How to unlock your BlackBerry

First I feel I should explain why you would need to unlock your BlackBerry. Unlocking your BlackBerry is basically saying that you have unlocked the locking restriction of your SIM Card. Every phone that is purchased from a carrier is locked to that carrier. This means that your phone will only accept this carrier’s SIM Card. So if you are using AT&T in the USA, you travel to the UK, and wish to put a Vodafone SIM Card in your phone, you wouldn’t be able to until your phone is unlocked.

So, now that we have established why you would unlock a phone let’s figure out how…

The first thing you will need in order to unlock your phone is an unlock code. These codes can be purchased from several different companies and soon will be available on BlackBerryandBeyond. You will need to know your IMEI number for your BB. To get this go to Options, Status. The IMEI may also be found on the white sticker under the battery (sometimes hard to read–make sure you read it right!).

In certain situations carriers have been known to give out Unlock Codes for free, however this is not often and usually takes weeks to obtain the codes. Some have policies that vary from having an active account in good-standing (good payment history) to having been a customer for 90 days or more. In my opinion its easier and quicker to just purchase the code and enter it yourself. The cost is minimal and It’s worth not to have to deal with the carriers and waiting the time.

Unlock codes are particular to each BlackBerry and cannot be used more that once or for different BlackBerry’s. Do not purchase your unlock code from a friend who has one and says the code was for his BB. Unlock codes can take anywhere from 4 hours to 10 days to obtain. Some BlackBerrys simply can’t be unlocked for various reasons: The IMEI number cannot be found in the RIM database, or the device was a pre-release, not-to-be-sold device.

Now that you have your Unlock Code, you will need to follow these steps:
NOTE: Make sure you follow these or the instructions offered with your unlock code correctly. If you enter the unlock code incorrectly five times, the device will permanently lock to the carrier to which it is branded. Thus, making the device permanently unlockable…

You must have a SIM card in your phone to complete these steps (Can be active or inactive it does not matter)

BlackBerry Bold (9930/9900) Unlock Code Entry Instructions

Option 1:
1. Insert not accepted SIM card in your phone (SIM card that is not of your carrier).
2. Turn your BlackBerry handset on. This will prompt you (enter network mep code) to enter the unlock code.
3. Once you enter the unlock code, your BlackBerry will be unlocked.

Option 2:
1. Turn off all of the wireless connections (manage connections – turn all connections off)
2. Go to Options
3. Select Device
4. Select Advanced System Settings (at the bottom of the page)
5. Select Sim Card
6. Enter mepd (you will not be able to see the typed info)
7. Now enter the following while holding down ALT… mep2
8. Now it will say enter network mep code
9. Enter the unlock code given to you.
10. Your Torch 9850/9860 is now unlocked!
11. Reboot device… go to manage connections… click on ‘restore connections’.

BlackBerry Torch (9850/9860) Unlock Code Entry Instructions

Option 1:
1. Insert not accepted SIM card in your phone (SIM card that is not of your carrier).
2. Turn your BlackBerry handset on. This will prompt you (enter network mep code) to enter the unlock code.
3. Once you enter the unlock code, your BlackBerry will be unlocked.

Option 2:
1. Turn off all of the wireless connections (manage connections – turn all connections off)
2. Go to Options
3. Select Device
4. Select Advanced System Settings (at the bottom of the page)
5. Select Sim Card
6. Enter mepd (you will not be able to see the typed info)
7. Now enter the following while holding down ALT… mep2
8. Now it will say enter network mep code
9. Enter the unlock code given to you.
10. Your Torch 9850/9860 is now unlocked!
11. Reboot device… go to manage connections… click on ‘restore connections’.

