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Last month, my cell phone contract expired. Now that I am on a month-to-month basis with my previous cell phone carrier, I am free to consider different cell plans that make the most sense for my data needs and my budget. One thing I have been specifically looking for is a great unlocked phone. What is an unlocked smartphone? It’s simply a phone that isn’t attached to particular carrier or contract. If you’d like to experience the flexibility and convenience of an unlocked smartphone, check out Best Buy for amazing deals going on right now!
Unlocked phones are a relatively new category in the cellular market. Personally, once I really understood the benefits of unlocked phones, I became quite interested in them! With an unlocked smartphone, since I am not tied to a specific cellular carrier or contract, I can upgrade my phone as often (or as infrequently) as I need. That’s convenience that I appreciate! For even more details about the benefits of unlocked phones, check out this page!

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Unlocked phones are becoming increasingly common in the United States – and for good reason. Being able to choose among many phone models, cellular carriers and data plans is giving consumers a whole new way to customize their cellular experience. For those that travel internationally, having an unlocked phone is especially beneficial, since the phone has the flexibility of not being attached to a specific carrier in the native country.

While researching great places to find unlocked phones, I discovered that Best Buy is currently holding an Unlocked Smartphone savings event. There are fabulous deals on such classic brands as Samsung, Huawei, Moto, Sony, BLU, Alcatel and ZTE smartphones. You can stick with your favorite brand! For more details on the offers, please click here.

Here is a summary of some of the best deals I have found so far:

  • Moto: You can save $50 on Select Moto Mods with the purchase of Moto Z Play (valid 10/30/16-11/5/16)
  • Huawei: You can save $50 on the Honor 8 by Huawei plus get a free case, selfie stick and extra charging cable (valid 10/30/16-11/12/16)
  • Samsung: You can save $100 on the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (valid 10/30/16-11/12/16)
  • BLU: You can save $40 on the BLU Life XL (valid 11/6/16-11/12/16)
  • Sony: You can save $50 on the Sony XPERIA X Compact (valid 10/30/16-11/12/16)

Please note that phones, service and coverage are not available in all markets. Available in New Jersey. No dealers. See a Blue Shirt for details. 4G/4G LTE not available in all markets. Products must be purchased on same receipt to receive bundle/package savings.​​​​

There are so many amazing deals going on over the next few weeks! Be sure to check out Best Buy if you’re in the market for an unlocked phone. Experience the convenience and affordability of an unlocked smartphone from Best Buy for yourself.

Now, get more details about the Best Buy unlocked smartphone sales and tell me: Would you love the freedom of not being tied down to a specific carrier? Have you ever purchased an unlocked phone?

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18 Responses to “Smart Reasons to Consider Unlocked Smartphones”

  1. I hate the stupid long contracts that you get stuck with by signing up with a specific carrier. Two years even if you are dissatisfied? How fair is that? I guess this makes the difference.

  2. Like Stephanie, I hate the contract terms that phone carriers make you sign. But, I love my iphones. I do like the concept of unlocked smartphones though.

  3. I think unlocked smartphones are such a smart move. It’s a drag to be locked into one company just because of your phone.

  4. I love that this is becoming a trend! For many years we’ve had friends that have only used unlocked cell phones (granted this was something they couldn’t buy direct, but had to do themselves), but with so many carriers no longer requiring contracts it gives consumers a little more flexibility to figure out which provider is best!

  5. My daughter had a unlocked cell phone and it was great. I like the freedom of choice that comes with having an unlocked cell phone.

  6. If it was up to me I would buy all unlocked phones. Sometimes it is cheaper in the short run to have a locked phone. If I have the money I would get an unlocked phone.

  7. We have Consumer Cellular and have been more than happy with them.No contract, can change any time if we want to.The prices for programs are so much more reasonable. If we have a certain program, go under or over it they automatically change to better program for us to avoid over charges or paying too much if not using what we chose, helps our pocketbooks. And – they are in US, not some other country. Plus we get 5% discount every month for our AARP membership.
    Our daughter and her family pay high amount each month, even more than we paid for just two on Verizon. Two teenage girls with cell phones, glad it’s her and not us. Glad there weren’t cellphones when our 4 kids were at home.
    Great post, helpful to inform people there are alternatives.
    Have great rest of week

  8. What a great post and informative. I am sure this will help many people out.

  9. For some reason in Australia – prepaid data plans are way cheaper than going on a plan! However, the downside is you have to pay so much to buy the phone outright!

  10. I have always had a phone that was locked to a provider and it can be a pain when a better deal come around. These are some great points and my contract is almost up – thanks for the info!

  11. There are some great reasons to have an unlocked cell phone. I am considering switching to those once are current contracts are up.

  12. This is awesome information for anyone thinking about getting a unlocked smartphone. I have been thinking of getting an unlocked smartphone lately. Best Buy is where we go for all our electronic needs so I will have to check them out for sure. Thanks for sharing the information.

  13. I really need to check out this event. I need a new phone but they are just so expensive! An unlocked phone just might be the way to go!

  14. I have always owned these types of phones. It’s so much easier to buy it out right and pay as you need it. Plus service cost less every month.

  15. I never buy phones because they are so expensive, I have to always get the termed and locked in phones but this sounds like a much better idea!

  16. Awesome deals on these smartphones! These would make great gifts for the boys in the family especially since they’re very much into gadgets.

  17. Unlocked Smart phones sound like the way to go. I love Best Buy for my electronics.

  18. This is an interesting article. It sounds like unlocked smart phones make a lot of sense!

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