Table Of Contents
- 1 An overview: Unlocking a mobile phone
- 2 Different Methods of Unlocking a Mobile Phone
- 3 Unlocking different availaible mobile phone
- 4 In a Nutshell
An overview: Unlocking a mobile phone
One of the frequently asked questions in the world of mobile communication is about how to unlock a mobile phone. This question is raised especially when a customer decides to shift their mobile needs to GSM. You will be interested to know that GSM phones are designed as unlocked phones. They become locked phones when the customers avail of gifts, special offers, discounted prices, so they have to be locked to a particular provider. The disadvantage of having locked phones is that you have to pay high roaming charges when you have to bring the phone out of the country and use their services. The good news is SIM locked phones can still be used for unlocking it. It is now possible to unlock phones through different ways.
Various techniques will answer the question on how to unlock phones. However, it will vary depending on the model and carrier that you have. Before reading further, you need to have the mobile phone number, network, and country in which the phone is locked, a manufacturer of the phone and its model number, the IMEI number of the phone, which you can get by typing *#06# on your phone. Here are the ways on how to unlock phones:
First, find companies which offer unlocking services. You have to pay a small amount of money in exchange for the service. By the unlocking phone company, you may be given unlocking equipment or products that could unlock any phone or a phone-specific unlocking tool. These tools or equipment are useful but if you only need it once it is practical to avail the service and not the tool because it is quite expensive. The next unlocking option is to ask help from your service provider. You need to call and talk to a customer representative and state that you want to unlock your phone. After a few weeks, you will receive a notice, and you may be charged with an unlocking fee. You may need to stay in the service for 12 months especially when you are on a postpaid plan. After the provision, you will be given an unlocking code, and you can just type it in your phone. If you want to unlock the phone by yourself or if you are denied with unlocking code information, you can make use of phone unlocking forums. By searching in mobile forums, you can see there your phone unlocking codes. Another alternative on how to unlock a phone is to use special software for it. With the help of data cable, you can calculate and get the unlocking code. Just make sure that the code is right for your mobile phone.
Different Methods of Unlocking a Mobile Phone
There are a number of ways to unlock your cell phone. By unlocking your phone, you are able to use any carrier you would like. This is useful if you are switching carriers and do not want to buy a new phone. Also, if you want to use an old phone from another carrier with your current carrier, this is a good way to do it.
Not all phones can be unlocked. Phones that operate on GSM networks can be unlocked while CDMA phones cannot. Unlike CDMA phones, GSM capable phones come with a removable SIM card. It used to be that major carriers would refuse to unlock phones because they do not want people to switch over.
Mobile phone network providers seem to bring out new deals on an almost daily basis, constantly tweaking and modifying the packages they provide. If you are to take advantages of offers from different network providers with your current phone, you will need to to have a mobile phone that is ‘unlocked’. By unlocked, we mean that your mobile phone will accept the SIM card from any major network. There are three main methods of unlocking – unlocking via software, unlocking via IMEI method or using a data cable to do the unlocking
Unlocking your phone is not normally an easy task. You can buy an Unlocking SIM card, contact the phone carrier, use a computer program, or go to a vendor that offers the service. You can also buy an unlocking code online. Each of these methods has their own reliability and risks.
1. Unlocking SIM Cards
These unique, super thin sleeves fit in between the SIM card and the phone, making your phone think that you are using another carrier. These sleeves can mask the SIM operator’s identity. This does not technically ‘unlock’ the phone in the way we will talk about in the next few sections.
This method is cheap and easy if you do it correctly. It also avoids voiding your warranty, which is a great thing if you are like me and have bad luck with phones. You may have to cut your SIM card in half to be able to fit it. This method is notorious for being finicky and having to be fiddled with to be inserted properly.
This method is losing popularity due to the range of compatibility and unreliability. Also known as Turbo SIM’s or Smart SIMs, these devices require you to fiddle with it until it fits. This can cause damage to the SIM card or the reader itself.
Turbo SIM cards also need to be configured, which can be a real pain. Since they have to be set up for each phone, they probably will not work with newer phone models. It usually takes up to 6 months for a compatible Turbo SIM to become available.
