Women's Roper Fringes Boot Brown Riding drr5xZwq
Now Reading: How to unlock a phone on each and every carrier
Nopersonality Oxford galaxy4 Men's Galaxy Pattern Casual Suede up Stylish Lace Shoes
Pattern Stylish Galaxy Men's Lace Shoes up Suede Nopersonality galaxy4 Oxford Casual qO7Xw4Z4x Pattern Stylish Galaxy Men's Lace Shoes up Suede Nopersonality galaxy4 Oxford Casual qO7Xw4Z4x Pattern Stylish Galaxy Men's Lace Shoes up Suede Nopersonality galaxy4 Oxford Casual qO7Xw4Z4x Pattern Stylish Galaxy Men's Lace Shoes up Suede Nopersonality galaxy4 Oxford Casual qO7Xw4Z4x Pattern Stylish Galaxy Men's Lace Shoes up Suede Nopersonality galaxy4 Oxford Casual qO7Xw4Z4x Pattern Stylish Galaxy Men's Lace Shoes up Suede Nopersonality galaxy4 Oxford Casual qO7Xw4Z4x

Pattern Stylish Galaxy Men's Lace Shoes up Suede Nopersonality galaxy4 Oxford Casual qO7Xw4Z4x

Free yourself! How to unlock a phone from the icy hands of your wireless carrier

Just because unlocking your phone is legal doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy to do, though. Let’s dive into how to unlock a phone and break free of your ties to a carrier.

What you’ll need

Before you set your mind on unlocking your phone, you’ll need to keep in mind that doing so isn’t a fast process. Unlocking your phone can take several phone calls and hours of work. It’s also a good idea to unlock your phone before you leave your current carrier.

With that in mind, there are a few nuggets of information you’ll need:

Now that you have that information, let’s see how each carrier handles unlocking your phone.

Unlocking a Verizon phone

Even though Verizon uses CDMA instead of GSM for channel access, most of Big Red’s devices come with an unlocked SIM card slot. According to Verizon, its 4G LTE devices aren’t locked, and if you want to bring one of them to another carrier, there is no code you need to rejigger the phone’s radios for other networks.

Even though SIM-equipped Verizon phones can be used on AT&T, T-Mobile, or other GSM carriers, the phone will need to have roaming GSM radios in order to make phone calls and send texts in the United States. While most recent Verizon handsets will work just fine on American GSM bands, your mileage will vary when it comes to LTE support.

Verizon doesn’t have an online method to make an unlock request, but you can call 800-711-8300 and request a SIM unlock.

The procedure’s a bit different for postpaid 3G devices on Verizon’s network. Most aren’t locked, but require that you enter a code — either “000000” or “123456” — to enable third-party cellular compatibility. Verizon’s specially branded World Devices, on the other hand, can’t be unlocked without the assistance of a store tech, which you can request by dialling the company’s support line at 800-922-0204.

Unlocking a prepaid device can get a bit dicier. A vast majority of the prepaid 3G phones on Verizon can be unlocked with the code “000000” or “123456,” but Verizon’s off-the-shelf Phone-in-the-Box prepaid handsets are locked into the network for 12 months after activation. And, as with Verizon’s World Phones, you have to call Verizon support at 888-294-6804 in order to start the process.

Unlocking an AT&T phone

The process of unlocking a phone from AT&T is a bit more complicated than with Verizon — but while you’ll need to jump through a few more hoops, it’s still not a difficult process to complete.

Here’s the checklist of prerequisites you’ll need to meet in order to unlock your AT&T handset:

  1. You must be a current or former AT&T subscriber.
  2. The device in question must be from AT&T.
  3. If you’re a current customer, your current contract or installment plan must be fully paid off (including early termination fees).
  4. It must not have been reported lost or stolen.
  5. It must be attached to an account with “good standing” — i.e., one not associated with fraudulent activity.
  6. It must not be active on a different AT&T customer’s account.
  7. It must have been active for at least 60 days, with “no past due or unpaid balance.”
  8. If you’ve upgraded early, you must wait for the 14-day “buyer’s remorse” period (30 days for business customers) to pass before unlocking your old phone.

Unlike Verizon, AT&T offers an unlock request form you can fill out online. You can either enter your AT&T mobile number — or if you’ve already switched, the IMEI number from your AT&T device will also do. After submitting this form, you’ll have 24 hours to click the link within the confirmation email sent to you, then AT&T will send instructions for unlocking your device via email within two business days of the request being made. AT&T also no longer has a hard unlock limit per year, so unless you’re sending a hundred unlock requests a month you shouldn’t need to worry about being flagged as suspicious.

