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Prepare for spring’s Android updates with new, used cell phones

Sony just announced plans to start issuing Android 4.0 updates to its 2011 Xperia smartphones starting in mid-April, reports Scott Webster, senior editor for AndroidGuys and a blogger for CNET. The first models expected to see “Ice Cream Sandwich” are set to be the Xperia Arc SXperia Neo V, and Xperia Ray, he says, with the updates taking around four to six weeks to complete, depending on markets and carriers. In May and June, Sony plans to release Android 4.0 to the remaining models, such as the Xperia ArcXperia PlayXperia Neo, and Xperia Active.

If your Android is on the upgrade list, you can look forward to new features and maybe a few bugs to get worked out while they arrange themselves on your device. If your device is not on the list and you’re dying for the upgrades, one way to get them without spending a large sum on a brand new phone is to take advantage of refurbished cell phones. For a bit less money, you could get a fairly recent model of one of the Androids about to get hit with the new generation of updates. It just so happens that used cell phones and refurbished cell phones vendor CellularTrendzis selling a number of Xperia Plays. They range in price from $129 to $149, which is less than half of what you’d pay for a new one.

An Anticipated Used Cell Phone

Motorolla’s Droid Bionic was recently released, but reviews suggest that it’s a phone you’d rather buy used. Cell phones released from carriers often come pre-loaded with junk, and to get a good price the carrier will lock you into a contract (and Verizon, the Bionic’s carrier, doesn’t always have the best prices or reception).

So, wait until it’s an unlocked, used cell phone. It will be jailbroke of unwanted crap, and you will likely get a better price (or similar price sans contract & fees!).

Why else wait for used cell phones? Although it’s got a sleeker body with faster hardware, it’s not scoring high in reviews. The screen is a bit much, and it got a bit thrown together as the release date approached (including an up-to-date pic not being available).

If you wait for it to hit the used cell phones market, you might change your mind, even. Other used cell phones, like the well reviewed Samsung phones, will also be available, making it a good time to upgrade to 4G in a few months (plus, when Apple’s iPhone 5 comes out, prices will likely fall on non-Apple 4G phone in the used cell phones market).

What do you think of the new Droid Bionic?

What Are The Best Brands For Replacing Lost Cell Phones?

If you lose your cell phone frequently, it’s probably best to replace it with something cheap, and to avoid buying from your service provider (most service providers only provide special prices when you renew your contract, but most people don’t lose their cell phones with such perfect timing!).

Another way for the chronic cell phone destroyer to save money is buy buying used cell phones. Used cell phones are actually great, because if you are trying to get value from your phone, apps are actually a more important feature than the latest cell phone style.

Apps being the most important feature, the best used cell phones to buy are something with an Apple OS (Apple used cell phones are a great deal) or an Android OS.

1) Apple iPhones-iPhones, being so expensive new, are a great used cell phone. New or used, the app store provides great entertainment out of the cell phone.

2) Samsung offers a great selection of Android phones, and, like the iPhone, also makes for a better deal as a used cell phone because Samsung’s are a bit more expensive the first time round.

3) HTC are phones made with cutting edge features, at a lower price than either Apple or Samsung. For the best used cell phone deal, HTC is a winner.

Which App store do you like better? Android or Apple?

Will Apple Defeat Android?

News has boomed recently with Google’s Android OS is under attack for patent infringement. Apple is accusing Android of infringing on 10 patents (2 of which have initially been confirmed) and Oracle is adding another 7 to that list. (Apple is also accusing Motorola and Nokia of infringement).

Apple’s Android OS has existed very much in the spirit of unlocked cell phones: it’s based on open source software and an app store anyone can contribute too.

Much like how carriers don’t like unlocked cell phones, they don’t like Android’s openness, or rather they like it a little too much: most carriers Android as a blank template for installing their own software. (That’s why unlocked cell phones/jailbroken cell phones are so awesome: they say heck-no to carrier locks and restrictions).

Google/Android’s battle will take months (if not years), but it could have positive implications for open source software and unlocked cell phones. If Google fights successfully, over-restrictive copyright law might be improved (or removed!). This would be a boon for both consumers and developers like Google.

Of course, if Google loses, it could be the end for HTC phones, and possibly Android. Or they might lose an intense amount of market share. In that case, consumers can still have their jail broken iPhones and other unlocked cell phones!

What Are The Best Unlocked Cell Phones?




Motorola Droid 2

Motorola Droid 2

Boing Boing posted a handy list o the “most hackable Android cell phones”, namely, which phones are the easiest to turn into unlocked cell phones.

Why Create Android Unlocked Cell Phones?

Many carriers limit Android; although there are frequent updates that improve the software, they aren’t available to the vase majority of consumers. Unlocked cell phones can get the updates, thereby allowing users to truly use Android cell phones.

So Which Unlocked Cell Phones Work Best?

Anything by Sony is easily unlocked and works well.  If you are new to unlocked cell phones, the popular Samsung Galaxy S makes an (easy) and great unlocked cell phones.

Should You Create Unlocked Cell Phones By Yourself?

No! Truth be told, unlocked cell phones are no longer covered by the warranty, and there’s a lot that can go wrong when trying to create unlocked cell phones (that can lead to a completely useless cell phone, or brick).

Instead, buy unlocked cell phones, or send yours in to a reputable website.

Used Cell Phones Are The Future

Motorola Droid 2

Motorola Droid 2

Over the past two and a half years, everyone has dealt with the poor economy by tightening their belts, and for many that includes circumventing the high cost, fees, and contracts that come tied to new cell phones, and instead buying used cell phones.

Not only are used cell phones cheaper, but they are completely in the spirit of the green movement. When you buy used cell phones, your keeping e-waste out of landfills and reducing your carbon footprint (there’s also less packaging-most cell phones come with every tiny piece wrapped in an oversized piece of plastic, not to mention the display packaging).

