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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Apple iPhone 6s
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Huawei Nexus 6P
Motorola Moto X Play
Apple iPhone 6s
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Huawei Nexus 6P
Motorola Moto X Play
$649 - $900
$350 - $1,133
$750 - $1,200
$499 - $889
$450 - $599
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Aug 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
21.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
2.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.7 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Battery Capacity
1715.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
2750.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
3630.0 mAh
Operating System
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Carrier
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
T-Mobile, AT-T, Verizon, Sprint
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
Camera
76% Positive
24% Negative
100% Positive
93% Positive
7% Negative
61% Positive
39% Negative
73% Positive
27% Negative
Display
73% Positive
27% Negative
96% Positive
4% Negative
92% Positive
8% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
93% Positive
7% Negative
Performance
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
83% Positive
17% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
Look and Feel
92% Positive
8% Negative
81% Positive
19% Negative
41% Positive
59% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
61% Positive
39% Negative
Battery
30% Positive
70% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
86% Positive
14% Negative
Ease of Use
83% Positive
17% Negative
94% Positive
6% Negative
100% Positive
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive
Applications
100% Positive
88% Positive
12% Negative
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
Fingerprint Sensor
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
Storage
100% Negative
100% Negative
100% Negative
100% Positive
Price
100% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
100% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive
Waterproof
33% Positive
67% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
Connectivity
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Negative
Call Quality
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
Speaker
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
Texting
100% Positive

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