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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.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Artic Silver (G955F)Samsung Galaxy S8+ 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Artic Silver (G955F)
724.49
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 64GB Unlocked GSM Phone - Artic Silver (G955F)
Item #24274768
Model #SM-G955F SILVER
  • Android v7.0 Nougat
  • Octa-Core (Quad-Core 2.3 GHz Exynos M2 Mongoose & Quad-Core 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex-A53)
3 out of 5 stars with 1 reviews
$724.49
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Orbic Slim Unlocked 5" 4G LTE Android Smartphone -- SilverOrbic Slim Unlocked 5" 4G LTE Android Smartphone -- Silver
104.99
Orbic Slim Unlocked 5" 4G LTE Android Smartphone -- Silver
Item #2145775
Model #RC501LS
  • Android v5.1 (Lollipop) Operating System
  • MT6735 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
1.5 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews
$104.99
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Orbic SLIM + X Unlocked 5” HD 4G LTE Android™ SmartphoneOrbic SLIM + X Unlocked 5” HD 4G LTE Android™ Smartphone
155.29
Orbic SLIM + X Unlocked 5” HD 4G LTE Android™ Smartphone
Item #2493243
Model #RC500LG
  • 5.0” HD AMOLED Capacitive Multi-touch Screen with scratch-resistant Dragontrail® Glass
  • 16GB ROM + 2GB RAM; microSD™ Up to 128GB
1 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews
$155.29
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OneSimCard Universal Sim Card (OS-S-TDTR)
41.49
OneSimCard Universal Sim Card (OS-S-TDTR)
Item #2408772
Model #OS-S-TDTR
  • Mobile coverage in over 200 countries, free incoming calls in over 160 countries and mobile data service in over 160 countries from as low as $0.01 per MB
  • Includes 2 phone numbers: European & USA
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$41.49
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Apple Iphone 8 256Gb Unlocked Phone, Gold (8-256Gb-Gld)Apple Iphone 8 256Gb Unlocked Phone, Gold (8-256Gb-Gld)
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859.99
Apple Iphone 8 256Gb Unlocked Phone, Gold (8-256Gb-Gld)
Item #24297244
Model #8-256GB-GLD
  • iOS
  • Hexa-Core (Dual-Core Monsoon & Quad-Core Mistral)
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$859.99
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Sony Xperia Xa2 Ultra 32Gb Unlocked Gsm Phone, Black (H3223)Sony Xperia Xa2 Ultra 32Gb Unlocked Gsm Phone, Black (H3223)
Out of Stock
249.99
Sony Xperia Xa2 Ultra 32Gb Unlocked Gsm Phone, Black (H3223)
Item #24307581
Model #H3223 BLACK
  • Android OS
  • Octa-Core (Quad-Core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-Core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
0 out of 5 stars with 0 reviews
$249.99
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 64GB Unlocked Certified Refurbished Phone, White (N920A WHITE CRB)Samsung Galaxy Note 5 64GB Unlocked Certified Refurbished Phone, White (N920A WHITE CRB)
Out of Stock
339.99
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 64GB Unlocked Certified Refurbished Phone, White (N920A WHITE CRB)
Item #24297253
Model #N920A WHITE CRB
  • 5.7" display
  • Android OS
0 out of 5 stars with 0 reviews
$339.99
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 64GB Unlocked Certified Refurbished Phone, Black (N920A BLACK CRB)Samsung Galaxy Note 5 64GB Unlocked Certified Refurbished Phone, Black (N920A BLACK CRB)
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339.99
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 64GB Unlocked Certified Refurbished Phone, Black (N920A BLACK CRB)
Item #24297252
Model #N920A BLACK CRB
  • 5.7" display
  • Android OS
0 out of 5 stars with 0 reviews
$339.99
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Blu C5 8Gb Unlocked Gsm Phone, Rose Gold (C010Q)Blu C5 8Gb Unlocked Gsm Phone, Rose Gold (C010Q)
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69.99
Blu C5 8Gb Unlocked Gsm Phone, Rose Gold (C010Q)
Item #24307601
Model #C010Q ROSE GOLD
  • Android OS
  • Dual-Core 1.3 GHz
0 out of 5 stars with 0 reviews
$69.99
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Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 16GB AT&T Unlocked Phone, Black (SM-G750A BLACK)Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 16GB AT&T Unlocked Phone, Black (SM-G750A BLACK)
Out of Stock
193.99
Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 16GB AT&T Unlocked Phone, Black (SM-G750A BLACK)
Item #24297238
Model #SM-G750A BLACK
  • 6" display
  • Android OS
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$193.99
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