should you unlock your phone?
or later you are going to buy a new phone, but the chances are
it will be locked to the network you bought it on, this is how
most major mobile phone providers are, and if you try to put
another network's Sim card in that phone, it simply will not
you unlocking your mobile phone, it enables the phone to be
used with any compatible Sim card on any network of your choice,
this gives you these benefits:
* Promotional Specials. Often networks
give away free Sim cards, these can come with free texts or
calls. Yet if your phone isn't unlocked you can't put the Sims
in your phone and take advantage. Any decent free Sim offers
are included in the free weekly
* Better phone then Network has
to offer. If you like your phone but do not have a good deal,
by unlocking your phone, it allows you to keep the phone, but
switch to another network.
* Added value. Unlocked phones
sell for more, because they have much wider appeal to users
on other networks and in other countries. Who wants to buy a
phone that is locked, but cannot use it in their country or
on their network? No body!
* Freedom to roam. Unlocking extends
to many foreign Sim cards too, so you can totally eschew the
UK networks' expensive overseas rates by getting a local Sim
card everywhere you go.
short, unlocking gives your mobile independence from the network
you got it from. And what's more, it's usually simple to do.
Many, especially slightly older, handsets can be unlocked using
codes generated for free on the web, and if that doesn't work,
you can do it for a reasonable fee, either through your network
or high st. phone unlockers.
if you have to pay your network to unlock the handset, unless
you're on a particularly good tariff, the savings should quickly
outweigh the outlay.
do mobile phone companies lock phones?
companies say their phones are already heavily subsidized to
entice you to buy them and they need to make up this shortfall.
Yet the reality, as ever, comes down to cold hard cash; it makes
no sense to sell you the phone at reduced cost and then let
you take your money to another network provider.
Isn't it illegal?
this is a common misconception, and one the mobile phone companies
(unsurprisingly) aren't keen to dispel. The confusion arises
because unlocking and unblocking are often mixed up, yet mean
* Unlocking is totally legal. It just means making the phone
work with any Sim card.
* Unblocking is illegal. This is the practice of making a phone
work again after it's been blocked by the networks, usually
as a result of its being reported lost or stolen. Unsurprisingly,
It is thoroughly illegal and should not be attempted.
what about my warranty?
it's not illegal, unlocking your phone WILL invalidate its warranty
in most cases. Thus do think twice if you're still in the warranty
period and have a super-expensive handset; while it's possible
to 're-lock' some phones, this shouldn't be relied upon.
there any way around it?
possible to get a 'Sim unlocking attachment', which is a little
device roughly the same size and shape as a Sim card, which
goes in the handset's card slot alongside the Sim itself. Effectively,
the device unlocks your Sim to make it work with the handset,
rather than the other way around, so your phone warranty remains
intact when you use one (though obviously you can't sell the
phone as 'unlocked', because it isn't).