The way to Unlock Smart Phones via IMEI (in 3 clear-cut steps)

By Jose Edner

When you acquire a cell phone through a cell phone provider, it will be locked to that company's service. If the company offers you a free or discounted phone, you normally have to agree to a one- or two-year plan as well. You can avoid this contract and freely move between networks, in addition to travel abroad and use other networks, easily by unlocking your mobile phone using the IMEI number. The three simple steps below are all that is needed to officially unlock your mobile phone permanently.

Step 1

Find the 15-digit IMEI number. This is usually written on the mobile phone beneath the battery. You can also generally locate it in your smartphone's setting page or by entering a specific code to get your phone to display the number on the screen. In many instances, the code is *#06#

Step 2

When you have found the IMEI number of your smartphone, get hold of your existing carrier and inquire if they are willing to provide you with an unlock code. Dependent on the circumstances, they might possibly grant your request. Although, different service providers have thier own criteria that need to be fulfilled before they will offer you with an unlock code, and many could possibly refuse. Normally, if you've completed your contract, your smartphone provider may give you guidelines on how to factory unlock your phone, but in general they will insist you're the original owner of the handset (the contract on thier system is in your name). In the event you're not, for instance, you bought the phone secondhand, you must locate an alternative unlocking method to a IMEI unlock your cellphone.

Step 3

If you're not the orginal owner of the mobile phone, you will need to buy an unlock code from a third party supplier. Fortunately there are loads of on-line companies offering services simply by giving them your cell phone's IMEI code, it's model and make and the network it is locked to. The cost of the service and the time it will take to unlock your cellphone will depend upon the aforementioned factors, and will vary quite significantly for more obscure phones or networks. Utilizing a 3rd party unlocking company is often the fastest and most convenient technique to unlock your cell phone, as it will be carried out remotely without your smartphone ever needing to leave your pocession. As soon as your cell phone's been sucessfully unlocked it can then be used with any carrier and in any country you wish.