All major wireless service providers, Verizon included, nowadays allow users to unlock their mobile devices to accommodate other wireless mobile networks. As a matter of fact, Verizon ceased locking its 3G and 4G LTE networks, save for the non-iPhone 3G and 4G LTE networks and some of its prepaid phone-in-the-box devices. But still, it’s possible and legal to unlock these devices should you feel like you need to change your mobile device to a competing carrier that can still work with other compatible wireless networks.
Unlocking a Non-iPhone Global-Ready 3G
Insert another network’s SIM card into your Verizon Global Ready 3G mobile device.
Go through the phone’s user guide to access the programming menu. You have to note that each Verizon Global-ready 3G device comes with its own unique instructions for gaining access to the programming menu.
If your phone’s user guide doesn’t come with such instructions, you might want to contact Verizon wireless by dialling *611 using the Verizon phone or 1-800-922-0204 if you’re using a different phone.
After accessing the programming menu, you can enter 123456 or 000000 at the prompt. Any of these universal codes should be able to unlock your mobile device, making it compatible with other wireless networks.
If you’re stuck, you can simply call 1-800-922-0204 using any mobile network and ask the representative on the other end to help you unlock the phone. They’ll do it from their end, thus allowing you to use your Verizon device on any compatible network you prefer.
Unlocking a Prepaid Verizon Phone-in-the-Box Devices
To unlock your prepaid Phone-in-the-box mobile device, you have to wait for at least 12 months after activation for the process to go through. Verizon usually locks these devices automatically to Verizon network for 12 months once they are activated.
After the 12 months is due, all you have to do is contact Verizon Wireless for the unlock code. You can either dial *611 using your Verizon Wireless device or call 1-888-294-6804 if you’re using a different network.
You can go back to your phone’s user guide to access the programming menu where you’ll be prompted to enter the unlock code you’re given. Or simply ask the representative for instructions on how to go on with it. In case you’re NOT getting the steps right, try asking the representative to do it for you.
Once the phone is unlocked you’re free to use it on any other compatible network you prefer.
The wrap Up
Before you embark on any Verizon unlock procedure, it’s recommended that you contact your new wireless network service provider to find out if your device is compatible with new the network.