How to Unlock Your Motorola Phone for Free

By Brad Harris

For some, there comes a time when happiness with a service provider falls to an all-time low and thoughts of changing cell phone carriers are considered. Unfortunately, cellular carriers have made it somewhat inconvenient to take your expensive Motorola phone and use it with someone else's service. Thankfully, the process of unlocking your device is not as difficult as it may seem.

Things You'll Need

  • Carrier contact number
  • Cell phone
  • SIM card from another provider (for GSM phones)


Step 1

Call your cellular service provider. Tell the representative that you are considering using your device with another service provider and need the unlock code for your phone. He or she will obtain some information from you about your device and then file an unlock code request with Motorola. Usually this process takes one to three days but, once the code is sent back from Motorola, it is then emailed to you at the address you provided to your carrier.

Step 2

For GSM-style Motorola phones, place the SIM card from the other provider in your phone. Turn it on and, once the prompt appears to "Enter Subsidy Unlock Code," enter the code that your service carrier provided. You will then receive a confirmation message stating that your Motorola device is now unlocked.

Step 3

For CDMA-type Motorola phones, dial "74663" and then hit "#." When prompted to enter your Subsidy Unlock Code, input the code sent out by your service provider. You will then receive a confirmation message stating that your phone is now unlocked.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a GSM-type Motorola phone and do not yet have a SIM card from another carrier, ask a friend who uses a different provider to briefly use his. Once the phone is unlocked, you can use it later on with your own new SIM card.
  • You have a finite number of attempts to enter an unlock code. Generally, Motorola only gives five chances to successfully unlock the device, so it is imperative that you do not waste attempts by trying to guess the code.