Congrats, you’re a part of it now.

A few days ago, we had a Skype call with our friends at Android Authority. We’d been collaborating on a giveaway of our new X4 device — five brand new devices for our fans around the world. After weeks of planning, we were finally ready.

We were excited. Optimistic. And maybe a little nervous.

Our Android Authority friends chuckled.

“Just turn your phone to silent,” they said. “It’s gonna be blowing up all week.”

Boy, was that an understatement.

In just a few days, we’ve gained thousands of fans from across the globe — from the United States to Australia, from India to Brazil, from France to Mozambique. People are excited about the X4’s sleek design and stunning price, and they’re showing their love.

Now, we’re not naïve. We know a lot of these people are just looking for a free phone. We don’t blame them, either — free stuff is awesome. Best of luck, guys!

But many of you, well, it seems like you’re looking for something more. You’re curious about us — who’s this unknown brand that came out of nowhere? Can they be trusted? Are their phones any good?

To make a long story short — you’ve got questions.

And we’re going to try to answer them here.

Who is NUU Mobile?

We’re an international team of engineers, designers, and hardcore Android geeks. We have headquarters in Minnesota (USA) and Hong Kong.

Our offices are sprouting up on five continents — just last year, we opened new branches in London, Tokyo, Miami, Amsterdam, and Jakarta.

Are you guys ‘new’? Haha, get it?

I’m Back by Jelly Dude licensed under CC BY 2.0

Oh yes, we get it. Puns are awesome. We love puns.

But in all seriousness, we’ve been around a while. And we’ve made a nice impression on people so far.

Check out what AndroidGuys had to say about NUU.

Or watch us for yourself on the ‘All About Android’ netcast.

Cool, but how are you different?

Let’s break this down into three parts:

Our phones are guaranteed to be reliable and well-built.

In fairness, this is what every smartphone company says. So let’s get into some specifics.

First, we build all our devices in our own factories. This lets us control every step of the process, from design to testing to final production.

More importantly, it gives us the confidence to offer a two-year warranty on all our smartphones. We know our phones are high-quality, so we’re not afraid to stand behind them.

Our phones are secure and stable.

We know that keeping your personal information safe has never been more important. So we’re working closely with Google to ensure that our devices are Google Mobile Services-certified, which keeps you up-to-date with the latest bug fixes and Android Security Patches.

And we make staying secure easy with our free over-the-air updates (OTAs) — a single tap of your finger keeps your device running smooth and safe.

Our phones help you save money.

Unlocked phones have many benefits, but here’s the biggest one: they’re simply more affordable.

With a NUU Mobile phone, you’re free to pick the best carrier in your area — you don’t have to commit to a long-term contract, or sign up for an expensive subsidy plan that will have you making phone payments for the next two years.

And with devices ranging from $79 to $299, you won’t have to look too hard for a great phone to fit your budget.

NUU Mobile’s Promise to You

We hope we’ve answered some of your biggest questions. But if you’re still curious about us, we’d love to help.

We mean it.


We know that we have to earn your trust. When you’re shopping for a new smartphone, you have hundreds of choices. Some companies may offer fancier specs, some may offer lower prices.

But nobody cares like NUU Mobile. Because, to be honest, we have to — our success depends on your happiness.

So if there’s anything we can do to put a smile on your face, we’ll do it.

Thanks again for joining us — we can’t wait to hear from you!

Google’s ambitious new project has Android users asking, “Wait…what?”

Android geeks have much to be excited about in 2016.

Their smartphones are getting smarter — features like fingerprint scanners, wireless charging, and tap-to-pay are becoming commonplace.

These once-pricey perks are getting more affordable, too, as unlocked devices from low-cost manufacturers give consumers an alternative to expensive, subsidized carrier contracts.

And now Android is about to get a whole lot safer, thanks to the new Google Mobile Services certifications.

What are “Google Mobile Services”?

According to Wikipedia, Google Mobile Services are “the applications and services provided by Google in order to enhance the user’s mobile experience.”

These include:

You’re probably familiar with the names on that list — they often come pre-installed on your Android device.

Google Mobile Services have become incredibly popular over the past few years. With over 1.4 billion Android users in 2015, demand is skyrocketing.

And manufacturers are taking note.