With everything that used cell phones have going for them, used cell phones have a solid place in the future-as an economical, environmentally friendly choice.

If you’re prone to breaking your phone, dropping it in water, or losing it, used cell phones also offer a great deal, helping to offset the waste you create when you lose a phone, as well as the cost of destroying a new cell phone.

Love to be a part of the latest trends? Here are some used cell phones that are, rather, well, new:

The Samsung Behold 2 has a multitouch screen, 5mp camera (about the highest now available on cell phones), bluetooth, and built in GPS. Yet, it still retains many of the buttons and features familiar to Samsung users, making it a great upgrade for anyone who’s been holding on to their old Samsung for a little too long. Bonus? It runs on Android, the current “it” OS.

Speaking of Android, the Motorola Droid 2 is available for a great priced as a used cell phone. With a built in QWERTY keyboard, 5mp camera with LED flash, and all the other bells and whistles, it’s perfect for anyone who wants to get the most out of their smart phone, or if you just want to look cool.

And  of course, we can’t talk about looking cool without mentioning the elusive Apple iPhone. Continually selling out, the used cell phones market is a great place to score one at a bargain of a price (especially given the demand!). Bonus? This 3G iPhone is unlocked, so you can use it on any GSM network.

Top 2 Unlocked Cell Phones For Artists


Jailbroken iPhone

Unlocked cell phonesoffer contract free, carrier changing options for anyone who may travel, move to a different city, or want the option to change their mind at the drop of a hat. They also offer operating systems whose hands aren’t tied by carriers and their standard apps, so you can use unlocked cell phones in more ways.

The most obvious choice is the iPhone- with numerous apps designed to offer you more ways to use your 5mp camera, and more styles to create artistic pictures-it’s a great tool for photographers. The 4G iPhone offers the best service potential, while the 8GB 3G iPhone is a better option for those just interest in trying out the apps for on the go photo-art. Remember: because it’s an unlocked cell phone, you’re not locked into AT&T’s service or prices.

The HTC Android Aria also offers 5mp camera, but its value may lie more in its open platform (made more open by being an unlocked cell phone). If you want to be creative with how you use your cell phone to create art, especially if you can code, Android is a great choice.

New Year, New Unlocked Cell Phones

HTC Aria

The new year is a great time to replace your old phones (with unlocked cell phones, in particular, if you haven’t already). Whether you want the great bargain of purchasing used cell phones, or whether you just want the benefits of unlocked cell phones, there are a number of great options:

For the cost-conscious buyer:

The LG Shine has a long battery life, email, instant messaging, bluetooth, and a USB hub so it can meet all of the basic needs of a smart phone user at a very agreeable price (made more agreeable because unlocked cell phones have no contracts or hidden fees).

For the Super Trendy:

The iPhone 4g is in incredibly high demand; 4g means a faster network, which improves the use quality of the iPhone-and remember, unlocked cell phones work on any GSM network, so you can get the iPhone on the best 4g network for full use and value of all the apps, calling, and texting you can handle.

For the Tech-Trendy:

The HTC Android Aria has made a splash this year to rival the iPhone. With all the apps and advantages of Android, the Aria is a great choice for tech lovers, especially those who can appreciate the full-functionality of unlocked cell phones.

3 Amazing Unlocked Cell Phones


New! The Google Phone

Unlocked cell phonesare a trend that gained a lot of interest in 2010, mainly because smartphones took a giant step closer to becoming pocket computers (with speed, strong internet connections in most places, and great apps). They also became a lot more mainstream, no longer just for techies unlocked cell phones because they represent the ability to get the most out of your smartphone.

1) The first phone to mention when talking about unlocked cell phones, is, of course, the Apple iPhone. AT&T does not meet the demand that the huge popularity of the iPhone brings, and it’s network is unusable in many places due to excess traffic. Unlocked cell phones can be used on any GSM network, and with the iPhone, that’s critical to being able to use and enjoy your phone.

2) New and popular this season is the Google phone. Made by HTC and running the latest version of Android, it’s a dream for anyone. With a 4.9mp camera, built in radio, and combination keyboard and touchscreen, the Google phone will likely rise to popularity among unlocked cell phones.

3) Finally, the Palm Pre Plus. Normally, there are some apps that are not universally popular and very hard to remove that come preloaded onto Palm’s pre. Having unlocked cell phones doesn’t just mean carrier freedom, it means freedom of software, so you can enjoy the awesome features Palm provides without room being taken up by apps you’ll never use!

Hurry! Things are selling out for the holidays. Can’t find what you want? Contact Cellular Trendz to find out when we restock.

Used Cell Phones For The Holidays!

Refurbished Blackberry 8530, at a great price!

Whether it’s a child’s first cell phone, grandma’s first smartphone, or you just want to save money but still get everyone the stylish phone they want, used cell phones are an excellent choice.

Used cell phones offer recent trends in popular cell phones while coming at a discount. Select used cell phones based on carrier, such as the popular Sprint, Verizon, or T-Mobile, or select by brand.

Blackberries are great for people who want clean function (and great apps). Increasingly popular are phones carrying Android as their operating system. Of course, Apple is still maintaining the bulk of its own popularity-and is a great deal among used cell phones!

If you frequently loose or destroy cell phones, than used cell phones are a great option. Used cell phones are also great if you’re fickle and like to keep up on the latest trends, but don’t want to pay the fees carriers charge to upgrade, or the high prices.

Don’t know what network your gift recipient is on? Choose among many unlocked cell phones, which will work on any GSM network.

Cellular Trendz guarantees their cell phones, so you don’t have to worry when they turn it on.

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