What is an unlock from an operator?
- Is the unlocking done remotely, or should I send my phone?
- Is it difficult? Will I need special instructions for unlocking?
- How do I know in advance whether a phone can be unlocked?
- Is the unlocking temporary or permanent? What does it depend on?
- In what cases does the "unlock fly"?
- Is it possible to unlock devices that are on the blacklist of the operator (blacklist)?
- How does the unlock affect the operation of the phone? Will there be any restrictions?
Undoubtedly, who faced the lock on the phone for the first time, will certainly want to know who and why is blocking his phone, and most importantly - what to do with it and how to return the device to work. Our article will tell about this.
The first thing to find out is what is "unlock". Under the unlocking means the process of unlocking a device operating in the network of a certain operator or only in a certain region, so that the device begins to work in the networks of any other operators of the World.
Almost all popular brands of smartphones are subject to blocking: iPhone, Samsung, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Alcatel, Motorola, HTC, BlackBarry, Nokia, Sony, Lenovo and many others.
Blocking on the device is established directly by the manufacturer by agreement with the operator. The operator buys out a batch of devices for their subsequent implementation with a contract or other special offers. Depending on the country and the specifics of the legislation, operators undertake to provide an unlock for those devices that have been fully paid by customers and for which there are no debts to the operator. But even in this case the unlock is not made "automatically". It is assumed that the client who wants to unlock the device must contact his operator with an unlock request and if all the requirements and conditions of the operator are met - the request will be approved.
But in fact, quite often we come across a situation where the client was not aware that the device is locked. Not infrequently we are contacted by the "victims" of various auctions that have become owners of telephones with a request for code entry and they do not even know about who the operator is or where to get the code from. In all these cases, our service can help you get the information you need and unlock the device.
And now let's move on to the most popular questions from owners of locked devices.
1. Is the unlocking done remotely, or should I send my phone?
In 98% of cases, the unlock for all brands is carried out remotely. To unlock the iPhone, if the service you need is currently available, it's enough to know IMEI (you can see IMEI by typing the combination *#06#) Select the service in the list, complete the order and wait for the specified dates. After the expiration of the terms specified in the description of the specific service, you receive a notification that the phone is "unlocked". You do not need to enter any codes. Simply turn on the phone, insert any SIM card and enjoy the full operation of the device.
For other brands, you will need to enter the unlock code (Samsung, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Alcatel, Motorola, HTC, BlackBarry, Nokia, Sony, Lenovo), which can be ordered in this section. After entering the code we will provide, you will see the text "unlock succesufull" on the screen, after which the device will start receiving other SIM cards.
In 2% of cases unlock for Samsung, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Alcatel, Motorola, HTC, BlackBarry, Nokia, Sony, Lenovo, etc. it is possible only with the help of special professional equipment. This method is used by workshops and service centers for devices for which the input of the factory code did not work. The most common reason why the code might not work is to replace the firmware version. Often, to unblock them using boxes (such as Z3X Box, Smart-Clip2, Sigma, Octopus, Infinity Box, ATF Box, MT Box, SeTool or DC unlocker), the specialists pre-update the firmware and unlock. We mention this method, since for some devices this method is the only one.
2. Is it difficult? Will I need special instructions for unlocking?
For different brands, the number of codes you receive will be different. If necessary, we will provide you with instructions and video-instructions that will help you to unlock yourself without errors. For most devices, an input prompt appears when the SIM card of another operator is installed. You must enter the digits of the code we provide. The procedure for entering the code is simple and can even be done by a child. If there are several codes, then they need to be entered sequentially, until one of them unlocks the lock.
For some brands (LG, Samsung, Alcatel, Sony), the codes will be signed - before the code there will be a combination of the letters of the name of this code, for example:
The letters do not need to be entered in the code field. Only the numbers from the result. For such brands as ZTE, HTC, Motorola, BlackBarry, Nokia, Lenovo, usually comes 1 or 2 codes that are not signed and it does not matter in which order you will enter them.
3. How do I know in advance whether a phone can be unlocked?
In order to find out in advance whether an unlock is available for your iPhone, it's enough to order a GSX check by IMEI. This check will show the lock status (locked or not) and will show which operator or region the lock is on. Also, the check will show whether this phone was locked, or it was already sold unlocked.
You can check the operator and the status of the lock for other brands, such as HTC, LG, Nokia, Samsung, Sony:
If after installing the SIM card you saw a request for code entry, then you can make an order for obtaining the NCK code. If the phone does not request a code, then its unlock is not feasible, or it can be carried out by special equipment in the service center.
It should be noted that there are a number of operators that block devices without providing for unlocking: Verizon, Sprint, Tracfone, Net10, Straight Talk
All this is American operators, and it's better not to buy phones with such a lock. On this topic, we wrote a separate article.
4. Is the unlocking temporary or permanent? What does it depend on?
The unlock for brands Samsung, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Alcatel, Motorola, HTC, BlackBarry, Nokia, Sony, Lenovo, etc., which was conducted by the method of entering the code, is permanent. If the unlock was successful and the code was accepted, then no matter how you manipulated the device, firmware or update, the phone will not be blocked again.
In the case of the iPhone, the unlock can be permanent (official) or temporary (WorldWide service). It all depends on whether the services of the official unlock are available from a specific operator or not. If the unlock that you plan to order is not permanent, then this will be written in the description of the service.
Also, there are rare operators and not popular services for which an unlock can temporarily not be available. If the service is disabled, you can subscribe and wait for the service to resume. Since for disabled services there are no preliminary terms about when they will resume work. If it turns out that your iPhone is blocked by a rare operator for which there are no active unlocking services, you can contact the R-SIM vendors, maybe they will help you get a temporary unlock using a chip.
5. In what cases does the "unlock fly"?
The concept of "flew unlock" (re-locking the device, which had already been unlocked) applies exclusively to the iPhone brand, to phones that were unlocked not by an official method. Such an unlock is applied to those devices that for a number of reasons can not be unlocked officially (for example, the device was lost and is on the black list with the operator). That is, the operator does not approve the unlocking of such a phone.
Also, the risk of re-blocking exists for devices that were removed from the black list, and then unlocked officially. For all who carried out similar manipulations with the device, it is recommended to observe several rules in order to avoid the repeated blockage:
Such an unlock is only possible for some operators. In our price list, the service names usually indicate whether unlocking of devices on the black list is supported. To check your device for presence in the black list, you can order a special check - Check iPhone Blacklist Worldwide. This check can show BLACKLIST status - if the device was lost and stolen and entered in the operator's black list.
To clarify the possibility of unlocking your iPhone, consult us at firstname.lastname@example.org
7. How does the unlock affect the operation of the phone? Will there be any restrictions?
Unlock, regardless of the brand, does not affect the operation of the device in any way and does not limit its functionality. The device after unlocking should work in the frequency range declared by the manufacturer, according to its specification. An unlocked device will work just like a device that was originally sold without a lock. You will not see any difference in his work.
As you can see, to date, there are many different unlock methods that allow you to bypass restrictions on mobile operators. Often these are official methods of unlocking through an operator or using factory code. In rare cases, you need special boxes and equipment and everything to ensure that you can freely use your smartphone.
Contact us for advice on unlocking devices from different brands and we will help you to choose the right service.