2. Speak to your Network Provider
The company that hosts your phone and phone number can unlock your phone for you. Sometimes, if you have a used phone, you will have to get the original buyer’s authorization to have it unlocked by the carrier. This is probably the most legitimate way to unlock your phone.
As with most things, not all phone companies are equal. Each one has their rules and regulations regarding unlocking phones. These terms can vary depending on what kind of plan you have and how long you have been with the company.
These companies usually get their codes the same way that operators get theirs. The codes are indirectly sourced from mobile companies or manufacturers. There is also another way to get these codes.
Algorithms that link IMEIs to unlock codes have been utilized by some people. These algorithms have been reverse engineered and released to the public. Most of these are for older phone models, but there are many free codes available for you to use if you have one of those models.
The price you pay with a network provider is normally linked to your account history with that provider. If you have been with them for a long time and are a big spender, you can expect to receive a preferential rate. If not you may be paying more than necessary so don’t accept the first price they give you.
The service provider by network providers is normally very quick and in some cases is instant. It’s also very easy to do, all it takes is a call to your network provider.
Some mobile network providers won’t be happy that you are terminating your contract with them and will no longer be a customer so may talk you out of it. Don’t let them persuade you otherwise.
3. Find a local dealer
You should be able to find a local mobile phone dealer by using the yellow pages or an internet search engine. You will need to take your mobile phone into the shop, so this method is slightly more difficult than others. It also makes it very important that the shop you find is near your current location.
Dependant on how experienced the dealer is unlocking mobile phones you may have to wait for a couple of days. Ensure you have all your data backed up if you plan on leaving your mobile phone, better to be safe than sorry.
This option has you to take it to a professional that offers unlocking services. There are many phone repair shops, key cutting businesses, and computer stores that provide the service. A lot of these places are questionable.
These professionals use a combination of clips, cables, codes, and even online forums to unlock your phone. Prices range from $5 to $70, depending on how new or old your phone is. A bit of looking around will not hurt if you would like to go this way with unlocking your phone.
You may have to wait from 15 minutes to a week to get your phone back with this method. It is super popular to do it this way, since it is convenient and you will not have to worry about something going wrong from something you did.
4. Remote Unlock Code Provider
A final way to unlock your phone, if none of these work for you, is to buy an unlock code online. The prices are not as good as you will find at a shop, but it is fairly effortless. Some of these companies are less that reputable so you should be as careful as you would be if you were downloading something to your computer.
Online companies that deal solely in mobile phone unlocking codes are becoming increasingly commonplace. They send their codes via email, and SMS so can offer very low prices and a very quick, efficient service. Most companies have a helpline that you can contact if you have any queries or problems which give peace of mind.
Even though prices are variable, some companies might even provide instructions on how to complete the process. The ones who do that are some of the better companies to go to for unlocking your phone.
As mentioned earlier, there have been some unlock codes released into the interweb. If you have one of the compatible phones, you are in luck. You will not have to pay and it will be really easy to switch over.
5. Mobile Phone Unlocker Software and How To Use It
There are tons of computer programs that claim they can unlock your phone. As someone who has used one of these programs in the past, I can say that you need to know your way around a computer. Many of these programs are malicious, and you should be careful about what you download to your computer.
Accidentally downloading an infected program will make will obviously affect your computer. You may have to end up spending more than the money you saved with this free option. This is why it is crucial to ensure that you are downloading a safe and trusted program.
Unlocking phones is a shady business sometimes. A lot of hackers and scammers target those who are looking to change carriers. They put viruses or Trojans with their programs and advertise smartly. They can not only steal your information; they can completely shut down your computer. Fixing your computer will be more expensive than buying a code or having someone do it for you.
It can be a little tricky finding a good program for unlocking your phone. It is also time-consuming if you have never done something like it before. The best thing about this method is that it does not cost anything.
This method is super vulnerable for your phone. Even the slightest mistake can render your phone unusable. Your data can also be accidentally deleted if you are not careful with your chosen program. It is pretty easy if there is a tutorial to go with it.
Tutorials are a great thing because you can be sure that the program you are installing is a good one. They also take you through the process step by step in order to help you successfully complete the task. Tips and comments from others will help prove the legitimacy of the program. However, you will still want to confirm that the program is trustworthy before downloading anything. A good way to do this is by researching the program and how it has been rated and used by others.
