Gordon Swaby

How To: Unlock your Blackberry on any Network

So, you’ve always wanted to unlock your Blackberry, but too many things have been holding you back, two things in particular:

  1. You don’t want to lose your number
  2. You don’t want to change your phone (Blackberry).

Sadly, I don’t have a solution to problem #1, but I certainly have a solution to problem # 2. Most people think that unlocking their Blackberry is either too expensive, too technical or dangerous.

Well it’s definitely not expensive, not dangerous and as long as you can read and follow instructions it’s relatively easy to do (You can have an unlocked Blackberry in less than 10 minutes).


What Exactly is “Unlocking”

If you bought your phone from one of our (Jamaica) carriers (Digicel (Ugh, Digicel), LIME or Claro then it’s probably “locked” to their network. i.e if you were to put  a LIME or Claro sim card into your locked Digicel phone then it would not work. Unlocking your phone solves that problem, giving you the ability to use your phone on any network you choose.

Hopefully that was as layman as possible.


One caveat before you continue reading…You need a credit card, a Google Checkout account or Paypal.

I’ve been using iunlockblackberry.com/ for a while now. The charge is the same for whatever blackberry you need to unlock, $10 USD, that’s little under $900 JMD.

I can vouch for them as  I’ve used them many times.  All they need is your IMEI, Email Address ( To send the code that you’ll use to unlock your blackberry), The Network that your phone is locked to, the Country and your model Blackberry. Their turnaround time is good so you should get the code in less than 10 minutes.

Whatever questions you’ll probably have (They have great instructions on how to unlock) is answered on their website, but if not you can always leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help.

As an aside: Blackberries really suck. Do yourself a favor and get an iPhone or an Android.

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.

Lovingly made on Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at 11:11 pm. Filed under Jamaica/Politics, Tech.

  • Chauncey

    I can unlock it for free. There is no need to pay

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Well don’t be selfish. Feel free to share!  If it’s just easy then do tell. 

    • Pierre

      chauncey tell me how to unlock if for free plz??

  • http://www.jamaipanese.com Jamaipanese

    “Blackberries really suck. Do yourself a favor and get an iPhone or an Android” amen

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      Man, that was a secret! 

  • http://ryanmattis.me Ryan Mattis

    @7e41f9ee9c3e8d88800789d7a5c16a5f:disqus Speaks the truth! 

  • http://www.KingstonBeta.com Ingrid

    so why do so many Unlock Services MARKUP their damn unlocking service so effing much….SMS on Ruthven road charged me mussi $2,000k. Thanks Gordon.!

    • http://scsquared.wordpress.com/ SCsquared

      1. Because most are unaware of how easy & cheap it is to unlock a phone.
      2. Because greed marks up everything by at least 100%
      3. Selfish people do not like to share info

    • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

      You’re welcome!

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  • http://twitter.com/pepe_blackspade Darien Ruddock

    you can unlock your blackberry here http://www.mybbunlock.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/samierens Samie Rens

    I unlocked my blackberry here http://www.unlockbberry.com

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