By Joe Paonessa Feb 11, 2015

        In accordance with CTIA regulatory policyBoost Mobile has announced its unlocking policy, and it is essentially the same as Virgin Mobile's unlocking policy which unfortunately for some could be rather limiting.

        First off, Boost Mobile says that it will provide you with an MSL code and or domestic sim unlock code (DSU) under the following circumstances:

Conditions for Unlocking

  1. The device has not been previously reported as lost or stolen and thus flagged as ineligible to be unlocked
  2. The device has been kept active on your account for at least 12 months and your account is still active at the time you request an unlock.
  3. If you meet the above two conditions, you can contact Boost Mobile's customer support at 1-888-266-7848 to request  your device to be unlocked.

Devices That Can be Unlocked

        The following devices are what Boost Mobile considers to be its most popular and do not necessarily represent all the devices that Boost will unlock for you.

Devices That Require MSL Code Unlock

  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 5
  6. Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport
  7. Samsung Note 3
  8. Samsung Note 4
  9. Samsung Edge
  10. LG G3
  11. LG Flex
  12. HTC one

Devices That Require DSU

  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. Apple iPhone 5c
  3. Apple iPhone 6
  4. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

        These DSU devices won't become unlock capable until 2/19/2015.  Of course if you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus it appears you'll be waiting a bit longer to get those unlocked because with those devices being on the market for less than a year you won't meet prerequisite number 2 in the list above for conditions for unlocking.

Fine Print

MSL Unlocking

        It's worth noting that even if you get your phone unlocked, you still may be unable to use it on other carriers according to Boost Mobile's faq page.  What's of particular importance to some is that for  "certain devices, not all functionality may be unlocked (e.g., for some smartphone devices, only the CDMA/voice functionality of the device may be able to be unlocked but not the GSM/UMTS/LTE portion of the device)."  This seems rather bogus, and if you are truly unlocking a device, the GSM/UMTS/LTE portion should also be unlocked.  I surmise though, a software update which you may or may not ever get may be needed to unlock that portion of the device.  Boost also warns that

"Boost Mobile devices which the owner has attempted to reprogram or activate on another carrier's network or otherwise altered from its initial programming or settings may not be able to be reactivated on the Sprint network."

        This seems like a rather generic warning, and likely means that if you want to reactivate on Boost/Sprint, you'd better know how to reprogram back to the phones default settings for the network.

DSU Unlocking

        For those of you with a DSU device, if you can get Boost to actually unlock it, you should be free to take the device to any other network, as long as the carrier/network you are going to will allow you to use that device with them.  Now I mention that if Boost will actually unlock it, because their fine print says:

" For domestic SIM unlock or DSU-capable devices launched after February 2015, the SIM locking has restrictions, and Boost Mobile's ability to unlock these devices or work with the manufacturer of the device to unlock the SIM slot vary."

        Here it seems like Boost Mobile is trying to leave itself an out so that it does not have to unlock your device.  Furthermore, I suppose the manufacturer could elect to block you from unlocking your device as well, to try and force you to upgrade to a new device from them.  However, I think that such a policy would also be a quick way for that manufacturer to lose a customer's brand loyalty.  So most likely here, Boost may claim they can't or won't unlock the device and blame it on the manufacturer as the reason, sending you into a calling circle between Boost and the manufacturer trying to get it unlocked.  Hopefully though, these scenarios are more hypothetical rather than actual, and Boost will allow all devices to be unlocked that meet their preconditions for unlocking.

Bring Your Own Unlocked Device Policy

        Unfortunately, Boost Mobile still wants to for some reason play hard ball here.  The company says that it will generally only activate devices that have been certified to work with its network and services and will not activate unlocked devices from other carriers or service providers even if those devices were manufactured for Sprint, Virgin Mobile or Assurance Wireless.  This also seems like a rather bogus policy, and if Sprint really wants to retain customers and maximize profit, it seems this policy should quickly be disposed of.

        So what do you think of these new unlocking policies?  Will you be trying to take advantage of them any time soon?

 Are you still having trouble getting unlocked?  Perhaps our partners at Mobile Unlocked can help.

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Joe is the founder of BestMVNO.com. He started BestMVNO in 2013, because like many of you, he was unhappy with the high price he was paying his wireless provider for cell phone service. After researching how to cut costs on his phone bill, he came across the terms 'MVNO' and 'prepaid wireless', and learned there was a way he could keep using his favorite network without having to pay a premium price for it. Since then, through BestMVNO.com, Joe has been sharing his research about MVNOs and prepaid wireless so that others can learn how to save money on their own phone bills. Contact JP

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salocin411
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I have not been able to activate an LG REALM until this week! Meaning I was able to take a BOOST phone and activate on FREEDOM POP! I got my device on BLACK FRIDAY for 14.99 but it had never been activated on BOOST MOBILE. Just my 2 cents.

Jeffery Thompson
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I’ve unlocked fully upgraded and rooted still working on the trwp for it tho sm g360p prevail lte

leanne
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Can u unlock my sprint s5?

Jeffery Thompson
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Yes i can

Christopher Drummer
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can i get a lg g3 tmobile to work on boost mobile

Jeffery Thompson
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But there’s one thing with sprint it only uses its network so if you were thinking prepaid you will need a uicc off of amazon for virgin boost or freedompop

Carmilla
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I have my iccup. Now what?

Gerardo Medina Ortiz
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Hey jeffrey i got a question maybe u can help me out i have a SM-G360P boost mobile galaxy prevail phone can this be unlocked for tmobile if ao whats the price and how long does it take thanks brotha

Jeffery Thompson
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Yes and no it requires changes theres no custom rom yet which is need for this to work but for now you need stock rom for msl root with kingo root need a pc for that msl utility.apk once you have that you need you dex in about phone and the number to sprint tell em boost over charged you or your changing services msl is for apn settings to be safe from others once its unlocked its a waiting game for custom roms twrp etc… but if you can get one heres the hard part you have to change… Read more »
lindsey
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I just bought a sprint s6 edge, am i able to use it with boost?

Pen
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Ive paod for my unlock codeson the lg ls751 but i can not get the menu option to pull up ao i can enter unlock.

Sam
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what was your code if you don’t mind me asking because I can’t find one to unlock mine and I have the same phone

Jeffery Thompson
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I work on all phone for personal reasons

LaSonda Johnson
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Hey Jeff, I found a samsumg s6 edge from T-Mobile, will I be able to use on boost mobile?

Mike C
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I bought an Iphon 7 plus on boost mobile. Can I bring it to Metro pcs and get full service?

Rennald Muñoz
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I have boost (iphone 5c) i bought an iphone 6 for boost private party…..tried to switch sim from 5c to the 6 but says unrecognized account or some shit….. WTF!!

Pale
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I bought an iPhone 6 from boost mobile a year ago now, and was told it would be unlocked but that is not true, it no longer shows its from boost but now it says it’s from sprint. I haven’t been able to use it with T-mobile, I went ahead and spoke to sprint and was told I would have to have it active for one year with them before it can be unlocked WTF!! They then told me they would buy it back for $400.00 , so I guess I will stay with sprint now or loose money on… Read more »
Alex
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For the same reason I was thinking about switching to Sprint but they told me that I can not use it on Sprint and I had to buy a new phone.

Ganesh Kumar
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Hey I bought a boost iPhone 6s a week back. They gave me an unlock code, but I’m not sure how to use it. When I insert an at&t sim, it just says sim not valid but not asking for any unlock code. Could you help me with this.

lesa Phillips
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can a zte maven be unolocked for boostmobile

bru88
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I just bought a sprint s6 edge, am i able to use it with boost?

jonny17
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can a iphone 6 from boost switch to the carrier at&t?

jonny
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can u unlock boost lg stylo model#S770 to work on metro pcs i haveseveral metro pcs sim cards 1 active and three not?

BestMVNO
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Did you call Boost Mobile at 1-888-266-7848 and ask for an unlock?

Anthony
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I need help i have my msl code from boost now how do i input that to unlock it so i can make it straight talk

Shaee
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I called boost && asked for a unlock && all they did was give me a code what is my next step

Fire
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I have called boost today and been back and forth with them and sprint regarding some galaxy note 2 phones. I have gotten one excuse after the other on why they could not activate them. I actually straight up asked them if the were bullshitting me. First they needed the old number of the phone and the pin. These phones were smashed to heck and we purchased them from a tech dude and put new screens and refurbished them. Boost keeps saying they cant be activated. Then after a while I was told they were black listed. Earlier within the… Read more »
Kevin
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I have a iPhone 5s from boost mobile can I switch to T-mobile?