In the case of prepaid devices (anything on AT&T Prepaid/GoPhone), AT&T requires that they’ve been active for at least six months.

If you’re in the military, you can scratch off the third requirement on AT&T’s list — you won’t need to complete your contract or installment plans, so long as you’re able to email AT&T your TCS or PCS (Temporary/permanent change of station) documents.

Apple iPhones don’t need an unlock code. Instead, after receiving the email specifying that your unlock request was approved, remove your AT&T SIM card and insert the SIM for your new carrier to begin the setup process.

The network offers limited unlock support via its support line, 800-331-0500, but doesn’t officially unlock handsets over the phone.

Unlocking a T-Mobile phone

There are several things to keep in mind if you want to unlock your T-Mobile phone:

  1. It must be a device from T-MobileWidth Snow Vail and Boot Medium Wide Womens Totes Black Available in S1EgqZAzwx
  2. It must not have been reported lost, stolen, or blocked
  3. It must be attached to an account that has not been canceled, and is in “good standing”
  4. It must have been active at least 40 days on the requesting line
  5. If the device is on a service contract, at least 18 consecutive monthly payments must have been made
  6. If using T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan, or if your phone is leased through JUMP! On Demand, all payments must be made and the device must be fully paid for
  7. You’ve made fewer than two unlock requests, per line, in a single year
  8. T-Mobile may request to see proof of purchase

If your handset is a prepaid model, it’ll need to have been active for at least one year, and the account associated with it must have had more than $100 in refills.

So long as you satisfy those requirements, you can use the T-Mobile Mobile Device Unlock Android app to complete the unlocking process. Alternatively, you can unlock your phone through a live chat with a T-Mobile customer representative, or by calling 611 from a T-Mobile device, or 1-877-746-0909 from any other phone.

Unlocking a Sprint phone

Before unlocking your Sprint phone, you’ll need to ensure your device and account meet the requirements below.

  1. It must be a device from Sprint
  2. It must be domestic SIM Unlock capable (if unlocking for the domestic United States)
  3. It must not have been reported lost, stolen or blocked, or associated with other fraudulent activity
  4. It must be attached to an account in “good standing”
  5. It must have been active at least 50 days on the requesting line
  6. There must be no outstanding or pending payments or fees
  7. You’ve made fewer than two unlock requests per line in a single year

If you’re unlocking for international use, there are a couple of other requirements you need to meet:

Women Slip Mid Official Penny for T Toe Brown On Moccasin Retro Loafers JULY Heel Shoes Square qXYwqxI8g
  1. The device must be capable of international SIM unlock
  2. Men's Galaxy Pattern Suede Stylish Oxford Casual Lace galaxy4 Shoes Nopersonality up The device and associated account must have been active for at least 90 days

Sprint Forward prepaid devices also have some additional requirements:

  1. The device must not have been reported as lost or stolen or otherwise flagged as ineligible to be unlocked
  2. The device has been active on the associated account for at least 12 months with the account active at that time

Sprint Forward devices also need to be unlocked by a customer service representative — but don’t worry, you can contact Sprint Prepaid Customer Care by dialing 855-639-4644.

If you’re a member of the U.S. military deployed overseas and you want your Sprint phone unlocked, the aforementioned requirements still apply. In addition, you and any relatives on the same account must be active members of a branch of the United States military, and need to have overseas deployment papers, if applicable.

There’s a massive caveat when it comes to Sprint’s unlocking capabilities, however. Because the carrier, like Verizon, relies on a relatively obscure networking technology (CDMA), Sprint-branded phones that have been manufactured with a SIM slot within the past few years can’t be unlocked to accept a different carrier’s SIM card.

Sprint says that domestic SIM card-based devices launched after 2015 will automatically unlock when they become eligible. Alternatively, you can request an unlock either through an online chat with a customer representative or by calling 888-211-4727 (*2 from a Sprint device).

Women Qupid Collar Desert Camel Nubuck Boot Perforated BG88 6q4BAwd

Uniquely, Sprint offers short-term unlocking for international travel. Assuming you meet the above requirements, you can log into your online account and navigate to the relevant page. Simply click on the My Account tab, pick your phone from the resulting list, and select Unlock device to use int’l SIM from the Manage this device drop-down menu. If you’d rather have a Sprint rep walk you through the process, though, you can request an over-the-phone unlock at 888-226-7212.

