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Gadget smart With WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 3 07053937947 oubabukoh@punchng.com Ozioma Ubabukoh Seven benefits of buying factory unlocked phones F ACToRY unlocked phones have many benefits. This is apparently the reason they are more popular than factory locked phones. According to ebay, the benefits of buying a factory unlocked phone include a higher degree of flexibility to change phones or cell phone providers, saving money, and staying away from contracts and hidden charges. Changing cell phone providers one of the biggest benefits of a factory unlocked phone is the flexibility to change cell phone service provider when needed. The United States is one of the few countries that give cell phone providers the option to limit consumers to a single provider by using a “locking system,” which ties the cell phone to a provider for a contract period. Factory unlocked phones give users a great amount of relief from this locking system by allowing them to change provider when they please. When a user is unhappy with the quality of service offered by a provider or is not happy with the customer service, he or she can switch cell phone service providers by simply changing to a SIM card offered by a different provider. Easy international travel A factory unlocked phone is the best choice for users who travel frequently to other countries because they can change their SIM card with relative ease when they travel. Most cell phone providers have international roaming charges if the cell phone is used in a different country than where the contract was signed. Therefore, to avoid these additional charges, users prefer to use a cell phone provider of the country they are traveling to. With factory unlocked cell phones, users simply have to change to the SIM card of the visiting country’s cell phone provider, which will eliminate roaming charges and help users retain the same phone wherever they go. This helps users to use the information contained in their cell phone, such as contact details and personal information without having to switch this information from one phone to another when traveling between countries. No contracts Users can stop worrying about cell phone contracts and the restrictions that come with them when they use a factory unlocked phone. They can change cell phones or service providers at any time, without ever having to be concerned about penalties and charges that come with early termination of contracts. Saving money Factory unlocked phones help users save money in many ways. When cell phone providers increase their charges, •Source: lifehacker.com users can simply switch to a provider that offers better rates for the same service. Additionally, by switching providers, users can make better use of the discounts and offers that different service providers offer from time to time as a part of their marketing strategy. No hidden charges Users can avoid all the hidden charges that come with cell phone service when they use a factory unlocked cell phone. Cell phone providers charge additional money for using certain services, such as data and text messaging when the phone is tied with their service. When they add such charges, users with locked phones have little to no choice and are forced to pay these hidden charges to continue to use the phone. A factory unlocked phone helps users to avoid these charges because they can pay as they go or change providers if there are too many hidden charges. Software updates With locked phones, users are restricted to the software and applications provided by the service provider, but with unlocked cell phones, users can upgrade or change to the software they need. Unlocked cell phones also give users the flexibility to change cell phones if needed; to make use of technological advancements as they emerge. Since these cell phones are sold directly by manufacturers, they do not have any missing hardware or software, which enables users to make the best use of their cell phone. Higher resale value The resale value of a factory unlocked phone is higher because users can sell it anytime and to anyone, as the cell phone is not tied to a particular provider and the buyer can start using the phone right away. In addition, if the user is unhappy with the unlocked phone or just wants to upgrade to a better phone, it’s easy to sell the unlocked phone and use the money to buy a new one. This is a stark contrast to locked phones, where users cannot sell the phone until the end of the contract period. #Takeaway 4G smartphones with small touchscreens J •Source: ntel EllY, one of the smallest 4G smartphones, is meant to be an alternative to your usual phone that you can use while working out or maybe going out for the night. Measuring 92.3 x 43 x 13.3 mm, Jelly sports a 2.45- inch screen with 240 x 432 pixels. A quad-core 1.1 GHz processor, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of RoM or 2GB of RAM and 16GB RoM powers jelly. Both models feature two cameras, dual SIM support, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 950-mAh battery. Then there is ntel Nova, which physically looks like a feature phone. You may mistake it to be one of the cheap feature phones around. The ntel Nova is an Android smartphone in the case of a feature phone. It has a 3.5-inch touch-screen and an alphanumeric touchscreen keypad, but it runs Android 6 Marshmallow oS, 1GB Ram and 8GB internal memory with 1800mAh battery capacity. It supports 2G, 3G, and 4G networks, with VolTE (voice over lTE) support. That means you can use the ntel Nova to make calls over a 4G network in addition to regular network calls. The ntel Nova is certainly an interesting mobile device. Ntel says it is a smartphone at the cost of a feature phone. The Nova is being sold with one-off voice and data packages bundled in. Have a look at the ntel Nova Specifications and Price. The network and software operating system are GSM: GSM 900 / 1800 MHz; a 3G facility; 4G: lTE 3(1800) / 8(900) MHz; VolTE; dual SIM and Android 6 Marshmallow is the operating system.