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How to save money with an unlocked cell phone

Bell, Fido, Rogers and Telus make a lot of money[Bell][Rogers][Telus] by locking your cell phone and preventing you from re-using your existing cell phone when switching wireless carriers. They rely on the high costs of switching wireless carriers to lock in customers.

Here are some tips on how an unlocked cell phone can save you money.

1. Avoid paying expensive roaming charges when traveling. We wish these rates were a typo, however, we checked, double checked, triple checked and even asked customer service directly. Can you beleieve each wireless carrier actually comsider their roaming rates competitive? With an unlocked phone you can purchase a SIM card from a local wireless carrier of where you plan to visit and save thousands of dollars. No joke!

Below are costs you can expect when roaming with your locked phone. Cost to roam includes 100 minutes of voice and 250 MB of data.

Wireless Carrier Cost to Roam
bell_logo up to $399 plus taxes (voice @$3.99/minute)
up to $12,500 plus taxes (data @$0.05/KB)
Fido up to $400 plus taxes (voice @ $4/minute)
up to $7,500 plus taxes (data @ $0.03/KB)
rogers_logo up to $400 plus taxes (voice @ $4/minute)
up to $7,500 plus taxes (data @ $0.03/KB)
Telus up to $400 plus taxes (voice @ $4/minute)
up to $6,250 plus taxes (data @ $25/MB)

2. Avoid having to purchase new phones when switching wireless carriers. Bell, Fido, Rogers and Telus all provide interoperable and compatible HSPA+ networks. Aside for SIM locking, there’s no other technical reason you shouldn’t be able to re-use your existing 3G wireless device when switching carriers.

3. Avoid signing up for long-term service contracts with expensive cancellation fees. With an unlocked phone just say “no to contracts”. Select a pay-as-you-go or month-by-month plan. No contract means no cancellation fees and the freedom to choose whichever carrier and plan best suits your needs and budget.

4. Switch carriers and select the plan that best suits your needs and budget. With an unlocked phone and no long term contract you are no longer held hostage by Bell, Fido, Rogers or Telus. You really can take advantage of any pay-as-you-go or month-by-month plans. Pick the one that offers the best service and price. If you’re not happy move to another wireless carrier. This is what competition really should be about!

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