yeah i linked to an unlocked phone, so it will need to be activated if you plan on using any cellular service. if you just want it for wifi, then there is no need for activation.That looks good. What do they mean by activated? I guess that means having a sim card. I was planning to use it wifi only. By the way, the phone finder said 0 results. I must be using it wrong.
those are mostly chinese phones........i would pass on those. there is just no support for them here. i would stick with the name brands......even though xiaomi and oneplus are pretty big......in china though.Here are a few that pack a good bang for the buck:
Here are a few that pack a good bang for the buck:
Amazon.com: Google Pixel 4a - New Unlocked Android Smartphone - 128 GB of Storage - Up to 24 Hour Battery - Just Black
Amazon.com: Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 128GB + 6GB RAM, 6.67" FHD+ DotDisplay, 64MP AI Quad Camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone - International Version (Glacier White)
Amazon.com: Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC 128GB, 6GB RAM, 5160mAh (typ) Large Battery, 6.67" DotDisplay, QUALCOMM Snapdragon GSM LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone - International Version (Shadow Grey)
Amazon.com: Samsung Galaxy A51 (128GB, 4GB) 6.5", 48MP Quad Camera, Dual SIM GSM ONLY Unlocked A515F/DS- US + Global 4G LTE International Model (Prism Crush Blue, 64GB SD + Case Bundle)
Amazon.com: OnePlus 7T Dual-SIM 128GB/8GB RAM (GSM, CDMA) Factory Unlocked 4G/LTE Android Smartphone - International Version (Frosted Silver) (Renewed)
Amazon.com: OnePlus 7 Pro GM1925, 8GB RAM + 256GB Memory, Sprint + GSM LTE Unlocked - Nebula Blue.
From what I've read on AF, I believe anything described as "international", is NOT going to work with some US carriers, namely Verizon or Sprint, and any MVNOs on those networks.
"international" meaning "grey import"?
The "unlocked" phones offered on Amazon AR GSM
I understand that carriers like Verizon and Sprint have an activation procedure for BYOD. Where they'll only register and activate certain devices that they approve, and Xiaomi is not one of them. I've read many times on AF about this. You can't just insert a Verizon or Sprint SIM into any device and it connects. They have to register and activate a phone's IMEI, MEID, and/or ESN.
The unlocked phones on Amazon are GSM and won't work with Verizon or Sprint, anyway. The unlocked phones that I've purchased have worked flawlessly, my carrier is AT&T. I had a Huawei Honor 8 for a couple of years, and for the past year and a half I've been using a OnePlus 7, which is the best phone I've ever had. That includes a Note 5 I bought the week that they were introduced. One of the nice things about unlocked phones is that there are no BS apps pre loaded by the carrier, my OnePlus was especially barren, there was really nothing beyond a camera app, a contact list, a messenger, a gallery, gmail, and a file manager, which suited me just fine.