How to Unlock a CDMA Cell

By Palmer Owyoung

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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Plug one end of the USB cable into your computer and the other end into the bottom of your computer.

Step 5

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.