Key Takeaways

  • Buying a phone directly from your carrier used to be expensive due to hidden costs, but now prices are more transparent, and financing plans are interest-free.
  • The downside of buying from your carrier is that the phone will be locked to that carrier, limiting your options for switching to a different carrier.
  • Buying an unlocked phone gives you the freedom to choose any compatible carrier and offers more options in terms of device selection, but you'll need to research compatibility, potential feature limitations, and warranty coverage.