The Best of Unlocked Cell Phones: Samsung i9250

unlocked cell phonesIn the endless search for unlocked cell phones, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a Godsend for weary travelers. Thinner and more rounded than its predecessors, the i9250 boasts a bright 4.65” high-definition super AMOLED display with bright colors and a beautiful interface. This Nexus comes bundled with the excellent Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a UI built from the ground up with superior operation and app compatibility. With a 1.26GHz dual-core processor, touch sensitivity is remarkable and rivals any iteration of the iPhone. The 5MP camera also shows absolutely zero shutter lag and is capable of shooting true 1080p video.

Speaking of cameras, we are especially fond of the new “face unlock” feature. Simply complete the onscreen setup prompts, and voila–your Nexus will automatically open to you once it recognizes your handsome mug! As with our other electronics deals–smartphones in particular–the i9250 carries all of the extras you would expect, including 16GB of space to hold all of your music, videos, and other digital goodies you discover. And with 290 hours of general standby time, you can leave your stash of backup batteries at home. But fear not, we have included a compact travel charger, just in case you wind up on an impromptu excursion.

Must-Have Cell Phone Accessories: The Motorola Charger

cell phone accesoriesIntroducing the Motorola Dual Port Universal Charger, the undisputed king of all electronic deals, now available at Ice Monkey. Even if you are the tech savviest of individuals, perhaps the following has happened to you. At some point, maybe you were at a friend’s house, the airport, your workplace, or a bar and when you pulled out your phone, you were greeted by the most dreaded icon known to humanity: the blinking low battery. And of course, never could it have popped up at a more inconvenient time. We know the feeling, and to be honest, we never wanted to feel that powerless again.

With this handy little device, never again will you helplessly watch as your cellphone shuts down in the middle of an important text message or phone call. Simply plug it into any wall outlet and help yourself to the two available USB ports for quick and easy charging. Best of all, the Motorola Charger works with all devices and automatically adjusts to different voltages. Forget about a converter or additional cellphone accessories, this device provides short circuit protection so there is absolutely no risk to the gadgets hooked up. When you are done, simply fold up the AC blades!

What Exactly Is an Unlocked Cell Phone?

When my beloved smart phone fell in a toilet a last year (a sad, true story) I knew I was in a real pickle.

I was pretty heartbroken after this unfortunate incident, and was kicking myself for the frugality that resulted in me not purchasing cell phone insurance. I remember thinking, What’s the worst that could happen?

Toilets! That’s what.

So I was out a smart phone, and out 300 big ones. I started to hunt for a relatively cost-effective solution. That meant that I was going to need to bypass the T-mobile store (unless I wanted to pay $500, sign on for a two-year contract extension, offer them my soul for eternity, first-born, etc. )

In desperation, I turned to Craigslist and found an abundance of what were called “unlocked phones”. I had no idea what unlocked phones were, but they seemed fishy and quite possibly, illegal. My friend is a real cell phone nerd, so I consulted him and he told me that unlocked phones weren’t illegal at all and were actually cell phones that recognize a SIM card from any cell phone carrier. The “lock “ is a software setting that keeps the cell phone tied to a particular carrier. This genious friend of mine also told me to steer clear of Craigslist scams and head to for the best selection of unlocked phones. Now, thanks to and my friend Steve, I’m very happy with my unlocked phone.