1. SHIVA77's Avatar
    A friend is in town and he wants to get a Samsung Galaxy to take to Europe. How do you buy an unlock phone locally. I know you can get them online.

    Thanks, S
    05-07-2013 01:41 PM
  2. SHIVA77's Avatar
    Best Buy sells them, but don't have any in stock. Will search some more retailers.
    05-07-2013 02:41 PM
  3. maryjane2300's Avatar
    Craigslist

    Sent from my ATT Galaxy S4
    05-07-2013 02:44 PM
  4. SHIVA77's Avatar
    the problem is he is leaving tomorrow.
    I just got an education in buying unlocked phones. a lot of places sell them, such as Best Buy, J&R, Staples, Target, but none have them in stock. all ship only.

    I'll try Craigslist.
    05-07-2013 02:55 PM
  5. dpham00's Avatar
    Go to the Verizon store or best buy and buy the Verizon version, it comes factory sim unlocked. It does require root to change the apn though.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II
    05-07-2013 03:22 PM
  6. SHIVA77's Avatar
    as a follow up to above. my friend found stores in NY that caters to European tourists and they only sell unlock phones.
    05-08-2013 01:58 PM
  7. MrSmith317's Avatar
    Buy any phone from t-mobile or AT&T (full price) and ask them to unlock it. T-mobile used to give you one free unlock per year. So I don't know if it still costs anything to do it.
    05-09-2013 10:24 AM
  8. SHIVA77's Avatar
    the best solution for tourists in the US who want to buy unlock phones to use out side of US is to buy them from small specialty shops who only carry such products and he found one and bought a S3 and a S4.

    T-Mobile said they would unlock 45 days after purchase.
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    05-09-2013 11:26 AM
  9. vincent08's Avatar
    There are many websites providing unlocked Samsung phones online. Just make sure it is unlocked before purchasing because sometimes they send phones which are not unlocked.
    06-21-2013 06:22 AM

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