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Updated: Get Your Prepaid Phone Unlocked For Free - US Operator's Prepaid Unlocking Policies

Virtually all GSM prepaid phones are sold locked which means they only work on the operator that sold the phone. So an AT&T phone won't work on T-Mobile and vice-versa. If you want to be able to use your phone with a different operator you generally need to get it unlocked.

Even if you don't have any plans to switch operators it's still worthwhile to get your phone unlocked. Unlocked phones have a higher resale value. Plus, if you ever travel internationally, US prepaid SIMs either won't outside of the US or if they do, they will have extremely high international roaming rates like $2/minute for calls, 50¢/SMS and $2/MB of data!

US GSM operators will unlock prepaid phones for users who meet certain requirements. There's no charge for unlocking when its done through your operator.

Unlocking policies have changed. On Feburary 11, 2014, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular together with the CTIA carrier's trade association, signed an agreement to unlock phones for customers and to implement consistent and documented policies for unlocking phones. The operators had until February 11, 2015 to fully implement the new policies.

Although Sprint, Verizon and US Cellular signed the agreement, consumers won't be able to use phones from one of these three carriers on a different one of the three. That's because these carriers use CDMA radio technology rather than GSM. CDMA phones aren't locked in the usual sense. They don't need to be, because the CDMA networks themselves are tightly locked down. When you activate a CDMA phone, you give the operator the phone's MEID serial number. The activation process will check to see if the MEID is in the operator's database of phones that were made for and sold by that operator. If the phone's MEID is not in the database, activation will fail. Nothing in the CTIA unlocking agreement requires CDMA operators to accept phones from other operators. However the agreement does mean that CDMA operators will have to unlock CDMA/GSM dual-mode dual mode phones like the iPhone 4s and later so that they can be used on international and possibly domestic GSM operators

Here 's a compilation of all the US prepaid operator's unlocking policies that I could find.

AT&T will unlock AT&T prepaid phones provided the phone has been active for at least 6 months, has been paid for in full and hasn't been reported lost or stolen.

Both current customers and former customers who can provide the phone number or account number are eligible for unlocks. Current customers will be allowed up to five unlocks per account, per year. Former customers will be allowed a total of five unlocks per former account.

AT&T will waive the six month waiting period and other restrictions for current customers who are active, deployed members of the military and who provide verification of deployment.

You can  request an unlock using this online form. You can also call AT&T customer support at 800-331-0500. I recommend calling, especially if you don't meet the unlock requirements. Some users who had been customers for only a few days, rather than the required six months, have reported successfully getting their phones unlocked by calling support and saying that they were traveling overseas and wanted to be able to use local SIMs.

Source AT&T


Boost Mobile Effective 2/11/15 Boost Mobile will provide unlocks to customers who meet the following requirements:
  • The phone hasn't been reported as lost or stolen or deemed by Boost Mobile to be ineligible for unlocking
  • The phone has been active on account of the user requesting the unlock for a minimum of 12 months and is currently active on that account.
Boost Mobile claims that the only phones it can currently unlock for use on domestic GSM networks are the iPhone  5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. Unlocks will be available for those phones starting Feb 19, 2015.

For other eligible phones Virgin will provide the MSL code which, is only useful for manually programming phones for use on Sprint MVNOs

Source: Boost Mobile


Brightspot will unlock their prepaid phones for active and former customers provided the phone has been active on Brightspot within the last 60 days and the customer has added at least $80 in refills while the phone was active on the account.

Unlocks are limited to two per year per account.

To request an unlock call customer care at (888) 984-7127 (or 611 from your Brightspot phone)

Source: Brightspot

Cricket will their unlock phones for current customers after the phone has four consecutive months of paid service, provided the device was purchased from Cricket. Effective Dec 7, 2014, six months of service will be required instead of four. Instant unlocks with no waiting period are available to customers on the $70/month unlimited plan.

To request an unlock contact Cricket Support at 800-274-2538 (or 611 from your Cricket phone) or via Chat or visit an Cricket Store.

Source: Cricket Wireless

GoSmart Mobile will unlock phones for active users after 3 monthly payments.

Contact GoSmart customer support at 877-582-7788 to request an unlock.

Source: GoSmart Mobile

MetroPCS MetroPCS will unlock phones for active users after 90 consecutive days of service with the phone you are requesting the unlock code for.

Contact MetroPCS customer support at 800-901-6266 to request an unlock.

Source: MetroPCS

T-Mobile will unlock their prepaid phones for customers provided the phone has either been active on the T-Mobile network for at least 365 consecutive days or the customer has added more than $25 in refills for basic phones or $100 in refills for smartphones to the account while the phone has been active on it. The waiting and minimum payment rules are waived for deployed military personel.

Unlocks are limited to two per year per account.

To request an unlock call customer care at 877-778-2106 (or 611 from your T-Mobile phone). To quickly reach a human, say "representative" at every prompt (three in all) including the initial one for your phone number.

Source: T-Mobile

TracFone, and it's sub-brands Straight Talk, Net10 and Telcel America, have traditionally refused to unlock phones and have also gone to extraordinary lengths to make them impossible to unlock. Under pressure from the FCC TracFone now has an unlocking policy although it's extremely restrictive. TracFone's official unlocking policy says that it will unlock a customer's phone if:

  • The phone is capable of being unlocked. TracFone claims that most of its phones are "not technically capable of being unlocked".
  • The phone was launched after February 11, 2014 or activated after February 11, 2015.
  • The phone has been active on TracFone for 12 months
  • Airtime was added to the phone in 12 different months.
  • The customer's TracFone service is currently active or was active 60 days ago or less.

If the customer meets all the requirements but their phone is not capable of being unlocked, TracFone will give the customer a refund of the phone's trade-in value if the customer returns the phone to TracFone. TracFone will pay the return postage. TracFone defines the trade-in value as 20% of the phone's original retail price OR the phone's current value on BuyBackWorld.com, whichever is greater.

Unlocks are limited to one per year per account.

Source: TracFone

U.S. Cellular  U.S. Cellular will unlock prepaid devices for customers 12 months after the device was activated on U.S. Cellular Prepaid.

