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These BLU “Life” Phones are Almost Perfectly Affordable Unlocked Android Companions


The search for the perfect unlocked device still goes on, but we did happen across these newly launched BLU devices, the Life Play, Life View and the Life One. Each device comes running Android 4.2, as well as being powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.2GHz. They are unlocked, ready for usage on AT&T and the 1900MHz band of T-Mobile, offering folks a reasonably priced alternative to some of the more high-end devices out there. They feature IPS displays and come in a variety of sizes/colors, each of which is matched by a very enticing price tag. 

The largest of the three sports a massive 5.7″, the Life View, priced at an amazing $299. It features a 12MP camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a nicely sized 2,600mAh battery. The medium-sized device, measuring in at 5.0″ is the Life One, priced the same as the View at $299. It features a larger camera sensor at 13MP, but just 2,000mAh of battery. Other than those two differences, its specs match that of the larger View. The smallest, priced at $229, is the Life Play. It has a 4.7″ display, 8MP back-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of expandable memory. Not too special, but if you need a quick and sexy little burner phone, it’s not a bad option.

Currently, the Life Play is the only available device, but the other two are set to be released in the short future.

Via:  Amazon

  • Steve Benson

    Here’s the “real” website for anyone interested: http://bluproducts.com/

  • [A]dri[A]n

    I want the BLU Life One. It’s perfect. Can’t wait for it to be available.

  • Jelly Jim

    Just a shame the company doesn’t reply to sales queries from potential customers.

  • Franz

    I’ve been keeping tabs on this BLU company for a while.

    I just want to know if they are quick on updates, or if maybe they can work with the CyanogenMod Team to have quick updates!

  • Brandon Golway

    Not bad, not bad at all!

  • buahhaw haw

    since when is $200 plus a burner phone.. oh and i light my cigars with $100 bills

    • ninjawarren

      That’s $200 without contract. Any phone you buy on a contract has a $480 subsidy that you pay for over the course of 24 months.

      • Ian

        Wait… what? Except our monthly bills don’t get cheaper when we are out of contract, so essentially we’re always paying the subsidy. Contracts are irrelevant from this perspective. Either way, point of the OP was to point out that $200+ is a lot of money for something disposable a.k.a. burner phone.

        • ninjawarren

          …but your monthly bill does get cheaper once you’re outside of your contract.

          • Ian

            On what carrier? Not Verizon or AT&T.

          • superg05

            JUST TMO

          • Christopher Vanwinkle

            On T-Mobile it gets less expensive.

        • Chris Hannan

          Do you know what a burner phone is? 😐

          • Ian

            Yes. Is disposable not a property you would use to describe a burner phone?

          • Chris Hannan

            Whoops. I replied to the wrong person.

        • starnovsky

          Not on T-Mobile or other prepaid. On Verizon – sure.

  • Robert Goddard

    The best thing about this is now there is competition. Competition is good for the consumer, not only in price, but in features and innovation. I applaud these new phones.

  • DJyoSNOW

    @VZW I hate #markeUP in pricing :,(

  • derpy derp

    Herp a derp Nexus 4 a derp.

    Your downvotes nourish me.

  • Tyson

    How does any of this matter without support for Verizon? Aren’t there already tons of amazing options for stock Android on carriers other than Verizon? I don’t get it.

    • starnovsky

      Not at this price. Normally unlocked phones are running at around twice that price.

  • JeffColorado

    Skinned? What is the display resolution? More info would have been nice.

    I agree with the people saying you should just buy a Nexus 4.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I wonder the support is like. This could could be the daewoo of phones.

  • Josh Eck

    My company is an authorized distributor for this brand, and they have really stepped up to the plate the last year or so. I’m very impressed with their lineup.

    • CarlosBoss

      they sell these at brick and mortar stores? where?

      • Josh Eck

        No they’re mainly sold through small regional carriers and through online sources such as Amazon and Newegg.

  • d-rock

    Actually there’s a lot of options for BLU phones on Amazon. Some of these have very nice specs for very nice prices.


  • Jared

    does anyone have one of these BLU phones? are they decent? I have been watching them for a while. Considering picking one of these up when I switch to t-mobile in the fall.

    • Matthew Grey

      Make sure your location has the refarmed 1900 mhz. The model numbers ending in “a” will receive data faster than EDGE speeds in the refarmed areas..

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    I need to look at the Verge Mobile podcast, I remember them mentioning that Nilay was rather unhappy with them for some reason, but I was never able to figure out why.

  • Raven

    “George Lucas gonna sue somebody.”
    “Yousa have the life play with thissen hissen?”

  • sk3litor

    Burner phone for $230? Geez tim rockafeller

  • Did you link directly to the pink one just to mess with people. Hope a few people put it in their cart and get a surprise 🙂

  • seryozha

    oooo pink. pretttyyyyy

    • Ray3rd

      Doesn’t matter what color the phone is if you put a case on it..

      • Blue Sun

        You will know… :p

  • Bionic

    X phone

    • JoshGroff


      • ReturnOfTheMack


      • Guest


        • Warwick


        • trwb

          Static X

        • michael arazan

          Boycotting the xbox One

          • ArrowCool

            Pre-Ordered the Xbox One

        • Ali Raza Agha


      • Bionic

        Next year

      • Justtyn Hutcheson


        • Ray3rd

          Did your X-girlfriend 🙂

    • Ian Smith

      there you are!

  • ddevito

    $70 more and I prefer a Nexus 4

    • Tyler Durden

      Yeah we get it. Everyone prefers a Nexus 4.

      Too bad it doesn’t match up anywhere near the Life View.

      • Riz

        8GB or 16GB (actual formatted capacity will be less)

        2 GB RAM

        Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro CPU


        1.2 ghz processor, 1gb ram and 16gb storage.. hmm… theey seem to match up, save for the camera and battery.

        • Cory_S

          Dont forget the Blu is running some “Mediatek” cpu

        • marqueeseries

          the blu lineup also has expandable storage

    • I’m a Nexus 4 owner, and I approve this comment.

    • Unlike the Nexus 4 this thing has expandable storage.