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"SIM free" and unlocked is there a difference?
"Joseph" wrote in message
Sorry if this is a naive question, but is there a difference between a
phone that is "SIM free" and a phone that is unlocked or do the terms
generally mean the same thing.
Generally they both mean the same thing - a phone sold without a sim is
exactly that - 'SIM Free' would however normally refer to one that has never
had a sim whilst technically unlocked implies it was previously locked so
may actually have network branding as opposed to being as from manafacturer.
I would say though that any subtle differences aren't set in stone and that
they are the same thing, but you should check with the seller that any phone
(particuarly if it isn't brand new) is completly unbranded - this means no
branded start up screens or badges.
In terms of operation any phone that isn't locked however its described will
work on any GSM network operating on the frequencies the phone is designed
The term SIM free is generally not
used on the west side of the pond, but I see ads touting that a phone
for sale is SIM free on ebay.co.uk and in amazon.co.uk. I just
assumed that this was the same as unlocked, but also wondered if it
just meant that someone was selling a phone and you had to provide
your own SIM.
The phone the person is selling as 'sim free' should not require a specific
providers sim unless specified and is accepted as meaning unlocked. Do
however confirm and also note that in the uk it is not a good idea to buy
second hand phones from untrusted \ unknown sources because of fraud and
IMEI blocking of stolen phones. Do research the seller carefully and
remember you aren't buying from ebay.co.uk etc on auction sites, you are
buying from private individuals often.
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