If you live in the United States and are using an iPhone or any other smartphone that was locked to its carrier, it was a pain to unlock an iPhone. You had to either jailbreak your iPhone to use Ultrasn0w, a software-based method to unlock iPhone or you had to use IMEI based unlocking solution.
But here’s some good news for you. Starting from February 11, you can easily unlock your phone through your carrier.
The process of unlocking phones comes thanks to the new unlocking standards when the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act became law, which state the conditions under which a carrier will have to unlock your device.
If you are on T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Verizon or AT&T, your iPhone or any other smartphone is qualified for being unlocked from February 11, 2015. However, to be eligible for being unlocked, you must have already paid in full for your device or your contract must have ended. If you are in Military and will be deployed overseas, you can show the papers to your carrier and unlock your smartphone irrespective of whether you have paid for it in full or not.
Carriers will be offering two types of unlock: Master Subsidy Unlock (MSL) and Domestic Sim-Unlock capable (DSU). The majority of the devices on the market currently will be unlocked through MSL in which owners will have to enter a code given by their carrier in their handset to remove the restrictions.
Check out the links to our articles below to find out how to unlock your iPhone if your carrier is AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile.