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    Many wireless providers across the globe, including AT&T/Cingular, T-Mobile, Vodafone, and Verizon sell Blackberries.

    When these companies sell a BlackBerry, they do so at a discount in order to attract customers. The providers then make up the lost profits over the lifetime of their contract with the customer.

    To protect those profits, the wireless providers configure a “subsidy lock” into each BlackBerry. The subsidy lock prevents the BlackBerry from being used on another provider’s network.

    BlackBerry Unlocking

    There are four known methods for removing the subsidy code and unlocking the BlackBerry.

    Call the Wireless Carrier

    Many wireless carriers disclose the unlock code if certain requirements are met. These requirements normally include being a customer for a minimum amount of time and having the account paid up.

    Most wireless providers do not charge for this service. Rogers is a significant exception, as they attempt to extort $250 from their customers for this service.

    Calculating the Unlock Code from the IMEI

    Most providers use unlock codes that are generated from the BlackBerry’s IMEI number.

    Many small companies exist that have taken the time and effort to crack the algorithms used to generate those unlock codes.

    These companies usually run websites where users can enter their IMEI number and receive an unlock code. Many charge a fee for this service. http://www.blackberryunlockfree.com/ currently provides this service at no cost.

    However, this method does not work with BlackBerries from all wireless providers. Some wireless carriers assign the unlock codes to each phone randomly and store the results in a database. There is no way to algorithmically determine the unlock code for a BlackBerry from one of those providers.

    BlackBerry Unlocking Software

    Specialized software that erase the subsidy locking code from GSM BlackBerry phones exist.

    Users can install this software on their PC and plug the BlackBerry into its docking cradle or into a USB sync cable.

    BlackBerry Unlocking Hardware

    If all else fails, there is specialized hardware that forces a BlackBerry to forget its unlock code.

    This hardware usually takes the form of a clip or a box. Plug this device into the BlackBerry and it erases the subsidy lock.

    However, it is less expensive to either take the phone into a local shop or send it off to a specialist company than to purchase this device.

    How to Unlock a Blackberry with the Code

    Each BlackBerry has a unique Unlock Code. The code from one device cannot be used for another.

    Once the Unlock Code is obtained, unlock the phone by following the instructions given or the following steps:

    1. Go to the Settings Menu -> Options ->  Advanced Options -> SIM Card

    (Please Note: There might be different ways to reach the “SIM Card” option for some of the phones)

    Once the “SIM Card” option has been selected, follow the steps below:

    (N.B.: Entering the wrong Unlock Code more than 5 times will permanently lock the device to the original carrier. Be careful while entering numbers, since the ALT key must be pressed to do so)

    Blackberry 8800/8300 Curve:

    2. Type MEPD (NOTE: No text will appear on the screen while typing)

    3. Type MEP2 (Remember to use the ALT Key)

    4. The user will be asked for the  Network MEP Code. Enter the unlock code and press Enter.

    5. The phone is now unlocked.

    Blackberry 8100:

    2. Type MEPPD (NOTE: No text will appear on the screen while typing)

    3. Type MEPP2 (Remember to use the ALT Key)

    4. Enter the Unlock Code and press Enter

    5. Reboot the phone and it is now unlocked.

    Blackberry 8700:

    2. Type MEPD (NOTE: No text will appear on the screen while typing)

    3. Hold down the ALT Key while typing in MEPE

    4. The user will be asked for the Network MEP Code. Enter the unlock code and press Enter.

    5. The phone is now unlocked.

    BlackBerry 6xxx 7xxx:

    2. Type MEPD for all models except Blackberry 7100 in which case use MEPPD.

    3. Type MEP2 (MEPP2 for the 7100) (Remember to use the ALT Key)

    4. Enter the Unlock Code and press Enter

    5. The phone is now unlocked.

    • steve nowlan
    • ShinBodu

      Originally posted by stevenowlan: “blackberrymep.com is the best choice to unlock blackberry, tested by me .”
      It’s a clear and fully detailed guide on how to unlock a BlackBerry :

      1. Insert any sim card
      2. Turn off all of the wireless connections
      3. Go to Options
      4. Select Advanced Options
      5. Select SIM Card
      6. Hit menu select show keyboard (if your BlackBerry have touchscreen)
      7. Type MEPD ( you will not be able to see what you are typing )
      8. Type MEP2 ( you will not be able to see what you are typing )
      9. Now the phone will prompt you to enter network mep code
      10. if you not already have the code, then i suggest BlackBerryMEP.COMto get it from .
      11. Enter the code ( you should see “code accepted” )
      12. Restart your BlackBerry .

      All done.

      • nawaz

        hello, is theere any possibility to get a free MEP code for my BB bold 9700 my carrier is tata docomo 

    • MAC

      Very good article but in few sets have different setting to enter code. These all for GSM blackberry now set have only CDMA feature means no sim card insert option have different way to unlock & most important thing is CODE
      now you can get all GSM & CDMA blackberry unlock code from
      blackberry unlock code provider

    • mac

      Originally posted by MAC: “Very good article but in few sets have different setting to enter code. These all for GSM blackberry now set have only CDMA feature means no sim card insert option have different way to unlock & most important thing is CODE
      now you can get all GSM & CDMA blackberry unlock code from
      blackberry unlock code provider”

      Yea different way this website also provide information for unlocking for CDMA

    • jaschweitzer

      MAC is correct, only GSM phones have a sim card which is different than a CDMA phone (no sim card with CDMA – Verizon and US Cellular are usually CDMA). I got my Blackberry unlock code at Unlocking.com and had no problems with the service – fast and easy, it works which is the most important thing.

    • gilbert grape

      I saw this on youtube on how to unlock my torch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBSo593kKL4

    • Johnny Milhorn

      I got mine unlocked for FREE! lol

      take a look here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmSXHsSkvWI

    • Peter

      Hi, This is a free unlock code for blackberry all operator go to the link this is fast and easy. http://www.mobileincanada.com/?l=en&freebbworld=y
       
      Enjoy.

    • Nelson

      My phone is a BB 8900 IMEI 358453028738986 and the MEP 04104-007, could you give the code for free.

      I´m Sorry if you don´t

      Thanks

    • Michael

      I unlocked my torch from at&t in 30 seconds here at http://www.blackberry-unlocker.com and they have live chat

    • sarah

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      i have a blackberry curve 8520, and i have the MEP-15343-001 and IMEI 353488041246240 blocked on Meditel morocco network and i can’t find the MEP2 how can i ?? i searched every were a blackberry calculator but i didn’t find …how can i calculate the MEP2 ??? pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee help meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee thanks

    • Darien

      you can get the unlock code at http://www.mybbunlock.com

    • Michael

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    • Hussam Kassem

      I get a BB Bold 9700 with 0 left for unlock.
      Is there any solution to unlock. Thanks

    • Jim

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    • Martin Carlz

      I unlocked my BB there 2 minutes ago! hehe Their service is the best in the internet! 

      bye :) 

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