If you are the owner of a GSM phone, then you should know by now that it can support different types of sim cards, which work on a various range of frequencies. Some time ago, mobile phones could only work on a certain frequency, but then appeared the dual band phones, and now, almost all cell phones have quad-band support so that they can work with any carrier.
But when buying a phone along with a subscription or a prepaid card, you will most certainly get a locked phone. Mobile carriers only sell locked phones when you buy from discounted offers, even if you don’t decide to remain with that network for some time.
If you want to switch carriers, or you’ve simply bought the phone because it was a great deal and you planned the whole way to use it with your regular sim card, then you will have to unlock it.
Before you go ahead and enter just any unlocking code on your phone, know that any actions you take in this direction will void warranty rights. The idea of that warranty is to not unlock the phone for a period.
Still, you need it unlocked, and there’s no point paying lots of money for this since there are plenty available programs, most of them free, and today’s phones do not necessitate ( in most cases) additional hardware enhancements to work on other networks.
Downloading an unlocking software program on you PC is the best thing to do in such cases. You will need a way to connect the cell phone to the computer, by wire or Bluetooth. Once the computer identifies the connected mobile, you can go ahead and start the unlocker software. The phone model and number should appear on the screen.
If you have a Nokia, you should expect to see something like Nokia XXX was written. Then, select the phone and you will see the frequency it has been locked in. The software detects restriction and attempts to modify base settings so that in the end the phone works on all available networks.
Be careful when doing this and is you have important files on your cell phone do a backup first, just in case. If you are unsure what to do, read the help file and ask for future assistance from program manufacturers. Press the unlock button only after you are sure your phone has been detected correctly and all files have backup versions.
After unlocking, try to see if the phone does work on the desired network. Assuming you already have the sim card you were set to use in this phone, at this point, you should get it and introduce it in the sim holder, then start the phone.
If it detects network setting and says nothing about the phone being locked, then it’s a good sign. Try and place a call or send an SMS to someone nearby so that you can check the results fast.
Unlocking different availaible mobile phone
Slim Unlocked Triband Mobile Phone Sony Ericsson Z310
Sony Ericsson’s latest handset is Sony Ericsson Z310. The seamless, semi-transparent finish on the front of the phone allows the display icons (which signal when a new event takes place on the phone) to be ‘hidden’ beneath the surface. And a separate external display, also concealed under the surface of the phone, lets you know exactly who is calling. Adding to the striking design is a series of unusual light effects that serve to both personalize the phone & allow the user to ‘color code’ their contacts.
Simply assign a colored light to your frequent callers and you will know instantly whether its work trying to reach you, your best friend fixing a date or your mother calling to invite you to Sunday lunch. It is even possible to set the look and feel of the menu & screen display to match the time of day; a bright theme during the daytime and something more relaxing or subtle at night. Although straightforward to use, the Sony Ericsson Z310 is loaded with features to help you organize your life and have fun along the way.
The built-in VGA camera allows you to take spontaneous snaps and share them with family and friends instantly via Picture Blogging (uploading pictures directly to a Blog site from the Sony Ericsson Z310) or Picture Messaging (MMS). Alternatively, just use the phone as a portable photo album to make sure that your memories are always with you. And there’s no need to worry if you can’t find your phone in your bag or under that pile of papers. Just link the Sony Ericsson Z310 to a Bluetooth headset, such as the comfortable & compact HBH-PV705 Headset, and you are likely never to miss a call. This new cost-conscious handset has a VGA camera for capturing photos on the go that can be easily shared with the Sony Ericsson Z310’s Picture Blogging application.
Sony Ericsson Z310 also supports EDGE/GPRS on the 900/1800/1900 GSM frequency bands and includes a 65k color (128×160 pixel resolution) screen for its main display and a monochrome (96×64 pixel resolution) screen for its external display. This handset’s battery should offer up to 7 hours of talk time, or 12.5 hours of standby time.