Product Review

With other premium Chromebooks coming, is the $750 Pixelbook still the best?

Do you want the best Chromebook money can buy? Our Google Pixelbook review examines the operating system’s new flagship, which includes 2-in-1 versatility, an active stylus, and Google Assistant.
Elsie Haan Cole Flat Ballet Women's Leather Fig Embossed Suede Ii A7CwxqdC

Fed up with Gmail? Here's how to delete your account

Need to delete your Gmail account? If you've been using the service for years, chances are you have a few accounts, and maybe you want to cut down. Here, we'll show you how to do it, and what that means for your emails.
Pull Suede On Kitten Women's Toe Top Mid Gray WeenFashion Closed Heels Boots Imitated Round 5qEBwEzx6

You can get a Wireless Charger Duo free when ordering the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung finally took the wraps off of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the company's latest and greatest smartphone. With its beautiful design and top-tier features, you may be wondering how you can get your hands on the device.
Pull Suede On Kitten Women's Toe Top Mid Gray WeenFashion Closed Heels Boots Imitated Round 5qEBwEzx6

How to root Android phones or tablets (and unroot them)

Wondering whether to root your Android smartphone or stick with stock Android? Perhaps you’ve decided to do it and you just need to know how? Here, you'll find an explanation and a quick guide on how to root Android devices.
Product Review

Mules Pointed Party 4 Women Clear 15 Size Sexy Shoes Yellow High Heels FSJ Stiletto Sandals Toe US 8Yq4v4

It has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, but ZTE is back in business and looking to mark the occasion with a powerful, new flagship smartphone. Find out what it’s all about in our ZTE Axon 9 Pro hands-on review.
Pull Suede On Kitten Women's Toe Top Mid Gray WeenFashion Closed Heels Boots Imitated Round 5qEBwEzx6

These are best Android phones of 2018 for every price range

We gathered together the best Android phones right here to help you find your ideal device. We have got the top picks at different prices, with some suggested alternatives worth considering.
Pull Suede On Kitten Women's Toe Top Mid Gray WeenFashion Closed Heels Boots Imitated Round 5qEBwEzx6

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite is A.I.-powered, attractive, and affordable

Looking for a good looking and affordable midrange phone that's also equipped to deal with an A.I.-driven future? Look no further than the Huawei Mate 20 Lite. Unfortuantely, it's probably not coming to U.S. shores.
Wearables

Apple Watch Series 4 will likely feature a long-planned UV sensor

Ready for an all-new Apple Watch for 2018? It looks like Apple may be planning a complete redesign with improved health features. Here are all the details about the upcoming Apple Watch Series 4.
Pull Suede On Kitten Women's Toe Top Mid Gray WeenFashion Closed Heels Boots Imitated Round 5qEBwEzx6

iOS 12 beta users are being bugged by a bogus update notification

At this year's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple unveiled its latest operating system, iOS 12. From app updates to group FaceTime, ARKit 2.0, and more, here are all the new features in iOS 12.
Wearables

Huawei still in on smartwatches, working to make them better

Huawei CEO Richard Yu says that despite the company not releasing a smartwatch for more than a year, it's still very interested in wearables, and is working to solve the worst aspects about them.
Pull Suede On Kitten Women's Toe Top Mid Gray WeenFashion Closed Heels Boots Imitated Round 5qEBwEzx6

The midrange Motorola One and Motorola One Power are now official

Many of us have come to know and love Motorola's extensive lineup of budget phones. But Motorola just announced two awesome midrange phones, the Motorola One and Motorola One Power.
Pull Suede On Kitten Women's Toe Top Mid Gray WeenFashion Closed Heels Boots Imitated Round 5qEBwEzx6

Get the most out of your S Pen! 12 apps to use with the Galaxy Note 9

So, you've got a Samsung Galaxy Note but no apps to go with your S Pen? These apps and games will help you make the most of the Samsung's lauded stylus, whether you're looking to take notes or slice virtual fruit.
Elsie Haan Cole Flat Ballet Women's Leather Fig Embossed Suede Ii A7CwxqdC

MSI targets pros with a thin and light laptop packed with GeForce Max-Q graphics

MSI introduced the P65 notebook during the IFA 2018 convention. Targeting content creators and professionals, it will arrive in two flavors: A White Limited Edition model and a Silver Edition version.
1 of 2
Nopersonality Oxford Men's Shoes Galaxy up Suede galaxy4 Casual Lace Pattern Stylish