Though precise figures are notoriously hard to come by, a recent survey by OpenSignal found that more than 24,000 Android devices were produced by nearly 1,300 companies in 2015.

In such a big barrel, a few bad apples are inevitable.

This means that Google (and, by extension, Android) faces a serious challenge — how do you ensure security while maintaining the open-source spirit so beloved by the Android community?

Well, with a fancy new certification, of course!

Why does my phone need a “Google Mobile Services certification”?

According to Google, “The [Google Mobile Services] approval process helps ensure device quality and disallows preloaded apps that harm users, provide insufficient disclosure, or violate user privacy.”

So basically, a Google Mobile Services certification tells you three things:

What if my phone isn’t Google Mobile Services-certified?

The good news: your phone can still run Android.

The bad news: it might not run very well.

According to Google, devices that aren’t certified “cannot preload any [Google Mobile Services] apps, including Google Play”.

Non-certified devices may also be ineligible for over-the-air (OTA) software updates. If you thought waiting for Marshmallow was bad, just imagine if you were still stuck on Froyo.


And then there’s the matter of…

Android Security Patches

Monthly security patches aren’t the sexiest feature of Google Mobile Services certification, but they might be the most important.

In the wake of catastrophic bugs like Stagefright, Google has stepped up its efforts to make the Android operating system more secure. Holding manufacturers to higher standards has become an integral part of the process. Some have complied, while others have proved more stubborn.

Google now aims to force their hand by withholding Android Security Patches from non-certified devices.

So, if you’re concerned about your online privacy and safety, you’ll probably want a Google Mobile Services-certified device.

Finding a Google Mobile Services-certified smartphone

For a full list of Google Mobile Services-certified devices, check here.

Or, check out some of the nifty Google Mobile Services-certified phones from NUU Mobile, like our stunning metal-body X4 for $169 or the new N4L for just $99.

The above image “Gnome Face Angry” by GNOME licensed under CC BY 2.0

It’s annoying, and it’s happening to everyone. But there’s a (temporary) solution!

The latest update of Google Chrome is causing the browser to crash on many Android devices.

Here’s what we know so far

Isolated complaints began trickling in last Friday, but the real deluge didn’t flood the Android world until yesterday. Chrome is reportedly the only browser affected — others like Firefox, Opera, and Dolphin continue to work fine.

The Google Chrome glitch does not appear to negatively impact any other phone functions.

How to Fix the Glitch

This isn’t a silver bullet, but it’s the best/easiest option available right now:

1.Go to Settings

2.Select Apps

3.Choose the Downloaded tab

4.Tap Chrome

5.Clear Cache

If this doesn’t work, repeat steps 1-4. Then tap “Clear Data” instead of “Clear Cache”.

Selecting “Clear Data” may wipe some saved info in Chrome, like user names and passwords.

After the Fix

Some users have reported flawless Chrome performance after following these steps. Others say Chrome will work for a few hours, then crash again.

If Chrome continues to crash, it’s possible to uninstall the glitchy update. In theory, this should make the browser run smoothly again (although we’ve encountered mixed results).

Hopefully Google will release a more “permanent” solution soon. Until then, this fix should get Chrome working for you again.

Good luck!

Removable batteries are awesome. So why don’t more phones have them?

On the scale of Annoying Phone Problems, only a spotty WiFi connection can compare to the stroke-inducing rage of a dead battery. Batteries never die at a convenient time or place. Your phone will hold a 100% charge for the entirety of your afternoon at a coffee shop, then inexplicably crash to 2% the minute you leave to meet friends at the new craft brewery. A round or two later, your $700 smartphone is basically a very thin, fragile brick.

There used to be an easy solution to this problem: you just popped off the back cover, inserted a spare battery, and continued playing Snake or Minesweeper or whatever pathetic thing you did before Twitter. Today, though, removable batteries have largely disappeared.

– Why?

Money. Phone manufacturers want to make more of it, and removable batteries don’t help them do that. Which is too bad for you, the consumer, because removable batteries can make your life a lot easier.

In fact, we think every phone should come with a removable battery. Because:

Portable USB Battery Packs Aren’t That Great

You can imagine the gleefully malevolent marketing teams who dreamed up portable USB battery packs:

“Let’s make a device that serves the exact same function as a removable battery, only it’s bigger and bulkier!”

“Could we also make it more expensive?”

“Of course!”

Thanks, guys.

Your Phone Uses More Power Than Ever Before

Here’s a blunt truth: most of your favorite apps, games, and gadgets are insatiable power hogs. Especially when you run all of them at the same time. Phone manufacturers have responded by making bigger batteries, but they’re playing catch-up in an arms race with the makers of animated wallpapers, HD racing simulations, and melodically-voiced navigation aids. Consumption outpaces production, as usual.

The Rice Trick Works For Water Damage

Remember that time your friend dropped her phone in the toilet, and you thought it was ruined? Then she popped out the battery, dropped the phone in a bag of rice, and the next day it worked fine? Magic, right?

Yes, but the kind of magic that only works if your phone’s battery can be removed and dried separately.

Hello, old friend.

Freezes Are Easily Fixable

Screen freezes affect different phones in different ways. If the phone’s battery is replaceable, just pull it out, then put it back in. It’s the equivalent of the ON/OFF tactic for troublesome WiFi routers. If the battery isn’t replaceable…uh, clear your schedule and call Customer Service.

Most Batteries Are Built To Fail

A fresh-from-the-factory phone battery has a finite number of charges. Its capacity slowly deteriorates over time — at first a single charge might last you all day, but six months later you’ll be struggling to reach noon without recharging. With replaceable batteries, this is no big deal. You just buy a new one, and install it yourself. But if the battery isn’t replaceable…you can see where this is going.

Mmm, corrosion!

So Where Can I Find A Smartphone With A Replaceable Battery?

You’re not going to believe your luck — right here! All unlocked Android™ smartphones from NUU Mobile come with removable batteries. So whether you’re looking for a capable entry-level phone or a sleek, gleaming flagship device, you’ll never be tethered to the nearest outlet.

NUU Mobile offers a versatile line of high-powered smartphones starting at just $99. We also offer lots of replaceable batteries, because we’re nice like that.

The above image “United Nations of smartphone operating systems” by Jon Fingas
licensed under CC BY 2.0

Some thoughts to consider before paying $500+ for that shiny new status symbol.

Let’s pretend you’re buying a new vehicle.

Before you start shopping, you’re already asking yourself some important questions. What’s the gas mileage? What’s the seating capacity? How much are you willing to pay? But there’s another thing to consider:

Why do you actually need this thing?

Everyone has a different answer. Maybe you’re a parent with sports-playing kids (aka a glorified chauffeur). You might be looking for a sturdy SUV with ample seating. Maybe you’re a single professional who just wants reliable transportation to and from your downtown office. A compact sedan could meet all your needs. Or maybe you’re a fabulously wealthy entrepreneur who needs a sexy sports car to impress potential clients.

It wouldn’t make sense for all these people to buy the same car. And the same is true for smartphones.

2016 — Year of the Budget Smartphone

In a recent AndroidGuys article, Derrick Miyao explained why 2016 will be the year of the budget smartphone. His argument is simple: many people don’t really need (or want) the latest, most expensive tech.

Of course, some folks will always feel an urge to be “cutting edge”. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, Miyao makes the point that, “…there are more people who simply use smartphones for phone calls, text messaging, scheduling, social media, photos, email, internet browsing, shopping, and basic gaming.”

Does that sound like anyone you know?

Some Cold, Hard Facts About Smartphones

Uh oh, here come numbers!

According to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, nearly 2/3 of American adults own a smartphone. This eye-catching statistic supports the anecdotal observation that “everyone’s got a smartphone these days.” But what do people actually think about their phones, and how do they use them?

Here’s where it gets muddier. 46% of people say they “couldn’t live without” their smartphones, while 54% say their phones “aren’t always needed”. And while most people consider their phones a worthwhile investment, nearly 20% say that their phones are a “financial burden”.

The study also highlights some interesting trends in smartphone usage. Text messaging is universally popular — 99% of users aged 18-49 text at least once a week. Email (89%), voice calls (92%), and Internet browsing (94%) are also common. After that, the numbers start to dwindle.

This begs the question: do you really need a $750 iPhone to do all that?

The Opportunity Cost of Buying a Smartphone

For some people, the answer is an unequivocal YES! And they have their reasons — often good ones. It’s not fair to characterize everyone with an expensive phone as vain, trend-obsessed sheeple.

Still, all that glitters is not (rose) gold.

