I guess you are looking to buy a new one because you are still under contract and not up for renewal any time soon? Asking that because if you are due for an upgrade, the prices are usually cheaper since they get to keep you for another 2 years.
I would buy from eBay instead. There is a buyer protection plan and it's very useful. I already used it twice when the phone I bought was not as described. You will also get a chance to test it out to see if there are any problems. If you buy from Craigslist, your changes are much lower and you will probably be paying in cash. Chances are if someone sold you a defective phone (something you might not have noticed immediately when you tested it in person), you will not be able to reach the person again.
It depends. I assume you mean unlocked as in being able to use it on any phone provider? If so, the disadvantages of this is that your data speed will most likely be running on Edge instead of 3G or 4G speeds. It's something to do with the band they are using and not being compatible. Pro (if there is one) is that you might be using a phone that you want that's not available on T-Mobile. I know lots of users made the jump to the iPhone in the past only to find out that their speeds are slow as molasses. If you don't care about that or have WiFi connections nearby, then go with a unlocked phone from another provider.
This probably won't be quite as good as the Blaze but you can probably find a Samsung Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile) phone on eBay for around $250. Most are hovering around $300, but I think I saw some close to $250.
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