Solved! What does an unlocked GSM phone mean

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ryno1967

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What is the advantage of having an unlocked GSM phone. Who is your service provider!?
 
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Unlocked GSM phone means that it wouldn't be locked into a specific carrier network. On the upside, it means freedom to choose your own GSM carrier that suits your needs (and wallet) best. On the down side, several carrier-specific features may not be available.

If you lived in the US, make sure that the unlocked phone is compatible with US GSM frequencies. International phones or EU-spec phones may have problems connecting to US carrier networks due to different regulation regarding comm. frequencies.
 
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Unlocked GSM phone means that it wouldn't be locked into a specific carrier network. On the upside, it means freedom to choose your own GSM carrier that suits your needs (and wallet) best. On the down side, several carrier-specific features may not be available.

If you lived in the US, make sure that the unlocked phone is compatible with US GSM frequencies. International phones or EU-spec phones may have problems connecting to US carrier networks due to different regulation regarding comm. frequencies.
 
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