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Unlocked Cell Phones

Avoid roaming charges and give your team members the freedom to find the best cell services while traveling abroad by equipping them with unlocked cell phones. Besides paying lower rates for calls, messages and data plans, you can avoid a long-term carrier contract by picking a phone not tied to a cell service provider network. Staples carries a wide selection of such phones from different brands.

Choosing the Right Unlocked Cell Phone
While they keep a few phones exclusive to select networks, smartphone manufacturers generally offer unlocked versions of their products along with those sold through carriers. Besides manufacturer-unlocked phones, there are also carrier phones unlocked by resellers. Factory-unlocked models usually have valid warranties while those unlocked by third parties do not. Choose a phone unlocked by its manufacturer if you prefer not have carrier software on your device.

You should also ensure that the unlocked phone you get supports your carrier of choice. Manufacturer-unlocked phones are usually international versions sold outside the US. These often come with different sets of bands and radio frequencies. Make sure that the unlocked phone supports the GSM frequencies and LTE bands used by your preferred carrier.

Features to Consider When Comparing Unlocked Phones
Get an entry-level smartphone if you need a phone to use while traveling, if you prefer a simpler interface or simply want a second phone. Mid-range and flagship models are excellent replacements for carrier-locked phones. Look for features like screen size and resolution, processor, GPU, camera quality, battery life and build quality. If you opt for a compact phone with a 5-inch screen or less, make sure the display has a minimum resolution of 720p. Phablets with screens measuring 5.5 inches or larger need displays with 1080p resolution or higher.

For excellent build quality, choose a smartphone with a metal body and a scratch-resistant display. A fast processor keeps a phone running smoothly especially when paired with at least 2GB RAM. Look for a phone with a powerful GPU if you enjoy mobile games. Cell phones with larger battery capacities usually last longer than those with smaller ones. To enjoy an all-day battery life, get a smartphone with a battery rated at 3000mAh or higher.

Do Unlocked Phones Work on the Verizon Network?
Unlocked smartphones are usually GSM variants. Verizon has a CDMA network and CDMA carriers have tight controls over the phones that connect to their networks. Unlike a GSM phone, a CDMA phone does not require a SIM card to receive cell service from a carrier. 4G LTE models use SIM cards but only for data.

Can You Unlock a Carrier Phone Yourself?
You can unlock the smartphone you got from your carrier if you have the right codes and know the steps required to remove its carrier lock. This carries a risk and you can easily "brick" the phone, rendering it useless if the unlock process fails. To avoid ending up with a malfunctioning device, you should buy an already unlocked cell phone.