Javier
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When will sprints iPhone 6s be eligible for boost mobile?

Nadeem
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Can you unlock the lg volt 2 on virgin mobile or does it come unlocked and your able to use the features

Jjj.
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Can u unlock or help me figure out how to, from boost lg volt2 to use on ringplus.net??? Thank you so much.

tina
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Hi I have an iPhone 5 from freedom pop and I want to convert it to boost mobile is this possible?

folem
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hello i just bought and iphone 6s now no contract can i switch it to simple mobile

Shoikot
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How Can I Unlocked Lg Volt 2 Boost Mobile Please Help.

Goyam
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How would I get an MSL code for an LG Volt LS740 on Virgin Mobile (Sprint)? Customer service said I had to wait a year (this is an un-activated phone). Thank you.

Odessa
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I have the moto e ( 2nd gen) that i bought off of someone and it was used thru ntelos can i make it work with boost with my sim and of so how

Alberto
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I want to unlock a boost mobile phone so I can slide my SIM card in. Even tho I paid full price for a iPhone 5S. But I called boost mobile customer service and they told me that the phone has to be Active for a year in order to see the unlucky number. Is that even true?

Alberto
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“Unlocking number”

Sheila
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I have active Boost LG Stylo (which has the white sim card) can I use this sim card in a ATT iphone (my co-worker has one they no longer use that was on ATT)

Sheila
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I have Boost Stylo (active with the withe sim card) can the sim card be used in an AT&T iphone

bre
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i have a boost htc I received a msl code from customer service and I bought a walmart family mobile sim card to put In the phone and its saying the sim is not compatible .. how do I unlock to use the sim card?

Sam
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Is there anyway that i can unlock lg stylo from boost mobile(sprint)?

Jennie
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I have an iPhone 5S from boost and have called to unlock it since I met their requirements, but I then went to Tmobile and the guy there inserted a Tmobile sim card and it said sim not valid or something similar. What can I do now?

christina
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can i take a unlock sims that is already boost and put it in a boost phone

Kasandra M Martin
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I received an unlock code but I still cannot activate my iPhone 4s, Ahh!!
Please if any one can help, it just says SIM not supported under server

Ef bernardez
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Can a sprint lg flex1 be activated on boost Mobile?

Rob
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Can an unlocked Verizon phone be used on boostmobile with a boost mobile sim card ?

Emmanuel
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can the LG Volt 2 Boost Mobile be unlocked for GSM use

Linda Meier
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Hey Jeffery i have a question maybe u can help me with i have a us. Cellular phone that i bought from a friend and i wanna use it on my boost account can i do that? And also can u unlock an LG Tribute 5 from boost?? And grantee that it will unlock!?!

eliel
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can I get my unlocked tmobile phone 2 work on boost

lvjtnb
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I bought a galaxy s5 that someone said was unlocked but when i placed my att sim card in there it wouldn’t work so I called boost they wanted my name and password. I explained i had bought the phone but they still needed the info. Can I unlock the boost s5 phone for ATT?

Luz
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Hola quiero liberar 4 tel. 3 tel Lg Stylo 3
Y 1. ZTE Xl para usarlos con tmovil ya q esta compañía no nos trabaja bien y lla son 3 me se se y no podemos esperar un año para q los delbloquen

Titan
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CDMA is an acronym that’s short for Code Division Multiple Access and GSM stands for Global System for Mobiles. Here we go running the risk of getting too technical In the United States, the five major cell phone networks break down like this: CDMA = Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular GSM = AT&T and T-Mobile Turns out that different cell phone carriers are using different frequency bands. Wireless Frequencies / Bands AT&T Network Technology: GSM, HSPA , UMTS 3G Frequencies: 850, 1900 / 3G Bands: 2, 5 4G LTE Frequencies: 700bc, 1700 abcde, 1900 / 4G LTE Bands: 2, 4,… Read more »
Aaron
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Can you unlock my s5 from ntelos

Mark
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Boost said only Samsung could unlock which I told him was a lie but wouldn’t budge. Wanted unlocked just for foreign travel which Sprint said they could do. They’re just a bunch of LIEING POS. Seems to me they are in violation of the law according to this article. Where can one report them?

David r
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Can the walmart galaxy on-5 work on boost mobile?

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