By Eldora Militano
Anytime you get a cellphone from a network provider, it will be locked to that network's service. If the company provide you with a free or reduced price cell phone, you usually have to consent to a one- or two-year agreement as well. You can avoid this contract and freely move between networks, and also travel outside of the country and use other networks, simply by unlocking your handset using the IMEI number. The three simple steps below are all that is needed to officially unlock your mobile phone permanently.
Get the 15-digit IMEI code. This is typically written on the phone beneath the battery. You can also typically find it in your smartphone's setting page or by keying in a special code to get your cellphone to display the number on your screen. In most instances, this code is *#06#
Upon having located the IMEI number of your cellphone, contact your existing network carrier and ask them if they will supply you with an unlock code. Dependent on the circumstances, they may very well grant your request. Unfortunately, different providers can have thier own criteria that need to be fulfilled before they'll offer you with an unlock code, and many could very well refuse. Normally, if you have finished your contract, your mobile provider could give you directions on how to factory unlock your smartphone, but frequently they will insist you are the original owner of the smartphone (the contract on thier system is in your name). If you're not, for instance, you bought the cellphone second-hand, you will need to find an alternative unlocking technique to permanently unlock your phone.
If you're not the orginal owner of the cellphone, you'll have to purchase an unlock service from a 3rd party service provider. Luckily there are a great deal of on line companies offering services simply by giving them your cellphone's IMEI number, it's model and make and the network it is locked to. The price of the service and the time it takes to IMEI unlock your cellphone depends upon the above mentioned factors, and can vary quite significantly for more obscure handsets or networks. Utilizing a third party unlocking provider is normally the quickest and most hassle-free technique to IMEI unlock your mobile phone, as it will be carried out remotely without your mobile phone ever having to leave your pocession. After your phone has been sucessfully unlocked it can then be used on any network and in any country you wish.