Mobile phone unlock codes
Many mobile phones are sold "locked" to a specific network or networks. Most often it is Pay As You Go phones that are locked, but sometimes Pay Monthly mobiles are locked too. It is possible to obtain unlock codes for mobile phones so that they can be used with a sim card from another network. The phone networks will do this for you (at a price!), but you can do it cheaper online using an phone unlocking service, or you can buy a special unlocking clip or unlocking software. Once your phone has been unlocked, you can then use it with any network, provided that you have a valid SIM card.
The easiest way to unlock your phone is by obtaining an unlock code that you can then enter into your mobile yourself. There are a number of companies offering unlock codes for mobile phones on the web, and they are quite a lot cheaper than going to your dealer or network, provided that you have a compatible phone.
The way it works is like this: you need to find out the 15-digit IMEI number on your mobile (type *#06# into your phone to do this. NOTE - CODES ENTERED AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE TO PHONES.) You then supply this number to the unlocking company, and they will give you a code that you can enter into your phone to unlock it. Some companies will do this by email or over the phone, which is more convenient than having to wait for the unlock code in the post.
Mobile Unlocked is a reputable company that can unlock most makes of phone and email you an unlock code.
Data cables & software
If your phone is not compatible with a remote unlocking service, it may be possible to calculate a code using a data cable and some special software. You can buy a data cable and unlock software online.
Unlock clips, cables & software
You can also buy unlock clips that generate unclock codes for mobile phones via a connecting cable. The software in the clip will automatically unlock your phone. The benefit of using an unlocking clip is that you can use it to unlock as many phones as you like!
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