Only certain devices are unlockable. There's a list of unlockable devices on the U.S. Cellular site. It includes most recent are all CDMA/GSM dual mode phones.

Source: U.S. Cellular

Verizon Prepaid recent LTE dual mode CDMA/GSM/ phones from Verizon are not locked.

The GSM side of Verizon 3G CDMA/GSM global phones is locked. Verizon will unlock those devices after 12 months in service.  The 12 month service requirement is waived for deployed military personnel.

Source: Verizon

Virgin Mobile Effective 2/11/15 Virgin will provide unlocks to customers who meet the following requirements:
  • The phone hasn't been reported as lost or stolen or deemed by Virgin Mobile to be ineligible for unlocking
  • The phone has been active on account of the user requesting the unlock for a minimum of 12 months and is currently active on that account.
Virgin Mobile claims that the only phones it can currently unlock for use on domestic GSM networks are the iPhone  5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. Unlocks will be available for those phones starting Feb 19, 2015.

For other eligible phones Virgin will provide the MSL code which, is only useful for manually programming phones for use on Sprint MVNOs.

Source: Virgin Mobile

Walmart Family Mobile will unlock their prepaid phones for current customers provided the phone has been active on Walmart Family Mobile for at least 40 days (days do not need to be consecutive).

Unlocks are limited to two per year per account.

To request an unlock call customer care at 877-760-8760  (or 611 from your Family Mobile phone).

Source: Walmart Family Mobile

Other operators. - as far as I know no other US MVNO will unlock phones. I will update this post if any of the operators changes their unlock policy.

Image: Lock 3 by Andrew Magill Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

Updated 10/25/15 - Updates to Cricket and TracFone unlocking rules.


196 comments:

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  1. Trackfone and Co's. GSM phones SIM cards are locked to a specific IMEI, so it wont even work with another sim from the same Co.

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    1. Metro pcs refused to unlock my phone. I have beem using it on their network for 3 years.

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    2. You can usually find a lot of places and websites offering to help you unlock your phone, aside from the carriers themselves. I can’t speak for all of them but http://unlockyoursim.com worked pretty well for me and it helped a lot!

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  2. I am trying to unlock an iPhone 4 that used to be postpaid AT&T, so that I can use it for Lycamobile. But the online form requires an AT&T account. I never had an AT&T account because this phone is from work, was under contract by some coworker, and I inherited it later for testing purposes (no phone service), and now get to keep it. I asked my work IT to help me unlock it, but they said no, and to call AT&T directly. AT&T customer service says they only unlock for current or former customers - even though I have read many online postings that said noncustomers could still get unlocked over the phone - though these were postings from last year, so maybe policies have changed recently.

    What should I do? Keep calling back until I get someone who knows how to do this?

    The other idea is to become an AT&T customer by signing up for GoPhone, then using that account to unlock my iPhone.

    Other ideas?

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    1. Other idea: Pay $25-30 for a factory unlock now.

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    2. Need to jail break the phone.

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    3. Jailbreaking is not unlocking and does not help you unlock iPhones.

      To request an unlock from AT&T as a non customer go to AT&T Wireless Consumer Device Unlock Request and choose " Non-AT&T Mobility customer" on the unlock form.

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  3. This is all ridiculous. If you buy something you should own it and be able to do with it what you wish, as long as it is legal. When you buy a car it isn't "locked" by the dealer so you can't bring it anywhere else for servicing.

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    1. Corporate American greed, plain and simple.....

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    2. "When you buy a car it isn't "locked" by the dealer so you can't bring it anywhere else for servicing."
      Would you accept an extra $1,000 discount with the understanding that the dealer or manufacturer would "lock" the car so that only an authorized dealer could service it during the warranty period? (Free road service included).
      Mobile network operators do something like this when they sell you a new phone at or below cost. If you read your contract terms, most require you agree that you are buying the phone to activate and use on their network only. The lock is the most effective way to enforce the contract you accepted when you used the phone. If you do not like this contract, just pay full price for an unlocked GSM phone.

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    3. I completely agree and said the same,thing if,you buy something it should,be your to,do,with as you please this is completely uncalled for and if people stand up and make a stand then maybe it would change, but too many of,us that are spending our money allow it if we stop,spending they have to,give in cuz they stop,making money all,I know is somethin has to change

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  4. You do not pay the full price for the phone in most cases, so they would like to get the discount back in the service payments. US customers are addicted to low up front payments.
    You cannot have it both ways.
    Wireless Warehouse used to unlock almost all AT&T phones that were originally sold before 1/26/13 for $5. Not any more, except BlackBerry. They have reasonable prices for BB and HTC on Tmobile, plus some other phones. They will unlock the GSM side of Verizon BB for $10. AT&T iPhone price went up to $29 though, for a factory unlock via iTunes.

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    1. Update: WirelessWarehouse can no longer unlock iPhones for $29. They have to charge $100 now like just about everyone else, and the site they use is not even working at the moment.

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  5. I had the same problem getting AT&T to unlock my phone. I recommend suing them in small claims court for the difference in value between your locked phone and an unlocked Iphone 4. They will provide you the unlock code rather than hire an attorney to appear in court.

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  6. It will cost you more to file a case in small claims court and arrange successful service of process than it would to pay for a phone unlock (if your phone was originally sold after 1/26/13). Save all the hassle of suing if you have better things to do with your time and money. The company can get a continuance at the last minute, or the judge may not be satisfied that you served the correct person with enough advance notice, and you may have to take a second day off work. The company does not have to send a lawyer to small claims court; they just authorize any employee or agent to defend themselves. You can only be awarded actual damages that you can prove, so you cannot claim the cost of a better phone and get away with it. You will have to prove that you me the company policy for an unlock, but they failed to provide it. You will have to document and prove that you made a proper demand of the company. Even if you win a judgement, you have to collect, which can involve more time and money.

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  7. I have attempted to unlock T Mobile phones, that are not under contract nor on any prepaid plan. They say that I need to establish a prepaid service plan at least to unlock the phone?. Typical of the major carriers to do things like this.

