Hard Drive Recovery Associates, a phone recovery service company based in Irvine, California, has announced that they have recently published a blog post that offers advice on how to unlock a mobile phone and allow it to be used with other carriers. The article is titled, “Free Your Phone by Unlocking It.” It should be noted that many people acquire a mobile phone through a monthly contract with a particular carrier to make it financially more manageable to acquire a phone. However, it is the practice of carriers offering such monthly contracts to lock the phone so that it can only be used with that particular carrier.
Fortunately, recent legislation has made it easier and legal to unlock the phone and allow it to be used with another carrier. The blog post offers advice on unlocking the phone for various carriers, such as T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon. It also offers advice to those who have a Galaxy S10 phone through Verizon.
For T-Mobile phones, it makes sense to unlock the phone because they are GSM-based and unlocking them will allow them to be used with international carriers, such as AT&T. It is quite easy to unlock a T-Mobile phone but there are a number of things to do first. These include: making sure that the phone is completely paid off and that the account is in good standing; ensuring that the phone has been active for at least 40 days; ensuring that the account balance is zero for canceled accounts; making sure that the phone has not been reported as lost, stolen, or used for fraud; and ensuring that no more than two mobile device unlock codes have been requested per line of service during the past 12 months.
Meanwhile, a Sprint phone that is unlocked may be used as a prepaid phone and also in mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) brands, such as Twigby, Net10, and Boost Mobile. For postpaid phones that are SIM unlock-capable, Sprint allows these phones to be unlocked without customers having to make an unlock request. Once the customer has complied with the requirements that have been specified in the Unlock Policy, Sprint will automatically unlock such devices.
For AT&T phones, they are quite easy to unlock but there are also a number of prerequisites. These include ensuring that the phone is fully paid off and that there is not past due balance; making sure that all contracts have been completed; ensuring that the phone has been active for at least 60 days for installment plans; and making sure that the phone has been reported as stolen, associate with fraud, or lost.
As for Verizon, they operate on a CDMA, which implies that even if the phone is unlocked, there may not be many options for using the phone with another carrier. The options are restricted to international coverage, prepaid, and MVNO brands. However, it may be possible to use an unlocked Verizon LTE phone on T-Mobile or AT&T, or their MVNO brands.
For those who obtained their Samsung Galaxy S10 phone from Verizon, it may already be unlocked, which means that the user can simply remove the Verizon SIM card and replace with a SIM card from another carrier. For locked phones, an unlock code has to be entered into the Galaxy S10 after inserting a SIM card from another carrier.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that Hard Drive Recovery Associates does not only offer phone recovery service but also data recover services for failed computer hard drives, flash drives, external hard drives, iPhone, CD/DVD, iPod, SSD drives, laptops, including RAID 5, 6 and 10 arrays, and more. They have been offering data recovery services to customers from various parts of the US but they have a specialized clean room in Irvine, Santa Ana, and the nearby Orange County areas that they use specifically for data recovery. For business enterprises, they have a special clean room and they offer fast, free server pickup for RAID repair and recovery projects.
Those who are interested in phone recovery services from Hard Drive Recovery Associates can check out the company's website. Or they can contact them on the telephone or through email. They are open 24 hours a day, everyday of the week.
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Hard Drive Recovery Associates offers data recovery services to Irvine, Anaheim, Santa Ana and the surrounding Orange and LA County areas. We offer the most affordable hard drive recovery and RAID repair solutions in the industry.
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