BUYING AN UNLOCKED CELL PHONE
Unlocked phones are becoming a popular choice here in the U.S. Why? Because nothing beats the freedom of an unlocked phone when it comes to the choice of models, carriers or plans.
What is an unlocked smartphone? An unlocked smartphone is a phone that isn’t tied to a specific carrier or contract. Therefore, you have the freedom to shop for the latest phones and plans as often — or as infrequently — as you like. Plus, they don’t come preloaded with numerous carrier applications that take up space on your phone. And when it comes to international travel, unlocked phones can’t be beaten.
It’s important to pay attention to network compatibility when choosing an unlocked phone. All unlocked phones work on GSM networks, while universal unlocked phones work on all major US carriers.
All unlocked phones work on carriers that use GSM networks. Popular U.S. carriers that use GSM networks include AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, and Tracfone. Most foreign carriers also use GSM networks. You will need to use a SIM card from a GSM provider to get service for your unlocked phone.
Universal Unlocked Phones
A number of newer unlocked phones are universal and therefore compatible with all major U.S. carriers in addition to most overseas carriers. You can choose almost any carrier or plan and all you need is a SIM card. Common US carriers include Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, TracFone, Total Wireless and Boost Mobile. Check with carrier for phone compatibility.