Xiaomi and Meizu phones now available in the U.S


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U.S based mobile carrier US Mobile has become the first company in North America to offer both Meizu and Xiaomi phones.

US Mobile are offering the Meizu M2 Note, Xiaomi Redmi 2, Mi3 and Mi4i in the North American market with prices ranging from $120 – $220. The carrier uses T-Mobile’s towers for LTE coverage.

The carrier says that it hope to build a close relationship with Xiaomi and Meizu to offer more phones in the future. Their current subscription options induce a $9 a month option with 100 minutes, 100 texts and 100mb data up to a $59 subscription with 5GB of LTE.

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41 Comments

  1. Roberto Tomás
    February 1, 2016

    is it not a 4G offering then? “The carrier uses T-Mobile’s towers for LTE coverage.” I thought that T-mobile is not compatible with the antennas in any Xiaomi device at present.. and that Xiaomi is still not planning to make a US-specific variant of any builds soon.

    I’d love to get my hands on a RedMi Note 3 ‘Pro’, the one with a snapdragon 650 in it, compatible with US 4G networks.

    • balcobomber25
      February 1, 2016

      Yea you will only get 3G and H+ with these phones on US networks.

      • February 1, 2016

        Seems to be this is totally unofficial and they are just buying up old stock from. Who’s looking for the Mi4i, Mi3 and M2 Note these days?

        • balcobomber25
          February 1, 2016

          Yea I cant see the selling a great many of these. I never even heard of US Mobile until today and most people in the US still don’t know who Xiaomi or Meizu is.

          • MaxPower
            February 1, 2016

            I think they might sell few of them.
            There’s a market of old basic smartphones (old Sammy’s, HTC desires, cheap and old Alcatel…or BLU)
            That come with PAYG contracts on MVNOs.
            lot of Latinos go for these phones and carriers.

            • balcobomber25
              February 1, 2016

              You could be right.

            • MaxPower
              February 1, 2016

              Defo not big numbers.

            • Joel Adames
              February 1, 2016

              You, he is on the moneys

            • MaxPower
              February 1, 2016

              Oh yeah, I’m sure he’s loaded!

        • MaxPower
          February 1, 2016

          Lol

        • debianus
          February 1, 2016

          Really it is hard to believe the first entry in USA market by Mi is… Mi4i, Mi3 and Redmi 2 ???!!!. Enemies companies will be happy: what flagship devices. USA market for get out old stock is a mess

      • Joel Adames
        February 1, 2016

        There’s this page called http://www.WILLMYPHONEWORK.net WICH i recommend… That’s why you can check if it will work prior to buying. Anyways, the manufacturers can alter the frecuencys to match requested ones by the carriers, that’s what I had understood.

        • balcobomber25
          February 1, 2016

          They can include the correct antennas but one of two of those phones aren’t even in production anymore the Mi3 and Mi4i. And if Xiaomi was going to enter the US market and have US specific models, US Mobile wouldn’t be their first choice for a carrier. I had never even heard of them until today. Xiaomi will partner with ATT, Verizon or Tmobile if and when they enter the US.

    • MaxPower
      February 1, 2016

      Mine shipped today, no 4G though.

      • jimberkas
        February 1, 2016

        coolicool?
        I haven’t found it available in many places. I tempted to try it out to replace my perfectly fine LG G2, but my practical side is holding me back. I’ll probably hold off and see if there is any truth to the rumors about two new Nexus phones coming out from HTC.

        • MaxPower
          February 1, 2016

          I had no choice, I’m without phone right now and I couldn’t go much longer. If you can wait then I suggest you to do so because many good things are coming out and if none of them will satisfy you then you can go with the Note 3 PRO that meanwhile It will cost less.

          Only Aliexpress had it available.
          $265 for the 3/32GB version

      • Joel Adames
        February 1, 2016

        I tasted 4gLte once and said to my self HAVE TO HAVE IT and then never looked back. That’s why the XL catered perfectly for me. I’m positive to be the only one in my country with it or at least from a very small group ?

