How To Unlock Your Phone Legally
Stuck with a locked phone?
Let’s see how we can help you unlock and unleash the true potential of your phone. First of all, why are you even thinking about unlocking your phone? That was just a rhetorical question. Of course an unlocked phone is nothing but a blessing. With an unlocked phone, you can simply opt for a carrier that looks the most economical to you. If you do not want to bleed $70-100 in your phone bills every month, may be it is time you start looking at contract-free services which offer the same plans at half the cost. An unlocked phone will also allow you switch to a service provider that has a better reception in your area than your current provider. Additionally, unlocked phones are the go-to phones for globetrotters; all you have to do when you go to a new country is swap the SIM card with with that from a local carrier and save the hefty international roaming charges that travelers complain about every waking hour of their day.
Unlocked Phones are More Valuable than Locked Phones
Most cellphone users do not think about the resale value of their phones because of the incentive structure built by phone contract service providers. If you’re on a two-year contract, your service provider allows you to upgrade your phone after two years, at which point your contract is renewed and you are trapped in an overpriced contract for two more years. An unlocked phone will usually sell at a much higher price than a locked phone. So if your contract has ended just go to your service provider, ask them to unlock your phone and sell it away on ebay.
And you know what the best part about an unlocked phone is? If you want a new phone, you don’t have to wait for your contract to expire. If you buy a new phone and find another phone that you like better, you can sell your unlocked phone on sites like ebay for great prices and buy that new phone right away. With cellphone technologies improving so rapidly, you will find that with each passing day your phone becomes more obsolete. If you bought an iPhone 5 on contract recently, good luck waiting for iPhone 8 because you will definitely miss out on the two iPhones that will be released while you are chained in your contract.
So Here is How You Unlock Your Phone
Can you unlock your phone right away? Wait a second, not so fast there. Your carrier will provide you with a code to unlock your phone provided you meet certain requirements. For instance:
AT&T: provides the unlock code for free provided that you’ve been a customer for at least 90 days and are not currently under contract
T-Mobile: provides the unlock code for free provided that you’ve been a customer for at least 40 days. (60 days for prepaid customers with a balance of at least $10)
Bell: provides the unlock code for $75 provided that you’ve been a customer for at least 30 days or purchased your device outright
Rogers: provides the unlock code for $50 provided that you’ve purchased your device outright, or at least 30 days have passed since the expiration date of your contract
Telus: provides the unlock code for $50 provided that you’ve been a customer for at least 90 days or purchased your device outright.
WIND Mobile: provides the unlock code provided that you’ve had an active account for at least 90 days and you haven’t requested an unlock code in the past 90 days.
The same policies usually apply for these carriers’ subsidiaries as well but always contact your carrier or check your contract for the exact terms. If you’re in a contract, good luck drooling over the coolest phones that are hitting the market this season.
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