Why purchase factory unlocked phones?
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Is there any advantage to purchasing factory unlocked phones? Or should I just get a phone from my carrier?

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  • williamjames027

    1. because you can use different sim card, specially when you are travelling abroad.
    2. you will free yourself from installed apps that your carrier installed, (mostly useless) and gain much more space.
    3. no agreement or contract to stick with, free yourself from worries. change your carrier anytime!

  • justinpot

    Unlocked can be useful if you do a lot of international travel – you don’t need to worry about unlocking he phone before you can use it.

  • Anish P

    It also depends on which phone you are seeking to buy unlocked. For instance, buying an unlocked iPhone 5 to use on an AT&T network will work best with AT&T’s LTE if you buy an AT&T iPhone 5 since the Verizon and Sprint iPhone 5 LTE radio is not compatible with that of AT&T.

  • Alan Wade

    If you want to sell the phone you will find it a lot easier to sell an unlocked phone than you will trying to sell one thats locked to a carrier.

  • Alan Wade

    If you wanted to sell the phone you will find it a lot easier with an unlocked phone than with one thats locked to a carrier.

  • Oron Joffe

    The main thing is that an unlocked phone allows you to change your mobile phone network provider at any point. There are many good deals out there (for example, read the MUO article on MVNOs http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/no-longer-tied-to-a-cellular-contract-10-reasons-you-should-switch-to-an-mvno/) but if your phone is locked, you are tied to the supplier that gave you the phone (that’s why they locked it!).
    A secondary reason is that when your contract entitles you to upgrade your phone, you are left with your old phone, that you may want to continue using yourself, or give it to someone else. Again, unless you continue with the same company, you can’t use it, whereas an unlocked phone allows you to do with it as you please.

  • Junil Maharjan

    factory unlock phones do not come with a carrier, sim or a plan which gives you the flexibility of choosing any carrier and plan you like. If you are thinking of an android phone, then unlocked phones get a much faster updates than locked phones. it so happens that you might be paying more when you have a carrier locked phones than when you calculate the costs over the time of the contract and the cost of the phone when getting the same from a carrier.

  • Imesh Chandrasiri

    This depends on what you require actually! I’ll briefly explain what is the difference of the two types!

    When you get a locked phone from a carrier. :

    Mostly you’ll have to sign a contract with them!
    The contract period will be defined by them.
    You will not be able to switch from one carrier to another without changing the device!
    If you decide to leave the carrier you will either need to return the device or pay the amount for the device.

    When you get a factory unlocked device. :

    There will be no contracts or agreements with any party! ( of course the warranty is there! )
    The initial cost would be high!
    You are legally allowed to use any carrier as you please! ( any time )

    those are some of the differences you’ll see in the two! choice is yours! :)

  • SaapeXD MoHods

    In a factory unlocked phone, no changes are made to the hardware and software, so these phones can be used with any cell phone provider.

    Locked phones, on the other hand, are altered by a service provider after they leave the factory, so they are tied with the provider for a certain period of time. Usually, the provider will require a contract, and users can unlock the phone only after the contract period ends.

    Many users prefer to buy a factory unlocked phone rather than a locked phone because it gives them the convenience to switch providers whenever they choose by simply changing the SIM card in the phone.

    and so Getting a Phone from your Carrier or Getting a Factory unlocked phone is for you to decide. ^_^

  • 1hegame

    Rule of thumb: As the word says, it is “Unlocked” and an unlocked one means Freedom. Why you want to get locked?

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