Find out how to Unlock Mobile Phones by IMEI
By Shirly Schlater
When ever you get a cell phone through a cell phone provider, you’ll find it locked to that network’s service. If the company provides you with a free or reduced price phone, you commonly have to agree to a 1- or 2-year plan as well. You can avoid this contract and freely switch between providers, along with travel abroad and use other networks, simply by unlocking your mobile phone using the IMEI code. Permanently unlock your handset by following the 3 simple steps below.
Locate the 15-digit IMEI number. This is usually written on the cell phone underneath the battery. You can also generally find it inside your cell phone’s setting page or by keying in a specific code to get your cellphone to display the number on the screen. Most often, this code is *#06#
Upon having located the IMEI code of your phone, get in touch with your current carrier and find out if they will offer you an unlock code. Depending on your circumstances, they might grant your request. But, many providers are going to have thier own requirements that need to be met before they will give you with an unlock code, and many might refuse. Often, if you’ve finished your service contract, your cellphone provider will probably give you instructions on how to IMEI unlock your smartphone, but normally they will insist you’re the original owner of the handset (the contract on thier system is in your name). When you are not, for example, you bought the cell phone secondhand, you will have to locate an alternative unlocking method to unlock your smartphone.
For those who are not the orginal owner of the smartphone, you will need to purchase an unlock service from a 3rd party supplier. Fortunately there are a lot of online vendors selling services by just giving them your mobile phone’s IMEI code, it’s model and make and the network its locked to. The cost of the service and the time it will take to IMEI unlock your smartphone depends upon these factors, and will vary quite considerably for more obscure phones or networks. Making use of a third party unlocking service is generally the fastest and most straightforward method to IMEI unlock your smartphone, as it will be done remotely without your phone ever needing to leave your pocession. Once your smartphone’s been sucessfully unlocked it can then be used on any network and in any country you want.