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  8. Tmobile unlocked three Nokias, two Blackberrys, one LG and one Seimens phone from their network for me. With one more $10 pin I may be able to unlock a Nokia 521, which also supports AT&T HSPA bands. Before the latest unlock terms change, Tmobile wanted the phone on the line 40 days, and for me to add at least $10 in airtime to that line after switching phones. The new terms are more restrictive, so I will give it a test.
    I keep a Tmobile gold status prepaid line open for a minimum $10/year, and transfer the sim to new locked phones when needed. I think it is smarter to wait a few weeks and buy a little extra airtime, good for a year, than pay for unlocking.

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  9. Going forward, I'll not purchase a locked phone again.

    I'm a fan of the Google Nexus. I have a Nexus 5 that has been active on lycamobile.com, tmobile.com, and the CDMA MVNO: ting.com. My wife's Nexus 5 has been active on airvoicewireless.com also. Great flexibility for an awesome $350 device. https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_5_white_16gb

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  10. Are Straight Talk and Net10 GSM phones locked to Straight Talk or Net10 only or just locked to the AT&T or T-Mobile network?

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  11. Dennis: Could you please tell me the name of the unlock website that will unlock LG phones for low prices? I read this earlier, but cannot find the post now.

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    1. There are lots of unlockers on eBay again - unlock codes for LG phones seem to mostly be $2 or less. Find one with lots of good feedback and maybe give them a try. I haven't tried them so I certainly can't give any guarantees, but $2 isn't a lot of risk.

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    2. The unlock service I used last year was http://unlockcode247.com/ Their $2 code worked on my T-Mobile LG G2.

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    3. Is there a good service for unlocking Nokias? The more reputable service I found wanted $50

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    4. Nokia unlocks vary by model. Best price I found for AT&T 635 is in UK, $23 on eBay.

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    5. Dennis: Could you please tell me the name of the unlock website that will unlock for Samsung core prime phones phones for low prices?

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  12. Are some phone brands harder or more expensive to unlock then others? And are unlock codes always so cheap?

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  13. Are Samsung and Nokia phones as easy to unlock as LG phones

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    1. Just as easy but way more expensive, $20 and up for an unlock code.

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    2. I'm confused.

      All the pay services want is an IMEI number from my Samsung Galaxy J1. There has to be an algorithm to that number.

      How do they determine what the unlock code will be?

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    3. Algorithmically generated codes are falling out of favor because once the algorithm leaks every phone can be easily unlocked.

      I believe most unlock codes today are randomly generated numbers that are stored in a database by the manufacturer and are written to the phone firmware as a one-way cryptographic hash.

      Unlocking services use a variety of methods for obtaining unlock codes which they don't reveal for competitive reasons. I suspect social engineering and bribing manufacturer and carrier employees are widely used.

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    4. What about unlocking phones that are CDMA but run off of UICC cards for 4G LTE service

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    5. "What about ZTE phones"
      Brand of phone is irrelevant when discussing mobile operator's rules for unlocking.

      "What about unlocking phones that are CDMA but run off of UICC cards for 4G LTE service". Verizon phones are sold SIM unlocked. Sprint will unlock some of their LTE phones and 3rd parties can unlock most of the ones
      Sprint won't.

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  14. does anyone know Crickets unlocking policy?

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    1. Free unlocking after four (4) months of consecutive paid service using the device you want to unlock. See Device Unlock - Cricket Wireless

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    2. Thanks for updating this!

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  15. "Virtually all GSM prepaid phones are sold locked which means they only work on the operator that sold the phone. "

    My understanding is that the Motorola GSM phones (Moto X, Moto G) are readily available unlocked when purchased directly from Motorola.

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    1. That's true although they aren't prepaid specific phones nor are you buying them from an operator. Some other phone manufacturers including Sony and Apple also sell unlocked phones to consumers online.

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  16. What changed with Brightspot's unlocking policy?

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    1. The policy didn't change. I just added a link to Brightspot Web page documenting it.

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    2. It used to say that $50 in refills needed to be added to unlock the phone. Is it $50 or $80?

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  17. Does Tracfone's new unlocking policy also apply to Net10 and Straight talk?

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  18. Unlocking an iPhone 5S from Boost Mobile will work for what bands? I thought the GSM on the phone is only data bands. Can someone please specify what unlocking a boost Mobile iPhone 5S will allow?

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    1. The iPhone for Boost is model Model A1453. It supports the following bands and technologies:
      CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B: (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz);
      UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA: (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz);
      GSM/EDGE: (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz);
      LTE: (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)

      However, it's current locked tightly and only works on Boost. If Boost fully unlocks it it will get 3G or better on virtually every GSM operator in the world. It supports every 2G, 3G and LTE band currently used by AT&T and T-Mobile.

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  19. Dennis, as far as you understand, what do you think will be the status of the iPhone 4S GSM/CDMA for Verizon? I have one I would like to use domestically. It's paid in full and it's been unlocked for over a year now, but back when it was unlocked it was for use internationally. Do you think this CTIA agreement changes anything as far as the "unlock" goes for domestic carries such as AT&T and T-Mobile?
    Hypothetically speaking what network would this phone work best taking into consideration compatibility? I have an iPhone 4 on AT&T would a 4S be better as far as network speeds?

    Thanks, look forward to you response. From reading your notes, on the surface I'm hopeful about being able to use my iPhone 4s again.

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  20. If boost unlocked it... It would get tmobile lte? And/Or is it missing some of their network bands?

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    1. The iPhone 4s (any carrier) doesn't have UTMS (3G/fauxG) on the 1700 Mhz AWS band that's T-Mobile's primary UTMS band. So data speeds would be limited to 2G except in refarmed markets where T-Mobile has added UTMS on 1900 Mhz. There's a list of 1900 Mhz markets on this page Prepaid Operator Profile: T-Mobile

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    2. Perhaps you meant to write UMTS?

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    3. Of course. I wonder what UTMS means :).

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  21. You all complain about how locked is like stuck at a single car dealer, yet you buy the phones and the contracts?!

    This is exactly why I do no contract, $10/mo and have been no contract for over a decade now.

