How to unlock your iPhone to use with a different carrier

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Perhaps you moved to a new area where your carrier does not have great exposure. Or maybe you simply want to lower your monthly bill and found a better deal from another carrier. No matter your reason, it is perfectly legal to un-lock your i-phone, if it is not already unlocked and switch to a new carrier.

Your i-phone needs to be fully paid for, however, before you can jump ship. If you are in the middle of an installment plan, you will need to complete your payments before your carrier will let you leave.

Wait, my i-phone might already be unlocked?

If you paid full price up front for your i-phone, then it’s likely unlocked. If you purchased it through AT&T, Verizon or another carrier, then it’s probably locked to the carrier’s network.

How do I know if it’s locked or unlocked?

The best way to check to see if your phone is locked or unlocked is to call current carrier and ask and you can also check this handy “Apple support page” to see if “Unlocking” is listed among the features of your carrier.

Otherwise, if you have a SIM card for the carrier to which you want to switch-off, you could swap in the new SIM card to see if you can make a phone call or send a text. If you can, then your i-phone is unlocked.

What if it is locked?

If your i-phone is paid up, then you will need to contact your carrier to request an unlock. You may need to wait one or two day for your request to be completed. Once confirmed, you are good to go. Once your new service is up and running, do not forget to cancel your previous contract.

So how do I remove the SIM card?

Backup your i-phone, switches off, grab a safety pin and pop it into the little hole next to your SIM tray to eject it. From the i-phone-4 and onward, the SIM tray is located on the right edge of the device.

Now what? SIM is out

All that’s left to do now is to put your new SIM card in the tray and slide it back into your cell-phone.

Anything else?

Yes, one more thing take your phone number with you. You should be able to transfer your number without issue from one side to another, but it is a good idea to check for yourself. In the United State, you can check with the major carriers  AT&TSprint, T-Mobile and Verizon – to see if your number is eligible to port.

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