What does unlocking a phone mean?

    In most cases when a cellular phone is purchased from a service provider, it is often sim locked to that provider such that only sim cards from that particular service provider will work. This phone unlocking service removes the carrier lock placed by many cell providers these days. It enables you to use your phone with any sim card, regardless which provider you bought it from. After unlocking your phone using our services you will be able to use your cell phone not just with your current network provider but with ANY other GSM network worldwide without any restrictions.

    What is remote unlocking?

    Remote unlocking has now become the most common way to unlock your Phone. This is because it is so simple and no data cables are required at all. It is very easy to unlock your mobile phone using remote unlock codes. In fact this is how the mobile networks unlock handsets. After using our remote unlocking service you will be able to use your mobile phone with any other GSM network provider worldwide without any restriction, saving money on roaming charges and increasing the resale value of your cell phone! Remote unlocking has now become the most common way to unlock your Phones. This is because it is so simple and no data cables are required at all! All you need to do is type a specially calculated code into the phone! It's that simple!

    Is remote unlocking safe and legal?

    YES it is 100% safe! It is very easy and safe to unlock your phone using unlock codes, in fact this is how the networks themselves unlock their customers handsets.

    Yes its is 100% legal. It is a common misconception that unlocking your phone is illegal!!! In fact quite the opposite, it is your consumer right to have your handset unlocked. The networks have to provide you with an unlock code if you request it. BUT they normally charge around $70 - $90.

    What are the advantages of unlocking a phone?

    When you purchase your phone many people are not aware that there is a good chance that your network provider has locked the handset to accept only SIM cards from its network.
    For example if you purchased a handset that is locked to Vodafone it will not work with a SIM card from T-Mobile, O2 or Orange etc.
    In many peoples opinion this is unfair. If you unlock your phone you can then change your SIM card to that of a different network provider. But why would you want to unlock your phone? We have listed the 4 main reasons below:
    i) You may own more than one SIM card running on different networks, if you want to swap the SIM cards from time to time your phone must be unlocked.
    ii) You may find your network is not as competitively priced as another and you would then need to put a different SIM card into the phone.
    iii) If you are traveling overseas you may want to use your phone with a SIM card from that country to save yourself money.
    iv) You may be looking to sell your old handset, in which case you will be able to sell it at a higher price and not have to worry if your potential buyers SIM card will be accepted by your handset.

    How do I check to see if my phone is locked?

    The simplest way to check if your phone is locked is to insert a SIM card from another network and see if the phone will accept it.
    If your phone is locked you will often see an error message of some kind. These messages vary depending on your handset manufacturer.
    Nokia = "Enter restriction code" or "SIM card rejected"
    Motorola = "Enter special code"
    Ericsson = "Enter Correct SIM"
    Sony Ericsson = "Incorrect SIM"
    Samsung = "Invalid Network SIM...Enter Code"
    Panasonic = "Invalid SIM"
    Siemens = "Phone disabled! NETWORK LOCK"
    Sharp = "Invalid Network SIM"
    If you do not have access to a SIM card from another network then there is a less scientific method you can use to check if your handset is locked. Simply look to see if your network has placed their logo on your phone somewhere. For example in the UK orange always lock their handsets and they always "badge" their phones with their own Orange logo either on the front or the back of the handset. It is a sure give away that the network has customized the handset to their requirements which means they have also locked it!

    What is my phone's IMEI and how do I get it?

    A phone's IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number is an international "Serial number" for your phone to properly identify it. You can find the IMEI number by:
    1. Typing *#06# on your cell phone keypad.
    2. You may also find the IMEI number underneath the phone battery.

    Will I have to unlock my phone every time I change SIMs?

    No. Once your phone is unlocked, it remains permanently unlocked, no matter what you do to it.

    What is GSM and How do I know if I have GSM or not?

    GSM is a type of digital mobile phone service. The more common type of digital mobile phone service in the United States is CDMA, but just about every other country in the world uses primarily or only GSM. For you as the user of your phone, there is no difference at all between using a phone on a CDMA system or a phone on a GSM system. Unfortunately, the two different systems are not compatible with each other. If you have a T-Mobile, Cingular, or recent new M-mode type service with AT&T, then you have GSM service.

    Where can I use my unlocked GSM phone?

    For a complete list of countries and GSM networks where you can use your unlocked phone Click Here. GSM services are available in over 207 countries. Check the GSM World web site to see if the country you are interested in has GSM service available, and what frequency the GSM service(s) work on.

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