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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 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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Apple iPhone X 256GB A1901 Unlocked GSM Phone - Space Gray
Item : 24307637 / Model : X-256GB-GRY
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  • iOS
  • Hexa-Core 2.39 GHz
  • Non-Removable Lithium Ion
1479.99 $1,479.99
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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 Galaxy S9 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Midnight Black (G9600)
Item : 24319587 / Model : SM-G9600 BLACK
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  • Android OS
  • microSD Up to 400GB
  • Non-Removable Lithium Ion
749.99 $749.99
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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 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
632.99 $632.99
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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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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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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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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 S9+ 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Midnight Black (G9650)
Item : 24319581 / Model : SM-G9650 BLACK
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  • Android OS
  • microSD Up to 400GB
  • Non-Removable Lithium Ion
869.99 $869.99
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Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB, Midnight Black (SM-G950UZKAXAA)
Item : IM19A2155 / Model : 9A2155
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  • Screen resolution is 2960 x 1440 (Quad HD+) and screen size measures 5.8 inches
  • Camera resolution is 8 MP AF front facing, Dual Pixel 12.0 MP rear facing
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat)
887.49 $887.49
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Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Titanium Gray (G9600)
Item : 24319585 / Model : SM-G9600 GRAY
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  • Android OS
  • microSD Up to 400GB
  • Non-Removable Lithium Ion
749.99 $749.99
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Samsung Cell Phone 64GB Midnight Black (SM-G950F BLACK)
Item : 24135861 / Model : SM-G950F BLACK
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  • 5.8 inch
  • 1440 X 2960 pixels
  • Android v7.0 Nougat
632.99 $632.99
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Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime G610M Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Octa-Core Phone w/ 13MP Camera - Black
Item : 2703940 / Model : G610M DUOS BLK
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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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BLU R2 LTE 32GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Gold (R0171WW)
Item : 24307587 / Model : R0171WW GOLD
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  • Android OS
  • Quad-Core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Non-Removable Lithium Polymer
129.99 $129.99
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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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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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Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB Unlocked 4G LTE Certified Refurbished Phone - Black (G930K)
Item : 24274760 / Model : SM-G930 BLK CRB
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  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow (Upgradable)
  • Octa-Core (Quad-Core 2.3 GHz Mongoose & Quad-Core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Non-Removable Lithium Ion
324.99 $324.99
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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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Sony Xperia XA2 32GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Pink (H3123)
Item : 24307574 / Model : H3123 PINK
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  • Android OS
  • Octa-Core (Quad-Core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-Core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Non-Removable Lithium Ion
309.99 $309.99
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Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra 32GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Blue (H3223)
Item : 24307582 / Model : H3223 BLUE
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  • Android OS
  • Octa-Core (Quad-Core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-Core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Non-Removable Lithium Ion
419.99 $419.99
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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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Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Phone - Black
Item : 2607607 / Model : SM-G570M
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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
189.99 $189.99
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