Motorola infographic clears up confusion over unlocked phones

Motorola infographic clears up confusion over unlocked phones
Thanks to the proliferation of carrier branded handsets in the U.S., many stateside. consumers are not sure about the concept of unlocked phones. So Motorola created an infographic designed to explain the terminology. While 68% of American say that they know what an unlocked phone is, many only think that they know.

According to Motorola, 23% of U.S. consumers think that an unlocked phone is a handset that does not require a password to open. 20% believe that unlocked phones are expensive, and 11% are under the impression that an unlocked phone needs to be hacked after purchase. The large majority of American phone shoppers didn't know that unlocked phones could be purchased without signing a two-year contract; 27% didn't know that universally unlocked phones can be used with any carrier.

Once these consumers learn about unlocked phones (especially that they aren't locked down to a specific carrier), 69% say that they will buy an unlocked handset next time they need to upgrade to a new phone. Why? Because once they understand the concept, 88% say that using an unlocked phone would give them freedom. After being enlightened, 71% say unlocked phones are affordable.

Still, old habits are hard to shake. It appears that most Americans would still prefer to buy a handset locked down by their carrier. Would you consider an unlocked phone for your next upgrade?

source: Motorola



1. Subie

Posts: 2359; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The title of the article reads "unlockerd phones"

2. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

It seems that the American public is generally stupid. Is it a poor reflection on their education system? Maybe it's all the GM crops and canned foods they've been consuming for decades...

4. bencozzy

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It's years of mind control aka news and vaccines to create terminal illness and shrink gray matter. Yay NWO and false flags.

5. bencozzy

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

h t t p ://​ttempts-to-hijack.html?m=0

6. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Do you know how to can food?

8. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Well at least when we vote about something important we are informed. Unlike some voting to exit the EU. An unlocked phone doesn't rank on the top, most, if not all, can afford the device of their choosing.

3. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

It's more than just the contract. I think the universality is key. I'm glad that Motorola is releasing true unlocked phones in the US that really are carrier neutral. For some time, most "unlocked" phones available in the US run GSM only, which limits usage to TMo or Att. Thanks to the Verizon and sprint CDMA issue out of sync with the rest of the world. Motorola released the Moto X Pure last year, and along with this year's lineup and last year's Nexus phones, these are all good-to-go and are unlocked across all US carriers. I hope to see this trend continue.

7. Kude_1

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

my t mobile phone works just fine with my verizon sim....

9. droidmac

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 08, 2016

Common american consumers are stupid.because they have money, they dont dig much anymore. They dont do research before a purchase compared to other buyers who doesnt have the luxury financially like me. we tend to carefully weigh every options possible to make sure we get all our moneys worth, while others just take whats being shown on their faces and say: ok heres my card, swipe it

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