Tips on how to Unlock Smart Phones by IMEI (three straight-forward steps)
By Gayle Rosenthall
When ever you obtain a cellphone via a mobile phone provider, it will be locked to that company's service. If the company offers you a free or discounted cellphone, you normally have to agree to a one- or two-year plan as well. You can avoid this contract and freely switch between networks, in addition to travel overseas and roam on other networks, simply by unlocking your handset using the IMEI code. By simply following the 3 simple steps below your cellphone will be unlocked in permanently.
Locate the 15-digit IMEI number. This is typically written on the mobile phone underneath the battery. You can also generally locate it inside your mobile phone's setting page or by entering a special code to get your cell phone to display the number on the screen. In most cases, the code is *#06#
After you have located the IMEI number of your cellphone, contact your existing network and ask if they can supply you with an unlock code. Depending on the circumstances, they could very well grant your request. Nevertheless, different carriers will likely have thier own conditions that need to be met before they are willing to provide you with an unlock code, and many will probably refuse. Normally, if you've finished your contract, your mobile phone provider are likely to give you directions on how to permanently unlock your smartphone, but usually they'll insist you're the original owner of the phone (the contract on thier system is in your name). If you're not, for example, you purchased the smartphone second-hand, you'll need to locate an alternative unlocking strategy to unlock your smartphone.
For those who are not the orginal owner of the cellphone, you will need to buy an unlock code from a 3rd party service provider. Fortunately there are lots of on-line companies offering services by merely providing them with your phone's IMEI code, it's make and model and the network its locked to. The cost of the service and the time it will take to IMEI unlock your phone will depend upon these factors, and can vary quite considerably for more obscure devices or networks. Using a 3rd party unlocking provider is typically the fastest and most convenient option to factory unlock your cell phone, as it can be performed remotely without your cell phone ever having to leave your pocession. As soon as your smartphone has been sucessfully unlocked it can then be used on any network and in any country you wish.