Using your phone internationally can be confusing. Amidst a mess of expensive roaming charges, confusing technical jargon, and conflicting advice, it can get overwhelming to get things sorted. Here are a few things you should know before taking your phone abroad:
– Roaming Charges
Most phones in the US are carrier-locked, i.e., you can not jump ship and use the phone on another network. An unlocked phone can be used on any network, i.e., if you are traveling abroad, you may buy a local SIM card to make calls and avoid exorbitant roaming fees. Many sites offers unlock codes to help users use their phone on a different network.
– Locked vs. Unlocked
Your current payment plan usually does not include international roaming services; therefore, you will have to pay a much higher rate every time you make a call or send a text message. Sometimes, the bill may set you back by a few hundred dollars! A much better option to avoid paying such ridiculous roaming fees abroad is to buy a temporary SIM card. For a SIM card to work on an iPhone, it’s imperative that you have an unlocked iPhone.
– Higher Resale Value
To unlock your iPhone, send us the make and model of your phone along with the IMEI number.
Selling an iPhone while you are on contract is too much of a hassle for the buyer (and the seller) to worry about. Selling a locked phone outside the contract period is equally difficult. Buyers usually prefer unlocked phones because it allows them to switch service network providers without having to worry about transfer fees or other formalities.