Why You Should Be Buying an Unlocked Phone

Why You Should Be Buying an Unlocked Phone

When exploring your mobile phone options, you will have the choice of two very broad types: locked phones and unlocked phones. The majority of mobile phone owners have a locked phone, meaning that they paid a visit to a local cell phone carrier, signed a contract with that carrier, and received their mobile phone at a substantially reduced initial cost than if they were to purchase the phone without a plan.

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This may sound ideal, but locked phones come with a number of disadvantages. For starters, being locked into a contract gives phone owners very little room when it comes to negotiating prices, terms and conditions. The locked phone is also only able to be used with that carrier, unless you know someone who can unlock the phone for you (which can cost hundreds of dollars to do). Apart from these drawbacks, there are a number of other advantages which come with purchasing unlocked smartphones in Australia, starting with those below.

Your Choice of Network

Unlocked phones do not come programmed to work with only one particular network. Because of this, users can switch from one GSM network to another whenever it suits them. This is particularly advantageous for those who frequently travel as they are able to use another network provider once they are out of their primary provider’s coverage area.

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Saving on Roaming Charges

Roaming charges are an expense which is often unexpected and can be astronomical. Because unlocked phones allow users to pop up in an SIM card from a local carrier, users are able to save significantly on roaming and long distance rates. They will have a local phone number and will only need to pay local rates for any calls and messages.

No Termination Fees

All too often, owners of locked phones find that the provider they have selected is delivering sub-par service, or they may find a better contract elsewhere. Unfortunately, as they are locked into a contract, they cannot easily – if ever – renegotiate the contract without having to pay a costly termination fee. Termination fees can cost hundreds of dollars, depending on the number of months or years left on the contract, and often are even more expensive than it would be to purchase an unlocked phone.

No Termination Fees

More Flexibility

Locked phones often come loaded with software and applications which have been pre-programmed and uploaded by the cell phone service provider. Unlocked phones do not come with these preconfigured applications which can be difficult (if not impossible) to remove. Because of this, users are given greater flexibility and enhanced customisation abilities, such as changing:

  • Wallpapers;
  • Alert messages; and
  • Notification sounds.

More Flexibility

Better Resale Value

Tech-savvy Australians are constantly upgrading their phones to the newest and greatest models. In order to get the highest resale purchase price for your phone, purchase an unlocked phone. Unlocked phones can be sold for nearly 30% more than a locked phone, and it is significantly easier to find a buyer.

A Greater Selection

A cell phone carrier will only have a few of the options of phones available to you. By choosing to invest in an unlocked phone, you are able to purchase nearly any model of phone available worldwide – something which gadget lovers will surely appreciate.

A Greater Selection

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