    Wake up!

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    1. I bought my iPhone from a boost mobile reseller. They inflated the price due to high demand but threw in a few accessories. Basically I paid for extra accessories. Since I paid outright for my phone I should be able to have it unlocked. Since its been about a year they should just unlock it.

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  22. Aside from unlockcode247.com who are the best unlockers around?

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    1. unlocker247 gave me the wrong code for my LG L70, and you only get 3 chances on the Metro phones. I waited 8 hours for the right code, and they did not answer, so I tried imei-unlocker.com. They sent me all 4 unlock codes on the first try, and the right one worked. Later, I emailed the owner's address from my PayPal receipt from unlocker247, and he sent me the correct code in less than 1 hour. There is a difference between the international unlock code and the U.S. Metro codes.
      Tips: Make sure you ask in the order notes section for the U.S. Metro PCS **Service Provider** code. It should be 16 digits for a MetroPCS L70, not 8 digits. The other 4 lock fields in the MetroPCS LG unlock menu are already unlocked. If your code fails, make sure you take a video of your access to the unlock menu and entry of the replacement code they send you. You may have to prove you entered the correct code to get a refund, if that matters to you.

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    1. They don't seem to have unlock codes for the Moto G. Any ideas?

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    2. You can buy a Moto G unlocked from Motorola or Amazon.

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  24. Some new Brightspot phones at Target stores now have a sticker on the box that say "This phone is only compatible with Brightspot" Does that mean it can't be unlocked?

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    1. To me that means that Brightspot is saying the phone is locked to Brightspot specifically rather than to T-Mobile. I don't know if that's actually true or they are just trying to discourage users from buying Brightspot phones for use on other T-Mobile MVNOs.

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  25. Dennis,

    Can a brand new samsung MetroPCS phone be unlocked with one of those codes one pay for? I am new to GSM. Was going to put it on another GSM provider. If you don't know, you know a site that might know? I think you had recommended another site but I can not find it.

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    1. No idea. In general unlock codes for Samsungs are harder to find and more expensive ($20+) than most other brands. Try searching XDA-Developers, Android Forums and SlickDeals forums for " MetroPCS Samsung SIM unlock"l to see if anyone has been successful in getting a code that works.

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  26. Does anyone know if T-Mobile can provide the unlock code for a phone sold by Walmart Family Mobile? Thanks

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    1. I would contact WFM to request an unlock of an WFM phone. I doubt that T-Mobile would do it although there's no harm in asking.

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  27. I'd like to know the answer too. Since T-Mobile owns WFM it is possible but then again Metro unlocks seperately from T-Mobile.

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    1. Traditionally locked WFM phones have worked on T-Mobile without needing to be unlocked.

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  28. Does anyone know the current unlock policy for Consumer Cellular? Thank you.

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  29. HOFO ID. Grateful4adviceNovember 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I have heard conflicting information about Consumer Cellular's unlock policy.

    Cricket is changing the waiting period from 4 to 6 months.

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    1. You're doing better than me. I haven't been able to find ANY information about Consumer Cellular's unlocking policy. What have you heard amd where did you hear it?

      I know about Cricket's change. I'll update this post to include it,

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    2. My two iPhone 5s handsets from Consumer Cellular came unlocked to all networks globally, no action required to use it with any other sim card I purchased them in December 2013.

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  30. HOFO ID. Grateful4adviceNovember 12, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    I called the customer service number twice on the Consumer Cellular brochure at Target. Prompt, courteous American reps with no hold time. The first rep thought you had to make one payment but my cell phone lost coverage while he was checking. When I called back the second rep said there was no waiting period as long as your account was active.

    Either way, their unlock policy seems consumer friendly if this is true. I would feel more confident if Consumer Cellular put their unlock policy in writing. If only their rates weren't so high.

    Dennis can one use a locked Cricket GSM phone on any ATT MVNO or GoPhone plan or must one get it unlocked first? Thank you.

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    1. Cricket phones need to be unlocked to use anywhere else, even on AT&T MVNOs.

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  31. HOFO ID. Grateful4adviceNovember 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Thanks for the Cricket info Dennis. Does Ptel unlock phones? If not, is it likely that T-Mobile would provide the unlock code for a phone purchased from Ptel? Thank you.

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    1. PTel doesn't unlock phones and T-Mobile will not unlock a phone purchased from PTel.

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  32. HOFO ID. Grateful4adviceNovember 14, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Appreciate the information Dennis

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  33. Heads up on Cricket's policy change on unlocking making it similar to GoPhone.

    https://www.cricketwireless.com/legal-info/device-unlock-policy-effective-dec-7.html

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    1. Cricket will only unlock if you are on the "new" cricket network. If you're an old cricket customer you're pretty much SOL

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  34. We should always keep in mind the unlock codes given by the network service provider.We never forget it!

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  35. I have a straight talk Samsung Galaxy S3 and they wont unlock my phone until I have had 12 months of service. But they SUCK!!!! Does anyone know where I can get an unlock code?

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    1. Phones TracFone companies including Straight Talk are difficult to unlock, I don't know of any third party unlocking service that can unlock them.

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  36. I have a Nokia Lumia 630 from Cricket Wireless. I am not with them currently. Do you know any third parties who Unlock Cricket wireless phones ?

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  37. I am currently A Walmart Family Talk customer and was given a Metro PCS phone as a gift. How do I use my sim card in this metro phone? It is an Alcatel onetouch fierce 2.

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    1. You need to get the phone unlocked. As you aren't a MetroPCS customer you need to use an unlocking service. This eBay seller has 99¢ unlocks that have been reported to work: www.ebay.com/itm/331343624365

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  38. I recently bought a Iphone 5s from ebay locked to at&t. I am a metroPCS customer. How am i able to use the iphone on metroPCS. I was mainly wondering if metroPCS would unlock it for me, or for that matter at&t. If not, any unlocks recommended?

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    1. Your AT&T iPhone would need to be unlocked to use it on MetroPCS. I doubt that MetroPCS would unlock it but there's no harm in asking. AT&T would unlock it if you meet the requirements and possibly if you don't. Submit a request and hope for the best.

