If you’ve looked into buying an unlocked phone, you know that most unlocked phones work for GSM carriers. If you are with a GSM service, you’ll simply have to transfer your SIM card over to a new phone to use it. However, Sprint and Verizon are different, as they operate on the CDMA networks. This means that you cannot purchase an unlocked GSM phone and use it with your Sprint and Verizon plan.
Instead, you will have to select a phone that works on the CDMA networks, and then work with Sprint or Verizon to have it switched over. Fortunately, more unlocked phone models have become available in recent years, so you will have several models to choose from. Here is an overview of some of the most popular unlocked smartphone models that work on Sprint’s and Verizon’s CDMA networks.
Samsung Galaxy S9
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is an excellent unlocked smartphone for performance enthusiasts. With an octa-core processor and 4GB of included RAM, your phone can keep up with whatever applications you need to run at the same time. Its 5.8 inch curved touchscreen is easy to look at and the phone fits comfortably in most people’s hands. Its camera even offers a Pro Mode, which can make your Instagram and Snapchat photos more enviable. You can even make your own emoji library using the phone’s augmented reality features.
Google Pixel 2 XL
The Google Pixel comes with unlimited photo storage in Google Photos, so you never have to worry about losing the photos you take if something happens to your phone. Google Assistant is a built-in feature that enables you to operate your phone without typing. Its water resistant body can even provide some protection if the phone gets splashed with water on the kitchen counter or by the pool.
Motorola Moto G Plus
The Motorola Moto line is an extremely popular choice for unlocked phone enthusiasts, as these phones can operate on both the CDMA and the GSM networks. Depending on which model you choose, you can expect a large storage capacity with various ways to substantially increase both the memory and the performance of your device. Some models will accept up to a 1TB disk. The Moto G Plus has a Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen that resists scratches and damage from regular use.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a particularly beautiful phone that comes with a stylus you can use to handwrite notes and messages. It also features a fingerprint scanner and at least 64GB of internal memory. Its microSD slot allows you to upgrade the memory by 256GB. It is also water resistant and can be dropped into a pool of up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, though you probably don’t want to swim with it.
It’s important to double check that any model you choose is currently supported by your specific carrier. When it comes to buying quality pre-owned devices, visit the TCR: Triangle Cellular Repair location closest to you to see what’s currently available. The selection changes constantly, based on what smartphones and tablets we have available. Plus, we’ll be able to set up some of the features for any device that you purchase from one of our stores.