While a locked cell phone can only be used on a single carrier, an unlocked cell phone can be used on any carrier that supports the phone. This gives you great freedom and flexibility and can save you money over time.
Unlocked phones often cost more than locked devices upfront, since carriers usually subsidize locked cell phones. But those low-cost or "free" phones also come with a fixed contract that you're locked into, usually for two years. Using an unlocked phone lets you choose your plan and your carrier and make changes to either without penalties. Pre-paid plans through services like StraightTalk Wireless can save you hundreds of dollars over fixed-contract plans, quickly offsetting the added cost of the phone.
Another advantage of an unlocked phone is that you can most likely use it when you travel overseas. Just buy a SIM card when you arrive at your destination and you can use your phone as normal. (Note: CDMA phones won't work overseas, but GSM phones will work in most countries.)
Finally, unlocked phones make great replacements if your cell phone is lost, stolen or broken, since you don't have to sign a new contract.
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