By now, a lot of us are over the trend of buying the latest and greatest new mobile phone. Instead, we’re opting to purchase quality, affordable used mobile phones. In addition to not breaking the bank, buying used devices has other benefits, such as sustainability.
As you visit reputable tech resellers such as Swappa, BackMarket, Ebay, and Amazon Renewed, you’ll see options to shop for unlocked and locked devices. What does this mean? And what are the advantages and disadvantages of unlocked phones?
A mobile device that is locked will only work with the carrier it’s locked to. Carriers are the company you pay for your cellular service. For example, if you purchase a phone that is locked to Verizon, it will only work if you purchase Verizon service.
A mobile device that is unlocked will work with any carrier. When you purchase a Phonecheck-certified used mobile device, you’ll be guaranteed that your new phone or tablet is unlocked and will work with any carrier you choose.
There are definitely more advantages than disadvantages of unlocked phones. In fact, there are so few disadvantages of unlocked phones that we would almost never recommend purchasing a locked phone. Here are some of the major advantages to buying unlocked mobile devices.
In our opinion, there aren’t many disadvantages of unlocked phones. If price is the only thing you’re looking at when you buy a used mobile device, then a locked used phone generally costs less. But keep in mind that you get what you pay for. The upfront investment of an unlocked, Phonecheck-certified mobile device can pay for itself in years to come because you can be sure you have a quality device, and you can price shop for the lowest cost carrier.
When you’re shopping for a used mobile phone, there are a lot of advantages and not many disadvantages of unlocked phones.