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Re: Purchasing no-contract GS5
So now that you know what phone you want, which is good, you should know that there are actually different versions of the phone. The various versions correlate to the carrier that it can be used on.
Originally Posted by jainm1234
You say that you are not impressed by any of the carriers, but which carrier is strongest in your area? You will need to make sure that the S5 you purchase is designed to be used on that carrier.
Nearly all carriers will support the S5, so no worries there. Just find out which carrier you want to go with and then you can search around either on the AC Marketplace forum for someone with that carrier's S5, or perhaps Swappa. Those two online purchasing options would save you a bit of money, but of course you can go into that carrier's store and straight up buy the device without a contract (for full retail price, of course). Just know that the sales reps may put up a fight and not want to sell it to you without a contract attached, so just be prepared for that.
Just in general, nearly all Verizon 4G LTE devices now will be able to be used to a certain extent on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile as they are unlocked. You will have more "freedom" with one of their devices, but not all network functionality (such as LTE) will be guaranteed on any carrier BUT Verizon, and there may be other quirks that will need further research into fixing (i.e. SMS/MMS).