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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 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
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Samsung Galaxy J5 J510M Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Phone w/ 13MP Camera - White
Item : 2638527 / Model : SM-J510M WHITE
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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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Nickelodeon® Spongebob Squarepants Flip Phone
Item : 238446 / Model : 93586196M
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  • Yellow
  • Design: Spongebob squarepants
  • Material: Plastic
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Blackberry Passport 10.3-Black
Item : 1421868 / Model : PBN110052
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  • 2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G: 4G LTE Capable
  • 4.5" IPS LCD Capacitive Multi-Touchscreen, up to 10 fingers, w/ Protective Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • BlackBerry 10.3 OS
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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
$269.99
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LG K7 AS330 Android Unlocked GSM Phone - Black
Item : 2191798 / Model : AS330
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  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, 480 x 854 pixel resolution (196ppi pixel density)
  • 5 MP Rear-Facing Autofocus Camera with LED Flash, 5 MP Front-Facing Camera, Rear-Facing and Front-Facing HD Camcorders, Camera Resolutions Up to 2560 x 1920 (2560 x 1440 default) , Gesture Shot -Take selfies with a simple hand gesture, Selfie Light Screen will illuminate a soft light around the photo preview for well-lit selfies, Gesture Interval Shot Make a fist twice or hold the shutter button to take four selfies on a timer Burst Shot, Hold the shutter button to take multiple shots quickly, Gesture Interval Shot and Interval Shot Make a fist twice or hold the shutter button to take four selfies on a timer, Switch Between Rear and Front Cameras with a Finger Swipe, Digital Zoom Up to 4x Multiple Shutter Options, Tap the shutter button, tap the screen, use your voice, or press a volume key to take a photo, Image Editor Add filters, frames, and more to your pictures, Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (HD) recording at 30 FPS Video Playback Resolution Up to 1080P video playback at 30 FPS, Pause & Resume Recording Pause and start in record mode for one continuous video file, Live Shot Take still shots while recording video, Video Screenshot Capture still shots from a video during playback, Self-Timer Choose to take a picture/video 3 or 10 seconds after you press the shutter/record button
  • 1.1GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210
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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
$184.99
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Samsung Galaxy S5 G900A 4G LTE 16GB Unlocked GSM Android Phone - White
Item : 1465748 / Model : PSN100508
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  • Android v4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • 16 Megapixel Camera (5312 x 2988 pixels) phase detection w/ Autofocus, LED Flash + Front-Facing 2 Megapixel Camera dual video call
  • Quad-Core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 Processor, Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 81, Adreno 330 Graphics
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Samsung Galaxy J7 J710M Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Octa-Core Dual-SIM Phone w/ 13MP Camera - Black
Item : 2706695 / Model : J710M BLK
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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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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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BLU Dash G D490U Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Phone - White
Item : 2596558 / Model : D490L WHITE
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  • 5.0-inch TFT Capacitive Touchscreen, 480 x 854 pixel resolution (196ppi pixel density)
  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Chipset: MediaTek MT6580, Processor: Quad-Core 1.3 GHz, GPU: Mali-400
  • 5 Megapixel Camera with Dual LED Flash, Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Panorma, HDR, Touch Focus, Face Detection + 2 Megapixel Front Camera with LED Selfie Flash
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Samsung Galaxy J7 J710M 4G LTE Octa-Core Unlocked Phone w/ 13MP Camera - White
Item : 2638499 / Model : SM-J710M WHITE
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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
$229.99
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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
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Samsung Galaxy J5 J510M Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Phone w/ 13MP Camera - Gold
Item : 2704024 / Model : J510M GOLD
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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
$179.99
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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
$69.99
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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
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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
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Samsung Galaxy J5 J510M Unlocked GSM 4G LTE Quad-Core Phone w/ 13MP Camera - Black
Item : 2638528 / Model : SM-J510M BLACK
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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
$179.99
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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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BLU Advance 4.0M Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Phone - White
Item : 2677617 / Model : A090U WHITE
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  • 4.0-inch TFT LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixel resolution (233ppi pixel density)
  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Chipset: Spreadtrum SC7731G, Processor: Quad-Core 1.2 GHz, GPU: Mali-400
  • 2 Megapixel Camera with Dual LED, Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Panorama, HDR, Touch Focus, Face Detection; Image Res. - 1600 x 1200 pixels, Video Res. - 1280 x 720 pixels, Video FPS - 30fps + VGA Standard Front Camera with LED Flash; Image Res. - 640 x 480 pixels, Video Res. - 640 x 480 pixels, Video FPS - 30fps
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Samsung Galaxy S7 G930F 32GB GSM 4G LTE Octa-Core Phone - Black
Item : 2191804 / Model : SM-G930F
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  • 5.1-inch QHD sAMOLED, 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution (
  • Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Chipset: Exynos 8890, Processor: Octa-Core (Quad-Core 2.3 GHz Quad & Quad-Core 1.6 GHz); GPU: Mali-T880 MP12
  • 12 Megapixel Camera with f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, 1/2.5" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama + 5 Megapixel Front Camera with 1/4.1" sensor size, 1.34 µm pixel size, f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR; Video Capture: 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 720p @ 240fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
$479.99 $649.99
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Samsung Galaxy S6 G920A 32GB AT&T Unlocked 4G LTE Octa-Core Phone w/ 16MP Camera - White
Item : 2677614 / Model : G920A WTE
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  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop), Exynos 7420 Octa, Octa-core (4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 & 4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53), Mali-T760MP8
  • 16 Megapixel, f/1.9, 28mm, OIS, autofocus, LED flash, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
$349.99
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Gophone 6025b Samsung Galaxy Express Prime Smartphone
Item : 24005740 / Model : ATTM6025B
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  • 5" HD Super AMOLED display
  • 1280 x 720 resolution
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
$124.99
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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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