Does Unlocking a Cell Phone Before the Contract Expires Void the Warranty?


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Unlocking a phone generally does not void the manufacturer's warranty, even if the phone is unlocked before a service contract expires. However, unlocking a phone may violate the terms of service of a cell phone service contract depending on how the unlocking procedure is performed.

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Unlocking cell phones is legal as of 2015, and many cell phone service providers do provide unlock codes for phones on request. However, service providers often mandate that a user only unlock a certain number of phones within a 12-month period, or that the phone has been active for a certain period on their network before it is unlocked. Unlocking a phone through a third party may violate these requirements and potentially incur fees or termination of the service contract.

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