IT IS FREE.
The US is the only country where we have locked phones. probably because all phones here are sold at very discounted prices due to the contracts they get from you. In other countries there are no contracts. But you pay full price for the phones and they are not cheap compared to what we pay. Just look on Ebay. new style phones that sell with no contract are twice as much as phones with contracts.
but recently the cell companies were told they cannot lock your phone to a provider. But they do not advertise this.
Just call AT&T, tell them you will be traveling outside the country alot and want to use local cell services. can you please unlock my phone so I can use other company's SIMMs
They will send you code via email or text and you input it and BAM. unlocked phone.
At first they might ask you if you want to go on an International plan. I had that. It is still expensive. cheaper to use local SIMMs and pay for minutes
Why pay $20-$30 when you can pay $1.99? They are all using the same algorithm software to get you the code.There's quite a bit of unlock info floating around on blackberryforums.com as well. One of their forum supporting vendors does BB unlocks for around $20-30.
They did all this locking pre-programmed crap to speed up sales. Plus back in the day some of the sales people weren't bright enough to figure out how to program them. There was a time when all phones worked on all systems. It was just a matter of programming the phone to the carrier.
Perfect, just call today and tell them that you are travelling abroad and need to use the phone with a different sim card from that country. They will unlock and then when they drop you, you can use it with another GSM carrier.Thanks for all the help. I really like AT&T alot. However, the last couple months I have been working on some projects in north east CO, right near the edge of earth. I am using some other carriers cell tower. AT&T said they are dropping me at the end of the month because of the high percentage of calls out of network.