Unlocked Mobile Phone Motorola
If you are the owner of one of the many models of popular mobile phones made by Motorola and wish to unlock it for use with other networks, the Internet is going to make this process fairly simple for you. The first thing you should do is read all of the fine print involved with the purchase of the phone. You need to make sure that you are the owner of the phone and not just leasing it with an agreement not to alter its setting in any way. If you are the owner, there is no reason why you may not do a Motorola unlock, anymore there is a reason why you can not sell the phone or even throw it away if that is your wish.
You may have heard people talk about unlocking their cell phone. Why would someone do this and why is a cell phone locked in the first place? The answer to this question is simple. The company that you purchased the phone from wants to make sure you only use their network, and so the phone is locked to that network. Most people would rather use it on whatever network they prefer, and so the need arises for the phone to be unlocked. The mobile phone industry is highly competitive, and most of the profits in the industry come from the use of the network rather than the sale of the phone itself. That is why so many network deals include either a free phone or one at greatly reduced cost when a contract is signed to use the service for an extended period.
It is completely legal to unlock a cell phone, and unlocking the cell phone increases its value should you decide to sell it. Once they are unlocked, they may be used on any network.
How do you know your phone is locked? The way to determine this is to borrow an SIM card from a phone that uses another network. Simply plug it in and turn it on. If you can place a call, you know your phone is unlocked. If you get a message that says the card can not be read, then the phone is locked.
How do you unlock a Motorola cell phone? Motorola makes a device called the Motorola Smart Clip. It is used to reset the security and user codes on Motorola model cell phones. The smart clip is a simple, one-button device that does not require any technical know-how to operate. Unlocking the phone is safe for the unit, and it also does not in any way void its warranty. It simply unlocks what are called SIM locks from the phone, and then the unit will accept SIM cards for other networks.
The Smart Clip can also be used through an LPT port to connect to your computer. Once you have unlocked your Motorola mobile phone, it is possible to buy prepaid SIM cards that allow you to make calls all over the United States while you are traveling.
Many models can be unlocked without the use of a Motorola Smart Clip, or any smart clip device. The codes to do this can be found on the internet. Many sites offer this information. You need only to know the model information. You can then search these sites for the right codes, and enter them into your phone. However, you might not be able to totally unlock the phone as some have multiple locks, and the available codes are not able to unlock them all.
In conclusion, it is an easy matter to unlock the Motorola mobile phone models, and there is every reason to do so. Since most phones require long-term agreements with the service provider anyway, there is no reason not to unlock your phone and enjoy the increased calling options that then become available to you.
To unlock a Motorola Cell phone, you are going to need the Motorola Subsidy Code that is used for the unlock. This code will differ for every model, and Motorola is not going to be very willing to give it to you. You will need to use a search engine to get a list of companies that provide the codes and the software for performing a Motorola unlock. In most cases, you are going to have to register a username and password with the site, and set up some method of payment. The payment is not very high, and there are quite a few sites, so you can do a bit of shopping around here before committing to one or the other. A high percentage of the sites appear to be located in the United Kingdom, but not all of them. In any case, with the use of the Internet, an overseas site can work as well.
You are also going to need a USB cable. This will enable you to connect your Motorola mobile phone directly to your computer to allow the code to be downloaded to your phone. In most cases, once the unlock is performed, the phone itself will give you a rather encouraging message to confirm it. You can always test the procedure by simply inserting a Sim card from another service into the phone and trying to make a call. If the phone is still locked, the call will not be possible, and your phone will inform you of this fact also. It is a good idea to record the code and save it. It is not impossible that your phone could be locked again through a remote signal from the service provider, and if you have saved the code and have the unlocking software still saved on your PC, you can repeat the procedure without resorting to starting all over again.
How to Unlock Samsung Mobile Phones
You have just purchased one of the many models of Samsung Mobile phones. When you get it home, you try to use it with another network provider, and you find out that you can not. It could be that you haven’t unlocked your mobile phone yet. Why is your phone locked, to begin with? The answer to this is simple. The company you bought your phone from wants you to use only their network, so they have placed special types of locks on your phone that stop you from using other networks.
Although cell phones frequently have these locks, it is not illegal for someone who purchases the phone to remove the lock. Doing so will allow you to use other networks and possibly extend your calling area. It also increases the resell value of the phone.
