What Is an Unlocked Phone?

Unlocked smartphones aren't tied to specific carriers or contracts, which means you have the freedom to buy the brand and model of phone you like and explore plans on your own terms that meet your needs, including needs for international travel. Unlocked phones also don't come preloaded with specific carrier apps (that you may end up deleting, anyway.) Basically, they're the way to go for those who like the most choice of models, carriers, and plans!

Explore the world while staying in touch! With no dedicated carrier or contract, unlocked cell phones give you the freedom to check email, call home, switch between carriers, and much more without accumulating a pile of unnecessary fees.

Activated by using SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards, these unlocked phones work on specific cellar networks and house key information like your phone number, contacts, and calling history. Having all of your contacts close at hand is great for everyday and international traveling, too.

Ticket booked? Check. Suitcase packed? Check. Unlocked cell phone? Check. With all of the necessities in order, you can enjoy your high-altitude flight and alert everyone upon arrival. Disembark and then dial their number or send a text without racking up lofty international roaming rates. That's why unlocked cell phones are a nice perk for frequent flyers!

Choose from brand-name devices at QVC—like an unlocked iPhone®—and see how easy it is to be in the loop when overseas. Discover how flexibility and connectivity can be yours today!