      You can always use a paid unlocking service. I've had good results with unlockcode247.com and they have low prices but I haven't used them for iPhones, theunlockingcompany.com has a good reputation but high prices. I've never used them.

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  39. I have a sprint samsung galaxy s5 want to turn into straight talk is there a possible way? I am currently on the framily sprint plan which is basically prepaid

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    1. Sprint Phones aren't unlockable. If it's not financed or you owe Sprint money it should be possible to use it on Straight Talk on the Sprint network without unlocking. Check the IMEI at http://www.straighttalkbyop.com/ The phone needs to be deactivated from Sprint first or the check fail.

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  40. Can I unlock a boost phone to family mobile or straight talk service?

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    1. Not currently. Boost's unlocking policy is supposed to change Feb. 11 but no one knows yet what the new policy will be. In addition the only Boost phones that support GSM and could potentially be used on Family Mobile or Straight Talk are the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 4s and latter.

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  41. Do MetroPCS puts a sim lock on unlocked BYOD devices, let's just say that you're not satisfied with their service after a month use? Thinking of switching to them from Cricket on my unlocked Galaxy Note 2.

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    1. No, if your phone is unlocked, no carrier in the world has the capability to lock it.
      Carriers can lock a SIM to a specific phone but they can't lock a phone to a carrier.

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  42. Has anybody successfully used an iPhone with Tracfone service?
    I do believe you can buy a CDMA iPhone that is unlocked from amazon.

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    1. It has to be an iPhone 4 or 4s specifically sold for use on Verizon. Unlocking is irrelevant for CDMA phones as the network blocks phones with serial numbers that aren't on a wishlist. The iPhone 5 and later can't be used because TracFone doesn't allow LTE capable phones

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    2. It has to be an iPhone 4 or 4s specifically sold for use on Verizon. Unlocking is irrelevant for CDMA phones as the network blocks phones with serial numbers that aren't on a wishlist. The iPhone 5 and later can't be used because TracFone doesn't allow LTE capable phones

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    3. Will the ST iPhone 5 work (LTE disabled)?

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    4. I don't know but probably not. At one time http://tracfonebyop.com had a list of prohibited devices that included all NET10 and Straight Talk phones. The list is not on the site anymore but I doubt that the rules have changed.

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  43. If a have a Metro PCS LG L70 I need to unblock my phone in order to use it with the Univision Mobile Service? if both services are from T-Mobile. Thank you

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  44. MetroPCS phones need to be unlocked to work on any other service even T-Mobile based ones.

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  45. Can I use an unlocked tracfone with Strait talks byop kit? Can I unlock a cdma tracfone for use with any other carrier?

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    1. An unlocked GSM phone can be used with Straight Talk BYOP. But CDMA TracFone's can't be used on any other service they will only work on TracFone. CDMA TracFone's can't be used on Straight Talk.

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    2. TracFone CDMA Android phones work on Page Plus, BYO, Selectel and Red Pocket. As far as I know they don't work on Straight Talk.

      CDMA phones aren't locked, the network is.

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    3. Do all CDMA Android TracFone's work on Verizon MVNOs?

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    4. I believe they all do. The Fuel, Dynamic 2, Moto E and Ultimate 2 definitely do. Two caveats:
      The phone must be new, never activated on TracFone
      You must use the hexadecimal MEID, not the decimal one when activating.

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    5. So, if the phone has been activated on TracFone it can never be used on Verizon MVNOs?

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    6. I wouldn't say never but people who have tried activating used TracFone Android phone's on other MVNOs have not been successful. The problem seems to be that TracFone doesn't properly release the phones from the network and other MVNOs can't activate them as they show as in use with another operator.

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  46. Will all recently released Verizon based Net10 and Straight Talk phones work on Verizon MVNOs?

    And will they work on all or only a few Verizon MVNOs?

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    1. Really, nobody knows?

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    2. I don't think every single NET10 and Straight Talk phone has been tried on every Verizon MVNO.

      So far, I heard of the LG Fuel, Ultimate 2 and Dynamic 2 and the Motorola Moto E working on all the non-TracFone Verizon MVNOs including PagePlus, Envis, BYO, Puppy Wireless, Selectel and Red Pocket. I'm sure there are other phones that will work, search HowardForums, Kitty Forums, Turk Forums, Slick Deals etc. to find more reports of phones that work.

      I believe that if a phone works on one non-Tracfone Verizon MVNO it will work on any of them.

      It's been suggested that only brand new, never activated on one of TracFone companies phones, will activate on other MVNOs and that you need to use the hexidecimal MEID not the decimal one when activating.

      I suspect that TracFone will eventually close the loophole that allows their subsidized phones to be activated on other MVNOs so if you want to do it, don't delay.

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  47. Just bought net 10 LG ultimate 2 @ walmart. Was told I could transfer to straightrsihht talk. Well straight talk said no. Guess I have to return it.

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  48. New UNLOCKING standards begin on Wednesday, February 11th. http://www.androidcentral.com/it-will-soon-be-lot-easier-unlock-phone-americas-top-carriers-heres-what-you-need-know

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  49. I have a cricket rm 977 Nokia haven't used nore a customer since nov probably barely meet the unlock standards want to unlock to Wal-Mart family T-Mobile am I sol

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    1. You can search for unlock codes on eBay. Nokia Lumia unlock codes cost about $20.

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    2. Call Cricket if you meet the requirements they might unlock the phone.

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  50. Here is Verizon's policy on unlocking prepaid phones:
    "Our 3G Prepaid Phone-in-the-Box phones are restricted for use with our Prepaid service for six months after activation, and are locked to the Verizon Wireless network for 12 months after activation. After six months, the restriction to our Prepaid service is automatically removed. After 12 months, you can contact us at *611 from your Verizon Wireless Prepaid phone, or (888)294-6804, and we will provide you with the programming code so that you can unlock your phone. If the user guide for your phone does not provide instructions to access the programming menu, we can help you with that as well." http://www.verizonwireless.com/aboutus/commitment/safety-security/device-unlocking-policy.html?null The postpaid policy is also listed.

