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Why Purchase an Unlocked Cell Phone?

Jun 8, 2008
Unlocked Cell Phones, for Those not sure of the furture

Having come to the end of you pay monthly contract you will be left with a mobile phone that you can only use on that network. This is when getting an unlocked cell phone will pay off. Unlocked refers to the SIM card; an unlocked cell phone doesn't have a fixed service plan or a fixed network it can be operated from. This means that one is just purchasing the phone not a service plan or signing up with a cellular service provider. This is a nice option for people who don't want to purchase a phone/service plan combination or that want a certain phone that they are unable to purchase from a retailer for their cellular service company.

Why Aren't Cell Phones Unlocked in the First Place?

To guarantee a customer stays with a particular service provider all cellular service providing companies electronically lock their cell phones, to ensure they may only be used with their network. This is done with the SIM card which stores all the phones customized information, when it connects to the provider's network, the SIM card is sent an electronic signal which prevents another provider's network from accessing the card; this is where roaming charges come from, one company charging another to use it's service towers. But some networks will unlock your phone for you if you ask nicely.

How Can One Unlock a Cell Phone?

There are ways to unlock a cellular phone by entering a particular code which will remove the electronic lock placed on it. There are companies which sell this information on the internet; these companies will research the phone figure out its SIM card's code and send it to the end user to unlock their phone to use with another service provider. This could be very helpful to a person who travels frequently for work or pleasure, as it may reduce roaming charges; unlocked cell phones may connect to any network. You can purchase of find software that will unlock you phone for you.

Sometimes Unlocking a Cell Phone isn't all it's cracked up to be

Unlocking a cellular phone doesn't guarantee that the phone will work with all networks, the only way to guarantee an unlocked cell phone will work is to purchase it new from a third party dealer. Alternately if one were to choose to unlock an existing cell phone their first choice should be to ask their provider to unlock it. The reason for this is simple, because there is no "hacking" into the phones memory or dealing with a third party vendor that little is known about, going directly to the company is probably a safer route. But some companies will provide this service for you online.

An Unlocked Cell Phone May Not Be for Everyone

The largest downfall and deterrent from purchasing an unlocked cell phone from a third party vendor is the price tag; the cost for an unlocked cell phone is nearly the manufacturers suggested retail price. For this reason many people choose to purchase a cell phone/service plan combination package which will give the person the phone free or nearly free, when they sign a user agreement.

We hope this has helped you make your decision. In our opinion if you do get a mobile phone that is locked you can find software to unlock it very easily.
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