The Blackberry is one of the most popular mobile devices in the world today around the world. Most of these users wonder how they can Unlock Blackberry. Produced by RIM, well known for their Email and BBM functions, the Blackberry is one of the most recognized smartphones in the corporate industry. Having a Blackberry and not having the freedom to use it with any carrier for example when traveling can be frustrating. The good news is that Blackberry unlocking is possible. Any GSM Blackberry regardless of the provider/country the phone came from can be unlocked.
A lot of people wonder how the unlocking process works which is why we’ve decided to write up this little guide with the intention of helping you understand the benefit and process of unlocking your Blackberry device. Unlock codes for Blackberry phones can easily be ordered from reputable unlockers like CellUnlock.net . All they usually require is the IMEI of your phone and Carrier the phone is locked to.
We hope this guide will help you understand better the process of unlocking a Blackberry.
Benefits of Unlocking your Blackberry:
- Enables you to use it with another GSM provider
- Enables you to use a local prepaid sim card when travelling instead of roaming with your current provider.
- Adds to the resale value of your phone
- Freedom to use any GSM Blackberry device on the network of your choice
Just to give you an example, let’s say you love the Blackberry Q10 and you carrier doesn’t sell it, you can buy one from another carrier, unlock it and use it with your current provider.
Can ANY Blackberry be unlocked?
Yes only if your Blackberry is GSM. Some Blackberrys are dual Technology: GSM/CDMA. Those Blackberrys can be unlocked and used on GSM providers. All other models, if you have a SIM card slot in the back, then your phone is GSM and can be unlocked. Please make sure not get confused with the SIM card slot and the Memory Card slot.
Once I Unlock my Blackberry, can I use it with any GSM provider worldwide?
99% of the time, the answer is YES, but you always have to make sure that the phone is compatible with the Network you want to use, because in some cases your phone will not be able to be used on the network.
Best way to find out is to check your Blackberry’s GSM capabilities and then compare that to the Network you wish to use frequencies. You can do that by calling your provider or looking online for which GSM Bands/Frequencies they operate and then make sure you phone is compatible with those.
So as you can see, there is are still things you need to check. Most of the time, most Blackberrys that are quad-band will work worldwide on EDGE, but in some cases ex: Canada, where Bell/Telus/ only have a 3G HSPA Network, if you buy an 8900 which is quad-band but not 3G compatible and unlock it, you won’t be able to use it with Bell/Telus because they only have a 3G network and no EDGE to fall back on.
Always best to ask before unlocking your phone just in case.
Does Unlocking void my Warranty?
This has been a question asked over and over again with different opinions. We can confirm that unlocking your phone remotely by code will not void the warranty. In the past, some phones needed to be opened, software tampered with in order to unlock it and that obviously would void the warranty. If you call your provider and ask them the question, they will most likely say that it does, because that’s what they are trained to say.
Once my Blackberry Unlocked, will all features such as BBM/Email/Browser work?
Yes they will, but you need to make sure that you have a Blackberry Data Plan with the provider you will be using. In some cases you will need to load the Service Books manually to your phone or change the APN settings in order for all features to work. You can find a lot of threads online with step by step instructions. In some cases you will also need to make sure that the PIN has been released by previous provider if phone has previously been used.
What is MEP and SP Unlock Code?
MEP=Mobile Equipment Personalization and is basically the unlock code you need to unlock most Blackberrys.
SP= Service Provider lock is a new lock that Bell/Telus and some other carriers have lately added to their GSM Blackberrys.
Most Blackberry phones only have the MEP lock.
How do I know if my Blackberry is Unlocked?
You can power your device with a non-allowed SIM and if the phone is carrier locked you will be prompted for the MEP Unlock Code.
For older devices you can insert a SIM card in your phone and then go to Options/Advanced Options/SIM card and type the letters “mepd” (without the quotes)
If Network says Disabled or Inactive, that means your Blackberry is already unlocked.
If Network says Enabled or Active, that means your phone is locked.
If Network says Blocked, that means the only way to unlock your phone would be for us or any equipped shop to physically have your phone.
If all say Disabled but Service Provider says Active, that means you need the SP Unlock Code to unlock your Blackberry.
How many digits is the unlock code and is it reusable?
Depending on the model of your Blackberry and the provider the phone is from, the code can be 8 or 16 Digits.
Each Blackberry has a unique unlock code based on the IMEI. The code for one IMEI will not work on another phone.
I have a Past-Due Balance with my Carrier, can I still unlock my Blackberry?
Yes you can. If the phone is reported stolen, the PIN might be blocked though by RIM.
Once I get my Unlock Code, how do I enter it on the phone?
Unlocking Instructions for all Blackberry Models can be found here CellUnlock.net-Unlocking Instructions
How many attempts do I have to enter the correct code?
Usually your Blackberry will come with 10 tries or 255. Before you enter the code, the phone will say “Enter Network MEP Code (xx Left)” The number there will be how many tries you have left.
If your phone says 0 left, the only way to unlock it will be for us or anyone else to physically have your phone.
I enter the unlock code and get “Code Error” but the attempts counter doesn’t go down?
It’s a known issue on some Blackberrys. If you get “Code Error” and the counter hasn’t gone down, that means that your phone accepted the code and unlocked.
If the counter goes down, then you have the wrong code or waited too long to press Trackball/Trackpad/Enter after entering the code.
Where can I get the Unlock Code for my Blackberry?
Some providers will give you the code for free if you have an account with them. Always best to call them and ask before. If you are not able to get it from them, you can buy the code from a reliable unlocker such as CellUnlock.net
How much does it cost to unlock my Blackberry?
Price will depend on Model/Provider/Country.
How long will it take to get my Unlock Code?
If you requested the unlock code from your provider, it can take anywhere from instant on the phone to a couple of days and rarely weeks.
If you ordered the unlock code a 3rd party unlocker, they will usually email you the unlock codes within a couple of minutes to a few hours. Make sure you check turnaround for each vendor.
My Blackberry got replaced under warranty, will the same code work?
No it won’t. You will need a new code, because as mentioned earlier, each IMEI has a unique unlock code. Some unlockers will make you pay for a new code and some won’t. Always ask before.
If I upgrade the OS or do a Wipe Handheld will my Blackberry relock?
No it won’t. Blackberry Unlocking is permanent. The only way to relock a Blackberry is with special software. Once unlocked, you can upgrade/downgrade/wipe the OS risk free.
Thank you for taking the time to read this guide.