Let us begin the procedure of unlocking your mobile phone. Here are the things you will need to know before hand. What is your handset’s model number? What is your IMEI number? What network operator is your mobile phone locked to? Does your particular model phone require any software or hardware like NS Pro, NS Pro Dongle, or NSPro? If so, where can you acquire the required items? You may need just an SIM card for mobile phone unlocking.
In some cases, a dongle might be needed to unlock the phone. A dongle began as slang for a hardware key. Now is used to describe a small adapter with a short cable that has connectors on both sides. The dongle used to unlock Samsung Mobile Phones is used in conjunction with the NS Pro software.
If your mobile phone does not require the NS Pro or dongle, it will need an SIM card. It is a small rectangular card that is in all GSM phones. The card is your phone’s ID card. Without it your phone won’t work. It is located behind your phone’s battery, storing up to 250 contacts, which makes it easy to transfer your phone book when switching phones. This is just one of the many advantages of the SIM card.
Another advantage is that you can change your phone by switching the SIM card to another phone as long as they use the same carrier. The swap is quick and easy.
Once your mobile phone is unlocked, you can buy prepaid SIM cards, so if you are on a trip your phone can have a local number wherever you are located. Unlocking your phone can also be done wirelessly if you have the right codes, and if your network doesn’t have that many locks on the phone. There are several sites that can give you the codes for unlocking mobile phones. It is just a matter of finding the right site that has your particular model phone on its list of unlocking codes. You will then simply need to enter the codes as instructed and enjoy your increased calling ability.
Unlocked GSM Mobile Phone Motorola Z3 Rizr Red
Motorola introduced new cell phone Motorola Z3 Red. At a glance the handset’s design looks clam, but not only does it look good the soft-touch finishing combined with metal feels nice as well. Specifically, the battery cover is made entirely of metal. Unlike the KRZR, this handset isn’t flashy at all on the contrary, the Motorola Z3 is somewhat austere, which pleases me. The manufacturer, in fact, has cheated on its long-lasting rule to launch extra trims some time after the initial release and presented us with three additional color schemes dark-red, blue and black. But in the beginning all markets are getting blue-painted handsets and only then more colors. Measuring only 106E46E16 mm in size and weighting 108 grams, the Motorola Z3 readily slips in any pocket without bringing about any discomfort or something even worse.
Key lock may be turned on automatically, preventing the function keys from being accidentally pressed. The handset utilizes a traditional RAZR-style keypad – if there are still some people among our readers not familiar with it, we shall describe it as a metal plate with engraved keys captions The four-way navigation key has OK button inserted into it. As for the numeric keypad, it can be reveled only by sliding the Motorola Z3 open and shows off bulky buttons with good and, more importantly, noticeable click sensation. The slope of the casing is a unique solution overlook by other companies – thanks to this feature you won’t experience any problems with reaching both the top and the bottom key rows, even people with really big hands won’t end up hitting the slider’s upper part. The keys are evenly lit in white, which is well-visible in various conditions.
The display itself doesn’t impress, though, for it is a typical Motorola Z3 Rizr Red’s screen showing off 176E220 pixels (30E37 mm, 1.9 inch) resolution and 262K colors. What it lacks is higher resolution the picture looks acceptable, but that’s about it. The display can hold up to 6 text and 3 service lines. The TFT technology allows you to read information seamlessly even when in the sun and thus brings no problems. The slider is armed with auto opening mechanism, making the process of sliding the Motorola Z3 open single handedly a breeze. The area beneath the screen houses a comfortable thumb-rest, adding points to the overall convenience of the phone.
Unlocking A Blackberry Phone
Most of the BlackBerry mobile phones are locked. Most mobile handsets available today are locked. It means that your network provider has programmed your mobile phone in such a way that it won’t recognize and accept other SIM cards provided by other network carriers.
There are plenty of delusions involved when one thinks about unlocking their blackberry phones. This is the reason why plenty of consumers do not care to know how to unlock a blackberry phone because they think that there no need for it. Most of us are not even aware what does it mean to unlock a BlackBerry phone and what are its benefits.
