There are a lot of on-contract options for cellular phones that end up being heavily subsidized in order to make them affordable. Still, I have a hard time throwing down $400+ with a 2-year contract for a wireless device. For that kind of money, I want something with no contract, expandable storage that is not locked down to a specific network. I guess what I really want is one of these new ZenFone 2 devices from ASUS. This beast packs an Intel Quad Core CPU, 2GB of RAM and a couple of decent front and rear cameras. Time will tell if it holds up, but it looks pretty solid.
Pricing on the USA version of the ASUS ZenFone 2 is revealed in an set of unlocked editions coming exclusively to Amazon. No carriers have been named thus far - the phone (large version and small version) will be coming to Amazon unlocked, available for users to add a SIM card to depending on the carrier they're already signed up with. Or want to switch to. The larger phone will compete with the iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note series with a display size of 5.5-inches.
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