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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 Cell Phone 64GB Midnight Black (SM-G955F BLACK)
Item: 24135866 / Model : SM-G955F BLACK
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  • 6.2 inch
  • 1440 X 2960 pixels
  • Android v7.0 Nougat
669.99 $669.99
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Midnight Black (N950F)
Item: 24242718 / Model : SM-N950F BLACK
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  • Android v7.1 Nougat
  • Octa-Core (Quad-Core 2.3 GHz & Quad-Core 1.7 GHz)
  • Non-Removable Lithium Polymer
924.99 $924.99
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Maple Gold (N950F)
Item: 24242717 / Model : SM-N950F GOLD
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  • Android v7.1 Nougat
  • Octa-Core (Quad-Core 2.3 GHz & Quad-Core 1.7 GHz)
  • Non-Removable Lithium Polymer
799.99 $799.99
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Samsung Galaxy S4 I337 16GB 4G LTE AT&T Unlocked GSM Android Phone - White
Item: 1465756 / Model : PSN100331
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  • Android v4.2.2 JellyBean (upgradable to v4.4.2 KitKat)
  • 13 Megapixel Camera (4160 x 3120 pixels) w/ Autofocus, LED Flash + Front-facing 2 Megapixels Camera
  • Quad-Core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 Processor, Chipset: Qualcomm APQ864T Snapdragon 6, Adreno 320 Graphics
149.99 $149.99
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BLU Vivo 5 Mini 8GB Unlocked Dual-SIM Phone - Black (V050Q)
Item: 24274785 / Model : V050Q BLACK
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  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow
  • Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
  • Non-Removable Lithium Polymer
54.99 $54.99
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Samsung® Galaxy J3 Unlocked Smartphone, 16GB, Black (SM-J327UZKAXAA)
Item: IM11AP077 / Model : SM-J327UZKAXAA
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  • Display: 5" touchscreen TFT technology, Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
  • CMOS 2 MP front camera and CMOS 5 MP rear camera with flash
  • Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
166.99 $166.99
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BLU Joy J010 Unlocked GSM Senior Friendly Phone - Black
Item: 2677581 / Model : J010 BLACK
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  • 2.4-inch TFT Display, 240 x 320 pixels
  • Internal Memory: 32MB, 24MB RAM - microSD Up to 32GB
  • Emergency Access "SOS" Button
27.99 $27.99
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BLU Studio G2 HD S550Q Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Phone - Gray
Item: 2677584 / Model : S550Q GRAY
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  • 5.0-inch HD IPS Capacitive Touchscreen, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution (294ppi pixel density)
  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Chipset: MediaTek MT6580, Processor: Quad-Core 1.3 GHz, GPU: Mali-400
  • 5 Megapixel Camera with Autofocus, LED Flash + 5 Megapixel Front Camera; Video Capture: 1080p @ 30fps
59.99 $59.99
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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 $99.99
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BLU Joy J010 Unlocked GSM Senior Friendly Phone - Red
Item: 2677582 / Model : J010 RED
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  • 2.4-inch TFT Display, 240 x 320 pixels
  • Internal Memory: 32MB, 24MB RAM - microSD Up to 32GB
  • Emergency Access "SOS" Button
27.99 $27.99
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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 $149.99
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Samsung Cell Phone 64GB Maple Gold (SM-G950F GOLD)
Item: 24135868 / Model : SM-G950F GOLD
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  • 5.8 inch
  • 1440 X 2960 pixels
  • Android v7.0 Nougat
679.99 $679.99
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Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime G610M Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Octa-Core Phone w/ 13MP Camera - White Gold
Item: 2707916 / Model : G610M WTE GLD
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  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution (401ppi pixel density)
  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Chipset: Exynos 7870 Octa, Processor: Octa-Core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, GPU: Mali-T830MP2
  • 13 Megapixel Camera with f/1.9, 28mm, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR + 8 Megapixel Camera with f/1.9
239.99 $239.99
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Unlocked Smartphone, 32GB, Black Onyx (SM-G930U)
Item: IM13K5403 / Model : SM-G930UZKAXAA
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  • Display: 5.1" Super AMOLED technology 2560 x 1440 (quad HD) capacitive touch screen
  • Dual pixel 12MP rear and CMOS sensor 5MP front camera
  • Operating system: Android
505.19 $505.19
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 6.3" Touchscreen Unlocked Smartphone, 6GB, Midnight Black (SM-N950UZKAN14)
Item: IM12JZ267 / Model : SM-N950UZKAN14
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  • Display: 6.3" Super AMOLED QHD capacitive touchscreen, Resolution: 2960 x 1440, 521 ppi
  • Camera: 8MP (front), 12MP (rear), built-in flash, 2x optical zoom and auto focus
  • Operating system: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
1124.99 $1,124.99
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BLU Dash XL D710U Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Phone - Gray
Item: 2677620 / Model : D710U GRAY
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  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, 720 x 1280 pixels (267ppi pixel density)
  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Chipset: MediaTek MT6580, Processor: Quad-Core 1.3 GHz, GPU: Mali-400
  • 5 Megapixel Camera with LED Flash, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus + 5 Megapixel Front Camera; Video Capture: 1080p @ 30fps
89.99 $89.99
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Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Lilac Purple (G9600)
Item: 24319582 / Model : SM-G9600 PURPLE
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  • Android OS
  • microSD Up to 400GB
  • Non-Removable Lithium Ion
894.99 $894.99
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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 $34.95
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BLU Grand XL LTE 16GB Unlocked Dual-SIM Phone - Gold (G0031WW)
Item: 24274798 / Model : G0031WW GOLD
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  • Android v7.0 Nougat
  • Quad-Core 1.3 GHz
  • Non-Removable Lithium Polymer Battery
119.99 $119.99
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CAT S61 Rugged Waterproof Smartphone with Integrated Thermal Imaging (CS61SBBNAMUN)
Item: 24356324 / Model : CS61SBBNAMUN
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  • Camera: Thermal - FLIR® Lepton thermal imaging camera; Main - 16MP autofocus with PDAF, Dual LED flash; Front - 8MP fixed focus
  • Indoor Air Quality Sensor: Capable of measuring temperature, humidity and volatile organic compounds
  • IP68 certified waterproof up to 3 meters (9.8ft) for 60 minutes, vibration, sand, salt mist and pressure resistant; Military standard 810G shock and drop proof up to 6 feet
999.99 $999.99
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Nokia 3310 Unlocked GSM 3G Phone - Warm Red (TA-1036)
Item: 24307564 / Model : TA-1036 RED
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  • Nokia Series 30+
  • Micro-SIM
  • Removable Lithium Ion
64.99 $64.99
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BLU Tank Extreme 4.0 T470U Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Dual-SIM Phone w/ IP65 Certification - Black
Item: 2677599 / Model : T470U BLACK
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  • 4.0-inch Capacitive Touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixel resolution (233ppi pixel density) + IP65 Certification
  • Android v6.0 Marshamallow, Chipset: MediaTek MT6580, Processor: Quad-Core 1.3 GHz, GPU: Mali-400
  • Internal Memory: 4GB, 512MB RAM - microSD Up to 64GB
59.99 $59.99
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Samsung Cell Phone 64GB Orchid Gray (SM-G955F GRAY)
Item: 24135867 / Model : SM-G955F GRAY
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  • 6.2 inch
  • 1440 X 2960 pixels
  • Android v7.0 Nougat
999.99 $999.99
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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 $179.99
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