How to Remove the Unlock Code of Mobile Phones

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If you have ever been on a trip abroad and ended up having to pay $2 a minute to call home because your mobile phone was locked, then you know how annoying it can be. With a little time and effort, you can unlock the code on your mobile phone and save some money. While unlocking your phone may be frowned on by your network, it is not illegal to do nor is it difficult.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • Dial "*#06#" and wait for a few seconds. A 15-digit number will appear on your screen. Write the number down. This is your international mobile-equipment-identifier code or IMEI. This is what your mobile-service provider uses to identify your phone.

  • Go to a site that provides mobile-unlock codes for the make and model of your phone. Some that you might consider visiting are UnlockToTalk.com, GSMLiberty.net and GlobalUnlock.com. They all provide codes and instructions for unlocking phones and cost between $14.99 and $29.99 as of 2010.

  • Once you've decided on what service that you want, go to that site and enter the IMEI number. Enter the make and model of your phone as well as the country that you live in and the your carrier. Click "Submit." The site will find the codes for your phone or tell you if it doesn't have them.

  • Click on "Buy" and enter your payment details and a valid e-mail address. You will get your codes usually within a day or two. When you have them, write the number down.

  • Unlock your phone by removing the battery and subscriber identity module (SIM) from the phone and replacing it with an SIM from another network. Replace the battery.

  • Turn your phone back on, and it will prompt you to enter a code. Enter the unlock code exactly as you see it with no extra spaces or characters. Hit "OK" and wait for a few minutes. The phone will reboot, and you will get the logo of the new network at the top. You have now removed the unlock code on your phone.

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