The truth is most people can meet their needs perfectly well with a more affordable device. And here’s an important distinction: an affordable smartphone is not the same as a cheap smartphone. People are right to be skeptical of “cheap” phones — after all, where’s the value in buying a $50 smartphone that stops working after a month?

But affordable smartphones built with high-quality components are a different story. A well-built affordable smartphone gives you the features that matter most for much, much less than a “luxury” phone. In many cases, the price difference can be as much as $500.

What Could You Do With an Extra $500?

You could get a 50-inch smart TV. You could get a diamond engagement ring. You could get two round-trip tickets to the Bahamas.

You could even *gasp* save that money.

And you could sleep easy knowing that you own your phone, and not the other way round.

To learn more about affordable smartphones, check out

Let’s talk about phone technology…in plain English!

Here’s a hypothetical situation:

At a wild and crazy party, your phone falls in the toilet. Oh no! It’s ruined! You need a new phone!

We feel your pain.

So you walk to Bob’s Friendly Neighborhood Phone Shoppe. A saleswoman greets you.

You scurry outside and run home, sad and phoneless.


GSM vs. CDMA: A Survival Guide

We hope this never happens to you. You seem nice. We like you. You don’t deserve the scorn of salespeople and tech geeks. So here’s what you need to know about GSM and CDMA.

What’s GSM?

It’s a technology used to build cellular networks.

Think of it like a spider’s silk. The spider (i.e. your carrier) uses its silk to build its web (i.e. your carrier’s network).

So THAT’s what the “www” stuff is all about…

What’s CDMA?

A different kind of silk.

So they’re basically the same thing?

In a sense — yes. But in a different, more important sense — not at all.


GSM in a nutshell:

CDMA in a nutshell:

So what’s better — GSM or CDMA?

Ah, we knew you’d ask that! The answer is: it depends.

Most of the world uses GSM networks— between 80% – 90%, depending on who you ask. If you’re traveling a lot, it makes sense to get a GSM phone. And you might want a GSM phone if you’ve had bad luck with spotty coverage in the past. GSM is also a good choice for people who don’t like lengthy contracts.

On the other hand, while CDMA is only common in two countries, here’s the good news: the United States is one of those countries!* Many parts of the U.S. have solid CDMA coverage. If you’re confident that a specific CDMA network works well in your area, you’ll be fine with a CDMA phone.

*The other is Russia.

GSM = more travel-friendly

No, really…which one is better?

Stop yelling at us! We told you: it depends.

Remember the analogy about the spider webs? Your carrier is the spider, GSM/CDMA is the silk, and the network is the web? Let’s go back to that.

A web of either silk can catch flies (i.e. do important phone-stuff). They both work equally well. Big webs catch more flies than small webs, obviously, but the type of silk doesn’t matter too much.

Basically — both GSM and CDMA work fine.

Globally, there are more GSM networks than CDMA ones. And it’s much easier to switch networks and/or phones with GSM. But if you really love your phone and your carrier, CDMA could be OK for you.

Well, what would you pick?

Call us biased (we are), but we’d go with GSM. Specifically, we’d go with a factory unlocked GSM smartphone. These are phones that work with any GSM carrier on any GSM network. They cost less than carrier-specific phones, and they’re free of bloatware (malignant apps that drain battery, impair performance, and harvest personal data).

Where can I find a factory unlocked GSM smartphone?

NUU Mobile — hey, we work for them! — would be a good place to start. NUU Mobile carries a wide variety of unlocked Android smartphones. All NUU Mobile phones come with a 2-year warranty, sparkly features, and super awesome customer service. They’re mega-affordable, too. You can get a new one for as little as $99. Free shipping, too…it’s worth a look.

Buy stuff at and instantly feel like a better, happier person!

Ambitious tech startup unveils partnership with NBA’s hottest young team

Nov. 10, 2015 MINNEAPOLIS — NUU Mobile is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2015-2016 season.

NUU Mobile, a manufacturer and distributor of unlocked Android™ smartphones, joins forces with the NBA franchise at an intriguing time. The Wolves feature the #1 overall draft picks from the previous two drafts, 2015 Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the presumptive favorite for this year’s award.

