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Where do you like to buy your unlocked devices from? (vote!)

DoppelgangerDDoppelgangerD Master Of CeremoniesUnited StatesPosts: 1,847 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
<body><p>So where does everyone like to buy their unlocked devices from?</p><p>Most people have a preference, but why do you buy where you buy from.
Could it be you have an Amazon gift card to use?
You go with whomever has the lowest price?
Do you like to buy direct from the OEM because you think you get better support/warranty/security?
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Where do you like to buy your unlocked devices from? (vote!) 43 votes

Direct from the OEM (IE: ZTEUSA.COM)
37% 16 votes
16% 7 votes
11% 5 votes
2% 1 vote
B&M stores like BestBuy or Walmart
6% 3 votes
From that guy on the corner of 5th and Walnut (not advisable)
0% 0 votes
Somewhere else (please specify in comments)
0% 0 votes
From my mobile carrier (IE: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
0% 0 votes
Wherever the lowest price is!
25% 11 votes


  • runtohell121runtohell121 Analyst United StatesPosts: 2,262 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Wherever there is a sale

    Usually direct from company, Amazon, eBay, Newegg, or B&H, and really do depend if there is a sale for certain phones that I like

  • Only from oem. low costs usualy

  • dnewman007dnewman007 United StatesPosts: 3,666 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Your much better off buying direct from the manufacturer if possible for warranty purposes. I've learned the hard way.

  • DoppelgangerDDoppelgangerD Master Of Ceremonies United StatesPosts: 1,847 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I admit that I usually just buy wherever I can get the lowest price, as long as they are an authorized dealer and I know I'm not compromising the warranty and I can return if something is wrong.
    I always like to save money where I can because I don't have an unlimited amount to waste, lol.

  • I hate wasting time shopping around and like peace of mind, so I would just buy from the OEM website,
    or from Bestbuy, but Bestbuy may not have what I need and that place is rude sometimes, so not my favorite place to buy stuff.

  • I feel ya

  • 2pointdooj2pointdooj Morocco, OujdaPosts: 590 ✭✭✭✭

    I don't have a specific choice, all major retailers.

  • hollaphollap United StatesPosts: 8,377 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    OEM is the way to go for me

  • elflaireelflaire Kampala - UgandaPosts: 101

    It would be better if manufacturers made it possible to make direct purchases from their online retail stores (even for international purchases). However, i have noticed that for most Chinese brands, their products are scattered all over the place - in small online retail stores of which some are 'Ponzi schemes' which makes it very expensive compared to release prices and very easy to buy fakes. If products cant be accessed directly from OEM stores then it would be better they make them available through legitimate online stores such as eBay and Amazon 

  • You are so right man

  • arysynarysyn IllinoisPosts: 1,067

    I believe devices are best obtained from the manufacturer directly or from a brick and mortar/online store that carriers take a part of selling their stuff through where customers can get deals with relating to their plans.

  • kimberlybrookeskimberlybrookes Kansas City, Kansas, USAPosts: 634 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I prefer to go the safest route and buy from the manufacturers website, if at all possible. This way I do not run into any warranty issues if a device ends up having issues. It can be a nightmare using the warranty if you did not purchase from them directly.

  • 2pointdooj2pointdooj Morocco, OujdaPosts: 590 ✭✭✭✭

    I would do the same as you.

  • kimberlybrookeskimberlybrookes Kansas City, Kansas, USAPosts: 634 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Smart man/woman.

  • fzrrichfzrrich United StatesPosts: 4,257 mod

    I have purchase unlocked devices and it has always been through their site directly. I wouldn't be opposed from purchasing elsewhere especially from Amazon for the fast Prime pricing and shipping.

  • kimberlybrookeskimberlybrookes Kansas City, Kansas, USAPosts: 634 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I am obsessed with Prime free 2 day shipping. If smartphone manufactures would like to move inventory faster, give us free FAST shipping. People love instant gratification.

  • fzrrichfzrrich United StatesPosts: 4,257 mod

    I agree! I was hesitant to sign up but after numerous people telling me about all of the advantages of prime this and prime that I bit the bullet! And now, I own several Amazon devices and know the mail man and ups delivery guy by first name! Best decision I've made in a while.

  • delle17delle17 North Carolina, United StatesPosts: 730 ✭✭

    Anyplace they I am able to keep the original warranty brand new. Also, the price point is a deal breaker. But since ZTE has a lot of promotions I will be buying directly from.

    "A Phone made entirely with you (me) in mind!"

    Never Settle

    #ZTE #AXON-7

  • ironbaybeedollironbaybeedoll United StatesPosts: 4,630 mod

    It depends, but mostly Amazon.

  • leternalzlleternalzl New YorkPosts: 30

    The last two phones I had were from google directly.

  • lee18lee18 United StatesPosts: 341 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm really bad at just ordering everything straight from amazon.

  • razor512razor512 United StatesPosts: 2,683 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    For me, I usually focus on a lower cost, though I will not buy from a store that lacks a decent return policy.

  • chuckbortchuckbort Chuck United StatesPosts: 608 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    This is my first unlocked phone and I bought it directly from ZTE. I was gifted with a coupon code so that helped me make my decision and I ended up ordering before I saw any of the special offers any of the other retailers had anyway. But honestly, I think I would have still ordered from ZTE anyway.

  • frodriguez2010frodriguez2010 Enterprise Tech Support Engineer TexasPosts: 1,904 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Usually from Amazon but have purchased from GearBest and Aliexpress as well.

    As long as you use PayPal or another source for payment that offers purchase protection you should be good to go.  Lately I have been using Simple as it works like Google Wallet.  ;-)

  • jtzmax7jtzmax7 Bridgeport, USAPosts: 1,145

    E-Bay, a lot of the time on E-bay you will come to find that manufacturers and retailers have the same phone or device on their ebay store for a few bucks less than they do on their websites

  • mb2xmb2x Greenville, SCPosts: 122 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have bought phones from eBay, Craigslist, and Swappa. eBay is a pretty safe bet since you have a money back guarantee. Craigslist is not at all advisable anymore (since it is difficult to tell if an ESN is financed or not). I strongly advise against anyone buying any phone on Craigslist (this is a coming from someone who used to resell a bunch).Swappa has worked pretty good. Have had to get my money back a bunch of times, but the times I did get the phone, I was satisfied.

  • jtzmax7jtzmax7 Bridgeport, USAPosts: 1,145

    I didn't know Swappa sold, just thought it was an imei checker

  • mb2xmb2x Greenville, SCPosts: 122 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Swappa itslef doesn't sell. Users can sell on Swappa though. They use PayPal.

  • jtzmax7jtzmax7 Bridgeport, USAPosts: 1,145

    Ah, gotcha, thanks!

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