We all saw it coming, but Apple has finally given it the official green light: the iPhone 5c and 5s will be sold under China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier. The advent of Apple’s latest phones has also prompted CM to introduce its 4G network to make proper use of the phones’ capabilities.
Speaking of unlocking capabilities, the first complete iOS7 jailbreak has been released by evasi0n, the group responsible for the iOS6 jailbreak. Jailbreaking iPhones allows users to customize more extensively and easily, like their Android-equipped counterparts, overwriting the “no individuality” complaints iOS is known for in mobile circles. The jailbreak is still technically a beta, though, so evasi0n cautions users than the program can be downloaded at their own risk. And obviously, it’s not sanctioned by Apple.
But if you’re really looking for something different, a Florida-based company called BLU has just released its best smartphone, the Life Pure. It sports a 1080p, 5-inch screen like all of the heavy hitters, and it comes equipped with a 5MP front-facing camera and a 13MP rear camera. There’s 32GB of internal storage, like in the HTC One.
Those are some pretty impressive stats, plus it’s available at $349, no contract. It uses an older processor, but to be fair you can’t expect a Galaxy S4 from a budget phone.
Unfortunately, things take a dive from there - it runs on Android 4.2 (which isn’t bad, but 4.3 was released in July). Updates for the OS are unlikely, and the Life Pure will have a tough time competing with the sub-$200 Moto G as a no-contract phone.