How to Unlock a CDMA Cell
CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) phones are made for their service providers only. While a GSM (global system for mobile communications) phone uses a removable SIM card, which makes it relatively easy to change service providers, this is not the case with CDMA units. For a CDMA phone you will need to run a special software which will hack your phone and unlock it for you.
Things You'll Need
- CDMA unlocking kit
Go online and search for a CDMA unlocking kit. This will provide you a software that installs on your computer and a cable to connect to your phone. A few places that you can try are CDMAsoftware, UnlockToTalk, and CellCorner is a good example. (see resource links). These kits cost between $200 to $400 as of 2010.
Type *#06# on your phone while on standby mode. A 15-digit will then appear. This is your unit's unique IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. If *#06# does not work, switch off your phone then remove the battery. In the battery's compartment, there is usually a white sticker. Right below the bar code you can locate the IMEI number.
Run your software on your computer. Download and install the program to your computer. Once it is installed go to the "Start Menu" and click on the application. To create a new code you will be asked to enter your phone's IMEI number. Type it in and an unlocking code for your hand set will be provided for you.
Plug one end of the USB cable into your computer and the other end into the bottom of your computer.
Switch on the phone then immediately type in the unlocking code and click "OK." Ignore the spaces and take note of special characters such as #, *, p, and w. You should get a message that says "Restriction Off." This will verify that you phone is now unlocked.