Do Unlocked Cell Phones Receive Software Updates?
Yes. Manufacturer-unlocked smartphones usually receive faster updates than their carrier-locked counterparts. Phones unlocked by resellers also get regular OS and security updates for as long as manufacturers and developers support them.
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB Unlocked Phone Gold
Item : 2140655 / Model : G935 EDGE GOLD
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  • 5.5" Super AMOLED capacitive Multi-touchscreen, 16M colors, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 534 ppi, Protection Corning Gorilla Glass, Always On display, TouchWiz UI - Curved edge screen
  • Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) Operating system
  • 12 MP Primary Camera, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash Features 1/2.6" sensor size, 1.4 pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto HDR, panorama Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec. Secondary 5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR
$749.99
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Samsung Galaxy J3 Unlocked Cell Phone
Item : 2259343 / Model : SM-J320AZWAXAR
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  • 16GB2 of built-in memory lets you store more than 5,000 photos or 2,500 songs
  • Add up to 128 GB of memory with a microSD card
  • Connect with family and friends when traveling abroad, including Mexico and Canada
$179.99
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Samsung Galaxy J3 Unlocked Smartphone, 16GB, Black (SM-J320AZKAXAR)
Item : IM14T7192 / Model : SM-J320AZKAXAR
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  • Super AMOLED 5" display with 720 x 1280 resolution
  • Camera: 2MP (front), 5MP (rear) with flash and auto focus and x4 digital zoom
  • OS: Android 6.0.1
$161.99
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BLU Unlocked Studio G 4Gb Black (D790u)
Item : 1600875 / Model : D790U BLK
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  • 2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (SIM 1 & SIM 2) 3G/4G: 850 / 1900 / 2100 (HSDPA / HSPA+)
  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD Multi-Touchscreen
  • Android v4.4.2 KitKat (upgradable)
$99.99
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Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB Unlocked Phone Gold
Item : 2140661 / Model : G930 GOLD
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  • 5.1" Super AMOLED Capacitive Multi Touchscreen, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 577ppi
  • Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) Operating System
  • 12 MP Primary Camera, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, 5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR, 1/2.6" Sensor size, 1.4 pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto HDR, panorama Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video recording
$629.99
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB Unlocked Phone Silver
Item : 2140656 / Model : G935 EDGE SILV
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  • 5.5" Super AMOLED capacitive Multi-touchscreen, 16M colors, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 534 ppi, Protection Corning Gorilla Glass, Always On display, TouchWiz UI - Curved edge screen
  • Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) Operating System
  • 12 MP Primary Camera, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash Features 1/2.6" sensor size, 1.4 pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto HDR, panorama Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec. Secondary 5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR
$749.99
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Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB Unlocked Phone Silver
Item : 2140662 / Model : G930 SILVER
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  • 5.1" Super AMOLED Capacitive Multi Touchscreen, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 577ppi
  • Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) Operating System
  • Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo Quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 GPU Adreno 530 Mali-T880 MP12 Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Exynos 8890 Octa
$629.99
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Orbic Slim Unlocked 5" 4G LTE Android Smartphone -- Silver
Item : 2145775 / Model : RC501LS
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  • Android v5.1 (Lollipop) Operating System
  • MT6735 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Mali T720 GPU
$99.99
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Blackberry Torch 9810 GSM Unlocked OS 7 Cell Phone, Silver/Black
Item : 184703 / Model : 9810
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  • BlackBerry OS 7.0
  • QWERTY Keyboard + optical trackpad
  • 5MP (2592 x 1944 pixels) with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, continuous auto-focus, face detection, image stabilization
$89.99
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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Unlocked Smartphone, 32GB, Silver Titanium (SM-G935)
Item : IM13K5404 / Model : SM-G935UZSAXAA
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  • Display: 5.5" dual edge Super AMOLED technology 2560 x 1440 (quad HD) capacitive touch screen
  • Dual pixel 12MP rear and CMOS sensor 5MP front camera
  • Operating system: Android
$819.99
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STUDIO XL 2 LTE Smartphone (Gold)
Item : 2611915 / Model : BLUS0270UUGLD
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  • 6" HD touchscreen
  • 720 x 1280 resolutIon
  • AndroId™ 6.0 Marshmallow
$147.99
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Orbic SLIM + X Unlocked 5” HD 4G LTE Android™ Smartphone
Item : 2493243 / Model : RC500LG
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  • 5.0” HD AMOLED Capacitive Multi-touch Screen with scratch-resistant Dragontrail® Glass
  • 16GB ROM + 2GB RAM; microSD™ Up to 128GB
  • 13MP AF Rear Camera with LED Flash; 5MP FF Front Camera
$149.99
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Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB Unlocked Phone Black
Item : 2140658 / Model : G930 BLACK
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  • 5..1" Super AMOLED Capacitive Multi Touchscreen, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 577ppi
  • Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) Operating System
  • 12 MP Primary Camera, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, 5 MP, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR, 1/2.6" Sensor size, 1.4 pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto HDR, panorama Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video recording
$669.99
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OneSimCard PLUS International Roaming SIM card for use in over 200 Countries. Works in Unlocked GSM devices. Includes $5 balance
Item : 2408772 / Model : OS-S-PTRE
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  • Preloaded with $5.00 of airtime
  • Triple Combo SIM card 3 in 1 (Mini, Micro, Nano)
  • Includes 2 phone numbers: Europe and USA, Canada, UK or Australia.
$34.95
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FiGO VIRTUE 4.0 V2 3G HSPA+ 8GB Unlocked Smartphone Blue (VIRTUE 4.0 V2 BL)
Item : IM14P0694 / Model : VIRTUE 4.0 V2 BL
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  • Camera - 5MP Back and 2MP Secondary.
  • Processor - 1.0 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Memory - 512MB of RAM and 8GB of Storage
$49.99
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FiGO VIRTUE 4.0 V2 3G HSPA+ 8GB Unlocked Smartphone White (VIRTUE 4.0 V2 WH)
Item : IM14P0696 / Model : VIRTUE 4.0 V2 WH
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  • Camera - 5MP Back and 2MP Secondary.
  • Processor - 1.0 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Memory - 512MB of RAM and 8GB of Storage
$49.99
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FiGO ATRIUM 5.5 16GB LTE Unlocked Smartphone White (ATRIUM 5.5 WHT)
Item : IM14P0700 / Model : ATRIUM 5.5 WHT
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  • Camera - 13MP Back and 8MP Secondary. Both Equipped with LED Flash
  • Processor - 1.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Memory - 1GB of RAM and 16GB of Storage
$119.99
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FiGO VIRTUE 4.0 V2 3G HSPA+ 8GB Unlocked Smartphone Pink (VIRTUE 4.0 V2 PK)
Item : IM14P0695 / Model : VIRTUE 4.0 V2 PK
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  • Camera - 5MP Back and 2MP Secondary.
  • Processor - 1.0 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Memory - 512MB of RAM and 8GB of Storage
$49.99
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FiGO VIRTUE 4.0 V2 3G HSPA+ 8GB Unlocked Smartphone Green (VIRTUE 4.0 V2 GR)
Item : IM14P0693 / Model : VIRTUE 4.0 V2 GR
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  • Camera - 5MP Back and 2MP Secondary.
  • Processor - 1.0 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Memory - 512MB of RAM and 8GB of Storage
$49.99
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Nickelodeon® Spongebob Squarepants Flip Phone
Item : 238446 / Model : 93586196M
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  • Yellow
  • Design: Spongebob squarepants
  • Material: Plastic
$26.69
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STUDIO G PLUS HD Smartphone (Gold)
Item : 2611914 / Model : BLUS030QGLD
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  • 5.5" HD IPS capacItIve touchscreen
  • 720 x 1280 resolutIon
  • AndroId™ 6.0 Marshmallow
$96.99
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STUDIO G MAX Smartphone (Gray)
Item : 2611910 / Model : BLUS570QGRY
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  • 5.2" Full HD BLU InfInIte VIew (IPS) technology
  • Curved glass panel
  • 720 x 1080 resolutIon
$106.99
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STUDIO G PLUS HD Smartphone (Gray)
Item : 2611913 / Model : BLUS030QGRY
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  • 5.5" HD IPS capacItIve touchscreen
  • 720 x 1280 resolutIon
  • AndroId™ 6.0 Marshmallow
$96.99
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BLU Unlocked Studio G D790u-Pink
Item : 1600872 / Model : D790U PINK
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  • 2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (SIM 1 & SIM 2) 3G/4G: 850 / 1900 / 2100 (HSDPA / HSPA+)
  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD multi-touchscreen
  • Android v4.4.2 KitKat (upgradable)
$99.99
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