        • MaxPower
          February 1, 2016

          I know, that’s why I don’t want to taste it yet, otherwise I have to say bye to Chinese phones or start looking to higher budget phones 🙁

    • chuckdaly
      February 1, 2016

      My Mi 4 gets HPSA+ using T-Mobile (10 / 0.5 mbps)

  2. balcobomber25
    February 1, 2016

    It’s really no benefit buying from them, they still don’t have LTE coverage and I pay less using Tmobile. With Tmobile I pay $30 a month for unlimited data (5GB LTE, rest of H+), unlimited texts and 100 mins talk (easy to get around with unlimited data).

    • MaxPower
      February 1, 2016

      I loved that plan, in my opinion the best plan out there.
      Too bad I get really bad coverage where I live so I had to switch to AT&T.

      • jimberkas
        February 1, 2016

        yeah, bummed I get crappy coverage for TMobile as well. more power to TMobile, hope they continue to put pressure on ATT and Verizon

      • balcobomber25
        February 1, 2016

        Yea it is only good if you live close to major city. I get crap for service when we got to our summer home in NH.

        • MaxPower
          February 1, 2016

          My wife “hates people” so we had to buy an house in the country.
          I’m more a city person, but my opinion doesn’t count

          • balcobomber25
            February 1, 2016

            Happy wife, happy life. We are both city people, but in the summer we like to get away from the people lol.

  3. Akimitsui
    February 1, 2016

    The Mi4i… really….

    • dutchgio
      February 1, 2016

      i for international… Oh wait india. 😉
      Mi4c is much better indeed.

  4. @ndy
    February 1, 2016

    Assuming all handsets have passed through the FCC?

    • balcobomber25
      February 1, 2016

      Most Xiaomi phones get FCC certification. The FCC handles certification for a number of countries around the world.

  5. MaxPower
    February 1, 2016

    Jeez, I almost got an heart attack reading the headline. I can’t wait t that to happen for real.
    For LTE but also because I’m getting tired of giving almost $100 to resellers for a phone that should cost ~$200.

    • Tajwar
      February 1, 2016

      I know many people that would be very happy with a Xiaomi Mi3 then keep using their overpriced (and Fugly) >Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus< or whatever they go by.

      • MaxPower
        February 1, 2016

        Absolutely, my bother in Italy bought a Samsung A series (SD400 I believe) and paid more than €300 for that toy.
        I would even go for Elephone rather than spend €300 for a “cheap” Samsung

        • Tajwar
          February 1, 2016

          hehe totally makes even Elephone look good.

        • balcobomber25
          February 1, 2016

          I bought my wife’s family members (brother and father) new phones, they all wanted Samsung. I paid close to $700 for two “cheap” Samsungs. I don’t remember the exact models but the specs were about the same as a Redmi.

  6. jimberkas
    February 1, 2016

    damn click-bait article, Abbie!!
    seriously, was so excited by that damn headline, been waiting for years…
    anyway, bet US Cellular is getting damn good pricing on these old phones. Hopefully its one small baby step in the slow progression.

    I am one of those users of MVNO, though not a latino, and I bring my own phones. I tend to buy used flagships that are a year or so out, so these sort of phones might appeal to me. though honestly, the prices drop so fast on those big name flagships, its hard to justify taking a chance on these unknown entities (at least unknown in the US)

    • MaxPower
      February 1, 2016

      Lol, I’m not Latino either but I’ve been buying Chinese phones for a while. And I’ve been off contract too.

      But I have something in common with most of the Latinos, I’m an Alien (immigration alien lol)
      and like many Latinos, I come from a country where you buy your phone and don’t get stuck into 2 years mortgage with a phone carrier.

      It was about where you come from, no racial meaning.

    • balcobomber25
      February 1, 2016

      This isn’t US Cellular, it’s US Mobile a completely different company.

  7. Tajwar
    February 1, 2016

    should have gotten the Mi4c rather then the Mi4i

    • Karly Johnston
      February 1, 2016

      You can import a Mi4c for $186. $220 for a Mi4i is a joke.

    • balcobomber25
      February 1, 2016

      Judging that most of these models aren’t in production anymore, they probably bought these as an overstock sale and paid little to nothing for them.

  8. jules marvin
    February 9, 2016

    Why isnt there a list for novice buyers who wants to purchase a chinaphone to use on there network in the U.S.?