Best unlocked phone in the US: 10 smartphones to give you carrier freedom

The best unlocked phones in the US have become so much easier to choose since mobile carriers stopped locking everyone down to contracts, thereby making it all the more common for manufacturers to release their phones unlocked. Of course, in a way, that can make it harder for you to choose, since you’ve got so many good options. 

If you want to go with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or any number of smaller carriers operating on those networks, there’s no shortage of premium handsets for you to pick. These unlocked phones will give you an easy way to choose whichever carrier you want to go with, switch whenever you feel like it, and travel abroad with the freedom to use carriers in other countries with ease.

The only real downside to going with an unlocked phone is that you won’t have an easy time getting the major discounts mobile carriers offer to customers. Although, even in the case of purchasing a phone from a carrier, you’ll often be able to get the phone unlocked after you’ve been a customer long enough and paid of the balance of the phone.

Even if you have to just buy a phone outright, high up-front costs can be worth it. Freely switching between carriers means you can always get the right mobile plan at the right price for you. Want unlimited data one month but won’t need it the next month? With an unlocked phone, you can switch as needed without worrying about breaking some agreement you have with an American carrier.

If you’re ready, here are the best options available to you.

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1. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The best if you enjoy big phones

Release date: August 2018 | Weight: 205g | Dimensions: 162 x 76.4 x 9mm | OS: Android Oreo | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 2960×1440 | CPU: Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/512GB (up to 1TB with card) | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 8MP