It is really important that shoppers should know the kind of phones they buy from shops especially when it comes to the all expensive apple iphones. Buyers are supposed to know if the phone they're buying is locked or unlocked.
So now, the first question is...
WHAT IS A LOCKED PHONE?
A locked phone is a phone which is locked to a particular network. By this i mean that such a phone is only usable or would be able to use the network to which it is registered to. Most times we buy samsung products from AT$T, TIM, Varizon, etc and after sometime, we find out that the phone becomes completely useless when the Varison sim is removed.
Most devices would tell you "unlock device" when you place a new sim card into them.
These kinds of devices are known as locked devices because they are programmed to use a particular network.
An iPhone that can be used on any network is described as "unlocked". The iPhones you pay full-price for (typically from the Apple Store) are unlocked by default. But an iPhone bought from a network, usually as part of an on-going network plan, is locked. This is normally for a set period, 18 or 24 months, and the cost of your contract covers part of the cost of the iPhone device.
So, from this post, i would like you to understand that there might be a slight difference when you walk into a varizon shop to buy a phone and when you walk into apple shop to buy a phone. and this difference is that, the iphone you'd buy from varizon shop may be locked in most times (so it is a locked phone because it would only be able to work with varizon network). But the phone you'd buy from apple shop is totally unlocked (it can be used on any network).
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