“NUU Mobile and the Timberwolves have a lot in common,” said Janel Nnaji, Director of Branding and Marketing for NUU Mobile. “We’re fresh, dynamic, and full of potential. So there’s a natural partnership here. We both have strong local roots and international appeal. And we have some exciting plans for the future. It’s going to be a great season for the Wolves. All of us at NUU Mobile can’t wait to show our support.”

Launched in 2012, NUU Mobile has steadily expanded across the globe thanks to the popularity of its line of premium-quality, affordably priced smartphones. With partners in Hong Kong and growing distribution networks throughout North and South America, the company is quickly becoming a global leader in the highly competitive smartphone market.

The Timberwolves are also continuing their rise to the ranks of the NBA’s elite. Thanks to the influx of young talent and the return of veterans like Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio and 15-time All Star Kevin Garnett, the franchise is widely considered one of the league’s most promising teams.

As part of the sponsorship agreement, NUU Mobile will provide in-game interactive entertainment during select Timberwolves home games. In addition, NUU Mobile will sponsor free product giveaways during College Night promotions. The smartphone company will also help the Wolves introduce promising new players on social media, including Towns, first-round pick Tyus Jones (a Minnesota native), and European imports Nemanja Bjelica and Damjan Rudez.

Nnaji believes that the partnership will soon reap great rewards for both parties. “As a lifelong Minnesotan and Timberwolves fan, I couldn’t be happier,” she says. “This is the start of something big.”

NUU Mobile is a Minnesota-based company that designs, manufactures, and distributes unlocked Android™ smartphones and accessories. Its products are available in major retailers such as Target, Walmart, and Best Buy. For more information, visit

The Minnesota Timberwolves are a National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise based in Minneapolis, MN. The team was founded in 1989, and is owned by former Minnesota Senate Minority Leader Glen Taylor. The Timberwolves reached the Western Conference Finals in 2004. For more information, visit

Cutting-edge tech + sauce-covered meats = heaven.

The 2015 Big Android BBQ is only days away, and the anticipation is getting feverish. Techies are buzzing about the #BABBQ on social media (even on Google+, which still exists), and readying themselves for a feeding frenzy both literal and figurative. It’s the most exciting time of the year to be an Android lover.

When our newest officemate admitted that he’d never heard of the Big Android BBQ, we were shocked. Saddened. Deeply confused, and a bit hungry. How was this possible? We couldn’t let the poor fellow wallow in ignorance a moment longer.

So we wrote him a brief guide to the Big Android BBQ. If you know someone who is similarly oblivious to this great American festival, please share this with them.

What is the Big Android BBQ?

Where is the 2015 Big Android BBQ?

When is the 2015 Big Android BBQ?

Who can attend the 2015 Big Android BBQ?

Who’s speaking at the 2015 Big Android BBQ?

Is there anything else I should know about the 2015 Big Android BBQ?

What is the Big Android BBQ?

It’s a finger-lickin’ awesome developer event that combines education, entertainment, and delicious ribs. Each year the event has a different theme. This year, the theme is Android Performance Patterns, which focuses on optimizing performance of Android applications.

Where is the 2015 Big Android BBQ?

The BABBQ is held in Hurst, Texas. According to the city’s official website, it was incorporated in 1952 and derives its name from William Letchworth “Uncle Billy” Hurst, a prominent landowner in the early 20th century. Uncle Billy would be proud to know that his humble town has become the center of the Android universe, though he’d probably have no clue what an Android is.

When is the 2015 Big Android BBQ?

The event will be held from October 22-23. The memories will last for years, though, and the meat comas perhaps even longer.

Who can attend the 2015 Big Android BBQ?

The BABBQ cheerfully welcomes “developers, enthusiasts, technologists, and tinkerers…[a]nyone with a passion for our favorite little green bugdroid!” The event’s organizers, the International Developer Education and Advocacy Alliance (IDEAA), are very nice people.

Who’s speaking at the 2015 Big Android BBQ?

A lot of people. Some of the biggest companies in the tech world will be represented, including mega-heavyweights like GoogleFacebook, and Sony. Some notable names include Brian Quimby (spreading some wisdom about Google Play), James Williams (making Material Design more intuitive), and Daniel Gaplin (teaching developers how to boost app performance while wearing unusual hats).

Is there anything else I should know about the 2015 Big Android BBQ?

