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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: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

By TeddyK from 10-28-2014

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What is obvious about the design of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is the metal in the body. Brushed aluminum sides fuse the textured back panel with the 4.7-inch screen on the front. It’s light, refined and looks good, even if overall performance can’t quite compete with Samsung’s two main flagships — the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4. This doesn’t make it entirely a case of style over substance, but it does make the device appealing just the same if you can accept the trade-offs.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

By TeddyK from 10-19-2014

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Samsung makes several different smartphones, but if there’s one that stands out above the others for the company, it’s probably the Galaxy Note 4. The latest in the line that arguably kicked off the “phablet” era, the Note 4 isn’t a huge leap forward from the previous model, yet it still benefits from some of the tinkering Samsung has done with it. The company would like the S Pen stylus to stand out more, and it might with its improved performance here, but the real gem is the big sharp 5.7-inch display.

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HTC unveils RE camera, upgrades coming to camera apps

By TeddyK from 10-08-2014

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At its ‘Double Exposure’ event today in New York, HTC unveiled a new handheld pocket video camera called the RE, and announced coming updates and upgrades to the camera software for its phones. The focus of these announcements is on what HTC calls “redefining mobile imaging”, and for the first time, it is opening things up to both third-party developers and even iOS devices.

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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.