Cell Phone Unlocking for Dummies

The Easy And Common Methods To Unlock A Cell Phone

People that have  bought cell phones that are tied to a particular carrier would get to know sooner or later that the phone does not work using other carriers SIM CARDS.  Usually  this happens because the phone is in contract and is locked to that particular carrier. Imagine a cell phone network provider  just sold you a $1000 iPhone X for $400 and a 2 year contract.   Now for that Network Provider [carrier] to make back that $600 that they just subsidized off of the phone, they are expecting you as the customer to pay a hefty phone bill for the next 24 months.  But that time, the phone would have been paid off and they would have made tons more based on your monthly service fees for calls and data.  I’m sure you get the point.

The service provider needs the customer to be on the plan for a minimum period to recover the cost incurred in supplying the mobile phone and if a person were to leave before this period the mobile operator does in fact incur losses.

I know, generally, we know in fact the service provider actually make millions and in the case of AT&T and others, actually Billions of dollars in profit each year.  But they fact remains, they make money [whether we like it or not] because of business practices like these.

Ok, so far it seems logical, but the issue is if we are not happy with their services, or are paying more than their competitors, we are not “free” to switch companies.  We are in a contract or as some may like to call it, we are their prisoners for the next 2 years.

Maybe we are happy with their services, but we need the extra cash and realize this phone I just paid $400 for, is actually worth over $1000 and I can still get $700 for it on the used buy and sell market online.  So why not sell it for $700 and buy a cheaper phone for myself, after all it is nice to have some pocket change for a change.   Easier said that done, because when your selling your locked phone, customer;s will prefer to buy an unlocked phone or you’ll have a smaller chance of selling it only to people who are using the same network provider as you.

Another scenario is, that you love the phone and you love your carrier and your keeping it but….

Now summer times comes along and your long awaited trip to Europe is here, yay, your all excited except when you receive your phone bill for after coming back from Europe only to realize that using your cell phone in another country incurred hefty roaming charges.  When your roaming you usually end up paying per minute and per sms and per MB on your date.  Well what does that even mean?  It means your 2 weeks just cost you $2000 in roaming charges.

How can I avoid that???  Simple, unlock your phone and buy a local prepaid sim card in the country you’re staying at.  What’s the point??  You’ll see the point when you compare your cell phone bill.  No roaming charges when your using a local sim card, and probably even saved you some money considering many countries actually have much cheaper data and call pricing as compared to yours!

Ok great, unlocking my phone is great, but how do I even do that??

The most common methods to having a cell phone unlocked

Whatever be the reasons for a mobile operator to have a phone locked, it really cuts out on the flexibility of use that any customer would want to have it locked. But there are some easy and do able methods to use that could indeed set free the user from a stubborn mobile operator.

Pay an access fee: Even the most stubborn mobile operator would be willing to have the mobile handset freed of its controls for a fee.  This is a good way of compensating the telecom company for any loss that they would incur when a client leaves in between a plan period and most companies do permit this.  It is a fairly simple act that just requires a visit to their office or retail store where they will be able to unlock the phone for you [usually for a fee].

Uses patch software: The patch software is what is normally turned up when someone tries to search for a permanent solution on the web by just doing a search engine query.  It must be said that it is important to use a patch that is developed by a good and reputed company or individual.  There is a strong possibility that the patch unless deployed effectively and from a reputable source does permanent damage to the handset and this must be avoided at all costs.  Most instances of a patch do involve some sort of user fee as well so it cannot be considered to be a totally gratuitous service.

The neighborhood repair person: Most neighborhoods are alive with people that offer their services to fix a range of devices ranging from the laptops to any household implements.  They do commonly offer their expertise to fix locked out mobile phones as well.  Whether a fee is to be paid would in effect depend on the type of method that they would use and also the personal relation that the customer has with the person in question.  But they can be relied on to provide a service that is at best dependable and in most cases there is no question of the handset getting damaged.

It must be said that whatever is the method attempted the first priority must to see that the mobile phone is not damaged in any manner and this singular focus must never be lost or else it could end up as expensive repair bills.

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