If you’re interested in getting an unlocked phone, here is everything you need to know about these devices:
What are unlocked phones?
Unlocked phones refer to cell phones that have not been programmed by a carrier. By using one, you can use different carriers with the phone.
Are unlocked phones the same as replacement phones?
No. Unlocked phones are different from replacement phones in the sense that they are not exclusively ‘locked’ to just one network provider. Unlike these phones, replacement phones have been locked to just one US wireless carrier. With an unlocked phone, you can change to a different GSM carrier’s network; which will help you when you travel often.
Which US carrier network can unlocked phones work with?
While unlocked phones may be used with any GSM carrier throughout the world, they can only work with AT&T and T-Mobile networks in the United States.
Can unlocked phones be used outside the US?
Yes. Unlocked phones support the common GSM frequencies utilized by carriers from other countries (ex. 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz). You can use your current SIM card with an international calling plan. Another option is to purchase a prepaid SIM card from the new country so you can save money.
Do unlocked phones come with a SIM card?
No. In the US, you will need to transfer your current SIM card to the unlocked phone so you can use it. Once you’re abroad, you can buy a SIM card from the local network carrier.
Do unlocked phones support data and messaging features?
Most of the time, you can use your current carrier’s features on an unlocked phone. However, there may be certain features that require handset configuration. Should this happen, you can simply ask assistance from your carrier so you can start using your unlocked phone.