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What's the different between locked and unlocked?

daisysmith 46 10 November 23, 2015 at 06:50 PM
Sorry, I am green on electric machines.

Recently, I want buy a iphone 6s, and found that there are locked and unlocked, and the locked is much cheaper. I am just wondering that what's the difference???



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If it is locked it is typically only able to be used on one carrier.

For example a T-Mobile phone that is locked would not be able to be used on AT&T.

An unlocked phone has no carrier restriction and you can switch carriers as you want. These typically have a higher resale value.

Some phones will allow you to manually unlock it or you can request a device unlock from your carrier and they should be able to provide it.

If you are sticking with the same carrier there is no difference between a locked and unlocked phone usability wise.
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