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Thinking about a new phone and a certain wireless provider has that phone. Must I purchase their "service" before I get the phone or can I purchase it, then unlock it and go elsewhere for my service?

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Hi

If the phone is sold by the mobile service provider, only the mobile service provider can get it unlocked. Mobile service providers who sell phones usually at a lower price to attract customers so they don't want you to purchase their phone at a lower price and then go to another provider for service.

However, at the end of the initial service contract, (a year or two) you might be able to switch providers. I say might because legislation in that regard is fairly recent and may defer from one state or country to another. You should inform yourself.

Have I answered your question correctly?

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Yup, that does....dammitt!! I was afraid that would be the answer. Well, off to se where i can get that phone... at the best price!
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What phone would that be? BTW iPhone X sells for no less than $900 usd and is fragile.
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I just came across this ad: "Brand:Motorola Model:Motorola Moto e4
MPN:MOT1766BLK Contract: Without Contract
Now, with that said, could I purchase this device with the understanding it is 'unlocked" or could be since there is "NO CONTRACT"?
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Who is selling it?
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Even IF I had more money than sense, I still wouldn't pay a grand for a damn cell phone!!! The phone(s) I'm considering are Moto 4E (4th Gen) or Blu Vivo 5
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