Unlocking a cell phoneallows consumers to move their cell phone from one network to another compatible network. Some cell phones may contain software that prevents them from being used on different mobile networks even when those networks are technologically compatible.
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What does it mean when a phone is unlocked?
Usually when you purchase a phone, it is 鈥渓ocked鈥?to a specific mobile carrier. Some carriers offer unlocked versions of their phones, or you can unlock the phone yourself. Unlocking a phone typically involves entering a specific code to enable you to swap out the SIM card, or completely reprogramming the phone鈥檚 software.
Can I unlock my own smartphone?
If you’re thinking of having your phone unlocked by your carrier, keep in mind that purchasing an unlocked smartphone can be a much easier, and more reliable, option than attempting to unlock a previously locked phone. You can unlock a smartphone on your own, but you may need help.
What are the benefits of Unlocking Your Phone?
Unlocking your phone can also give you more phone choices when switching carriers. With an unlocked phone, you are not restricted by a specific carrier鈥檚 phone selection. If you have a phone with compatible technology (and it鈥檚 unlocked), you can use it with the new service. Also, unlocked phones are incredibly useful for travel abroad.
What happens if you buy an unlocked phone from a retailer?
Purchasing an unlocked phone elsewhere (such as from a retailer or the phone manufacturer) expands the number of models you have access to for use with your provider. However, if you use a phone not provided by the carrier, you may not get all the services that are available from that carrier.