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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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Review: Wilson Cell Phone Signal Boosters raise the reception bar

By TeddyK from 09-01-2014

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Losing reception on your cell phone is one of those things that can quickly turn from being a nuisance to becoming a maddening feeling of disconnect. And while cellular networks have come a long way, their range and reach can be spotty, particularly when you start roving through patchy areas and dead zones. Wilson’s Sleek 4G-C and the Dual-Band Mobile Wireless Booster are signal amplifiers meant to raise those reception bars.

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Get the best smartphone for your back to school needs

By TeddyK from 08-11-2014

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As the title suggests, the weeks leading back to the start of a new school year might require you looking into a smartphone that will help you over the next eight to 12 months. Now, the “best” doesn’t necessarily mean the best on the market, but rather the best for what you need. You may be a student on a budget, or your needs might not be particularly complex, and that’s why the list in this post is focused more on bang for the buck.

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Review: LG G3 earns place among elite of 2014

By TeddyK from 07-31-2014

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LG has quietly made a statement in the past 12 months that it is serious about making some of the best smartphones money can buy. The G3 takes a few solid steps in the right direction, making the case that sometimes less is more and design is an important detail not to be overlooked. It’s prettier than its predecessor and manages to outperform it in ways that it should, making this one of the more interesting and compelling handsets to come out so far this year.

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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.