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Cellphone Unlocking: How've You Fared?

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Now that it's no longer illegal to unlock your cellphones from your wireless carrier, how've our readers fared? Did you race off to call your provider and ask them to unchain your phone?


We've heard good things about T-Mobile before and after the ruling. They're one of the more friendly companies that will go ahead and unlock if you tell them that you're heading overseas. But how about Cingular, Verizon and Sprint? Are they giving up unlock codes like leftover Halloween candy?


Let us know in the comments.

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nzruss: CDMA phones can't be locked or unlocked, they are different from GSM. And from what a Sprint employee told me, Sprint won't let you put a Verizon phone on the Sprint network, and Verizon won't take a Sprint phone on their network, even though technically there isn't any reason why they can't.

Also the article doesn't mention anything about Nextel and Boost Mobile phones. A couple of years ago the practice was if you were a Nextel subscriber, you would go buy a Boost Mobile prepaid phone, and with a combination of a certain program (deemed illegal by Nextel) and some knowledge of hacking, you could go into the phone and read the code needed to unlock the phone, letting you get a new phone without signing a new contract. But Nextel (which owns Boost) got smart, and started "double locking" their phones, I am not sure if anyone figured how to bypass the double lock yet.

A few years ago I bought a Boost i730, then a few months later I subscribed to nextel, and someone on howardforums unlocked my Boost phone for me for free. I am sure if you called Nextel and asked them to unlock your prepaid phone for you they would laugh you off the phone. 2 year contract extensions are how Nextel makes its money.