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How to Unlock a Cell Phone

Hopefully you’re reading this because you already checked out which phones are unlockable and which ones are not. Assuming you have, here’s the next step.

There are various ways in which to unlock a cell phone.

  • The first is to call the service provider and request them to unlock the phone. Keep in mind, however, that you must comply with the terms of your contract if you’re on an annual contract your service provider most likely won’t like having to unlock your phone because that means a lost customer.
  • Search the internet for phone unlocking codes. Do this at your own risk, however. Rumor has it that inserting the incorrect code may render your phone inoperable. You must have the exact make, model and IMEI number. Here’s one site I found while researching this post that offers codes for unlocking Nokia phones: Into Moble.com
  • Purchase a universal unlock SIM adapter. Purportedly works on Alcatel, Blackberry, Sony Erickson, Motorola, Nokia and many other GSM cell phones.

Note: Prepaid Cell Phones.com is not encouraging anyone to unlock a cell phone in any way except in a manner that is deemed appropriate by the cell phone provider.

Word of Advice

When searching for cell phone service, ask the question, do you use GSM or CDMA? It may not make a big difference when you first buy the phone but a year or so later when you want to upgrade, it can make a world of difference.

GSM or CDMA, Which is Better?

GSM is a worldwide entirely digital network. If you are a world traveler and have access to an all-digital network, GSM is the most convenient way to go.

CDMA offers both digital and analog capacity and has a reputation of being faster than GSM. Therefore using features such as emailing, downloading podcasts and sending and receiving videos and ringtones with your cell phone will happen faster on a CDMA enabled service.

Not being an expert on the two technologies, I recommend you visit the Wise Geek website for more detailed information on the difference between the two technologies.

About the author: LaForey is a parent and a freelance writer who has done quite a bit of research on prepaid cell phones.