Best Cheap and Unlocked Smartphones 2017

The appeal of unlocked smartphones is that they provide features comparable to those on pricey flagships like the Galaxy S7 for hundreds of dollars less. You just buy the phone, pop in a SIM card (usually for a GSM network like AT&T or T-Mobile) and off you go. There’s no contract or monthly payment plan required for the hardware.

Both the Pixel and Pixel XL from Google are terrific unlocked phones, if you’ve got money to spend on the ultimate Android experience. (The Pixel starts at $649 while the $769 XL has been in short supply.) But if you’d prefer to spend less than $500 on your next smartphone, you can’t go wrong with theOnePlus 3T ($439), the latest phone from OnePlus which features a better processor and longer battery life than its predecessor, our former top pick, the OnePlus 3. And one of our favorite unlocked phones from 2016 — Huawei’s Honor 8 — is now getting the latest version of Android.

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