Discounted Unlocked Phones For Amazon Prime Members

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Amazon.com is undoubtedly one of the pioneers of Internet-based selling; it has brought shopping in the convenience of your own home by just sitting in front of your computer and checking the items on their website.

Amazon has recently launched a great deal for its valued customers, the Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones program focusing on unlocked phones. Terms and conditions of the program are subject to change, so please check the latest details at Amazon.com.

Why Unlocked Phones?

Owning a phone is now a necessity and buying it online is a breeze. But Amazon has made it even better by selling unlocked phones at lower prices. An example of a popular unlocked phone is the BLU R1 android phone, you can read it’s review here.

Locked phones work only with the network that it is locked to. For example, if you purchase a Straight Talk iPhone 6, and it will only work with Straight Talk. Locked phones are cheaper than unlocked ones for the same model. Buying a locked phone carries the hassle of bringing the unit to a cell phone repair shop or to a center carrier service network to have it unlocked (of course, you are charged for the service).

Unlocked phones, on the other hand, are more pricey because you can insert any SIM card of a chosen carrier and it will get to work already. If you had a change of mind, you can always switch your carrier by putting out the old carrier’s SIM card and inserting a new one. So if you purchase an unlocked iPhone 6, you can purchase a SIM card or activation kit from Straight Talk or any other carrier of your choice to use the phone with.

Although unlocked phones are more costly, consumers who are Amazon Prime customers will now enjoy unlocked phone offers at discounted prices, as compared to non-Prime customers.

Amazon Exclusive Phones

Amazon has surprised their Prime members with great deals for unlocked phones. A discount is given to Prime members for unlocked phone offers. Prime members of Amazon are those who have subscribed to be a Prime member by paying an annual membership fee. Some of the perks of being a Prime member include access to music, playlists, stations, video streaming, e-books, and eligibility to discounts exclusive to Prime members such as this newest program, the Prime Unlocked Phones.

For Amazon Prime members, the purchase price of unlocked phone has been slashed down to very attractive levels. You can find offers here.

However, the deal comes with a catch: The unlocked phones come with Lockscreen offers and ads. These ads pop up every time your phone is on lock screen mode, which can be quite draining for the battery and annoying for the user. There are also certain ads that, when tapped, automatically redirect to the site so you might have a harder time navigation on your phone.

Still, the screaming discounts for Android phones in this Amazon deal are probably enough to make one forget — or at least tolerate — the inconvenience of these Lockscreen ads. What do you think?

Note: The details of this program can change with time. Please check the latest details at Amazon.com. The Amazon ads listed on this page can be for phones both in and out of the discounted phone program.

TracFone Smartphones Selection Gets Attractive

Tracfone has been improving on the selection of cell phones that it offers to customers in the past two years. They started with basic Android smartphones, but have really notched it up with more advanced and attractive phones with good mainstream appeal.

The Samsung Galaxy 5″ phone demonstrated in this QVC video is one example. These phone packages come and go, so to see what Tracfone deals are offered currently, check their official website.

See full TracFone Review

Bring Your Own Phone

If none of their phones appeal to you, you can even buy an unlocked cell phone online and bring it into the TracFone network. TracFone has what is called a Bring Your Own Phone program. You bring your phone, and you use it with a low cost TracFone plan. You can also bring your existing phone in from other networks.

TracFone has contracts with major companies like AT&T and Verizon to rent their network space.

See full TracFone Review

Why TracFone?

TracFone’s plans are very economical for those of us who do not use the phone a lot (eg. less than 2 to 3 hours total a month), and don’t need a lot of data (eg. under 1 GB) a month. Most other companies assume you will be using your phone a lot, and you end up paying $30 to $50 or more a month.

With TracFone, my cell phone bill is about $15 a month for an Android phone. TracFone has new smartphone-only plans that offers an even bigger bang for the buck. You can find out more in this TracFone smarpthone only plans article.

For many seniors on a fixed income, Tracfone inexpensive plans makes a lot of sense. To learn more, visit our Senior Cell Phone Plans guide.

iPhones Accepted

If you are an iOS fan and like to lower your monthly bill, TracFone could be something worth checking out. A lot of iPhone users (yes, the latest models) have already migrated over to TracFone.

To summarize, TracFone’s selection of Android phones are becoming more and mores sophisticated. Even if none of their phones appeal to you, you can Bring Your Own Phone to take advantage of their unbeatable plan prices. If you like more tips on how to a good prepaid smartphone at a low cost, check out our guide here.

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If you are not interested in TracFone’s phone selection but like their low cost plans, you can also consider getting a good unlocked phone to pair up with a TracFone plan (see Tracfone BYOP program info).

A Brief Guide to Unlocked Cell Phones

iPhoneGetting an unlocked phone gives consumers more freedom and flexibility. Consumers are free to choose the brand and model of cellphone they prefer, rather than be limited by the offerings of their desired service provider.

Consumers with their own unlocked phones can sign on to a cell phone service provider that accepts users who bring their own phones. This is in contrast to the traditional set-up of being bound to a cell phone contract that provided for the use of a locked cell phone.


So what’s the difference between an unlocked and a locked phone?

A locked mobile phone is tied to a specific network or phone provider. It has a lock in the form of a software code limiting the usage of the phone outside a particular cellular network. This code will not allow the phone to be used under a different provider, unless another code is entered to unlock the device. This usually comes with a contract that binds the user or the account owner for a year or two. The user is tied to a contract to make sure that the provider will be able to get or earn back the lost revenue for providing the phone for free or at a much lower cost.

On the other hand, an unlocked cellphone is not tied to a particular network or provider and is not bound by a contract. Having an unlocked phone will give you more freedom. It can be used under any carrier. The unlocked phone will easily recognize the SIM card that you will put in, and use the services of the provider where the SIM came from. You can use your unlocked phone to make calls and texts right away. Your phone will work under any provider or network.

Unlocked phones are available for the latest iOS (iPhones) and Android (Samsung Galaxy, LG etc) phone models. An example of a popular unlocked Android phone is the BLU R1 HD.

Savings From Paying Upfront

The unlocked phone is suited for anyone who wants more flexibility and save money. If you can afford to pay the full cost of a cellphone, it is often less expensive to pay for the unlocked phone upfront, as compared to paying for it through a monthly payment contract program.

Choose the Brand & Model You Like

This will also benefit phone users who desire the flexibility to choose a certain phone model and use it with a preferred network. Some users have already own the phone they received through a previous company, and they want to have it unlocked to work with another cell phone company. Essentially, consumers are free to switch providers while keeping the mobile phone they already have. Often, people switch because of plan features or when they can save more with another company, usually through a prepaid plan.

Amazon offers a great selection of unlocked phones, and in addition, they have launched a new Amazon Exclusive Phones program.

For Travels Overseas

Unlocked phones will also benefit you if you are a frequent traveler. If you travel to other countries, all you need to do is insert a SIM card from that country and you can easily change your phone’s network. You need not worry anymore about getting roaming charges.

Why was the iPhone treated by carriers differently before?

In the past, carriers like AT&T treated the iPhone differently because they did not want their customers to just get the phone, and then use the services of another provider.

Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act

It was in August 2014 when President Barack Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into a law and made it legal to unlock all phones. Provisions of this act allow the unlocking of the device to be initiated by the owner or upon the direction of the owner to connect to a wireless telecommunications network as long as it is authorized by the operator of such network.