DC UNLOCKED | Washington DC Metro Area

American Wireless is Washington DC area's premier unlocked cell phone retailer specializing in unlocked cell phones, no-contract plans, repairs and unlocking services. Come visit one of our retail boutiques in the Washington DC Metro area or call us today with any questions.

Unlocked Cell Phones

We have large selection of new and pre-owned unlocked / No-Contract cell phones at up to 60% off the retail price at our Washington DC area MegaStore Locations starting at just $50 with no contract.


We specialize in:

No contract unlocked cell phones for those looking to get an unlocked/replacement phone to replace a lost/damaged/stolen phone or to upgrade without extending your contract. We will even give you trade-in credit for your old phone.

Unlocked cell phones for world travelers.

No Contract Plans

We have plans for your unlocked device all with no contract, no credit checks and no hidden fees.

  • Unlimited Talk with Nationwide Coverage
  • Unlimited Messaging (Text/Picture/Video)
  • Unlimited International Texting
  • Unlimited Mobile Web
  • E-Mail and Instant Messaging
  • Unlimited 411



Blackberry Plans

Cell Phone Repairs

We can repair nearly all models in house at our repair center located in Arlington, VA inside the Ballston Common Mall. We specialize in smart phone repairs including: iPhone, Blackberry, HTC, Samsung and Motorola.

  • Touchscreen / LCD Replacement
  • Trackball / Trackpad Replacement
  • Missing / Broken Battery Door
  • Housing / Keyboard Replacement / Modification
  • Broken Charge Ports
  • Software Reset / Rebuild / Updates

and much more.

Blackberry Repair Services

Unlocking Service

We can unlock both US and international cell phones on site at our MegaStore Locations and best of all we use factory IMEI unlock method to permanently unlock your phone for most models.


Your unlocked device will never lock up on you again once unlocked via IMEI factory method.


Most unlocking service is just $20 and completed on-site.


When you want high quality accessories put your trust in American Wireless. We have a large selection of accessories all at reasonable prices. Quality does matter so protect and take care of your unlocked device with the correct accessory made for your specific model.

Car / Wall Charger Just $9.99

Cases starting at just $7.99

unlocked Original Battery just $29.99

Blackberry Accessories

Arlington MegaStore

Call us (703)436-8173

American Wireless | Ballston Common Mall

4238 Wilson Blvd

Arlington, VA 22203


Monday - Saturday | 9:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Sunday | 11 AM - 7 PM


After entering the mall go towards the CVS side of the mall on the 1st floor and store will be located right across from Chevy's in the corner next to the parking entrance.

Metro Accessible:

Attached to Orange line Ballston Metro Stop.


Convenient attached parking garage on Wilson and Glebe along with parking lot.

Ballston Common Mall

Georgetown MegaStore

Call us (202)470-3332

American Wireless | Georgetown Park Mall

3222 M Street NW

Washington, DC 20007


Monday - Saturday | 10 AM - 8 PM

Sunday | 12 PM - 6 PM


After entering inside the Georgetown Park Mall go all the way downstairs to the 1st floor and store will be located right across from the DMV.


Convenient attached parking garage on Wisconsin and M Street.

Simple Mobile Georgetown Park Mall Location


How to Beat the High Costs of Dialing Abroad
IT'S hard not to feel ripped off when you get hit with unexpected roaming charges while traveling abroad — whether they come from making phone calls or checking e-mail. Take it from Jeff Gardner, who received an $11,000 bill from Verizon after spending four days in Jamaica. Before the trip, Mr. Gardner, who runs a fly-fishing business in Grayling, Mich., said he called Verizon to find out what it would cost to use his cellphone for calls and his wireless air card to check e-mail on his laptop while in the Caribbean. He said he was told that calls would be about $2 a minute and that there would be no extra charges for data as he was on an unlimited plan. The latter part turned out to be wrong.

