An unlocked phone is a phone which has previously been locked to a network and had an unlock code put into it in order to use a different networks simcard.
A sim free phone, Is a phone which has been purchased with no carrier lock and will take any simcard straight out of the box.
What is difference between SIM free and unlocked?
An Unlocked phone will have previously been locked to a network, but has since had any restrictions removed so that they can work with any network, whereas a ‘SIM Free’ phone has never been provided with a SIM card and therefore will not be tied to a network.
Can you put any SIM in a SIM free phone?
Most re-sellers of SIM free handsets are often selling phones that are SIM free and factory unlocked for use on any network – but do check! If the phone is SIM free but locked it will be able to use a PAYG, contract or pay monthly SIM providing it is from the network to which the phone is locked.
What does it mean to buy a SIM free phone?
SIM free means the phone is being sold without a SIM Card and with no requirement to top-up at point of purchase. SIM free phones may be locked to a specific network or unlocked, and may or may not include branding and custom software.
What is the difference between unlocked and locked iPhone?
An unlocked phone can be used on any network, while a locked phone can only be used on the one it’s locked to. The iPhones you pay full price for (typically from the Apple Store) are unlocked by default. But an iPhone bought from a network, usually as part of an ongoing network plan, will be locked.