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How to Unlock Qualcomm 3G Cdma

by Candice Abrams
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If your Qualcom phone is a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) phone, it is locked to a specific network. If you need to switch mobile providers, you must unlock your phone. Since your phone does not come with a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card, it is a little harder to switch providers. Fortunately, some websites provide unlocking software for your CDMA phone. The software will generate a code for you to unlock it.

Step 1

Enter *#06# in your phone's keypad. Write down the 15-to-17-digit IMEI code you receive.

Step 2

Download CDMA unlocking software. Examples include CDMA software, Unlock to Talk and CDMA ware (see Resources). Save the software to your computer's desktop.

Step 3

Double-click the software to begin installation. Read and accept the terms of agreement. Save the software to your computer's hard drive.

Step 4

Connect your phone to your computer with its accompanying USB data cable. Launch the CDMA unlocking software.

Step 5

Enter your phone's IMEI code, manufacturer and model number. Choose the mobile provider you have your phone locked to.

Enter the unlock code generated by the software. Once you enter the code, your phone should say "SIM Restrictions Off" or "Restrictions Off." This means you unlocked your phone.

Warning

  • Entering the unlock code incorrectly results in a permanently locked phone.

Items you will need

  • CDMA unlocking software
  • USB data cable

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