Unlocking is the process that is required for your eligible device from a specific network carrier (eg. ATT) to be used with other carriers (eg. T-Mobile).
Except for a few carriers, most offer their customers subsidized plans to buy a new device.
As a result, the device remains their property until full payment is made or otherwise until the device is eligible for an official unlock.
If 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.
The process can be long and tiresome so entrusting the experts in the field to take on the challenge is always a better option.
The Unlock Process
- The first step in the unlock process is to determine your device eligibility.
- The second step is to submit the request to the carrier’s appropriate department.
How Long Does It Take?
Unlocking an eligible device can take between 1-3 business days, but may take up to 20 business days depending on the carrier and its policies, 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 can estimate the duration beforehand.
How Much Does It Cost?
Unlocking a device can be free or cost as low as a few dollars to as high as a couple of hundreds.
A simple explanation is to take into consideration the variety of devices as well as the policies and technologies used by the Network carrier, including demand.
Are Unlocked Devices Compatible With All Carriers?
Depending on the technology used by a carrier, a device may not be compatible to work with other carriers.
The age, model number and other features of the device may also be a factor to non-compatibility.