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Unlocked Cell Phones

Unlocked Phones: Freedom to choose.

Activating an unlocked phone at Future Shop is EASY!

  • Make sure your phone is unlocked and is either HSPA or LTE compatible – you can usually find this information on the box or in the manual

    If your phone is locked, ask a Sales Consultant in store about options for unlocking.

  • Buy and activate a SIM card on your choice of network with your choice of plan

    Future Shop offers services with Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Koodo, Fido, Virgin Mobile and some regional carriers. Some carriers offer no fixed-term contracts and special offers for bringing your own device (BYOD).

  • Your phone, set up.

    We’ll transfer your contacts, set up your email, and give you a quick lesson on downloading apps so you can start using your phone right away.

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CES 2015: LG G Flex 2 looks and feels stylishly thinner

By TeddyK from 01-06-2015

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LG is all about curves at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, showing off some curved TVs and the G Flex 2, the company’s latest smartphone. This one picks up where the original left off, featuring a noticeable curved body that the company says is actually four curves, not just one. I got to play around with it a little bit, and it’s fair to say that slimming it down and including a better screen makes this a solid step up from its predecessor.

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Review: BlackBerry Classic

By TeddyK from 12-26-2014

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BlackBerry probably had no other name to call its latest phone than the Classic. It is, after all, classic BlackBerry, harkening back to a time when the Bold was the company’s most beloved handset. This device also marks the return of the toolbar with the trackpad front and centre, adding the kind of tactile navigation some users have clamoured for.

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Which smartphone platform do you use?

By TeddyK from 12-23-2014

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Smartphone loyalty seems a little fleeting sometimes because part of what keeps a user around is the mobile operating system as much as the phone itself. I tend to ask people why they use iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, and the answers usually have a common denominator — they just like it. Comparing the four major platforms, there are plenty of similarities with distinct differences.

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Unlocked Cell Phones and Smartphones

Unlocked cell phones and smartphones give you freedom

Most of the cell phones or smartphones you can buy are locked to a specific carrier, which means they can’t be used on any other carrier’s network (unless you’re roaming). However, unlocked phones are available, and since they’re unlocked these phones give you the freedom to choose which carrier you prefer. Also, unlocked phones are great for travelling – once you’ve reached your destination just buy a SIM card from the local carrier, pop it into your unlocked phone, and you’ve got a local phone for calls and data, avoiding the need to pay expensive roaming rates. Another advantage of unlocked cell phones or smartphones is that they’re not tied into a contract, so you can more easily switch plans or switch providers, if you so choose.

Before you get an unlocked phone, consider this: some providers only operate on specific frequency bands, so if you want to join a certain provider, make sure the unlocked phone you’re purchasing is compatible with that provider’s available frequency bands. This also applies when you’re travelling, so it’s a good idea to do some homework before your trip to make sure the provider in your destination country will work with your phone.

Future Shop carries a wide selection of unlocked phones, with brands like BlackBerry, LG Electronics, Nokia, Motorola, and more, so you can choose the style and type of cell phone or smartphone that fits your needs.