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    1. The only change seems to be that prepaid customers can now get 3G phones unlocked after 12 months instead of never.

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    2. I thought Verizon phones had to be sold unlocked and GSM capable phones could be used on AT&T and T-Mobile out of the box. Did that change?

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    3. I had not seen the 6-month prepaid service lock policy in writing before, although I have seen this reported on blogs for years with no links.

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    4. "I thought Verizon phones had to be sold unlocked" Verizon phones launched in the last couple or years that support both LTE and GSM are sold GSM-unlocked.

      Older GSM capable Verizon phones, including some that support LTE like the Droid 3, 4, Bionic and RAZR where sold eithe GSM locked or with US GSM networks blocked.

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  51. Here is AT&T's new unlocking policy for GoPhones: "Prepaid / GoPhone®
    The device must be active for at least six months of paid service." https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/?partner=LinkShare&siteId=NKa3hZyYoHA-HZe4WERCWka2T3N95OobLw#/

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  52. T-Mobile's unlocking policy was updated last week here: https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-1588?AID=11031750&PID=552179&SID=Vk4wM0Bnb0tNcXNBQURZZnlVUUFBQUEt

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  53. Here is the US Cellular unlocking policy: http://www.uscellular.com/site/legal/mobile-wireless-device-unlocking.html

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    1. The only change seems to be an expansion of list of devices U.S. Cellular can unlock.

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  54. Sprint Prepaid phone unlocking policy:http://support.sprint.com/support/article/Sprint_Prepaid_phone_unlocking_policy_and_FAQs/34e0a0ca-b749-4287-8c1e-da46e41312e9

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  55. Verizon Phones DO COME UNLOCKED per FCC rule specific to Verizon Communications . That IS correct.

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    1. Only Verizon LTE capable phones released in the last couple of years come unlocked. Verizon 3G phones like the Incredible 2 and the Droid 3 and early LTE phones like the Bionic were sold locked.

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  56. Looking to buy an Iphone 4s from a guy. The phone was with Sprint and I want to take it to Strait Talk. Anyone know how to unlock it?

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  57. I got my Motorola Moto G Ext from Consumer Cellular and paid full price and it is still locked and without me having a plan so what gives??

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    1. What gives is that you bought a phone from a carrier. Carrier phones in the US are always locked. Try asking Consumer Cellular to unlock it. If they won't unlock codes for that phone are cheap.

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  58. I bought an iPhone 6 plus & I was wondering if anyone knows if It can be unlocked?

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    1. It can. The operator's rules for unlocking (listed above) are the same for the iPhone 6 Plus as for any other phone.

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    2. Even if its from cricket? Thank you so much :)

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    3. Cricket will their unlock phones for current customers after the phone has six consecutive months of paid service, provided the device was purchased from Cricket.

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  59. how about Freedompop? I know they use sprint (CDMA) so I'm guessing that one could use them with other sprint MVNO, but the faq isnt all that clear:

    from the freedompop faq:
    "Are your phones unlocked?

    There is no contract required with FreedomPop, as you can cancel any time!
    Most of our phones are unlocked to Sprint and with any Sprint MVNO: for use with Sprint wireless CDMA carriers only. In order to begin the process of bringing a FreedomPop phone to another Sprint CDMA partner, please contact us via email or phone."

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    1. FreedomPop phones should work on other MVNOs. You might need to flash a stock ROM as some Freedom Pop phones have custom ROMs to support FreedomPop's WiFi only calling that might not work for regular talk & text.

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    2. Thanks Dennis! Still not very clear, but thanks for trying. Great website, but the way! Very helpful information without being over the top too technical. Just what I was looking for.

      Follow up question on Freedompop: It appears they only sell used phones (I ordered the S3 and recieved a pretty beat up one). I'd kind of prefer to get a new cheap android to use on freedompop, but it doesn't look like that will work at all with how all the carriers, including MVNO's, network lock the MEID numbers to their service. Can you confirm this? Or, better yet, do you know of ANY exceptions? Thanks again for this great website!

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    3. In theory, any new, fully paid for Sprint postpaid phone should be eligible for activation on any Sprint MVNO including FreedomPop.

      In practice, Sprint's MVNO BYOP activation process is so screwed up no one knows for sure if a given phone will work or not. See Sprint Partially Fixes the BYOSP Mess It Created for the gory details.

      All Sprint MVNOs share the same rules and database of whitelisted phones so a new unactivated phone from another Sprint MVNO like Ting should work though nothing is guaranteed in the BYOP world.

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  60. Well, I went ahead and bought a sprint prepaid LG Tribute in hopes maybe I could activate on freedompop, despite what I've read. Turns out, its not possible. Oh well! So, another unused unactivated will be returned back to target tomorrow, presumably to join the piles of others from sprints awesomely annoying incompatibility policy. I will make one last ditch effort and call Sprint to see if they might release it to me, but I'm not hopeful...

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    1. Any idea how to get a galaxy s5 (cspire) to work on a gsm network? I tried to switch from cdma to gsm in mobile networks setting and gsm wasn't even an option. I tried to use my Sim card from my galaxy light which is active under metro pcs and it didn't change anything except my phone number showed up in about phone settings. Any suggestions? I would love to stay with metro pcs. Thanks

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  61. You can't jusr swap SIMs with MetroPC. You have to contact them to add the IMEI to their database before it will work.

    There may be other issues as well. Does the Cspire S5 even support GSM? I don't know off hand but you should be able to find the specs online with a bit of effort.

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  62. Will a MetroPCS (LG Leon 4g LTE) phone work on tmobile $30 walmart plan? or does it need to be unlocked? I know MetroPCS is an MVNO of tmobile, so I assumed I could just throw in the sim and it would work on tmobile $30 walmart plan, but its kinda looking like that will not work. Is it an unlocking issue, or a 4g LTE issue? Does the $30 walmart plan work for 4g LTE, on only on 4G phones. I have been testing out the Leon and really like it, but its not going to be worth it for me if I can't get a better deal on the plan. $30 is max budget, but looks like $40 is min. for MetroPCS LTE. drag...

