Are you planning to travel internationally and want to unlock your iPhone? This post explains steps related to unlocking an iPhone 4S using the United States carrier, Verizon. It may also work for Android phones on the service, but my experience is with the iPhone. The process takes between 10 and 20 minutes to complete. Be sure to read the “Once you arrive” steps so you are able to finish the process.
Before you get started
You should be aware of restrictions Verizon puts on device unlocks. Some but not all of this was covered in a Venturebeat article.
- Your account must be in good standing. i.e. you can not owe them money.
- They say that your account must have been in good standing for at least 6 months, but I do not believe they enforce this rule.
- You may only unlock one device per phone number every 10 months.
Unlock your iPhone with Verizon
- While still in the United States, dial *611 from your iPhone. Continue reading Unlocking a Verizon iPhone 4S for International Travel