What is an unlocked cell phone?

An unlocked smartphone is not tied to a particular carrier or service provider. You can slip in a SIM card from any provider and begin texting, making calls and using your voicemail and all the features of your service plan. Many major brands provide unlocked versions of their phones.

Unlocked cell phones are ideal for travelers because they can be used anywhere in the world. As you move from one region to another, you can switch providers and continue using the phone you know and love. You can save money on international roaming charges by putting in local pay-as-you-go cards in each country (although you won’t have the use of your home number while you’re doing that).

Unlocked phones are becoming popular in the US, too, because they allow freedom to choose the features and the service plan you want. You are not forced to sign up for a new service contract or monthly plan, and your new phone is not loaded with unwanted apps that take up memory. You can continue using your old texting and data plan on an awesome new phone with a huge memory and the latest apps. You can save money with discount prepaid plans. You can swap your SIM card among multiple phones . Drop your cell phone in the water? Start using an unlocked phone right away while you wait for the old phone to dry out!

You won’t find unlocked phones in an AT&T or T-Mobile store. You can buy them from the electronics department of a big box store, but you are on your own when it comes to setting up your new cell phone. At Beyond Tech, our extremely knowledgeable staff will show you how to get started, how to switch carriers, and how to set up your new phone. You will be making calls before you leave the store!

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