Nowadays, that little device you carry around in your pocket all day long can do way more than just make phone calls or send message, but believe it or not, there are some situations when, no matter how smart your phone is, it's exactly these two basic feature that the device in unable to do.
How come?, you might wonder. Well, it's pretty simple: you have a carrier lock. Since calling and texting can be made only by using a SIM card, you can perform these operations just by using a SIM from the carrier you originally got your phone from. For example, if your phone is locked on AT&T, you cannot use T-Mobile's services on the same phone.
But there's no need to worry, as there are a couple of methods through which you can get rid of this carrier lock, in order to use your phone in any network around the world. To be more specific, there are three methods: asking the carrier for the code, rooting and buying a code.
So, let's begin with the first one. In most cases, the carrier is obliged to give you a unlock code after your two-year contract is over. Still, some of them won't do this, since it implies losing a client. On the other side, if they are willing to give it, it won't be for cheap.
Moving on - rooting. This technical procedure implies altering the phone's software in order to unlock it. Still, it's a very difficult process and, if it's not done correctly, you can end up with a totally damaged phone, which cannot be used anymore, that's why it should be done only by highly skilled users.
And finally, there's the simplest method: buying a code online. There are plenty of websites which can provide a code, for various prices. Just pay a short visit to google, search for "unlock " and you will find tons of results. And the best part is that you don't need to give your phone to anybody else, use cables or take it to a service. Everything can be done just from home. But I bet that you're wodering how this is actually done.
After finding the website which you will get the phone from, you will need to provide them a few details about the phone:
- IMEI number (International Mobile Equipment Identity). This is a serial number that uniquely identifies your handset. There are 2 ways you can find the IMEI of your phone. Dial *#06# and your phone will display a 15 digits number. Or simply check the sticker on the back of your phone underneath the battery.
- Phone model (ex. Samsung Galaxy S5)
- Network (ex. AT&T)
- Country (ex. USA)
After this, you will be taken to a payment menu and after everything is done, you just have to wait for the website to send you the code via email. In most cases, it takes just a few hours or even minutes, if you're lucky enough.
As soon as you receive the code, you need to insert a SIM card from an unaccepted network in your phone. For example, if your phone is locked on AT&T, just put a T-Mobile SIM in it. Your phone should instantly prompt for an unlock code. Insert the code you received from the provider and that's all, you just got rid of the carrier lock and your phone is ready to be used with any network around the world.
As you can see, unlocking the full potential of your phone by getting rid of the carrier lock is very easy and can be done by everybody, without any special technical knowledge.