Why buy an unlocked phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by danadel, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. danadel macrumors newbie

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    I previously had an unlocked 4S, which I bought full price and was using AT&T's $60 a month prepaid plan.

    I knew I wanted a iPhone 6, and bought it unlocked because it was what I had done previously, and I wasn't sure which would be best.

    So, I paid $850 for the 64GB, and am paying $60 a month for phone, text and data.

    I saw on Verizon's website today that you can get a phone for $199 and then pay $60 for a single plan and get unlimited talk, text and 2 GB data (I think AT&T's plan might be 2.5 GB)

    Basically, I'm thinking I made the wrong decision, and am wondering:

    Why do people buy unlocked phones?

    If you travel a lot, I understand, but if you don't travel, have good credit and basically bought it to have a cheaper monthly cell phone bill, is it really worth it?
     
  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Freedom of choice?

    Not many people like to be locked down to a single network of towers if they can avoid it.
     
  3. travis64 macrumors 6502a

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    to save money
    $30 a month t-mobile
    $45 a month straight talk
     
  4. jboggs85 macrumors newbie

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    Higher resale when your done with the device. Available to be used on many more carriers.
     
  5. danadel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Maybe I should switch plans then...

    Thanks...
     
  6. Dreday24 macrumors regular

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    its easier, also not giving carriers more money
     
  7. Menel macrumors 603

    Menel

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    $35/mo Aio/Cricket
    $45/mo TMo
    $45/mo StraightTalk

    You just picked the most expensive carrier.

    Also, freedom when traveling to pickup a SIM. I have a little travel kit SIMs I regularly use.
     
  8. danadel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ha, yes, it seems that way, dammit! :)
     
  9. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Just so OP knows, you technically need an unlocked phone to get those ^ cheaper plans. The 'MVNOs' listed above use the AT&T network so the AT&T iPhone works with those even if it's locked to AT&T.

    Also H2O, Airvoice Wireless, and many others...
     
  10. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    some carriers are goofs, in Canada I am with Rogers my plan is really good because I have been with them 15 years and I have prices that don't exist anymore

    my voice plan is like $18 a month, $18 add-on pack(voicemail, call display, unlimited text) and 6GB of Data for $30

    they said my plan was too old for the new 2 year contract
    to get that similar plan with 6GB of data was going to cost me $95 thats almost $29 more a month plus I would of had to pay $150 early upgrade fee so it made no sense for me not to buy the phone unlocked
     
  11. Kariya macrumors 68000

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    I like the flexibility of touching down in a foreign land and putting in a local SIM into phone without it telling me to get lost and find an unlock code.

    I like the ability to choose my own best-value tariff/plan without being ripped off under the pretence of a carrier 'subsidising' the cost of my phone.

    I like being able to get out of contracts without needing to wait for 2 years or pay a bailout fee as if i were serving a jail sentence.

    Lastly i like being able to play with any new phone that comes out without thinking 'must wait till i finishing serving my time in carrier jail'
     

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