If you are attempting to use an iPhone with a Cricket Wireless SIM on a different carrier, it must be SIM Unlocked before you can do it. The same applies to most carriers in the United States. We’re already written about AT&T and T-Mobile unlocks. Today we are going to teach you how to unlock Cricket phone for free. This method works for ANY phone from Cricket Wireless including iPhone, Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Alcatel, Huawei, etc.
SIM Unlock for Cricket Phone for Free
Most handsets bought from a carrier are SIM locked to its network, which means they can’t be activated on the network of another carrier unless they’re SIM unlocked. If a phone was bought at retail and full price was paid for it, and it’s not carrier branded, then it means it can work on any network and there’s no need to worry.
However, it means handsets bought from carriers such as Cricket Wireless will likely be SIM Locked to the Cricket Wireless carrier. The reason is that when the phone was bought, it was subsidized by the carrier, either via special financing or by paying for a specific portion of it.
That said, the phone isn’t forever locked. Once fair compensation is received by the carrier for the subsidized handset, the customer can request them for a free SIM Unlock, and they’ll do it happily.
You heard that correct, you can SIM Unlock Cricket Wireless phone free of cost.
Cricket isn’t an exception to the rule stated above. In fact, Cricket Wireless is one of the several network carriers with a specific rule regarding SIM Unlock for a handset on their network. This is what their policy is regarding SIM Unlock iPhone Cricket Wireless:
If you have a Cricket phone, it may have been programmed with a lock that prevents it from operating with other compatible wireless networks. Cricket will provide the unlock code upon request, provided Cricket has the unlock code or can reasonably obtain it from the manufacturer, and you have met the following unlocking requirements:
- The device you want to unlock has been active for at least six (6) months of paid service.
- The device is designed for use on and is locked to Cricket’s network.
- The device has not been reported lost or stolen.
- The device is not associated with a fraudulent account.
Hence, if the handset was legally obtained, and it has been activated for at least 6 months on Cricket Wireless, it can be unlocked free of cost by the carrier; you just need to place in a request.
It should be noted that it’s a FREE unlock, so there’s no need to pay any third party for SIM unlock Cricket phone. In fact, a third party service can’t do anything for the user that the original carrier can’t. However, you may get tempted by the web, as many sell the idea that they can unlock your Cricket Wireless handset. Don’t be tempted because it is just a waste of time and money to buy such a service. It can be done by yourself free of cost, even if you can’t, Cricket Wireless is there to assist you.
Just request a free unlock from Cricket Wireless. This is how it can be done:
To request SIM Unlock Cricket Mobile Device, all you’re required to do is call Cricket Customer Service, timings are 6:30 am to Midnight ET at the following number: 1-800-274-2538 (CRICKET) from the Cricket phone with the Cricket SIM installed and talk to the advocate of the carrier, or visit the nearest Cricket Store.
Another option available to you is the online chat. You can use this link to talk to Cricket Customer Support.
See If Your Cricket Wireless Device is SIM Locked
If you aren’t sure if your handset is locked to Cricket Wireless or another carrier, you can just see by using the SIM card of another carrier in the same phone. Below are the steps you can follow to check:
- Switch off the handset first.
- Take out Cricket Wireless SIM card and put it somewhere else, (don’t lose it because it’s needed for the SIM Unlock).
- Insert another carrier’s SIM inside the device.
- Switch on the phone.
- If it is a SIM Unlocked handset, it will activate as normal and the device can be used to make calls, provided it’s a valid SIM with the server.
- If a message says “SIM Locked”, “SIM Network Unlock Pin”, “Network Locked” or “Enter Network PIN”, then the device is SIM locked and you need to contact the carrier for unlocking.
If you have issues getting SIM Unlock done for your Cricket Wireless phone and you’re tried contacting Cricket Wireless support, do let us know in comments, we’ll try our best to help you. Also, the UnlockBoot community often has answers for people like you, even suggestions that we couldn’t think of ourselves.