Yep. In addition to providing great networking opportunities, belt-bursting meat plates, and remarkable insights about all things Android, the BABBQ also helps support important causes. This year the event will be raising money for Rapha House, a non-profit organization that fights human trafficking and the sexual abuse of children. The organization, which was founded in 2003, works to rescue children from slavery and exploitation and help local communities build a safer, brighter future.

This commitment to improving the world in tangible, practical ways is one of the reasons NUU Mobile is proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 Big Android BBQ. We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to support so many bright, passionate people. This is special, and we’re glad we can be part of it.

Hope to see you there — if we’re covered in barbecue sauce, please don’t judge us!

If you have an Android smartphone, you probably also have bloatware.

Don’t panic. Well, maybe panic a little. Weep and tear your garments. Set your office chair on fire, then run screaming out of the room.

panic by Nate Steiner

Feel better? Good. Now, back to bloatware.

What’s Bloatware?

Wait, Why’s It On My Phone?

Is There Any Hope?

Unlocked Smartphones Hurray!

What’s Bloatware?

Bloatware comes pre-installed on your phone, in the form of apps. These apps are mostly useless or redundant — which wouldn’t be so bad, except they’re also nearly impossible to delete. And so they lurk in the darkest nether regions of your phone, sucking up precious RAM and storage space, slowly draining your battery of life. Bloatware is a giant leech, and you are its host.

..they hide the malicious files in places you’re not supposed to access.

Wait, Why’s It On My Phone?

“My heavens,” you’re gasping, “why would this stuff be included in the first place?” The short answer: because life is cruel. The slightly longer answer: because bloatware is profitable. Mobile carriers and manufacturers make sweet, sweet money from bloatware — and often use it to gather information about users, as well.

People have been complaining about bloatware since the dawn of time (or the advent of Internet message boards, whichever came first). Yet solutions remain elusive. A few brave nerds have devised ways of removing bloatware, but their methods are incomprehensible to average users. And even if you’re able to decode the endless lines of technobabble, you’re still in for a nasty surprise.

Since carriers and manufacturers have no desire to let you remove bloatware, they hide the malicious files in places you’re not supposed to access (like the system folder). If you do manage to hack your way inside, BAM! Your warranty is voided, and your phone spontaneously combusts*.

*Or your system might just crash. Either way, cue the sad trombone.

To be fair, some highly skilled tech-wizards are able to completely cleanse their phones without wrecking anything. The process is called “rooting”, and it’s just as difficult and unpleasant as it sounds. It can work, but it requires patience, finesse, and a level of expertise that most people simply don’t have.

Is There No Hope?

So, if you’re a member of the unenlightened general public, what can you do?

Your first option: live with it. Get used to slow downloads, glitchy apps, and a permanently thirsty battery. Make peace with the idea of a multinational corporation harvesting your data to sell you junk you don’t want or need. Convince yourself this will somehow build character.

Your second option: buy an expensive phone that comes with minimal bloatware. Like most problems in life, this one can be solved by throwing bushels of money at it. Your kids probably aren’t going to be college material, anyway.

If neither of those sound appealing, maybe you’d be interested in NUU Mobile.

Happy Monkey by Chris Lott

This is your brain on NUU.

Unlocked Smartphones Hurray!

NUU Mobile is a smartphone brand that specializes in selling unlocked phones with factory-clean software. “Unlocked” means that NUU Mobile phones aren’t tied to a specific carrier, and that means you aren’t burdened with a bunch of unwanted carrier apps. And NUU Mobile phones aren’t loaded down with gigs of manufacturer bloatware, either. Which is nice.

With smartphones ranging from $99 to $299 (or roughly the cost of a nice iPhone case), NUU Mobile is a solid choice for people looking to banish bloatware without breaking the bank.

Check out NUU Mobile’s line of supercool phone stuff at

Unlocked phones allow more freedom when choosing wireless plans

It would be easier to count the amount of people you know that don’t have a cell phone than those who do. This has caused a competitive market which is great for you, the consumer, because as the demand for cheap wireless plans continue to rise, the pricing steadily declines.

With the largest wireless companies still charging significantly more for contracted monthly plans (which will most likely lock you into 2 years with the carrier), we are seeing growth in the unlocked, no-contract wireless area. But this growth has left the customer with so many new questions and concerns. Well we plan to answer the most popular questions for you, such as:

What is an unlocked phone?

