Telstra chat or calling them should relsove that tho. Definitely go in store if you can, they should be able to replace the sim on the spot.

If you can’t get in, I expect chat will suggest effectively porting the number from the old sim to the new one, which will take however long porting takes, but allow use of the number on the old phone until the new one gets active.

That’s what they suggested when I needed a new sim for the same number — but I just ducked back into the Telstra shop and got it done quick smart. But can that be activated with another number?

I was in the same case as you, I originally had a standard sized sim and needed a micro for this phone. Went into a Telstra shop, showed them the old sim, provided ID that I owned it, and they just transferred everything to the new sim.

Worked immediately after putting it into the phone too. You can perhaps get a better phone for double the price. Only couple things would make it better if you could conceivably have them at this price point,.

But I’m not gonna look at the display all day. It’s for the kids. Oh, one thing I am disappointed about is the selfie camera. I had my hopes up ’cause it’s 2 MP.

I bought the phone knowing it would have difficulties with other carriers, the lack of Mhz was obvious from the start. Despite the “issues” with using this phone with amaysim I would still highly recommend it over any budget phone any day.

I do have experience rooting and editing build. The fact that you have to dick with it to get it to work on other carriers and the numbers on the mtk doc giving some nice gpu numbers, at least on paper..

Again not a bad phone but little things like that us geeks look at.

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I’ve used other handsets without issue, just this phone or it maybe faulty and i can return it. Ask the seller to take a picture of a white screen I think max brightness shoes it more and ask what the return policy is. Yes, it is a perfect fit. It has been quite some time since it runs out of stocks. Are you sure the Blu 1 HD is discontinued?

To be on the safe side I am not unlocking this one, since I am with Telstra anyway. Ryan Whitwam, Moto G5 Plus review: Some budget-phone cameras do okay outdoors or in bright light, but you should move beyond budget phones if you want a device that can replace your point-and-shoot camera. Would anyone recommend this phone for someone who doesn’t know much about phones and is looking to buy one?

So hopefully the new frequencies will offer a solution. If I had that kind of money to spend on a phone, I would be looking for top models of Samsung, LG or Xperia, as the latest models of these phones are superior to Chinese phones. Did your emailed invoice include the headphones? My memory on this is vague but there were issues with the use of mHZ in China something of a ruling to do with I think China mobile and exclusive rights come to mind.

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