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Carrier-Unlocking is the process that is required for your eligible device from a specific network carrier (e.g. AT&T) to be used with another carrier (eg. T-Mobile).
Most major operators and leading MVNOs offer very incentivizing plan deals to attract new customers in exchange of a lease for their owned locked phone, tablet, or smart watch with the lease bill (not ownership) added on the monthly bill.
As a result, the device remains their property until full payment is made or certain contractual requirements are met for the leased device to be eligible for unlock so leaving the customer really without a phone should Life circumstances change. In most cases, they want a ridiculous amount of money for a one-time payoff before the phone number can be transferred.
Unlocking your cell phone, tablet or computer is another way to gain back your freedom while enjoying the flexibility of using your device with many other prepaid network operators and internationally.
Even when your device is still under contract and the financial obligations have not been satisfied, you can still request an unlock if you understand the jargon.
With our phone and tablet unlock services, you are guaranteed a smooth process along the way. In most cases when we fail, you are refunded in full unless you submitted the wrong IMEI#.
- The first step in the unlock process is to determine your device eligibility. ($5 fee for full IMEI# report)
- The second step is to submit the request to the carrier’s appropriate department.
- The last step is to remotely connect to a tech to finalize, or have it provisioned in store or whichever is applicable.
Unlocking an eligible device can take between 1-3 business days, but may take up to 20 business days depending on the Network’s provider policies and server availability.
Once the unlock request is submitted, the final step is to wait until the carrier completes the process.
For the most part, the tools we use for our IMEI# report also give an estimate and the duration beforehand.
Unlocking a device can be free or cost as low as a few dollars to a high few hundreds.
A simple explanation is to consider the variety of devices as well as the policies and technologies used by the Network carrier including demand for a specific newer model.
No. It depends on the device model, age, original carrier and supported bands as well as whether the device uses CDMA or GSM technology.
Examples of GSM here in the United States are AT&T, T-Mobile, some Verizon, Cricket, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, Ultra Mobile, Mint…
Before 4G LTE technology came about, GSM devices were more or less identified by their ability to take a SIM card versus CDMA that were to be activated by the carrier.
Newer CDMA unlocked devices take SIM cards and are compatible with both CDMA and GSM network providers. Therefore becoming the best option for your money.
Examples of CDMA network operators include Sprint, some Verizon, Boost Mobile, Ting, Page Plus, Virgin Mobile …
Chat, call or text with your IMEI or Serial#.
Dial *#06# to display your IMEI# on most devices with active service except for Verizon.
The IMEI# is a 15-digit number that identifies your phone, tablet or smart watch and works the same way a VIN number does for a car.
We sell a variety of GSM unlocked as well carrier specific locked devices.