What is a GSM network?

What’s a SIM card?

Can I keep my phone number?

So how does a no-contract wireless plan work?

How much can I save with an unlocked phone and no contract wireless?

Unlocked Phones

Don’t confuse this term with the action of “unlocking a phone.” These devices come unlocked already and are 100% legal. When purchasing an unlocked phone, you have the option to take it to any wireless carrier that utilizes GSM cellular networks.

A locked phone means you buy it from a wireless provider and can only use it on their networks for a set period of time, which is typically a 2 year contract. So, if you decide to go with another mobile carrier, you must buy a new phone, or wait until the contract is fulfilled.

GSM Network

Don’t get too caught up in this, just make sure the carrier you choose utilizes a GSM network. GSM and CDMA are the two largest radio systems used for cell phones in the U.S. with GSM being the world leader in use.

The biggest difference is that a GSM network makes it simple to change carriers by simply buying a different SIM card and placing it in your phone. CDMA networks require a phone to be carrier authorized for use, so to change carriers you’ll need a new phone. Most unlocked phones and no-contract carriers use the most popular GSM networks but it is always a good idea to double check.

SIM Cards

SIM card looks like a small SD card that you would find in most digital cameras. You’ll have to take the back of the phone off to get to the slot that holds the SIM. These cards hold information needed to connect to any individual network and can also store the contacts listed on your phone. You can have as many wireless accounts as you want with the same phone by simply swapping out the SIM cards.

NUU Mobile phones have 2 slots or “dual SIMs,” which allow you to use 2 lines and carry only 1 phone.
Dual SIMs are great for travelers. Since GSM networks are popular worldwide, you can have your normal SIM card in one slot and your destination SIM card in the other, without constantly having to pop open the phone and swap them.
Dual SIMs are great for businesses as well. Who wants to carry around two phones when you can just use the same phone with two SIMs, one for home and one for work, keeping both numbers separate?

Can I keep my phone number?

Short answer: Yes

Long answer: Yes you can.

How a no-contract wireless plan works

At first this seems kind of intimidating because for the most part you are on your own. While you can go to some of the big box retailers or a mall kiosk, it’s is just as easy to do it all from your computer and you don’t even need to wait in line.

You do need to do some research to find the right plan for you and your family, but this will save you money in the long run. The term no-contract is just that. If you use one of these carriers and you don’t like something about them, the coverage area isn’t right for you, or you just want to switch so you can try another carrier, you can. You just pay for a certain amount of service, usually months’ worth at a time and then get a new SIM card from another carrier, place it in your phone and move on.

The process works as follows:

  1. Buy the unlocked phone of your choice that runs on the GSM network, may we suggest NUU Mobile
  2. Find the no-contract wireless carrier you’d like to start with.
    • T-Mobile
    • metroPCS
    • cricket wireless
    • NET 10
    • and many others..
  3. Double check that the phone runs on the same GSM bands as the selected network, they should be listed on the SIM card package or on the company’s website.
  4. Purchase the SIM card online, at a kiosk, or in a store and install it in your phone. See SIM card installation video.
  5. NUU Mobile phones will detect the SIM card and begin using it automatically, some phones may require extra steps, but the package the SIM card comes in usually will have step by step instructions.

That’s it, you are ready!

Savings Comparison for Contract vs No-Contract wireless

PhoneGalaxy S 6 32GB ($576.00)
$24/mo. For 24 months
NUU Mobile Z8 32GB $299.99
Planunlimited talk and text / 3GB dataunlimited talk and text / 4GB data
Plan Cost$45/mo Plan
$20/mo per phone
$65/mo – Total
$50/mo Plan
Data Overage$15.00 per GB$0 but speeds slow for remainder of payment cycle
Upfront cost$0 (pay monthly for phone, 2 year contract)
$576.00(pay full price for phone)
$299.99 (Phone)
Monthly Cost$89 (plan + pay monthly for phone)
$65 (pay full price for phone)
$50 (plan)
Total Cost over 2 years$2136 (pay monthly for phone)
$2136 (pay full price for phone)
Savings $636.01

In this case buying an unlocked phone and choosing a no contract wireless plan would save you up to $636.01 dollars over 2 years equaling almost $40.00 in savings every month. If you think you are ready to try an unlocked phone, please consider one of our great unlocked Android smartphones.