Why Unlocked Smartphones are better
Why Unlocked Smartphones are better?
When smartphones got into the market, customers used to buy them only the classic way which means buying whatever the salesperson convinced them to buy. Now, things have changed as customers are no longer dependent on what the carrier sells as customers can easily buy new or refurbished phones in Australia which are unlocked and can work on every supported carrier.
An unlocked phone is one that is not tied to a specific phone carrier and hence can be used on any of the customer’s chosen carrier. If you want to try out one carrier for a month and then try out another, that’s totally fine as well as possible. If a customer doesn’t want any carrier attached to it at all and instead use it as a Wi-Fi-only device, that is okay too.
With unlocked phones, the customer will have more models of phones to choose from apart from the ones that the carrier offers. Customers can choose from hundreds of devices ranging from iPhone SE 2 to Samsung Galaxy Note 9 from dozens of manufacturers. They will not be limited by what they can find on their carrier’s website. In fact, they won’t even be limited to what’s available in their country. Hence the choices will be exponentially larger buying unlocked phones around the world.
This endless pool of phone and manufacturer options allows customers to find the perfect device at the best price possible and you’ll find better deals. On the other hand, with a carrier-locked device, the customer could be stuck paying the list price for a device that’s not even what he/she really wanted because of limited options.
Buying unlocked phones also means buying used mobile phones. These used devices are obviously cheaper than new devices which allow the customer to get a top-of-the-line device for hundreds less than they would pay through a carrier.
Another perk is that refurbished unlocked phones receive software updates much faster as well as frequently relative to a carrier phone. This is because these updates come directly from the manufacturer. Sometimes this can be reversed though. For example, Samsung is notorious for updating carrier-locked smartphones before unlocked ones but mostly unlocked phones are more up-to-date than carrier-locked devices. If you'd like to read more about the Pros and Cons of buying a refurbished device, click here.
Furthermore, refurbished Apple devices do not usually contain unnecessary apps, also known as bloatware, which carriers force manufacturers to pre-install. This might seem a trivial issue, but it is important to note that in most cases, bloatware apps can’t be removed from smartphones without some sort of software modifications which could negatively affect a phone’s warranty.
Finally, the customer can also use international sim cards while travelling. Customers can even switch carriers without any penalty and since the phone is not locked, it usually has a higher resale value.
However, every coin has two sides and hence refurbished unlocked phones also have some limitations. This includes that the customer might not be able to get every network feature for e.g. HD voice or Wi-Fi calling, to find out more click here to read more. The carrier will also not guarantee that the voice or data network will work perfectly on their phone.
Also, getting help with unlocked devices is usually difficult as many people might not know much about them. The customer also usually needs to pay for the device in full, all in one transaction. This can be a disadvantage as nowadays, many flagship devices have a similar cost as one month’s rent.
So, the big question arises if a customer should go for the modern or the classic way of buying phones?
We suggest that If the customer is tech-savvy and able to afford the full cost of a smartphone in one transaction, an unlocked phone should be bought. This is because its advantages outweigh the disadvantages when it comes to buying them vs carrier phones. In contrast, if the customer is not tech-savvy or reluctant to spend the hundreds of dollars in one go then he/she needs to buy a smartphone outright, maybe buying carrier-locked is the way to go. Check out our other blog where we discuss why seller refurbished phones are all the rage in 2020.