How do I unlock my Android phone?

Episode 1075 (52:47)

Bob from Hermosa Beach, CA

Bob has an LG Android phone through MetroPCS and he would like to unlock it. Leo says it isn't something he'd want to try himself, nor should he take advantage of offers on the Internet to unlock it. What Leo would recommend is contacting his carrier and ask if they will unlock it. He should tell them he's planning on traveling overseas and would like to unlock it to take advantage of purchasing a local sim to make phone calls. If he's past his two year commitment, they should be willing to do it. In fact, the chatroom says that MetroPCS will unlock it after three months. And it isn't illegal to do so. But if the carrier won't do it, Leo advises going to an independent cell phone store. They could unlock it and they'll want to get his business in an on-going fashion.