Updated on 7 January 2016 by

The best unlocked phones allow you to use your cell phone with flexible plans and help you to communicate more efficiently by allowing you change the SIM card. You cannot buy an unlocked cell phone through a service provider but you could easily buy them from online stores or some third party retail outlets.

If you use an unlocked cell phone, you would be have the freedom to select your favorite service operator's SIM based on the available plans. By using unlocked cell phones, you can also change your SIM card anytime. Especially when you are travelling, you can change your local SIM card to save roaming costs.

Since service providers grant you a discount while buying a cell phone with a contract, the unlocked ones are comparatively costlier. You could get most of the latest cell phone models (GSM) unlocked, including CDMA and smart phones.


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Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone SE
Huawei Nexus 6P
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone SE
Huawei Nexus 6P
$645 - $1,087
$753 - $1,264
$630 - $800
$499 - $855
$499 - $889
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Apr 2016
Sep 2015
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.0 MP
12.3 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.1 inch
5.5 inch
5.3 inch
4.0 inch
5.7 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
1.2 MP
8.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister, A9
Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Battery Capacity
3000.0 mAh
3600.0 mAh
2800.0 mAh
1624.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
iOS 9.3, iOSĀ 9.3
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Average Rating
 4.7 stars
 4.7 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.5 stars
Look and Feel
54% Positive
46% Negative
81% Positive
19% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
54% Positive
46% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
Camera
94% Positive
6% Negative
100% Positive
93% Positive
7% Negative
68% Positive
32% Negative
61% Positive
39% Negative
Display
81% Positive
19% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
Waterproof
100% Positive
100% Positive
Storage
57% Positive
43% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
100% Positive

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