Has anyone bought generic unbranded smartphones available on ebay etc?

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Posted 18th Sep
1) Has anyone bought generic unbranded smartphones available on ebay etc? I'm hoping someone can advise pls! I'm a very light user mostly for wsapp briefly every few days and sometimes maps/gps when walking (no gaming and occasionally watch youtube videos, use my landline for calls more often lol and my PC) so was hoping to find something £40-£50.
ebay.co.uk/itm…404

There are others I'm looking at but they don't mention anything about the processor (sometimes it'll mention the number of cores but no name)? The specs seem way better than even xiaomi phones for the same money, I know there's gonna be no support updates etc. how important is that? Couldn't I just search for a custom ROM, try to upgrade to higher android version etc? Would it be difficult/impossible to find roms for an unbranded phone? Would running an antivirus scan like malwarebytes regularly not keep on top of any potential spyware/viruses etc? I've already ordered a refurbished xiaomi redmi 2 as a spare from China and is on it's way so could use the advice (it was cheap so I ordered without thinking doh!)

Also I've read that there's a possibility they could just be sneaky re-brands so potentially could be getting a xiaomi etc. phone for less?

2) I'm also considering paying a bit more if unbranded is a no-go. Xiaomi Redmi 7 3GB/32GB around £100 vs Xiaomi Mi Play 4GB/64GB if it's only £6 more?
I like the extra ram and storage for only £6 more but the battery seems better on R7 and has a larger screen. Thank you in advance.
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I think you pays your money. You takes your chance.
I have heard that a lot of these phones have a kind of malware built in to them
I can't see anything about the chipset/processor other than 'dual core'. Also I'm not convinced it'll have 4gb ram, you won't get a custom rom for some random unbranded phone either. I'd just pay the extra for an xiaomi, at least you have support and reliability and they start at as low as £60 sometimes. What will you do if the unbranded phone is unstable/buggy, it won't ever her updates.
I have purchased a few unbranded Chinese phones over the years directly from Amazon, not eBay, brilliant phones if you know your stuff, in truth you can save a fortune but it is BEST advised to have some technical knowledge, it can be true for many that they do contain malware but this can be removed by flashing the firmware with the original android firmware, this does require some technical knowhow but its worth it, I presently have what is known as a Homtom S7, its similar to a Samsung Galaxy S7 similar features, dual-camera, dual-sim, fingerprint security etc, the works, an amazing phone and all for £65 the ORIGINAL firmware out of the box did contain malware, but I flashed it with the original android firmware which removes all customized features, themes & scripts, once the original firmware is on everything is perfect, but you do need to know what you are doing with unbranded phones, if you do I HIGHLY RECOMMEND them, because they are usually simply clones of branded phones, the trick is to simply flash with pure android firmware without rooting, they can be rooted but some have a boot locker which can turn them into a brick if you are not careful.
Edited by: "lettherebedeals" 18th Sep
No for the one you link.
It doesn't support some of the banding we use in UK.
lettherebedeals18/09/2019 08:22

I have purchased a few unbranded Chinese phones over the years directly …I have purchased a few unbranded Chinese phones over the years directly from Amazon, not eBay, brilliant phones if you know your stuff, in truth you can save a fortune but it is BEST advised to have some technical knowledge, it can be true for many that they do contain malware but this can be removed by flashing the firmware with the original android firmware, this does require some technical knowhow but its worth it, I presently have what is known as a Homtom S7, its similar to a Samsung Galaxy S7 similar features, dual-camera, dual-sim, fingerprint security etc, the works, an amazing phone and all for £65 the ORIGINAL firmware out of the box did contain malware, but I flashed it with the original android firmware which removes all customized features, themes & scripts, once the original firmware is on everything is perfect, but you do need to know what you are doing with unbranded phones, if you do I HIGHLY RECOMMEND them, because they are usually simply clones of branded phones, the trick is to simply flash with pure android firmware without rooting, they can be rooted but some have a boot locker which can turn them into a brick if you are not careful.


Thank you, much appreciated advice from someone with direct experience What do you think of the linked phones?
Edited by: "Supa" 18th Sep
I agree with dcx. Personally id stick Xiaomi
The Redmi 7A is £65 inc shipping from gearbest here
Sandy101218/09/2019 12:02

I agree with dcx. Personally id stick XiaomiThe Redmi 7A is £65 inc …I agree with dcx. Personally id stick XiaomiThe Redmi 7A is £65 inc shipping from gearbest here


Oh that's a great price! Also what's your opnion on the 2 xiaomis I mentioned?
Supa18/09/2019 11:51

Thank you, much appreciated advice from someone with direct experience …Thank you, much appreciated advice from someone with direct experience What do you think of the linked phones?


Your welcome I've never had a linked phone but I'm sure same principle applies.
I would not recommend this, when you can get a branded phone at such affordable prices then there is no need. Malware is a real risk with these, I wouldn't trust them!
Supa18/09/2019 12:06

Oh that's a great price! Also what's your opnion on the 2 xiaomis I …Oh that's a great price! Also what's your opnion on the 2 xiaomis I mentioned?



I purchased the redmi 7 for my family member a few months ago for £100 and at the same time the Note 7 4GB version which def feels more premium. Personally Id go for the Redmi 7 over the Mi play for the reasons you mentioned
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