Whenever you purchase a new phone from your cellular provider it is almost always locked so that it can only be used on their network.  This is done to ensure that you aren’t purchasing a phone from them at a discount and using it in another network.  This can also cause you to have to pay large roaming fees when out of your area as well as not be able to use their phone when travelling out of the country.  For these reasons, many people choose to have their phones unlocked.  This makes them more versatile and can help them save money.

How to Unlock Your Phone

There are many different ways to unlock a phone.  The method usually depends on the type of phone you are unlocking.  The easiest types to unlock are the standard flip and bar phones.  This can usually be done through entering a code into the phone.  These coded are often specific to a brand or model of phone.  Sometimes the service provider will have changed or added to the code though.  Other more sophisticated phones like smart phones are a little more difficult.  To unlock these types of phones you will have to rewrite the software that runs the phone.  As you can imagine this is not an easy task. Unless you are a highly experienced computer programmer there is only one other thing you can do.  There are software suites available online that will do the work for you.  All you have to so is download the software, plug your phone into the computer and run it.  This usually takes a little while as the software is making the necessary adjustments to the phone.  Once it is complete, you will have an unlocked phone that you can use however you would like.

Word of Caution

Before unlocking your cell phone, there are some things that you will need to know.  The first thing to consider is that altering your cell phone in this way can void the warranty.  This means that if there is ever a problem with it, you will be forced to purchase a new phone.  Cellular providers and manufacturers will not service a phone that has been tampered with.  In the worst case, you can permanently damage the phone.  If this happens, your phone will become unusable or “bricked” and you will have to replace it with a new one.