Since it was declared legal in the United States in 2014, phone unlocking has become an increasingly common practice. But what is it exactly that makes phone unlocking so popular? Here are four of the biggest reasons why people choose to have their mobile devices unlocked.
If You Want to Switch Carriers
One of the biggest motivators for phone unlocking is the need to get out of a restrictive or expensive mobile service contract. Some contracts seem like a good deal at first, but after a few months, end up costing way more than you had initially thought. Your needs may also change over time; for example, you may get a new job that requires you to use your phone for work, or you might move to a new city and want more long distance minutes for calling home. But just because you’ve had a life change, that doesn’t mean you should be penalized by your mobile service provider. Unfortunately, many mobile service contracts last for years and don’t give you many options for changing your service. By unlocking your phone, you can change service providers whenever you want, and find a mobile service plan that serves you rather than your phone company.
If You’re Traveling to Another Country
For most people, traveling to another country with your phone is an extremely expensive endeavor, as most mobile phones are locked to a carrier in the country they were purchased in. Sometimes this carrier will allow you to use your phone internationally through a partner carrier in another country, but this typically costs a lot more than buying a local SIM card. Other carriers simply won’t let you use your phone in another country at all, unless you’re interested in paying exorbitant roaming fees.
With an unlocked phone, on the other hand, you can use any SIM card you want from any country without paying extra fees. So when you arrive at your destination, you can simply purchase a SIM card from a local provider and use your phone as if it was purchased in that country.
If You’re Re-selling Your Phone
Selling your used phone is a great way to make a bit of money to help you buy a new phone. Typically, however, if your phone is a few years old, it won’t have a very high resale value, as mobile technology moves quickly and many of today’s budget smartphones are better than the high-end options from a few years ago.
A great way to boost your phone’s resale value is to sell it as an unlocked device. Most people who are looking for a used phone will still be tied in to a contract with a particular carrier, or at least have a carrier in mind that they like using, so unlocking your device opens it up to a much wider pool of potential buyers. And since unlocked phones carry so many benefits, it’s easy to see why a used unlocked phone would fetch a much higher pricethan a used phone that’s locked to a carrier.
If You Want More Handset Choices
These days, there are thousands of different smartphones to choose from. But what happens if the carrier you’re with doesn’t sell the handset you want? No problem. Simply find the phone you want and unlock it. Then you can have the device you want, and use it with the carrier of your choice.
Overall, unlocking your phone gives you more control over how you use your phone and how much you pay for your contract. And in today’s world of big business and multinational conglomerates, doesn’t more control sound like a good thing?