The process of unlocking a cell phone can be tricky and stressful if you do not know what you are doing. Luckily, there are several methods that you can use to achieve an unlocked phone to use on any carrier other than the one that provided the phone. Some of the techniques require a fee in order to work, while others are do-it-yourself and no cost but may be more complicated.
A popular and quick way to unlock a HTC cell phone is by using a code generator. Many websites offer this service for a set cost. In order to make it work, you will need to know basic information about the cell phone such as: device model, current carrier, and the IMEI number. The IMEI number can be located on the device by typing *#06# on the keypad. In the event that your phone has been locked completely and you cannot access the keypad, a HTC rep can talk you through locating the IMEI. Once you enter the information in the form provided on the website, a code will be generated along with instructions for using it to unlock the cell phone. Click here for more information.
Depending on the type of HTC phone you have and the previous carrier, it may be possible to take the cell phone to your new carrier and ask them if they can assist with unlocking the phone. The carrier may be able to provide a new SIM card that will switch the services and remove the previous carrier from the HTC device. Most of the carriers can do this at no cost, but again, it will depend based on the carrier and their policies.
If you have access to the Internet, you can take advantage of hundreds of do-it-yourself videos that will walk you through unlocking HTC cell phones. There are also several well-written tutorials that make it easy for everyone. They function the same as code generators but without the cost and will require taking extra steps to achieve the unlocked status. You may need a USB cord depending on the tutorial you chose to follow.
Before you start downloading programs on your cell phone, you should know that it may cancel out the warranty that came with the phone. Many carriers will not replace a phone that has been tampered with in any way. Some programs may also corrupt your system so it is a good idea to thoroughly research them before using any.