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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 S8+ 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Artic Silver (G955F)
Item : 24274768
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  • Android v7.0 Nougat
  • Octa-Core (Quad-Core 2.3 GHz Exynos M2 Mongoose & Quad-Core 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex-A53)
  • Non-Removable Lithium Polymer
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Samsung Cell Phone 64GB Midnight Black (SM-G950F BLACK)
Item : 24135861
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  • 5.8 inch
  • 1440 X 2960 pixels
  • Android v7.0 Nougat
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Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime G610M Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Octa-Core Phone w/ 13MP Camera - White Gold
Item : 2707916
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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
264.99 $264.99
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Samsung Cell Phone 64GB Midnight Black (SM-G955F BLACK)
Item : 24135866
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  • 6.2 inch
  • 1440 X 2960 pixels
  • Android v7.0 Nougat
809.99 $809.99
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Orbic Slim Unlocked 5" 4G LTE Android Smartphone -- Silver
Item : 2145775
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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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Samsung Galaxy J5 J510M Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Phone w/ 13MP Camera - White
Item : 2638527
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  • 5.2-inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution (282ppi pixel density)
  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410, Processor: Quad-Core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53, GPU: Adreno 306
  • 13 Megapixel Camera with f/1.9, 28mm, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection + 5 Megapixel Front Camera with f/1.9, LED Flash
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Samsung Galaxy J7 J710M Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Octa-Core Dual-SIM Phone w/ 13MP Camera - Black
Item : 2706695
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  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution (267ppi 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 + 5 Megapixel Front Camera with f/1.9, LED Flash; Video Capture: 1080p @ 30fps
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Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Phone - Black
Item : 2607607
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  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution (294ppi pixel density)
  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Processor: Quad-Core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
  • 13 Megapixel Camera with f/1.9, 28mm, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR + 5 Megapixel Front Camera with f/2.2; Video Caputre: 1080p @ 30fps
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Samsung Cell Phone 64GB Maple Gold (SM-G950F GOLD)
Item : 24135868
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  • 5.8 inch
  • 1440 X 2960 pixels
  • Android v7.0 Nougat
704.59 $704.59
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Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime G532M Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Duos Phone w/ 8MP Camera - Black
Item : 2703826
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  • 5.0-inch qHD TFT Capacitive Touchscreen, 540 x 960 pixel resolution (220ppi pixel density)
  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Chipset: Mediatek MT6737T, Processor: Quad-Core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53, GPU: Mali-T720MP2
  • 8 Megapixel Camera with f/2.2 aperture, Autofocus, LED Flash, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, Panorama + 5 Megapixel Front Camera with f/2.2 aperture, LED Flash; Video Capture: 1080p @ 30fps
129.99 $129.99
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Blackberry Torch 9810 GSM Unlocked OS 7 Cell Phone, Silver/Black
Item : 184703
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  • QWERTY Keyboard + optical trackpad
  • 5MP (2592 x 1944 pixels) with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, continuous auto-focus, face detection, image stabilization
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
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Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime G610M Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Octa-Core Phone w/ 13MP Camera - Black
Item : 2703940
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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
264.99 $264.99
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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
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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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Samsung Galaxy J5 J510M Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Phone w/ 13MP Camera - Gold
Item : 2704024
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  • 5.2-inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution (282ppi pixel density)
  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410, Processor: Quad-Core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53, GPU: Adreno 306
  • 13 Megapixel Camera with f/1.9, 28mm, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection + 5 Megapixel Front Camera with f/1.9, LED Flash
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Midnight Black (N950F)
Item : 24242718
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  • Android v7.1 Nougat
  • Octa-Core (Quad-Core 2.3 GHz & Quad-Core 1.7 GHz)
  • Non-Removable Lithium Polymer
989.99 $989.99
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Orbic SLIM + X Unlocked 5” HD 4G LTE Android™ Smartphone
Item : 2493243
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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 Galaxy S8+ 64GB, Midnight Black (SM-G955UZKAXAA)
Item : IM19A2156
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  • Screen resolution is 2960 x 1440 (Quad HD+) and main display measures 6.2" 158.1mm, full rectangle (6.1" 154.5mm, rounded corners)9
  • Camera resolution is 8 MP AF front facing, Dual Pixel 12.0 MP rear facing
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat)
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BLU Grand M G070Q Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Dual-SIM Phone - Silver
Item : 2677580
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  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, 480 x 854 pixel resolution (195ppi pixel density)
  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Chipset: MediaTek 6580, Processor: Quad-Core 1.3 GHz, GPU: Arm Mali-400
  • 5 Megapixel Camera with LED Flash + 2 Megapixel Front Camera with Flash; Video Capture: 1080p @ 30fps
69.99 $69.99
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BLU Vivo Mini 8GB Unlocked Phone - Silver (V050Q)
Item : 24184182
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  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow
  • 4.93 x 2.44 x 0.33
  • Non-Removable Lithium Ion
59.99 $59.99
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Maple Gold (N950F)
Item : 24242717
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  • Android v7.1 Nougat
  • Octa-Core (Quad-Core 2.3 GHz & Quad-Core 1.7 GHz)
  • Non-Removable Lithium Polymer
989.99 $989.99
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 32GB Unlocked Certified Refurbished Phone - Black (N920A)
Item : 24274765
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  • Android v5.1 Lollipop, upgradeable to v7.0 Nougat
  • Octa-Core (Quad-Core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-Core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57)
  • Non-Removable Lithium Polymer
314.99 $314.99
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Samsung Cell Phone 64GB Orchid Gray (SM-G955F GRAY)
Item : 24135867
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  • 6.2 inch
  • 1440 X 2960 pixels
  • Android v7.0 Nougat
809.99 $809.99
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Samsung Galaxy J7 J710M 4G LTE Octa-Core Unlocked Phone w/ 13MP Camera - White
Item : 2638499
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  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution (267ppi 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 + 5 Megapixel Front Camera with f/1.9, LED Flash; Video Capture: 1080p @ 30fps
224.99 $224.99
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Samsung Galaxy J3 Unlocked Cell Phone
Item : 2259343
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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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