By Alease Orland
Every time you obtain a cell phone through a cell phone provider, you'll find it locked into that company's service. If the company offers you a free or discounted mobile phone, you generally have to agree to a 1- or 2-year agreement as well. You can avoid this contract and freely swap between providers, and travel overseas and roam on domestic networks, easily by unlocking your cell phone using the IMEI number. To permanently unlock your cell phone follow the 3 simple steps below.
Get the 15-digit IMEI code. This is typically written on the cellphone underneath the battery. You can also typically find it inside your mobile phone's setting page or by entering a special code to get your mobile phone to display the IMEI number on the screen. In many cases, this code is *#06#
After you've located the IMEI number of your cell phone, call your current carrier and find out if they are willing to provide you with an unlock code. Dependent on your circumstances, they may well grant your request. Nevertheless, many network carriers will have thier own conditions that need to be met before they'll give you with an unlock code, and many could very well refuse. Usually, if you've finished your service contract, your smart phone provider may supply you directions on how to IMEI unlock your mobile phone, but in general they'll insist you're the original owner of the cell phone (the contract on thier system is in your name). In the event you are not, for instance, you bought the cellphone 2nd hand, you must locate an alternative unlocking technique to officially unlock your cellphone.
If you are not the orginal owner of the cell phone, you'll need to acquire an unlock code from a 3rd party service provider. Fortunately there are lots of on line providers offering services by simply providing them with your mobile phone's IMEI number, it's make and model and the network it's locked to. The price of the service and the time it will take to IMEI unlock your smartphone depends upon these factors, and can vary quite significantly for more obscure mobiles or networks. Utilising a 3rd party unlocking provider is often the quickest and most convenient method to permanently unlock your mobile phone, as it is carried out remotely without your smartphone ever needing to leave your pocession. When your phone's been sucessfully unlocked it can then be used with any carrier and in any country you chose.