- To unlock your phone from Verizon, the phone must be 60 days past its purchase date and not flagged as lost or stolen.
- Your Verizon Wireless account must be in good standing where the balance is paid in full and there’s no fraudulent activity.
- Military personnel can have their phone unlocked if they have proof of deployment outside of Verizon’s coverage area.
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If you’re a Verizon customer and you’re thinking of switching to a new carrier or moving abroad, unlocking your phone from its contract can be a simple task.
The process of unlocking your phone may vary depending on where the phone was purchased, and there are eligibility requirements that must be met.
How to unlock a phone from Verizon
Before considering unlocking your phone, make sure your Verizon Wireless account is up to date and paid in full. A phone purchased from Verizon is locked for 60 days after its purchase date. After that period, the lock is removed and you are able to insert a new SIM card and change your wireless carrier.
How to unlock a Verizon phone you purchased from a retailer
If you purchased the phone from a third-party retailer, the phone is locked for 60 days after its activation with Verizon. After 60 days, the lock is removed as long as it’s not reported stolen or flagged for fraud.
How to unlock a Verizon phone for deployed military personnel
If you are a member of the military who will soon be deployed outside of Verizon’s coverage area, you are exempt from the 60-day waiting period, and your phone can be unlocked by contacting Verizon. Proof of military orders must be presentable.