The original Motorola RAZR was a line of clamshell-designed mobile phones from Motorola, released from 2004 through 2007. It was the best-selling mobile phone with a clamshell design, selling more than 130 million phones before the line was discontinued. The RAZR V3 is a subset of this line of phones.
Depending on where you purchased your RAZR V3, you may find that it has a SIM lock. This forces a specific phone to only work with the carrier that sold the phone, allowing carriers to deeply discount the cost of the phone and recover the cost through guaranteed cell phone service.
However, it is astonishingly simple to perform a Motorola mobile unlocking. All you need is a new SIM card that isn’t associated with the carrier the phone is currently locked to, and the Motorola SIM code specific to that phone. The Motorola SIM code for Motorola mobile unlocking is assigned based on a specific IMEI number, to match the code used by Motorola when they locked the phone in the first place.
What you’re doing when you’re unlocking phones, Motorola phones as well as others, is reversing the process the manufacturer used to lock the phone. The phones are manufactured unlocked, and the manufacturer enters a specific code to lock each phone to the carrier who will be selling it. The phones are recorded in a database, and by searching the database for an IMEI number, you can find the corresponding codes for unlocking phones by Motorola.
Your current carrier will often look up the unlock code for your phone and provide them to you at no charge. Some of them will even do the phone unlocking process for you if you go to their physical store. If you let your service lapse or otherwise do not have the ability to have your current carrier help you with this, another alternative is to have a third party unlocking service locate the unlock code for your phone. These services abound on the internet, and will email you the code you need in return for a small payment and the details of your phone such as make, model, and IMEI number.
Once you have your code and new SIM card, you’re all set to unlock your phone. Simply follow these steps.
1. Power off your phone.
2. Take out your existing SIM card, and put in the new SIM card.
3. Power on your phone.
4. The phone will ask you to enter the subsidy code.
5. Simply enter the subsidy code you were given.
It really was astonishingly simple to do! Now that your phone is unlocked, it can be used with your choice of GSM network carriers anywhere in the world.