Xiaomi to enter US market later this year with online store

By Shawn Knight
Feb 12, 2015
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  1. Chinese mobile device and accessory maker Xiaomi is planning to enter the US market. The red-hot startup will launch an online store stateside in the coming months although many of the products that earned the company recognition - and the...

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  2. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    One of the reasons it is hard for independent device makers to enter the market is carrier subsidies. The lack of economic education for the average American consumer, they "think" they are getting a great deal, by purchasing a device for "only 199/299/399" that retails for 500/600/700 or more, under a 2 year contract, loaded with bloat, stripped features etc. But when you run the numbers for purchasing a phone full retail, from an online retailer, and going with an MVNO that uses the same towers, you can save 1,000.00 OR MORE in that same 24 month period. That's what I did, saving over 80 dollars PER MONTH. The carriers pretty much have the USA market sewn up, and you can bet they pay off the right politicians to keep it that way.
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  3. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 306   +73

    Thanks for the tips. I started looking into it and found this link http://www.bestmvno.com
    Any recommendations, and I guess you experience with MVNO has been pretty satisfactory?
  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    For me, using an MVNO has been a very positive experience. For me, straight talk is who I use. Their coverage (using at&t towers), I continue to have the same coverage that I had on at&t under contract. The difference is I don't pay a higher rate, and another nice thing, at the bottom of most carrier contract bills, you are saddled with a lot of taxes/fees. With an MVNO, at least with the one I'm on, the 49.95 charge, that's all you pay.

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