Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


The popularity of unlocked phones is on the rise. More and more people are switching over because nothing beats the freedom of an unlocked phone. Going unlocked gives you a much greater choice when it comes to models, carriers, and plans. Not being tied to a specific carrier or contract gives you the power to shop phones as often or infrequently as you like. When it comes to international travel, you just can’t beat an unlocked phone.

The more I hear about these phones and the more I learn, the more I want to switch over. The last time I was at Best Buy I was due for an upgrade and asked the associate a lot about unlocked phones while I was getting mine switched over. They had an Unlocked Smartphone Savings Event that was just kicking off and is still going on. Right now you can get great deals on Samsung, Huawei, Moto, Sony, BLU, Alcatel, and ZTE smartphones. Just check out Best Buy’s website for more details.

While some smartphones may cost a bit more upfront than phones financed by carriers, you can save big in the long run. Using a less expensive data or voice plan over the course of two years will even things out. Especially if you are using older voice, text, and data plans. I had to throw away a really sweet plan once to get a new phone. If unlocked phones were an option back then, I would have made the switch and saved big.

When it comes to international students. tourists, and business travelers you can’t beat the flexibility of unlocked phones. International roaming rates can eat you alive. Buying an unlocked phone for traveling overseas can save you a ton of money. Wherever you are, you will pay the same rate as the locals do. It’s as simple as buying an unlocked phone here in the US and buying a local SIM card when you reach your destination. Is that awesome or what?

I especially like the idea of phones like the BLU Studio G. This bad boy can house up to two SIM cards. What that means is you can use and maintain a line for work and personal use on the same device. No more carrying two phones. How incredible!

If you shop now you can save big during the Unlocked Smartphone Savings Event at Best Buy.



  • Offer: Save $50 on Select Moto Mods with purchase of Moto Z Play
  • Valid Dates: 10/30/16-11/5/16


  • Offer: Save $50 on the Honor 8 by Huawei plus get a free case
  • Valid Dates: 10/30/16-11/12/16


  • Offer: Save $100 on the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
  • Valid Dates: 10/30/16-11/12/16


  • Offer: Save $40 on the BLU Life XL
  • Valid Dates: 11/6/16-11/12/16


  • Offer: Save $100 on the Sony XPERIA X Compact
  • Valid Dates: 10/30/16-11/12/16

Disclaimer for all offers listed: Offer valid 10/30/16-11/12/16. Phones, service and coverage not available in all markets. Available in New Jersey. No dealers. See a Blue Shirt for details. 4G/4G LTE not available in all markets. Products must be purchased on same receipt to receive bundle/package savings.


Going unlocked might just be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. Right now, Best Buy is making it really easy. The thought of an unlocked phone is almost irresistible to me now. How about you? If you’re still on the fence, perhaps a visit to Best Buy’s educational page is in order.