Locked smartphones are usually cheaper than unlocked smartphones, but they also offer less options to consumers in terms of phone carriers. If you purchase a smartphone locked to Verizon like the LG G3, Metallic Black 32GB (Verizon Wireless), for example, you will only be able to use it with Verizon unless you have it unlocked. Here are a few tips that will help you find cheap unlock codes.

Ask Your Carrier

One way you can get cheap unlock codes is by asking your phone carrier. In most cases, you will need to own the phone for a certain period of time before you get an unlock code. Also, you will likely need to be a current customer of the phone carrier.

Once you get the unlock code, you should remember that if you did not pay full price for your locked smartphone, you may need to pay the retail price for the smartphone if you decide to switch carriers. You will also have to pay high fees if you break your contract with the phone carrier. Therefore, in most cases, it is not worthwhile to purchase a locked phone from a phone carrier if you intend to unlock it and use it with another carrier.

Third Party Companies

Another way you can get a cheap unlock code is by purchasing it from a third party company. Usually, you will be able to get the unlock code for less than $30. In some cases, you will be able to get the unlock code for free, but you will likely have to wait for a few weeks or months before you receive the code. Usually, the unlock code is sent by email. Before you spend money on an unlock code, you should do your research on the third party company to avoid getting scammed.

As you can see, there are many ways in which you can get cheap unlock codes for your locked smartphones. If you play your cards right, you can purchase a cheap locked phone and have it unlocked for just $30 or so.