What does it mean to have an unlocked cell phones?

Answer According to Phone Scoop, many cell phone providers lock the phones they sell to prevent customers from using them with a different carrier. To use a locked cell phone with a different carrier, it ... Read More »

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Some of the cell phones up for auction on ebay say "locked' or "unlocked", what does this mean?

Locked means that the phone will only accept a sim card from the original carrier that sold it(Cingular/AT&T, T-Mobile, Nextel, etc.). Unlocked refers to GSM(Cingular/AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) and iDE... Read More »

What are unlocked cell phones?

Most cell phone service providers prevent consumers from using the cell phone provided to them with another carrier by locking it. However, people can "unlock" their phone, usually by changing a fe... Read More »

What does an unlocked gsm cell phone mean?

GSM (Global System For Mobile Communications) is a form of cellular technology that requires a SIM card to be inserted inside the carriers phone to make and receive phone calls. The most popular GS... Read More »

What does unlocked mean on a Cingular cell phone?

An unlocked Cingular phone is one that accepts any subscriber information module (SIM card), so you can use it with any service provider. Unlocking your phone allows you to keep it even if you swit... Read More »