Let’s say that you have just purchased a cell phone that you really like. You have invested your hard-earned money into your phone but suddenly you need to change carriers. Is it possible that you can take the phone that you have which is usually designated to a particular service and use it for another? The answer is yes. Here is how you do it.
There are two very basic ways to unlock any cell phone device that you may have. Many times, people will have a cell phone that can be unlocked by entering in a special security code. This code will be unique to your phone and is also linked to the serial number of the phone itself treated this code can usually be purchased for as little as five dollars and once you enter it into your phone, it will be ready to use on the service provider of your choice.
There are other phones that require you to unlock the phone by reentering the operating system. If this is the type of phone that you have, you will need to connect to it using a data cable that connects it to a programming unit. This is going to be more expensive than entering in the code, however, if this is your favorite phone, you may want to do this.
If your cell phone is on the low end, you may want to consider waiting out the two-year agreement and switching at that time. However, if you are using any higher end phone such as a Blackberry which is a significant investment, it would make sense that you would want to hold onto this own and use it regardless of the provider that you have.
Once the phone is unlocked, you may get a message that states your phone is now unlocked. You may also get a message or a notice which does not show the name of your old service provider. This means that you are free to choose the cell phone provider of your choice.
Be careful when signing up because once you choose a new provider, you should actually asked them whether or not your phone is going to become locked again. This may not be a bad thing, but you should know if this is the case so that later on if you decide to switch you will be able to change providers at any time especially if they are equipped with SIM or GSM cards.
Finally, once you have made the switch, you should be very happy. The cell phone that you love is now yours to use on your new network. Just be sure that you sign up for all of the necessary packages that will make your cellular and surfing experience the best it can be. Be sure to take the necessary steps to protect your phone with an insurance policy if possible and you are ready to experience your new network with your old phone any time that you please.