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How would an unlocked phone benefit me?


Tug Review Crew: Rookie
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Jun 6, 2005
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Marriott Manor Club - 3 weeks platinum, 2 weeks at Marriott Beachplace Towers, and 1 week at Marriott Canyon Villas
I just bought an 'unlocked' iPhone 4s from Apple online and it should arrive soon. Not being 'married' to a provider appeals to me, but I'm not sure how the unlocked phone is a benefit to me.

My plan in Canada is 400 minutes anywhere in Canada or USA...I can call from the US to Canada and Canada to US anytime...about $120 a month. I am resident in Canada but in the US about 4 months on business and timesharing but not all at one time. Any other plan would cost me dearly for roaming charges while in the US.

Someone suggested I could do it by just using a different SIM card while in the US (or Europe I guess) by just buying a prepaid one at Best Buy, etc. If I did, however, it would appear that I'd have to use another phone number while in the US which would mean my customers couldn't reach me with my regular number.

Any thoughts? Should I just stick with my current provider or play the field? And if I stay with them, why was the unlocked phone a good idea?