Blackberry Torch (9800) Unlock Code Entry Instructions
1. Turn off all of the wireless connections (manage connections – turn all connections off)
2. Go to the Options icon on the device
3. Select Device
4. Select Advanced System Settings (at the bottom of the page)
5. Select Sim Card
6. Enter mepd (you will not be able to see the typed info)(enter just the mepd, no spaces, etc.)
7. Enter the letters: mep2
8. Now it will say enter network mep code
9. Enter the code given you, this code is 11 digits.
10. Your Torch is now unlocked.
Blackberry Storm1 and Storm2 (9500, 9520, 9530, 9550) Unlock Code Entry Instructions
1. Turn off all of the wireless connections (manage connections – turn all connections off)
2. Go to the Options icon on the device
3. Select Advanced Options
4. Select SIM Card
5. Hit the Menu key to select Show Keyboard
6. Enter mepd (you will not be able to see the typed info)(enter just the mepd, no spaces, etc.)
7. Enter the letters: mep2
8. Now it will say enter network mep code
9. Enter the code given you, usually about 16 digits
10. Your Storm is now unlocked.
Blackberry 96xx / 93xx / 9000 / 97xx / 8900 / 88xx / 83xx Curve Unlock Code Entry Instructions
1. Go to settings menu => and then Options
2. Select Advanced options => and then Sim card
3. Type MEPD using your Blackberry keyboard (NOTE: You will not see any text appear on the screen while typing MEPD)
4. Type MEP then [ALT BUTTON] then 2 on your Blackberry keyboard (NOTE: You will not see any text appear on the screen while typing MEPD)
5. You should be presented with a prompt “Enter Network MEP Code”. Type in the unlock code and press in the trackball/trackpad to confirm
6. Your phone is now unlocked

Blackberry 9100 / 81xx / 8200 Unlock Code Entry Instructions
This will not work on the 9105 model, see the 9105 section for instructions.
1. Insert SIM into device
2. Power phone on and Turn off the radio (Turn Wireless Off option) VERY IMPORTANT.
3. Select “Options” THEN SELECT ADVANCED OPTIONS
4. Scroll down and select “SIM Card”
5. Type “MEPPD” (please note that you will not see what you type on the screen)
6. Type “MEPP then [ALT BUTTON] then 2” (please note that you will not see what you type on the screen)
7. Enter the Unlock Code
8. Press enter
9. Reboot device. Device is now unlocked.

Blackberry 9105 Unlock Code Entry Instructions
1. Turn off the Wireless Radio
2. Next go to Settings > Options > Advanced Options > SIM Card
3. Press: 63373
4. Press: 63372
5. You should see a dialogue where you can put in a 16 digit code and 10 tries to punch it in correctly.
6. After you enter in the code, press Enter.
7. It should say “Device Unlocked” and you have an unlocked Blackberry.

Blackberry 8700 Unlock Code Entry Instructions
1. Go to settings
2. go to options
3. go to advanced options
4. go to sim card
5. Type MEPD (not case sensitive) (you will not see text appear on screen while typing)
6. Does it say Network active? If so your phone is locked.
7. Hold the ALT Key while typing in MEPE (not case sensitive, and you will not see text appear on screen while typing)
8. It will say “Enter Network MEP Code, then you type in the unlock code, press in the jog dial to confirm.
9. Your phone is now unlocked

BlackBerry 6xxx 7xxx: ie 6230, 7100, 7290 etc. Unlock Code Instructions
1. Select Options menu on BB.
2. Select SIM CARD menu. To be able to see this you have to type this on the keypad on phone : (TEXT WILL NOT APPEAR ON THE SCREEN until you enter the unlock code)
3. Type ‘MEPD’ for all models, except 7100 in which case in case use ‘MEPPD’.
4. Usually you should see “active” NET lock. In order to disable this lock, type ‘MEP2’ respectively (‘MEPP2’ if phone is 7100)
5. The BB will ask for a code. NOTE: You must use the “alt” or “shift” key to enable numbers so example would be: m-e-p-“alt key”-2 Now you should see the place to enter your net unlock code.(if not, you didn’t type in mep2 or mepp2 properly.)
6. Here you must enter the “NET Unlock Code” that you have.

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