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Budget Unlocked Smartphone Buying Guide

Don't need all those bells and whistles? Read on for great deals.

The Motorola Moto X (2014) smartphone Credit: / Chris Thomas

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Smash your phone? Simply want to save a few bucks? If you're looking for a sensibly priced device, a budget unlocked phone is the perfect choice.

These phones aren't usually as powerful as the flagship models you'll see advertised everywhere—the Galaxies and iPhones of the world—but they'll still get the job done on a day-to-day basis, and might even have enough oomph for some games. They may not be flashy, but phones specifically designed to be sold off-contract offer some of the best values on the market.

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