If you’re a Canadian or US smartphone user looking for an international roaming solution, chances are you’ve encountered the problem of locked phones.
A locked phone is the term used to describe what cellular service providers do to ensure the phone they sell you can only be used on their network. They instruct the cell phone manufacturers to lock the phone with software before the device leaves the factory, so it arrives in stores tied to a specific network.
A user with a locked phone would not be able to swap SIMs, switch networks, or use KnowRoaming, because their phone will only operate with the original cellular provider. If you want to use your phone with other SIMs or networks, you’ll need to unlock your phone.
We know unlocking can still seem confusing, so KnowRoaming is here to help.
3 Common Myths About Unlocking Your Phone
1. It’s illegal
It’s a common misconception that unlocking your phone is illegal. Unsurprisingly, mobile phone companies haven’t been quick to bust this myth. But rest assured, unlocking your phone is completely legal in the US and Canada. Under the CRTC’s new Wireless Code in Canada, you can unlock a subsidized phone 90 days after purchase, and if you’ve paid the full cost of your phone upfront, you can unlock it immediately. For Americans, the Consumer Code for Wireless Services dictated that carriers must unlock phones upon request, or they must provide customers the info to have the phone unlocked elsewhere.
2. It “breaks” your phone or changes the operating system
This one persists because the terms “unlocking” and “jailbreaking” are often confused. Unlocking refers to removing the network restrictions so that the phone can be used with a SIM card from a different network. Phone unlocking is not the same thing as “jailbreaking.” Unlocking simply allows for you to use a different mobile network with your phone. Jailbreaking refers to removing the standard operating system restrictions on iOS devices, allowing you to download non-standard or unofficial software.
3. It’s technically difficult and complicated
It’s actually easier than ever. You can unlock your cell phone with UnlockBase. UnlockBase has provided phone-unlocking services for over 10 years for a wide range of popular devices.
Unlocking your phone means you have more options. You can use your smartphone when you travel, or choose the carrier that is right for you. For more information about the rules and regulations around unlocking, US consumers can visit the CTIA, and Canadians can read the full code at the CRTC’s site. For more info on unlocking, visit UnlockBase.