The biggest advantage offered by unlocked phones is they are not locked to a particular carrier and you can use unlocked phones with any carrier by inserting the SIM of that particular carrier. Let’s look at some of the best unlocked phones available in 2010.
Nokia N900 is an unlocked cell phone, which is compatible with GSM carriers such as T-mobile and AT&T. Unlocked cell phones however do not work with CDMA carriers such as Sprint, Alltel, and Verizon Wireless. The Nokia N900 is optimized for Quad-band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/1700/2100, 3G networks on WCDMA 900/1700/2100, Quad-band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900. The Nokia N900 however does not support 3G on AT&T network.
The Nokia N900 is a mobile computer, which has voice and messaging features. This unlocked touch screen phone boasts of a 3.5 inch touch screen display, an advanced Maemo 5 operating system and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
The Nokia N900 also comprises of amazing features such as 5-megapixel camera/camcorder, Wi-Fi networking, GPS for navigation and location services, corporate and personal email, digital media player and Bluetooth stereo music. It can be bought from amazon at a price of 550$.
LG KP500 is an affordable unlocked touchscreen phone with amazing specifications and friendly interface. It features advanced technologies that are only part of premium touchscreen handsets. The LG KP500 is an unlocked phone, that is compatible with selected GSM carriers such as T-Mobile and AT&T. LG KP500 will not work with CDMA carriers such as Sprint, Verizon Wireless and Alltel.
LG KP500 Cookie features a 3-inch touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, MicroSD expansion up to 8 GB, Bluetooth stereo music and unique handwriting recognition. The LG KP500 Cookie is optimized for GSM 850/900/1800/1900, Quad band support. This stylish unlocked phone also offers a Virtual QWERTY keyboard and a document viewer.
LG KP500 Cookie is a multimedia powerhouse, which facilitate access of multimedia content through various widgets and shortcuts. LG KP500 Cookie allows you to shoot video clips and capture still photos through its advanced 3.2 megapixel camera. You can enjoy a unique gaming experience with touchscreen and its motion sensor technology.
LG KP500 also supports hands free with Bluetooth connectivity. It also has capabilities of stereo music streaming to Bluetooth devices. LG KP500 Cookie has unique Stereo FM with RDS capabilities. The 3.0 inch touchscreen (240 x 400 pixels, 256K colors) is an ideal interface to watch all multimedia content. It auto rotating display feature automatically shifts the narrow mode to wide mode. LG KP500 Cookie has an amazing battery life that gives you 3.5 hours of talktime.
Another unlocked touch screen phone launched in 2010 is the Google Android based Nexus One. The phone is amazingly fast as it runs on one of the fastest processors -Qualcomm 1Ghz processor (Snapdrgaon), and has a gorgeous display with a high resolution 3.7 inch AMOLED touch screen.
The phone is compatible with almost all GSM carriers operating on the following frequencies (850/900/1800/1900). The phone supports Wi-Fi Networking (802.11 b/g) and bluetooth connectivity.
Nexus One comes with a 5 megapixel camera and a new 3D gallery which helps to view photos and albums from picasa. It come with an inbuilt memory of 4GB with optional memory expansion of unto 32GB.
The battery life of Nexus One is rated for a talk time of 10 hrs on 2G and 7hrs on 3G networks. For those of you who are not so keen to use the touchscreen, a voice to text conversion software is also available which lets you write emails and sms’s, search for driving instructions etc. quickly.
Nexus One is highly compatible with all Google based applications like Gmail, YouTube, Picasa, Google Maps. It can be either bought directly from Google or from amazon at a price of 650$.
Read further to find out more about other touch screen phones which have made an impact in 2010.