As travelers increasingly use smartphones abroad in the same way they do at home — to check e-mail, update Facebook and Twitter and pull up online maps — many are facing costly roaming fees, which providers charge when customers use their phones outside their service area. In fact, roaming charges have gotten so out of hand that the Federal Communications Commission has proposed a plan that would require wireless companies to send their customers a voice or text message when they are approaching their plan's limit, when they have reached that limit and when they are starting to incur roaming fees. A survey by the commission found that one in six mobile users have experienced "bill shock" from unanticipated roaming charges or other confusing fees.

The cheapest way to make local calls while abroad is to use an unlocked cellphone that can work with other carriers' networks, along with a prepaid local SIM card — a removable chip that determines the phone's network and number. "You'll always save a lot more money doing that than using the roaming rates from your carrier," said Charles S. Golvin, an analyst with Forrester Research. In general, incoming calls will be free and making local calls as well as sending texts will be cheaper.

Android Owners: What, Me Worry?
When it comes to cell phone security, Android owners are the Alfred E. Neuman of smartphone owners, according to a new study. A Retrevo survey found four in 10 (39%) of Android users haven't done anything to prevent someone from misusing data on their cell phone if it were lost or stolen. That compares to 30% of BlackBerry owners and 26% of iPhone owners. Further, only 32% of Android owners think their cell phones can get malware, while 27% aren't sure. That's a bit surprising given the much-publicized problems the Google platform has had with malware. An estimated 500,000 to 1 million people were affected by Android malware in the first half of 2011, according to a new report from Lookout Mobile Security. Following a malware attack in March, Google was forced to pull more than 50 apps from the Android Market and disable them remotely. Moreover, Android users are two and a half times as likely to encounter malware today than six months ago, and three out of 10 are likely to get hit with a Web-based security threat on their device each year.

The Retrevo study pointed out that the more stringent process Apple employs for vetting apps makes the App Store much less susceptible to threat of malware.(Jailbroken iPhones are another story.) Even so, Android users are generally more lax about taking security precautions on their devices. For example, almost two-thirds of BlackBerry owners are most likely to have password protection on their phones, compared to only 49% of Android users. Fewer Android owners also know how to recover a lost phone than iPhone or BlackBerry users. Besides using a pass code to unlock phones, Retrevo also recommends using anti-virus or anti-malware apps if you install a lot of apps. There are also various tools and services available for tracking down lost devices.



Unlocked Samsung Galaxy 2 Unlocked The good: The Samsung Galaxy S II has a speedy dual-core processor, a large, gorgeous display, 4G capability, and excellent cameras. It's also up-to-date with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The bad: The Samsung Galaxy S II lacks a hardware camera button, and you need to remove to battery to access the microSD card slot. Call quality could be better. The bottom line: Despite a few complaints, the Samsung Galaxy S II hits all the high notes, making the unlocked handset Samsung's most advanced and successful smartphone to date.

Unlocked Nokia E7 The good: The Nokia E7 boasts a premium design and has a fantastic QWERTY keyboard. The smartphone's 8-megapixel camera takes excellent pictures and video. Battery life is also good. The bad: The Symbian platform falls short of the competition, and the phone can be sluggish. The E7 has a lower-resolution display and doesn't have an expansion slot. The bottom line: The Nokia E7 has some wonderful qualities, like great hardware and excellent battery life, but ultimately its inferior software trips up this business-oriented smartphone.

Unlocked Huawei Ideos X5 The good: The Huawei Ideos X5 has a clear, sharp display, a decent camera, HD 720p video capture, and a touch of premium styling. The bad: There's no camera shutter button, the microSD card is behind the back cover, and call quality was variable. The bottom line: The Huawei Ideos X5 has all the ingredients of a satisfying Android phone, but it faces stiff competition from the top and middle of the pack.

