Unlock Your iPhone Before You Do This...

Oh, the things we learn by experience. Unlocking a phone -- in this case, an iPhone -- is not as easy or as fast as you might think.

Which poses this question: What does unlocking a phone mean? Why would you want an unlocked phone? Sounds unsafe.

It's not. An unlocked phone simply means you are no longer tethered to your service provider; you can go with whatever provider you wish.

That’s important for international travelers who don’t have (or don’t want) an international calling plan. I don’t travel enough internationally to make it worth my while.

The simple solution: Unlock the phone so you can swap out the SIM card, the little card that provides your service. You see SIM card sellers all over in foreign destinations, especially in airports. 

The price of freedom: $29.99-$39.99. Bingo.


OK, so how hard can this unlock process be?

Like everything that has to do with smartphones, it’s not difficult, but it is slightly more complicated than putting your key in the lock of your front door and opening it.

Now that unlocking your smartphone is legal, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t unlock yours, right? In fact, that’s correct: unlocking your smartphone provides you, the owner, more power over your device. So if you can, here are three major reasons why you should take advantage of other options like:

- Eventually, we all sell or give away our old smartphones, but it inherently has less value if it’s stuck on a specific wireless provider. If you want to get the most value from selling that old device, or if you want to give it to someone who isn’t necessarily on the same carrier as you are, then unlocking your phone is the best way to get the full value out of the deal.