How to Unlock Your Cell Phone for Free!

As of December 1st, 2017 the CRTC banned cellphone unlocking fees and ordered all new devices to be unlocked.

In addition, if you had purchased your phone prior to December 2017 and is locked to a certain carrier your cellular provider is now obligated to unlock your phone free of charge.

Excellent news right?! Well, almost.

What if I purchase a pre-owned phone? This is where it gets complicated. The carrier is only obligated to unlock the phone for free if you are the original owner or the main party to the original contact to that mobile phone.

How can I check if my pre-owned phone is unlocked?

How to Unlock Your Cell Phone for Free!

Method #1: SIM Card Test

On all Android Devices:

Go to Home Screen > All Apps, and see which carrier app has been installed.

How to Unlock Your Cell Phone for Free!

If for example, you find that the Rogers app has been pre-installed, its safe to assume that it is a Rogers device.

To check if the phone is unlocked, turn off the device, insert another carriers' SIM card and reboot it.

Once rebooted, if the cell prompts you to Enter Network Unlock Pin, then the phone will need to be unlocked. If however, it lets you access all of its features without this prompt, then hurray, you most likely have an unlocked phone.

On all Apple Devices:

Go to Settings > General > About and look at the information provided next to the Carrier information.

How to Unlock Your Cell Phone for Free!

If it reads Rogers, its safe to assume that it is a Rogers device.

To check if the phone is unlocked, turn off the device, insert another carriers' SIM card and reboot it.

Once rebooted, the iPhone will start on the welcome screen asking you to connect the device to WiFi. Once connected, it will attempt to activate. If the iPhone activates with another carrier's SIM card then most likely your iPhone is unlocked.

The full proof way, however, is to factory reset the iPhone and reactive it with an alternative SIM card.

If your phone is unlocked, simply wait until your SIM connects to your network and make a test phone call to ensure all other features of the phone is in proper working order.

Method #2: IMEI.info

This website is eerie. Every mobile phone has a unique 15 digit IMEI number.

Based on this number, you can reveal an incredible amount of information about it. To find your IMEI number, simply access the phone application and enter the code *#06#