By Courtney Souvannarith
Anytime you obtain a smartphone via a cellphone provider, its locked into that network's service. If the company provides you with a free or discounted smartphone, you commonly have to consent to a 1- or 2-year plan as well. You can avoid this contract and freely change between networks, as well as travel overseas and use other networks, simply by unlocking your cell phone using the IMEI number. To permanently unlock your cellphone follow the three simple steps below.
Get the 15-digit IMEI code. This is typically printed on the cell phone beneath the battery. You can also typically locate it on your phone's setting page or by keying in a unique code to get your cellphone to show the number on the screen. Most of the time, this code is *#06#
Upon having found the IMEI number of your smartphone, get in touch with your existing network and inquire if they will offer you an unlock code. Dependent on the circumstances, they might possibly grant your request. Nevertheless, different network carriers are going to have thier own criteria that need to be met before they will give you with an unlock code, and many may very well refuse. Often, if you've completed your service contract, your mobile phone provider will probably give you guidelines on how to unlock your cell phone, but typically they will insist you are the original owner of the mobile phone (the contract on thier system is in your name). When you are not, for instance, you purchased the cell phone second hand, you need to locate an alternative unlocking method to permanently unlock your cellphone.
When you are not the orginal owner of the cell phone, you are going to need to get an unlock service from a third party supplier. Fortunately there are lots of on-line suppliers offering services by merely providing them with your cell phone's IMEI code, it's make and model and the network its locked to. The cost of the service and the time it takes to unlock your phone will depend upon the above factors, and can vary quite significantly for more obscure mobile phones or networks. Using a 3rd party unlocking company is often the fastest and most convenient method to factory unlock your mobile phone, as it can be completed remotely without your smartphone ever having to leave your pocession. As soon as your cell phone has been sucessfully unlocked it can then be used with any carrier and in any country you wish.
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