What You Get When You Unlock Your Smartphone
An unlocked smartphone is one that isn’t confined to a specific contract or service company. Thus, you are free to opt for the latest in phones and plans anytime you want.
Here are more advantages of unlocking your cell phone:
1. You save money.
There are unlocked phones that cost more up front when compared to phones that are financed by carriers. However, when distributed over two years and coupled with a cheaper data or voice plan, it becomes less expensive than your total monthly payments on a monthly installment billing contract good for two years.
With an unlocked phone, you can continue using legacy data, voice and text plans. This will save you cash and you can still use the plan that you are most comfortable with. Because unlocked phones are not confined to a specific carrier, you can choose phones or features that appeal to you.
2. You can use the phone in another country.
Unlocked phones give unmatched flexibility to individuals who travel abroad, such as international tourists, businessmen and tourists. Because international roaming rates with a phone locked to a U.S. network can be expensive, using an unlocked phone for travel abroad can save you cash. Using an unlocked phone, you will pay the same reduced rate that locals pay for calls within in that country.. It could be as simple as buying an unlocked phone in the U.S., traveling to another country and buying local SIM card there.
Dual-SIM unlocked phones can accommodate up to two SIM cards on the same phone. That means one phone can hold both your U.S. SIM card and a local SIM card. You could as well use a dual-SIM phone at home to have one line for personal communications and another line for business – again, in the same phone.
Setting Up an Unlocked Smartphone
In order to use an unlocked phone in the U.S. or internationally, you must have a SIM card for your preferred carrier. SIM cards are tiny cards which contain carrier and user data in your cell phone. Buying a new phone or upgrading to a new unlocked phone, you will be able to take out the SIM card in your old phone and then slip it into the new one. If you’re changing carriers or your old SIM isn’t a match (size difference), you have to buy a new SIM card.
Is Unlocking a Smartphone Illegal?
As of today, there is no legal barrier to unlocking your phone. You can even get your carrier to unlock your device, but expect a longer process. That is why most people would rather have a technician unlock their phones.
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