I am thinking about buying a locked phone in Luxembourg. The offer looks attractive but I would like to know what happens after the 'subscription' period, for example, if I buy a 24 months plan and throughout this time my phone will be usable only with this specific carrier. Will I be able to use it simply use after the 24 months period or I will have to pay something to the carrier?

I also would be glad to get others' feedback who experience this kind of purchase.

  • I am considering Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium @Willeke
    – plnnvkv
    Sep 30 '18 at 14:18
  • @Willeke well but when you are planning to move between all 4 countries it doesn't matter.
    – plnnvkv
    Sep 30 '18 at 14:20
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    It often does, as buying a phone with a plan often requires an official address in the country you buy it, and with a credit rating in that country. Buying a sim card only (and an unlocked phone in the same or an other shop) can often be done without a proof of address but in some countries you need to register to an official address. Belgium has that rule.
    – Willeke
    Sep 30 '18 at 14:24
  • At least in France, you have the right to unlock your phone six (and even usually three) months after purchase as an operator locked phone. telecom-infoconso.fr/…
    – audionuma
    Sep 30 '18 at 14:58
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about long-term mobile phone contracts, not travel. Oct 1 '18 at 10:09

The most useful answer from a comment by @Fattie

In answer to your exact question, generally once you "pay out" the lock period, yes, it's your phone to do what you like with. However there is a HUGE fuss at the end to unlock it. I would truly urge you to simply buy a totally unlocked phone. Buy one now before you leave. Then you can buy any sim you like -- swisscom, Lyca, whatever.


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