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    Hey Crackberry Nation,

    As you all know Blackberry unlocking is possible. We are a couple of reliable unlockers here on who can help you unlock your phone. Any GSM Blackberry regardless of the provider/country the phone came from can be unlocked.

    Everyday we get emails/pm's with questions in regards to unlocking and the process. We've decided to write up this little guide with the intention of helping you understand the benefit and process of unlocking your Blackberry.

    Please note that the information below applies to GSM Blackberrys. If you Blackberry has a SIM card slot then it's GSM. Some providers such as Verizon/Sprint/Telus/Bell which are CDMA offer dual technology phones such as the Storm 9530/9550, Tour 9630 and 8830.

    We will keep updating this post all the time when we find the need to add more info.

    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're a Storm 9550 lover and have AT&T but AT&T doesn't sell the Storm 2, you can buy a Verizon Storm 9550 unlock it and use it with AT&T.

    Can ANY Blackberry be unlocked?

    Yes only if your Blackberry is GSM. As mentioned above 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 is 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.

    Here are some examples:

    • Blackberry 8830 will only work overseas once unlocked because the phone is only capable of GSM 900 / 1800 on GSM. So even if you unlock it, you will not be able to use it in North America.
    • Blackberry 9530/9550/9630 once unlocked will only work on AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers & Fido's EDGE (no 3G)
    • Blackberry 9700 from T-Mobile once unlocked will only work on AT&T's EDGE but not 3G
    • Blackberry 9700 from T-Mobile or Wind Mobile once unlocked will work on all GSM carriers as EDGE, but 3G will only work on these 2 networks in North America. In other parts of the world, you will be able to get 3G from providers offering 3G on 1700MHz, 2100 MHz bands.

    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.

    Verizon/Sprint have SIM cards, can I use an unlocked Blackberry with them?

    The SIM cards that Verizon & Sprint ship with their dual technology phones such as the 8830/9530/9550/9630 are only meant to be used when roaming outside North America. In other words, your line is tied to the phone using the ESN. If you plan on traveling and would like to roam with them, you will need to call them and have them activate the SIM card for International use. There is no way to use your Verizon/Sprint line on their SIM card in North America at the moment.

    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. We personally exchanged numerous unlocked Blackberrys with ATT/T-Mobile/Verizon/Rogers and never had any issues.

    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 in order for all features to work. You can find a lot of threads here 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.

    Here are some of them:

    If you look around the forums, you will find some great info, simply search for "Service Books"

    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 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 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 Verizon, 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 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 us or any reliable unlocker here in the Forums.

    We are a few honest unlockers here and you can all check our feedback. It's all up to you to decide who you feel more comfortable dealing with.

    How much does it cost to unlock my Blackberry?

    Once again, we don't want you to pay us or anyone else if you can get the code for free. Always call your provider first and ask them if they will give you the code for free. If not, the use 3rd party unlockers.

    Price will depend on Model/Provider/Country. Every unlocker here usually has a website with prices advertised. Some will also have coupon codes and discounts for Crackberry Members.

    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 from us or any 3rd party unlockers, we usually email you the unlock codes within a couple of minutes when online. 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. We will keep adding info to make it as complete as possible. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to PM/EMAIL us and we will add it.

    If you have any questions, you can search the threads or email/PM us and we will be more then happy to assist you.

    Happy Unlocking!
    Last edited by cellunlocknet; 03-10-10 at 09:04 AM.
    03-03-10 03:19 PM
  2. CarrierUnlock's Avatar
    Great guide
    03-03-10 03:24 PM
  3.'s Avatar
    Thanks, took a little while to write, if you see something we need to add feel free to share
    03-03-10 03:27 PM
  4. CarrierUnlock's Avatar
    It will benefit most and others will still ask the same questions over and over. But it's good to have most all answer to frequently asked questions all in one spot.

    I read it through a couple of times and seem to look quite good.

    I have noticed though that unlocking storms (9530 versions) that once you pop in a AT&T SIM card that is properly provisioned you no longer need to manually load service books. It might be a per market resolution though.
    03-03-10 03:33 PM
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    Yes true, hopefully it is.
    03-03-10 03:34 PM
  6. Instantunlockcodecom's Avatar
    Its a nice guide. I Agree ^-^
    03-04-10 05:49 AM
  7. Smokeaire's Avatar
    Great guide. I new some of the basic info, but there was a lot I didnt know. I learned a lot. Both of my BB have been unlocked by Cellunlocknet, but I think it is great how all of the unlocking providers work together and give each other compliments. Good job all of you.
    03-04-10 06:23 AM
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    Very nice indeed. Thank you for your loyalty.
    03-04-10 10:00 PM
  9. TheRemoteUnlockercom's Avatar
    Nice guide David!

    Didn't think you would have added the 8830 North American GSM incompatibility and the 9530/9550/9630 no 3G compatibility on GSM networks...but you did!! NICE!

    Do you mind making an edit to that section to include the following:

    - Blackberry 9530/9550/9630 once unlocked will only work on AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers and Fido EDGE (no 3G)
    - Blackberry 9700 from T-Mobile or Wind Mobile once unlocked will work on all GSM carriers as EDGE, but 3G will only work on these 2 networks


    BTW...I would hope that Carrier and myself are on your list of "reliable unlockers"!! lol
    03-09-10 08:50 PM
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    Thanks. Absolutely, will be adding it right now. Yes you guys are
    03-10-10 08:58 AM
  11. Falling's Avatar
    Great post, other than a couple small wording errors, the joy of computer spell check I bet, a valuable addition to the forum and hopefully will be looked at before they ask "those" questions again.
    Last edited by Falling; 03-11-10 at 06:09 PM. Reason: typos again
    03-11-10 06:08 PM
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    Thank you.
    03-11-10 06:11 PM
  13. Branta's Avatar
    OK, proof reading seems to be complete for now. Time to lock before the spammers arrive.
    O_C_Michael likes this.
    03-26-10 07:04 PM