Deal: BLU S1 is available for free with Sprint's BYOD promotion, or for $50 off at Amazon

The BLU S1 was released in the United States two weeks ago, as Blu Product’s first smartphone to work on Sprint and Boost Mobile networks. The low-end smartphone was available for purchase at Amazon for $179.99 in its unlocked variant.

Today, Blu Products announced that its BLU S1 smartphone is up for grabs for free when you switch to Sprint after $200 rebate. This is a limited time offer available with Sprint’s BYOD (bring your own device) promotion.

So, how is this going to work? Since the BLU S1 will be part of Sprint’s postpaid BYOD promotion, customers …


Blu S1 launches as a cheap OnePlus 5 wannabe, works on Sprint


Miami-based Blu is known for selling decent smartphones at
affordable prices, and perhaps also for its not-too-original designs. The
company’s newest handset, the Blu S1, is definitely an example of unoriginality,
as it looks way too much like a OnePlus 5. Of course, the OnePlus 5 itself
borrowed design elements (including rear antenna lines) from Apple’s iPhone 7, so
we could say that the Blu S1 is copying a phone that copied another phone. Oh
well.   

 

There is one thing that’s certainly designed differently on the Blu S1
– the rear camera. Unlike on the OnePlus 5, the main …

Blu Advance A5 and A5 Plus are two super-cheap, but not too exciting metal phones


Blu recently started selling two new cheap smartphones in
the US:
Blu Advance A5, and Blu Advance A5 Plus. The two handsets share a similar
design (including aluminum bodies), but differ when it comes to size and some
features. Priced at $109.99, the Blu Advance A5 Plus sports a 5.5-inch
display with 720 x 1280 pixels, offers 2 GB of RAM, and is powered by a
quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. The phone further comes with
16 GB of expandable storage space, a 13 MP rear camera, and an 8 MP
front-facing cameras (both cameras are accompanied by an LED flash).  Costing $89.99, …

The S1 may be the first BLU smartphone to support Sprint's network

The unannounced BLU S1 could be the first smartphone launched by the US-based company that will be compatible with Sprint’s network. The “partnership” between BLU and Sprint hasn’t been officialized yet, but the S1 is now listed on the carrier’s website. 

It’s unclear whether the BLU S1 will be a BYOD (bring your own device) smartphone that Sprint customers will be able to use, or it will be sold as postpaid as well. BLU S1 will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile too, not just Sprint, so it’s up to each and …

BLU smartphones are back on sale on Amazon “after a false alarm”

Earlier this week, Amazon halted sales of some BLU smartphones due to security concerns. Apparently, some of the phones launched by the US-based company were suspected of sending private user data to unknown servers in China.

Even though BLU denied security reports claiming its smartphones fail when it comes to user privacy, Amazon removed some of the company’s handsets from its store.

However, the affordable BLU smartphones that everyone loves to buy on Amazon are now back on sale. According to BLU, this was just “a false alarm,” so those who’re looking …

Amazon pulls all Blu models from its online store due to fear of backdoor Chinese software

Back in November, we told you that Miami based smartphone manufacturer Blu was one of several OEMs who had at least one smartphone model compromised by software made by a Chinese company called Adups. Allegedly, the software was designed to keep track of the buying decisions made by Chinese smartphone owners by capturing their personal data, and was not meant to appear on U.S. phones.

Blu originally said that it removed the Adups software from all Blu phones that contained it. However, back in December, we told you that some security researches were still finding the Adups backdoor software …

BLU Tank Xtreme Pro ultra-rugged smartphone quietly introduced in the US

US-based Android OEM BLU has just revealed yet another rugged smartphone in the Tank Xtreme series. The new handset is listed on BLU Products’ website without a price tag, but BLU Tank Xtreme Pro is expected to hit the shelves at Amazon soon.

BLU Tank Xtreme Pro is a bulky phone, bigger and heavier than the Samsung Xcover 4, another rugged smartphone that recently made its debut on the market. BLU’s device measures 146 x 74.8 x 13.9mm and weighs no less than 206g (battery included).

The smartphone is IP68 certified, which makes water and dust proof like no …

BLU rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Life One X (2016)

Despite the fact that it’s 2017 and in just a couple of months Google is expected to launch Android O, some companies continue to deliver Marshmallow updates to their smartphones. Naturally, that’s not a bad thing, but it’s definitely quite unexpected.

BLU is one of the handset makers that have decided one of its smartphones, the Life One X, is worth getting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. BLU Life One X (2016) was originally released on the market back in December 2015, which makes it almost two years old.

Although the company promised to provide Life One X users with …

BLU readying another affordable smartphone with 3,000 mAh battery

It looks like a BLU R1 HD sequel is now in the works and will probably be officially introduced in the coming weeks. Few details about its specs are available at the moment, but at least we have several pictures showing the smartphone from all angles.

BLU R2 has been recently listed at FCC (Federal Communications Commissions), so it will probably not be long until the smartphone gets revealed. The documents filed at FCC confirm the R2 will be powered by a 3,000 mAh battery.

Also, the affordable smartphone will sport a 5-inch display and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The …

BLU R1 HD update brings T-Mobile VoLTE and Band 12 support for non-Prime customers

BLU released a maintenance update for the R1 HD back in November, which would enable support for T-Mobile VoLTE and Band 12. However, the update was only available to Amazon Prime exclusive version of the smartphone.

Today, more than seven months after the initial release, BLU allows customers who purchased the standard R1 HD model to download and install the update.

The official changelog mentions the update adds the VoLTE client for T-Mobile and Band 12 support, as well as the Android Security Updates. Unfortunately, it’s unclear what security patch the …