How to unlock a Blackberry in India?

by Manshu on March 15, 2012

in Personal Technology

A lot of US carriers subsidize  smartphones and sell them to customers with a contract, and the catch is that the phone can’t be used with another carrier.

In an Indian context, this would be something like Vodafone selling an iPhone for Rs. 10,000 but only if you sign a 2 year contract in which you pay Rs. 3,000 per month for the plan and the phone is locked to Vodafone which means it won’t work if you put a SIM from another carrier like Hutch.

The iPhone is of course the most popular example of this but other phones like Blackberry are also locked to the carrier.

If you’re bringing such a phone to India then unless you get it unlocked from the carrier you won’t be able to use it. The phone will simply not recognize the SIM you put into it.

If you know before hand that you’re going to bring a Blackberry from the US to India, then the best way to unlock is to call your carrier and ask for the unlock code and instructions. They will most likely give you the unlock code, especially if you’ve been using the phone for 3 months or more.

If you forget to do this and get the phone to India, then you will probably not be able to contact the customer support and rely on local means to unlock the phone.

I had to do this recently and was pleasantly surprised to find out that unlocking a Blackberry is very easy and you just need to have the unlock code.

I went to get it done through a store first but they wanted Rs. 800 and that just seemed very high so I returned to research this some more and try to unlock it on my own.

I saw that various sites sell the unlock codes for much more than Rs. 800 so at first it seemed like it may just be better to go back to the store and get it unlocked through them but then I stumbled upon some sellers at eBay and found that they were selling the unlock code for 99 cents.

I tried one seller first and they sent an unlock code that didn’t work. Then I tried another seller, and they sent two unlock codes (one of them the same as the code of the first seller) and this time the unlock worked!

So I was set up with the unlock code for less than $2 and after that it’s fairly easy to unlock it. There are several videos that show you how to do that and here is one that does a great job of explaining it.

The big thing I learned unlocking the Blackberry this way was that it is far easier than unlocking an iPhone and you shouldn’t pay more than 99 cents to buy the unlock code, and the best place to get it from is eBay.

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bemoneyaware March 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

Isn’t blackberry on a losing streak. I thought with market prices of blackberry crashing people would be buying from India only if they buy. My friends etc are buying more of Samsung smart phones.
Unlock code through eBay..I am impressed ! Need to check what else does eBay sell.
Good work Manshu for unlocking the code-must have impressed your relatives a lot!

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Manshu March 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

Yes, Blackberry is on a losing streak and I honestly can’t see a lot of people buying Blackberries or asking their friends or relatives to get them from US.

But if you do find yourself in this situation then this will be of help. The phone that I had was over 3 years old.

You are right about impressing relatives and more than anything else it impressed my father in law so that was the best 2 dollars I ever spent! 😀

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bemoneyaware March 23, 2012 at 8:46 am

Reminded me of the master card ad “There are few things in life which money can’t buy…” Wow.. father in law impressed..in 2 dollars and your genius!

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Manshu March 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm

haha yeah!

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vishal mindhe August 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

wer in ebay can i get dis code

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