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    Anyone know about unlocked phones?

    So this is new to me. I just bought and unlocked phone for the first time and intend on using it with a cheaper company so I can avoid paying such a high bill. For awhile, I went without having an active service at all. I would just use an app to text and talk on my wifi and use hot spots if I was out and needed to get a hold of someone. It will be very different for me having an actual number again so I am kind of excited!

    Anyways, anyone know how unlocked phones work? I know I need to get a sim for the phone and all that but I would imagine it works the same way as any other prepaid phone once the sim is booted on it.

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    Heh, I guess the days of telephone numbers could well be numbered. (Er, pun unintended.) Well, the good news is that your phone is already unlocked. Normally you'd need the DIY approach or to take it to a shop where they'd probably charge you £10/$15~ or something like that. The unlocking process is quite simple really. Most phones have a unique IMEI number. When a phone is unlocked, it's actually the IMEI number that's given the go-ahead to use any phone network. Contract phones are often assigned the network's own IMEI numbers, allowing them to lock the phone to their own network.

    Anyhow, once it's unlocked it should work the same as intended, just with the ability to use any network you wish. I recommend using comparison websites to find the best deal for you. Here in the UK I use the giffgaff network. One of the best things about giffgaff is that "giffgaff to giffgaff" calls are free, so if any friends or family use the network you can call and text them free of charge. Maybe there's something similar for you. With giffgaff I only top up £10 every few months since I only use the credit when I have to call landline or non-giffgaff mobile numbers which isn't very often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    Heh, I guess the days of telephone numbers could well be numbered. (Er, pun unintended.) Well, the good news is that your phone is already unlocked. Normally you'd need the DIY approach or to take it to a shop where they'd probably charge you £10/$15~ or something like that. The unlocking process is quite simple really. Most phones have a unique IMEI number. When a phone is unlocked, it's actually the IMEI number that's given the go-ahead to use any phone network. Contract phones are often assigned the network's own IMEI numbers, allowing them to lock the phone to their own network.

    Anyhow, once it's unlocked it should work the same as intended, just with the ability to use any network you wish. I recommend using comparison websites to find the best deal for you. Here in the UK I use the giffgaff network. One of the best things about giffgaff is that "giffgaff to giffgaff" calls are free, so if any friends or family use the network you can call and text them free of charge. Maybe there's something similar for you. With giffgaff I only top up £10 every few months since I only use the credit when I have to call landline or non-giffgaff mobile numbers which isn't very often.
    Thanks for the information. Yeah I was looking into prices of different places. I found something called "Mint Mobile". I guess it is only $23 a month for 2GB of data and unlimited talk and text. I think this is the cheapest I found. The phone isn't here yet so I will have to wait till it is here so I can check the number. I can't remember what "the number" is called but it is basically the serial number of the phone I believe. Something with an "M" I think lol

    I will do some comparisons though just in case there is anything cheaper out there.

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