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    1. What's wrong with the $30 MetroPCS plan with 1GB data/month? Your phone should qualify.

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    2. MetroPCS phones need to be unlocked to work om T-Mobile or a T-Mobile MVNO. Once unlocked it would be fully compatible with any T-mobile plan.

      The T-Mobile $30, 100 minutes plan includes 5 GB of full speed LTE data and unlimited throttled data there after.

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    3. The Leon is an LTE device and LTE devices are not permitted on the $30 plan.

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  63. So, has anyone had sucess with buying an unlock code that worked for metropcs lg leon? Also, once unlocked, any chance it would work on the metropcs $30 4g plan? Probably not, from what dennis has already said, but thought i'd ask. Weird how tmobile owned metropcs differentiates between 4g and 4g lte plans, but tmobile itself does not. The twisted world of mvno prepaid.... And why dennis has this awesome site to help us all sift thru it all!

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    1. I think Metro is restricting the $30 plan to non-LTE devices to clear out their inventory of non-LTE phones. The block is based on the phone's serial number (IMEI) so unlocking won't magically make the phone work on the $30 plan as it doesn't change the IMEI.

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  64. Leigh Anne BoyingtonJuly 1, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    I am having a hard time trying to figure out how to unlock my c-spire moto x. The IMEI # begins with 99. Apparently this is not a good thing?? Anyone have any helpful hints?

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    1. The Moto X model XT1049 that C Spire sells doesn't support GSM so there's nothing to unlock. It's not compatible with AT&T or T-Mobile and Sprint and Verizon won't accept phones from other operators.

      Use it on C Spire or sell it to someone who needs a C Spire phone.

      Most CDMA phones have IMEIs starting with 99.

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  65. My LG Spirit phone with CDMA technology no longer works on my MetroPcs account now that TMobile has taken over. Regular customer service folk on both MetroPCS and TMobile are clueless about what I can do. I want to keep my great phone and would prefer to stay with my low cost MetroPCS plan but I'm told that my CDMA phone can't work on TMobile's GSM network.

    Can I get my phone unlocked so it will work on a system that uses CDMA like Verizon? If so, will I be able to purchase a Verizon prepaid plan and use my phone? Or am I just going to have to get a new phone? Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks for posting all this information.

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  66. Followup to my previous comment. I just reread the previous comment from Leigh Ann Boyington and Dennis Bourniques's response immediately above and I realized that answered my question (duh). I am totally new to this issue so it took me awhile. Guess I'll have to get a new phone and plan. This has been an education!

    I guess it's too much to expect that TMobile/MetroPCS would reach out to customers and provide the basic info that we'll need but we already know they don't really care about their customers. Oh Well.

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  67. If I have a postpaid t-mobile or AT&T phone and I unlock it, can I use it as a verizon prepaid?

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    1. Verizon won't activate it, and you can't make cellular calls or send regular text messages.
      LTE data might work if your phone has a Verizon LTE band and you activate the Vzw SIM with a Verizon phone.

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    2. Generally not but there are some exceptions. The AT&T or T-Mobile Iphone 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus and Nexus 6 support Verizon's CDMA and LTE bands. Verizon won't activate them but if you put an active Verizon SIM in they will work.

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  68. It's apparent from posts most people have no idea of what they bought and if it can be reused.

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  69. T-Mobile unlocked my prepaid phone. Thank you for the info.

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  70. So earlier this week I went to walmart to get a straight talk card and saw a new kind of card for Total Wireless. Their plans were cheaper for what I use. I called the Total Wireless customer service to inquire about using my straight talk phone on their service. Both companies are TracPhone companies and both offer my phone, the MotoE. I was informed without any explanation as to why that my phone is incompatible. I found that quite irksome since there clearly wasn't a reason other than they wanted to force me to keep buying the more expensive Straight talk plan. So, I didn't buy a refill card. I looked online for a solution and found Red Pocket to have a good plan for me for cheap money. I followed their instructions to port my number over and activate my CDMA phone and voila! I got an email saying that my phone was activated and I could go pay for a plan. I paid for the plan I wanted, dialed the over the air programming number and the phone works slick. So much for my "Locked" phone. Take that Straight Talk/Total Wireless! (I know Red Pocket is also an American Movil company, but I still feel like I beat their system

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  71. Bought Nokia Lumia 630 Cricket on Amazon but it won't recognize Net10 BYOP kit SIM. cricket says it has to be active on their network to unlock it. Say they can't look it up via IMEI any suggestions besides return it? Just didn't want to go through the hassle

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    1. You have three choices:
      Return the phone.
      Try to find a 3rd party service that can unlock the phone.
      Use it on Cricket, plans are better than NET10 and after 6 months cricket will unlock the phone.

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  72. Thanks for this excellent compilation. If I understand everything you have written correctly, am I in unlock limbo if I buy a LG G Stylo from Walmart Family Mobile for use on T-Mobile directly. I cannot ask Walmart to unlock it as I will not be registering the device with WFM, but with T-Mobile.

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    1. That's correct, buy the T-Mobile version if you want T-Mobile to unlock it.

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  73. I have a unlocked galaxy s5 [sm-g900r7] on the c spire network... do anyone know if it will work on straight talk.

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  74. I just attempted to use my cspire g900r7 with byop straight talk using the CDMA Sim but as the phone isn't Verizon or sprint, It didn't work. This phone may work using tmo/att Sim though as when I had it rooted, the options were available to swap to different network types such as GSM global and wcdma and lte.

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  75. Do the old dumb flip phones need to be unlocked. I have a couple Tmo flip phones that I want to use with H2O prefunded SIM?

    Will Tmo unlock these for me, if needed?

    Thanks.

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  76. How do you UNLOCK Verizon Moto E - 2015 to use with other carriers (like AT@T, Sprint/RingPlus)?
    The phone is Brand New, never activated (just got it from BestBuy $9.99)

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    1. Verizon Moto E is LTE so it's unlocked right out of the box.

      http://www.verizon.com/ says "We do not lock our 4G LTE devices, and no code is needed to program them for use with another carrier."

