All carriers offer “free” cell phones. “Free” only means that you don’t pay for the phone directly, but of course cell phone carriers would not offer a “free” option if they weren’t making money off you!
To get a free cell phone, you often have to sign a contract to stay with the carrier for two or three years. Over those years, you may experience hidden fees, outrageous rates, and maybe a desire to change your cell phone!
Of course, there’s always the option of buying unlocked cell phones. No contracts required, unlocked cell phones give you the power to negotiate with a carrier…because you can leave at any minute!
And beware…even “unlocked cell phones” sold by the manufacturer are not truly unlocked. Unlocked cell phones, in the third party market, is often synonomous with jailbroken cell phones! The increasing amount of restrictive apps and software manufacturers are adding on behalf of carriers and companies can really hobble a good smart phone. True unlocked cell phones are a great work around!
Unlocked cell phones can save you money, and set you free! But they can sometimes be expensive, when you are looking for the latest phone. A great way to maximize savings? Used cell phones: they’re often also unlocked cell phones, but much cheaper!