One of the fundamental reasons why the importance of blackberry phone unlock is underrated is because of the misconceptions regarding this matter. In fact, having your phone unlocked is the greatest deals that you can get, and you will surely appreciate it in case you become a knowledgeable consumer. An unlock mobile phone means large savings. Apart from this, having your mobile phone unlocked will permit you breathing room for your mobile phone needs. Now you can pick the mobile service provider you wish to subscribe to! A few benefits of an unlocked BlackBerry phone are quoted below from which you can gather information about the unlock cell phone services:
Most of the BlackBerry phones are locked. Most mobile handsets available today are locked. It means that your network provider has programmed your phone in such a way that it won’t recognize and accept other SIM cards provided by other network carriers. You might be capable of using the phone, but you won’t be able to call or send messages from it, and this curtailment in its functioning defeats the purpose of having a mobile phone.
Unlocking Blackberry mobile phone lets you be more flexible. When you want to change from your existing cell phone network provider to another, you are required to unlock your handset. This is because without unlocking your gadget you can’t use your phone with another network provider. That is the reason why to unlock your cell phone also means to be able to be more flexible in selecting your network provider.
Availing a locked mobile phone you will need to buy another phone to be able to use another network carrier. However, an unlocked device would cut down you costs in purchasing another phone because you can use any SIM card with an unlocked phone and you can switch to another network which offers cheaper rates and better service. There is a misconception that unlocking codes damage your mobile phone. But unlocking your phone offers you may benefits. When you unlock your mobile phone, all you require to do is to enter the unlocking code on your keypad, and that is it.
Unlock Htc Cell Phone
Many devices are easily in a position to become went above, including AT&T, Cingular, and also T-Mobile. However, any cell phone it doesn’t provide GSM services are not unlocked. This is due to the phone not simply has no a new transferable greeting card, your telephone number in addition to a label are also placed on this unique mobile phone.
When you can see entry phone unlocking, it’s very simple. The vital thing to recognize is actually in which cellular telephone unlocking is 100% appropriate! Many companies usually do not need you to recognize this since to merely maintain people as shoppers. Therefore, through certainly not telling you concerning this choice, you’ll believe of which to keep your overall telephone, you need to be in the same program. Fortunately, this could hardly always be further from the reality.
Whenever attempting to uncover ones Unlock HTC, electrical power ways to attempt executing it. Just about every mobile phone includes a specific code and that is commonly structured across the specific serial quantity. You’ll find dozens of websites on the web that provide cell phone uncover limitations. Most of these mobile phone discover limitations are often very reasonably priced as well as can be acquired directly through the website. Concerning $5-$10, the website will allow you to uncover your current cell phone and also move solutions. Having such an effortless treatment, it can be not any question that people never head spending the excess 5 cash for an encouraging palm. In comparison, you will find additional mobile phones like the Motorola variations, which usually have to have an additional function. The crooks to will often have a running software program that may be difficult to help bust. As a result, businesses need you to require a connect and also join the cell phone to another unit. The good news is, quite a few services can be obtained for a very reasonably priced price.
In a Nutshell
Whether you choose to take it to a professional or do it yourself, there are several ways to unlock your phone. Unlocking your phone gives you the ability to switch your carrier. The freedom and flexibility of unlocked phones is desired by many. It is not too difficult to do, but you may have to leave your phone in the hands of someone who might not give it back.
When it comes to most things you should aware about what you are doing, but especially in this case. Some people may have everything in their phone. It can be a lifeline and losing all of that information may be disastrous.
Unlocking your phone is not technically illegal. In the UK, that is. The US has a law that no carrier can refuse a request to unlock a phone. While that covers having your phone company unlocking it, it is not clear whether going about it a different way is accepted.
The UK has more physical locations where you can go to have your phone unlocked. A lot of these places can be secretive and super shady.
Nonetheless, some of the ways to unlock your phone can be sketchy and untrustworthy. The presence of these shady dealings does not mean everything about unlocking phones is questionable. When you go to a reputable source or do it yourself, you are risking your information regardless.
You can have your phone unlocked in any of these ways and be successful. Being cautious is the main thing you have to remember when trying to decide how you will go about it. Whichever way you choose is totally okay.
Depending on where you are, you may not have all of these options. In the US, stores that offer unlocking services are rare, if they exist at all. At least I’ve never seen them. The most effective way to have your phone unlocked is calling the carrier or doing it on your computer.