The appeal of unlocked smartphones is that they provide features comparable to those on pricey flagships like the Galaxy S7 for hundreds of dollars less. You just buy the phone, pop in a SIM card (usually for a GSM network like AT&T or T-Mobile) and off you go. There's no contract or monthly payment plan required for the hardware. Both the Pixel and Pixel XL from Google are terrific unlocked phones, if you've got money to spend on the ultimate Android experience. (The Pixel starts at $649 while the $769 XL has been in short supply.) But if you'd prefer to spend less than $200 on your next smartphone, Insidermonkey experts made a list of 10 best unlocked smartphones under $200.
Most cheap unlocked phones can be purchased online via Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and other retailers. Assuming you want 4G LTE speeds, the vast majority of these devices operate on GSM networks in the U.S. That means AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as discount carriers that run on those networks, such as Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS and Straight Talk. Some so-called multimode unlocked phones work with CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon, such as the Pixel and Pixel XL. You can also read our list of the 7 Best Smartphones Under $200 to see if we get any doubles.