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Buying an Unlocked Phone

The Advantages of Unlocked Cell Phones

Unlocked phones give you the freedom to choose the model and carrier you want, without locking yourself into a long-term contract. You can own and use multiple phones, and you can also take advantage of lower rates from virtual operators piggybacking on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks, like Cricket Wireless and GoSmart. Best Buy has more information to answer the question of “Why buy an unlocked phone?” that can help you make a decision.

Unlocked phones can be a great option for young adults that may be migrating off family plans in the near future, or for people who like the option of checking out the latest new phones or plans as soon as they are available. And, when it comes to phones for studying abroad or for international travel, unlocked cell phones can't be beat.

Unlock Your Current Phone? Or Get One That’s Unlocked?

The process of unlocking phones isn’t necessarily a quick or easy process. Carriers can help unlock phones, they can even unlock iPhones, but the process is often wearisome.

If you purchase an unlocked phone, all you need to use it in the U.S. or abroad is a SIM card from the carrier of your choice. SIM cards house carrier and user data and easily pop into your smartphone. They’re easy to find, and in fact, we offer a large selection of SIM cards.

You’ll also want to pay attention to network compatibility, so you know which of the two network standards your new unlocked smartphone uses: GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) or CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access).

Finding the Best Unlocked Cell Phone for Your Needs

There are many top unlocked cell phones available, from the biggest names in the business, like Apple, Samsung, Motorola and LG. Huawei phones, though not as well-known as some others, are growing in popularity. You may find that checking current cell phone deals is a great way to get started as you navigate the various phone styles, designs, and compatibility options.

Get More Out of Your Unlocked Cell Phone

Best Buy offers many accessories for unlocked phones, like cases, adaptors, chargers and more, to help you get the most from your phone. Other items you may want to consider include power banks for convenient on-the-go recharging of your phone, and a cell phone signal booster to extend strong, reliable cellular coverage throughout your home or place of business.