TECHNOLOGY AND YOU – GARY M. KAYE  – For the first time since the advent of the smartphone, a host of full featured, unlocked phones (without a carrier or contract)  is hitting the market and could challenge the dominance of AT&T and Verizon.   The latest addition to the lineup of flagship phones in the unlocked space is the Zenfone 2 from Asus.  If you haven’t heard of Asus, they are a major maker of computers, laptops, convertibles, and tablets, though their worldwide success has not yet translated to the U.S. market.

The Zenfone 2 has a speedy Intel processor, a very sharp screen, and a great camera (especially good for low light situations).  It also has two SIM card slots that are great for frequent travelers.  But perhaps best of all it comes with an unlocked price of $199 for 16GB of storage and $299 for 64GB.  When you start looking at unlocked flagship phones from the likes of Samsung and Apple you’ll find them often going for anywhere from $600 to $800 or more. READ MORELogo for Gary's Column - 8-22-13

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