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    2. And you believe everything you read on the Internet? My Vzw Prepaid Moto E rejects GSM SIMs. There is an unlocking guide that involves the Android SDK and USB debug mode, but it did not work for me (OS 5.1).

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  77. with a new straight talk branded iphone 5s (GSM) that has never been activated, can an active T-Mobile sim be used?

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    1. I doubt it. Straight Talk phones are usually locked to Straight Talk or to the carrier that Straight Talk uses which is AT&T for the Straight Talk iPhone 5s.

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  78. Have an UNACTIVATED straight talk Grand Prime for walmart (its a CDMA/LTE phone). Do i need to activate it first to take it to an unlocking service?

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    1. Are you sure it's locked and supports GSM bands? Unlocking only makes sense with GSM phones. If it does support GSM, because it's a Verizon network LTE phone it might already be unlocked. Try throwing a GSM SIM and see if the phone accepts it.

      If the phone is locked, good luck finding anyone who can unlock it. Locked Straight talk phones are generally impossible to unlock. Activating the phone on Straight Talk won't make it any easier or harder to unlock.

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  79. Dennis,
    I have a lg g vista vs880 Verizon pre paid never active still new in box,would like to go to straight talk,do you see a problem in doing this.
    thanks

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    1. Verizon Prepaid LTE phones like your G Vista will work on Straight Talk CDMA. You just need a Straight Talk CDMA?LTE SIM Activation Kit.

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  80. I have a Consumer Cellular iPhone 5c. I nearly paid it off when I was fired and have been out of work for 4 months. I started a new job and would like to reactivate the iPhone 5c on Boost or some other carrier for TEXTING only. What is my best option? Do I need to pay Consumer Cellular off first? I don't want to spend a lot of money on the texting ONLY. I don't care who the carrier is--Boost, Tracfone, Straight Talk, etc.

    Please help. Thanks

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    1. You can try but it's usually not allowed to jump ship if the phone isn't paid off yet.

      The best option for texting depends if you need 25 texts per month or 2500 per month.

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    2. You won't be able to use your phone anywhere else until you pay off Consumer. They have plans with no minutes and 300 texts for $12.50, or 1500 texts for $15, 2500 for $20 or unlimited texts for $30 a month. See if you can reactivate on one of those plans while you pay off the phone

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  81. I've got a Alcatel one touch phone thru straight talk I bought it at Walmart it worked good for four months..Now after sending it back to straight talk for the 5th time still didn't work.. This is the 5th phone..Can I switch to another carrier thanks

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  82. I have freedompop LG g2 (Sprint) which Sprint advertised as unlockable for international (I presume GSM and LTE). So far no luck in getting Sprint to recognize my unlock request. I do not have a Sprint retail phone number, which they use to get the code. If I buy an unlock, like the ebay verdors, does the LG G2 become usable on domestic GSM as well as international SIMs? The SIM in the phone I presume is only for Sprint LTE since the phone works on Sprint 3G if I take the SIM out. I am concerned that the "unlock" would only affect the LTE bands and not normal GSM.

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  83. Seems to me that AT&T has stopped unlocking their line of prepaid GoPhones using the non-AT&T Mobility customer option. Devices coming back as "device not eligible for unlock at this time".

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    1. You're wrong. I just had a new Lumia 640 unlocked.
      If you're using your phone with an AT&T MVNO, the unlock will fail.
      Remove the SIM and use it with another phone. Resubmit the request.

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  84. How do I unlock a samsung galaxy s5 from straight talk model number sm-s902l? If it can be unlocked can it be used for boost mobile?

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  85. I'd just switched to Cricket Wireless from T-mobile and signed up for a $30/mo plan. In addition to the new plan, I ported over my phone number to get a free phone (ZTE Sonata 3). For example, if I'm not satisfy with the service after the first month, can I cancel the service without having to pay for cost of the Cricket phone?

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    1. Yes you can cancel and keep the free phone. You won't get the $30 you paid for the first month back however The phone won't work anywhere else unless you get it unlocked, which will probably cost more than it's worth.

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  86. Dennis bournique
    I purchased a phone from Walmart and they didnt scan the activation scan bar i lost the reciept its a boost mobile phone htc desire 626s ive been woth them for a long tine but i dont kno what to do

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    1. Only Walmart can fix the problem by properly scanning the phone. If you paid with a card they should be able to verify the purchase even without the receipt. If you paid with cash good luck.

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  87. Will my Samsung Alcatel virgin mobile phone switch over to straighttalk

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    1. No, Virgin Mobile phones can only be used if Vitgin Mobile or, after 12 months on Virgin, on Sprint MVNOs.

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  88. Will I be able to get a straight talk iPhone 5s unlocked to use with an att sim card post paid?

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    1. Straight Talk says they will unlock their phones for customers after the customer has used the phone on Straight Talk for 12 months.

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  89. I have had continuous Boost service for over 1 year. I activated a phone I got cheap and then changed to a different phone almost immediately. Since I have 1 year tenure will Boost release my original phone for use on a Sprint MVNO?

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    1. Probably not because the phone to be released is supposed to be used on Boost for 12 months. But Boost policy seems to be applied unevenly, try checking the phone's IMEI with a Sprint MVNO's eligibility checker like
      Ting BYOP
      or
      Check Your Device | RingPlus

      Boost releases the phone automatically once the requirement is met.

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  90. Thanks Dennis, Ringplus' eligibility checker States my phone can be activated. Unfortunately, I missed the last promotion and will wait for the next one.

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  91. pretty cool to be able to unlock ATT gophone out of the box before ever activating it. HOWEVER, TETHERING will still never work because ATT has locked you out of this android feature, demanding you pay for it. SO, if you want to unlock and use on some other service in the US, or anywhere else in the world, you will NOT be able to use Tethering ever (without a phone specific work-around).

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  92. I have an Iphone 6 and it is locked to US TracFone, can I unlock it and use with any other network?

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  93. Sprint unlocking faq: https://support.sprint.com/support/article/FAQs_about_unlocking_your_Sprint_device/7a3bf815-cfcd-4a56-925a-7a187d1c6637

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