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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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Apple releases iOS 8: how to get it and what it can do

By TeddyK from 09-18-2014

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Now that Apple has released iOS 8 on the eve of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hitting Future Shop shelves, the new update to the operating system is less the interface coat of paint that iOS 7 was, and more a pack of features that bring it up to speed with what competitors are doing, along with a twist here and there. It’s free to download and is compatible with iPhone 4S (and later), the iPad 2 (and later), both iPad minis and the fifth-generation iPod touch.

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Overview: Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch event

By gadjosevilla from 09-10-2014

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I was in Cupertino earlier today for a monumental Apple product launch which saw the release of various exciting products and services. Starting with brand new iPhones 6 and iPhone 6 plus announcements, Apple went all out to demo its mobile payments solution as well as their much anticipated wearable, the Apple Watch.

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Motorola releases new Moto X, Moto G and Moto360

By TeddyK from 09-05-2014

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Motorola has unveiled its newest smartphones with new models of the Moto X and Moto G and the Moto 360 smartwatch at a media event in Chicago. The new devices bring Motorola into the world of wearables and continue the design and usability features first introduced in the company’s phones last year. They are all coming to Canada, and I got to spend some time with them for a solid first impression.

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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.