Today, with the help of the Congress and other legislative bodies passing laws regarding the unlocking of phones, more and more people have had an easier time in unlocking their phones regardless of the network. With the law protecting the users, unlocking phones regardless of their models have now become essentially legal.
However, despite these advantageous conditions, one still needs to complete some requirements and exert some effort in unlocking their phones.
If you are searching for guides on unlocking phones, then consider your search done as with this article, you will surely be able to unlock your phone easier and smoother. Below are 5 tips that will help you through the process.
1. Check if the contract is completed and fully paid
The first thing that you need to in order to unlock your phone and change to a different network is to actually inquire about the phone’s locked status with its current network.
You see, most locked phones are locked because they are under contract with its current network – meaning, the subscriber must be able to fulfill the conditions stipulated in the contract in order for it to be released from being “locked”.
If you have fully paid the contract and is in good standing with the carrier network, then you can simply ask for an “unlock request” and the company will send you instructions on how to unlock your phone.
2. Unlocking a Verizon Phone
According to Verizon, most of their plans don’t involve locking the phones. As long as the subscriber is in good standing with the company, then he or she can make a quick call to the company’s support number, 888-294-6805 and the unlocking process can be quickly initiated.
After doing the process, to check if the unlocking has worked, you can easily turn-off your phone and insert another carrier’s sim and check if it’s working – touché.
For AT&T users, the unlocking process will require more prerequisites in order for the unlocking process to start. First of all, the subscriber must be in good standing with the company. Second, the phone must be from AT&T and is not reported stolen or missing. Third, the phone must not be active with another subscriber. And lastly, it must be active with no unpaid balance for at least 2 months.
If you have passed in all of these requirements, then you can fill out an online form from the company’s website. After which, the company will send an e-mail containing further instructions on how to unlock your phone.
For T-mobile users, the prerequisites for the unlocking service is the same with AT&T. The only difference is that the user will be doing the unlocking process via an application from the carrier. Furthermore, there is also a live chat service with the company’s representative should you encounter some problems along the way.
5. IMEI codes
If in case you are not able to use the above-mentioned methods, then you can opt for a third-party service. There are many phone unlocking companies that will safely and effectively unlock your phone for a reasonable amount via IMEI codes.
IMEI codes are unique codes that contain all the information about your phone – model number, build number, serial number, country, color, memory and of course its current status, whether it is unlocked or locked.
By accessing the database of the company which has your phone’s IMEI code, experts will be able to easily change the status of your phone from being locked to unlocked.