June 28, 2007

Amazon.com Sells "Unlocked" Cellphones

Amazon.com has long been a great site offering excellent prices to buy cell phones. What I didn't realize until tonight, was that they have a section called "unlocked" phones.

For those who are not familiar, the phone you purchased from a carrier is always locked to that carrier. I would guess majority of users do not bother to unlock the phone even though you have the rights to (so long as you have the patience to call your carrier and request that unlock pin and instruction). If you are halfway through a 24 month contract but you are growing tired of your current phone, you really don't have a lot of choices but to go to your carrier and buy another phone at full retail. Occasionally, you can find a decent "unlocked" phone from another carrier floating around eBay. An unlocked phone allows you to use it on another network; for example, my unlocked Blackberry 8700c from Cingular can be used with a T-Mobile SIM card.

Back to my point, Amazon.com has a section selling some interesting unlocked phones. Some of which looks like they are imported directly from the manufacturers (where the design, color and name is vastly differently than the lineup you see at your local Cingular or Verizon store). I for one, am very pleased to find this as it has been an ongoing challenge for me to find a unlocked phone vendor in the U.S. Kudos to Amazon!

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