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Unlocked phones offer great flexibility to international students, tourists and business travelers. Since international roaming rates with your current phone and U.S. network can be high, buying an unlocked phone for overseas travel can save you money. With an unlocked phone, you’ll pay the same lower rate as the locals do for calls in that country. It can be as easy as purchasing an unlocked phone in the U.S., traveling to your destination country, and purchasing a local SIM card.
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Some unlocked phones may cost more up front compared to phones financed by the carriers, but, spread over time, and combined with a less-expensive voice or data plan, it could be less expensive than your total monthly payments or monthly installment billing contract.
By purchasing an unlocked phone you can continue to use older or legacy voice, text and data plans. This can save you money and allow you to keep the plan you are comfortable with.
Since there are more unlocked phones, you have more options and features to choose from compared to phones with plans. You can choose from some of the top phones on the market such as the Samsung Galaxy Note8. There are also many phones that are only available in unlocked versions such as Moto G5S Plus, ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. If you drop or break your phone there are a number of affordable unlocked options like the BLU Grand M2 or the Samsung Galaxy J3.
SETTING UP AN UNLOCKED PHONE
To use an unlocked phone in the U.S. or abroad, you will need a SIM card for the carrier of your choice. SIM cards are small cards that house carrier and user data within your smartphone. If you purchase a replacement phone or upgrade to a new unlocked phone, you can take out the SIM card in your old phone and pop it in the new one. If your old SIM is not compatible (size difference) or you are changing carriers, you will need to purchase a new SIM card. or a SIM Card Adapter.
Purchasing and using unlocked phones is becoming more popular and for good reason. It can give you more freedom to use your phone as you like, and it can save you money. But finding the right phone and the right SIM to use with it can be confusing. Take your time and do your research before making a purchase.