Have you heard about the latest trend with mobile phones? It's called “mobile phone unlocking”, and it allows you, the rightful owner of your cell phone, to get rid of your current service provider and use whichever company you'd like–and it's all completely legal.
Think about this: How many cell phones have you bought in your life? Did you buy them because your former service contract ran out and you weren't happy with the company's service or reception? Did you stay with the same company but changed service plans? Did you really want to get discontinue using your phone? How many cell phones are in your junk drawer now? What about cell phone chargers? If you added up the combined cost of your cell phones, would you be able to put a down payment on a new car?
Mobile phone unlocking pretty much works like this:
Every mobile/cell phone has a “serial number”, referred to in the industry as an IMEI, or International Mobile Equipment Identity, which simultaneously connects a phone to a particular service as well as the phone to the subscriber (you being the subscriber and your monthly payments are sent to the service.) Inside many of these phones is a removable card called a SIM (Subscriber Information Module), which is the removable medium between the phone and user and the phone and provider. Many cell phone service providers put a LOCK on the SIM so that the phone will only work with their service.
Does this really seem fair when you used your own money to purchase the phone?
By having your mobile phone unlocked, not only will you gain the ability to use whichever service provider you'd like, but you alleviate roaming charges altogether AND increase the resale value of your phone. As long as the unlocking process is done properly, no harm should come to your phone and you service should go on uninterrupted.
Of course, if you have a service contract with a particular provider, you will still have to comply with its terms and conditions, including any maintenance fees and such for the remainder.
Now that you're informed as to the “why” aspect, a bit of “how-to” is in order.
In the not so recent past, it would be necessary for cell phone's owner to send it away to a reputable company to unlock the phone for you. However, recent advances in technology now enable cell phones to be unlocked with the use of a “secret code” based on the IMEI and the mobile service provider. This new means of unlocking is not only more cost efficient, it grants almost immediate results as the pertinent information can be sent via email or downloaded from a mobile phone unlocking kit. All you need to do is find a legitimate phone unlocking company, and you'll have instant access to hundreds of unlocking codes.