More and more, hardware makers are starting to offer their devices in an unlocked capacity. Many of the flagship models we see at carriers are also offered direct to consumer. Going this route frees the consumer up from a contract or long-term obligation and provides peace of mind. Wouldn’t you like to hop from one carrier to another because of a better rate? And, really, who wants to bother with rebates, credits, and other hoops? Get yourself an unlocked phone and go where the best deal is in your neck of the woods.
But, before you go rushing out to pick up any old unlocked phone, you’ll want to do some homework. To that end, we’ve put together a buyer’s guide to help you get a feel for the landscape. What you’ll see below are answers to some of the more common questions as it pertains to this topic. Additionally, we’ll provide you with a number of brands to choose from as well as outlets for purchase.