How to Unlock Metro PCS Cellphones

by Nicholas Smith

Unlocking Metro PCS cell phones allow you to use the devices on different mobile networks, such as AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Once you unlock the device, such as the BlackBerry, you need to insert an active SIM card from another provider to use the device on that network. Unlocking a Metro PCS phone, like those of other networks, requires you to obtain and enter an unlock code. You need to obtain your IMEI (phone identification number) to get the unlock code. The IMEI code is located in your phone's battery compartment.

Remove your phone's battery cover to obtain your phone's IMEI number. The IMEI will be located on the compliance panel inside the battery compartment. Write the number down and replace the battery. Power on the device.

Dial "611" and press "Send" to reach Metro PCS customer service. Request the device's unlock code and instructions. If the customer service agent cannot tell you your specific device's unlock code, you will have to obtain it online.

Obtain your unlock code from the Internet (see Resources). Be prepared to enter your IMEI and email address to receive the code and code entry instructions. Follow the code entry instructions that you obtain from the unlock code site itself or in the email from the site. The instructions differ depending on your device's model.

Insert the SIM card from the alternative mobile provider after you unlock the device. Power on the phone. The device will boot up and connect to the alternative network.

About the Author

Nicholas Smith has written political articles for SmithonPolitics.com, "The Daily Californian" and other publications since 2004. He is a former commissioner with the city of Berkeley, Calif. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California-Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law.

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