Unlocked HTC Mozart The good: The HTC Mozart boasts a sleek design with a solid, brushed aluminum body. The Windows Phone 7 device has surround-sound technology and an 8-megapixel camera. The bad: No option for expanding memory. Camera quality is disappointing. The bottom line: The HTC Mozart is a beautifully designed Windows Phone 7 device that offers good performance, but fails to deliver on one of its hallmark features.


Thank you for your help in unlocking my phone and setting up my unlimited service. Unlocked cell phones will be the way to go in the future because it will introduce more competitiveness to the market enabling stores to sell you the phone you want rather than the brand of carrier.

Just recently I bought a phone with T-mobile a nice Blackberry. However I had no idea that I could not use it with other service providers. I will pretty unhappy with the service I was getting and wanted to switch to another provider. After a long and stressful attempt to change to another provider I realized I had to unlock my cell phone. Meaning I had to unlock the lock T-mobile and other provider put on your cell phone. American Wireless at Ballston Common Mall helped me get my phone unlocked. They had great customer service and I actually spoke to the technician for several hours. Anyhow, he also recommended that in case he knew others that had this similar problem to go and have them come as well to unlock their phones. To date I have recommended countless people including all of our embassy people.

Having a GSM type of cellphone at a discount from a local service provider, would likely mean that your new cell phone is "locked" from being use by other service providers especially when you've signed a service contract. Buying an iPhone or any modern smart phone, one feels they should be able to use it with any ever service provider they seem fit. Fortunately there are ways to have your cell phone unlocked. American Wireless has helped me with this very same dilemma. They guarantee their work and are fast and efficient with good customer service. I have had friends and family use them with good result. I'm always looking out to spread the word where there's good service.

It's amazing that in the US people are still mentally locked into tying a phone to a cellular operator. Thank you American Wireless for bringing sense to Americans in the Washington DC area. All phones are born unlocked until someoen deliberately locks them, not the other way round.Getting a $328 Samsung phone for $99 on a two-year contract is what most people in other parts of the world get, except that the phone is not locked. If you are already tied to a 2-year contract, locked or unlocked makes no difference to the operator. It would make no sense for a subscriber who is already paying his monthly dues that come with free bundled airtime to pay for another SIM.



Use a password. Many phones allow for a single finger swipe to unlock them and those phones are at risk. Call your own phone, if it goes straight to voicemail without needing a password, a hacker only needs to pretend to call from your phone to access the same information. Check voicemail instructions to turn password skipping off. The same goes for any apps that require passwords especially when they contain personal information. Entering a password puts another barrier between hackers and your personal information.

Password Part II: Don't make it easy. Avoid passwords with numbers as they appear on a keyboard like 1234 or 4444. An easy approach to take is to repeat one of the numbers. If the phone is stolen, there will be tap prints on only three buttons leaving the hacker to try and guess the non-existent fourth number. For added security, change the password every few months.

Keep Updated. When accounts of iPhone tracking and malware on the Android market surfaced, both companies released patches on operating system updates to fix the problem. "I don't think that any OS vendor would claim to have fixed every flaw upon release" said Scott Frees, assistant professor of computer science at Ramapo College. "The companies and other security firms are constantly trying to find flaws."

Be Aware of your surroundings. When surfing, be sure you are on a secure website, that means it starts with h-t-t-p-s. The s means the "data that's being sent from your computer to the servers that host the data is encrypted," Frees explained, "It makes it far, far less likely to be viewed by someone else." Also take notice of the wi-fi network you use. Unsecure networks mean others can see what you are doing on your phone.

Common Sense. Don't download an app from sites other than your service provider's website. "You want to make sure that you trust the source," Frees said. The android marketplace has had some Trojan horse attacks which sent location and user information to hackers. Also, monitor your phone usage whether online or on paper statements in case anything suspicious occurs.


PRO: Use with any carrier, no roaming fees when traveling, no contract to lock you down, no surprise bills... you are in control with unlocked phones.

CON: More expensive initially because of the lack of device subsidies.


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