Tired of the restrictive carrier payment plans that come with new cell phones? Unlocked phones aren’t tied to a carrier, offering you more freedom and less bloatware. Check out the best unlocked phones we’ve tested.

In the US, many phones are sold locked to a wireless carrier—through a software lock that prevents you from using the phone on other carriers, a payment plan that doesn’t permit you to leave that carrier, or hardware frequency restrictions that exclude other carriers’ transmission bands. …