What's your take on unlocked phones?
So, we thought... let's find out exactly what part of our readers have purchased, or would consider purchasing a full-price, unlocked phone. Feel free to cast your votes in the polls below!
- Have you ever purchased an unlocked phone?
950 votes (950 votes) Yes, I have.
464 votes (464 votes) No, I haven't.
8 votes (8 votes) Sorry, can't remember!
- Would you consider purchasing an unlocked phone?
1106 votes (1106 votes) Yes, I would.
95 votes (95 votes) No, I wouldn't.
103 votes (103 votes) Maybe, not sure.
1. AndresJ (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
Most carriers sale the phone you want anyway, so question rather what contract not which carrier. By the way you can unlock phone anyway even carriers unlock it
21. WWThinker (Posts: 31; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Even if the carrier agrees to unlock the phone, it still carries a lot of the crabs installed by the original carrier. Further, the OS upgrade is under the mercy of the original carrier.
23. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)
Well with Android and rooting you are no longer under their mercy. Unlocking is cheap and sometimes free and can be done yourself, and when you root you can remove all their bloat, only way to know is their branding on the phone's shell.
2. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
does any body have a tmobile sgs2 or htc amaze 4g they would trade for a mytouch 4g slide or lg g2x?
4. bigdawg23 (Posts: 391; Member since: 25 May 2011)
I have a few times almost bought an Unlocked Phone. Personally all phones should be unlocked both SIM and OS.
5. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Most my phones are unlocked. Is the price to pay for freedom
7. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
when you from outside america. Its unlocked phones. Or get locked into a contract for the worst phone imaginable.
8. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I own an unlocked g2x, it cost me $300 upfront but I only pay $30/mo on magentas monthly4g. In the long run unlocked phones are much much cheaper than a contract, plus zero hidden fees, franchise fees, paper bill fees, early termination fees, and I am eligible for an upgrade from now until the end of time.
9. remixfa (Posts: 14148; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
if you get on the right carrier and the right plan, unlocked phones can save you a ton over traditional contracts. we are talking multiple thousands of dollars in savings that you are just handing over to the carriers
10. ddxmms (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
the answer for me is ALWAYS because in our country we don't have Carriers and mobile makers Partnership like you do (and we would be happy for such relationship) so you can only buy a new phone (high end one or just a cheap one) or you can always buy a used phone..YES PEOPLE ITS AS BAD AS ITS SOUND :D .
11. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
As long as the carrier doesn't sell the phone you have unlocked, you will end up saving money.
12. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Phone prices in the U.S. could stand to drop a bit, which would make buying a phone at full price a better deal, especially with their depreciation. We get boned because the carriers want us in a contact and thus prices without contracts are inflated. Phones should not be more expensive than a decent new computer
13. jlscott777 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Not being a big user of mobile calls and virtually never mobile data I have an unlocked Nokia N8 that I use on T-Mobile with a pay as you go plan, my monthly cell phone bill is about $3.50 a month, same for my wife. For people that do not use their phones all that much it is the only way to go.
14. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
My last 4 phones were bought off contract, but used on prepaid plans, because even though I bring my own phone to Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint they still want me to pay the same monthly payment as if I bought a subsidized phone....No thanks!
15. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
If the Razr never comes to AT&T on its own I would definitely consider saving the necessary money to buy an unlocked one.
16. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
We don't have a choice here in Iceland, no carrier has any contracts like these so we always have to pay full price.
Electronics also cost a lot more here in Iceland than in most other countries, I paid 81.000Kr(around $700) for my Nexus S last September, and that wasn't even the full price, I got a 13.000Kr($113) discount from a friend of my father who works for one of the major carriers.
17. yingcong6 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
I would like a unlocked phone because I love freedom, and get my phone ready for other carriers just in case of the unexpected change in future.
19. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)
the article should have specifically asked for US readers, coz in most countries around the world, carriers don't offer those contracts. This site has members all around the world, right?
20. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)
I usually buy unlocked phones because I don't like to wait two years for an upgrade when the phone I want will be obsolete in a few years. I usually change phones every 6-12 months
22. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 804; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I grew-up using unlocked and prepaid phones so for now I don't see any reason to let myself get tied down into a contract. Plus in our country plans are s**tty and the price isn't justifiable by the network speed that carriers provide esp. the place where I am at.
There is only 2G & 3G network available and the speed sucks, so for now on contract phones isn't ideal for me. . .
24. Laucius (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
I was lucky enough to leave in a country that all phones were sim unclock and the bloatware is minimum and very rare. so all my phone were unlocked and that was very helpful for me.
In my personal view it all gets down to one thing... the price, by my opinion i the subsidies of the price to go to the contract and not to the device.
25. MaxFubar (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
What's up with everybody saying unlocked phones will work with any network, when that is not true? It's false! I have Boost, and I have to buy Boost, no unlocked phones! Can anyone clarify this "Unlocked phones work with any network" ....famous saying?