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US Mobile Says They Will Unlock Other Carrier's Phones For Free

Saying "We believe you should have the freedom to switch your service provider. That's why we are offering to unlock your phone, so that you can switch to US Mobile to take advantage of our flexible service plans.", new T-Mobile MVNO US Mobile is offering to unlock your GSM phone for free if you sign up for their service.

The only requirement to be eligible for an unlock, according to US Mobile, is that your contract with your current carrier must have expired. That shouldn't be an issue for prepaid customers as prepaid doesn't have contracts. Many postpaid carriers no longer make you sign a contract either but watch out if your phone is financed. If you leave your current operator without paying off the balance due on the phone, they will blacklist your phone's IMEI serial number, making it unusable on any US network.

You can request an unlock US Mobile's unlocking page. It looks like you have to choose and pay for a plan package when requesting an unlock. Update: US Mobile is now charging a $15 fee for unlocking a phone. The fee will be refunded after the customer has used US Mobile for six months.

US Mobile, which launched just two months ago, uses a flexible pricing model, similar to Ting and Virgin Mobile Custom which allows users to build custom plans by combining separate bundles of minutes, messages and/or data. The following 30 day bundles are available.

Talk 100 min $3 250 min $7 500 min $9 1000 min $15 2000 min $25
Text 100 texts $2 250 texts $3 500 texts $4 1000 texts $5 Unlimited texts $7
Data 100 MB $2 250 MB $5 500 MB $9 1 GB $15 2 GB $25

There's also a $2/month service fee.

US Mobile, which is a subsidiary of GSM Nation, an online seller of unlocked phones, recently added an online dashboard (image, click to view full size) that lets you track your usage and purchase another bundle if you are running low on minutes, messages or data. However, bundles purchased mid-month expire at the end of the plan month rather than lasting a full 30 days.




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  1. Is it legal for US Mobile to unlock other carriers phones? If it is what's stopping other MVNOs from doing the same?

    Is US Mobile charging more for minutes than what they charge for data?

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  2. I'd think it is legal under that new law?

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  3. Very interesting, and they have a nice website too. Any idea how they charge for mms? I can't find that info. on the website. I assume that one mms counts for more than one text, but who knows.

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    1. MMS needs data. It would be a data usage.

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  4. If they unlock your phone from ATT, would it be T-Mobile locked?

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    1. Hmmm. I can't imagine that unlocking from one carrier would automatically lock it to a second carrier. Seems unrelated, to me.

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    2. To me as well.

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  5. For Samsungs and Nokias, it might be cheaper to get this service for a month than it would be to unlock on ebay....maybe even MUCH cheaper.

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  6. When I click your link to the US Mobile unlocking page, I am asked to log into a Google account to get to Blogger. Is this intended?

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    1. That was a bad link. It should be fixed now. Thanks for reporting it.

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  7. Can they unlock Straight Talk phones?

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    1. I doubt it. US Mobile is likely buying unlocks from 3rd party services, None of which can unlock Straight talk phones.

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  8. Would it be possible that I puschase a new Nokia 520 (ATT) from Amazon but never activate it on ATT or any ATT mvno, and go to US Mobile unlock service directly?

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    1. You'd have to ask US Mobile but I don't see why not.

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  9. That's like what, $9 to unlock a Lumia? This is great!

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  10. $15 unlock fee is high for most phones. Their monthly rates are expensive for every one except light users.
    Most people would be better off with another MVNO.

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  11. Going to give them a try.I placed my order on Nov 26th before the $15 fee.

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  12. They told me that unlocking is still free - they charge $15 just so that people dont abuse it and would refund it to you after 6 months of use.

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    1. I think that's pretty fair. But what I didn't see on their FAQ is if you get full 4G LTE speed or if it's throttled (like what Cricket does to ATT service). I also didn't see if you can tether. If they offer full speed and tethering, the unlocking fee is not so bad then, and this company is definitely worth a try.

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    2. Mobile hotspot / Internet Sharing "Isn't Currently Available" when I try to activate the feature on my Nokia 635.
      US Mobile just adds a 70c e911 fee to my plan price.

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  13. Has anyone actually gotten a working UNLOCKs from them? I haven't really found any solid reviews. Anyone using them? how is the speed/service?

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  14. I have been waiting one week after requesting an unlock from US Mobile. No word yet.

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    1. Well, that's not great. I just ordered mine and now... Now I am a little worried.

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    2. US Mobile seems to have abandoned my unlock + order. They confirmed the order, then silence for a week. Their pending credit charge disappeared today.

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    3. Today, after waiting about 11 days, US Mobile sent me the unlock code for my AT&T Nokia 635. It worked. This was the least expensive way I found to unlock this phone.

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