Consumers can go to a third-party unlocking service or cellphone carrier to unlock their cellphones such as Verizon, Sprint or UnlockBase. Because the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act extended into law on February 11th, 2015, all U.S. cellphone providers allow consumers to unlock their cellphone devices upon request.
Under the law, a consumer can request to unlock their mobile phones as long as the customer paid off the cellphone or completed his two-year contract. Customers with prepaid phones can unlock their mobiles phones, as well. Consumers can request to unlock prepaid phones after one year. This law allows consumers to easily switch from providers or use their phones overseas if the phone can work on the foreign provider's network. The law also makes it illegal to charge for unlocking cellphones.