Unlocked Cell Phones

It’s a common scenario: you pick a cell phone provider, then later change your mind and want to change cell phone services. Only all of your information is on a SIM card, and you can’t switch it over to the call phone provider that you wish. You have just found yourself engaged in a little game of shrewd business practices, and it can cost you plenty of time and money before you have successfully “unlocked” the cell phone.

An unlocked cell phone is one whose Subscriber Identification Module, or SIM card, can be used with any cell phone provider network. For example, if you bought Phone X, then wanted to start using another phone, Phone Y, there is no issue with taking your SIM card out of Phone X and using it for Phone Y. When a cell phone is locked, it could be a lengthy and/or expensive process in getting it unlocked.

When a cell phone is locked, the SIM card will only work with a specific provider. Cell phone locking is very common in the United States because of carriers that offer free or very discounted deals. The competition is fierce, and the cell phone companies much use every tool in their arsenals to ensure that their service customers are using purchasing and using their cell phones. By the way, not all phones are designed to use a SIM card. Sometimes after a period of time, a carrier will unlock a customer’s phone at his or her request, perhaps after a certain time is reached and/or a particular fee is paid. The locking itself is actually a software setting that makes the SIM accountable to only one network.

Cell phone companies claim they lock the phones to help subsidize the cost of producing the cell phones. There are even cases when the phone us unlocked that it still won’t work because of cell phone settings in SIM handsets. So didn’t assume that just because you get a cell phone unlocked that it will automatically work. In fact, this was such a deterrent against handheld sets that a class action lawsuit was filed in 2004 in California by Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR), a consumer whistleblower group. It is ideal for the consumer for cell phone to be left unlocked, and at the very least the cell phone should be unlocked when the cell phoen service contract expires.

AT&T and T-mobile both operate on SIM cards. Sprint, Verizon and Virgin Mobile operate on another system and do not use card-enabled phones. However, once a cell phone is unlocked from an AT&T or T-Mobile network, the phone in which it originated can be used for Sprint, Verizon and Virgin Mobile cell phone service providers. This is good incentive for travelers as it saves them money on roaming fees. Unlocking a cell phone also raises its resale value. It is hard to re-sell a cell phone when it is only compatible with certain networks.

To unlock your cell phone:

  • Place an order with a reputable cell phone unlocking service and provide them with your cell phone make, model provider and other information.
  • Once payment is secured, this company will find the code for unlocking yours cell phone.
  • The code and instructions of unlocking your cell phone are then e-mailed to you.
  • The customer then follows the direction and unlocks the phone.

Cell phone unlocking will not harm you phone, and it is a completely legal process. This process can take a matter of minutes and can be carried out by someone with only basic cell phone knowledge.

This Unlocked Cell Phones Review is Written/Updated on Nov 20th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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