By Velia Khoun
When ever you obtain a mobile phone through a mobile phone provider, it's always locked to that network's service. If the company gives you a free or reduced price cell phone, you normally have to consent to a one- or two-year plan as well. You can avoid this contract and freely switch between networks, in addition to travel abroad and roam on other networks, simply by unlocking your 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 printed on the smartphone under the battery. You can also typically find it on your mobile phone's setting page or by keying in a unique code to get your phone to display the number on your screen. Most of the time, the code is *#06#
When you have located the IMEI code of your smartphone, get hold of your current network carrier and find out if they are willing to offer you an unlock code. Depending on the circumstances, they may possibly grant your request. Nevertheless, many carriers will probably have thier own criteria that need to be fulfilled before they will provide you with an unlock code, and many could very well refuse. Normally, if you've finished your service contract, your cell phone provider could very well give you directions on how to factory unlock your smartphone, but frequently they will insist you are the original owner of the cell phone (the contract on thier system is in your name). In the event that you're not, for example, you purchased the phone pre-owned, you'll have to find an alternative unlocking method to permanently unlock your mobile phone.
When you are not the orginal owner of the mobile phone, you are going to need to purchase an unlock code from a third party service provider. Luckily there are plenty of on line suppliers offering services merely by giving them your mobile phone's IMEI number, it's make and model and the network its locked to. The cost of the service and the time it will take to unlock your smartphone will depend upon the above mentioned factors, and will vary quite considerably for more obscure mobiles or networks. Working with a third party unlocking provider is generally the quickest and the most straightforward technique to unlock your mobile phone, as it is completed remotely without your cellphone ever having to leave your pocession. As soon as your mobile phone's been sucessfully unlocked it can then be used on any network and in any country you wish.