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Unlock Your Phone

Unlock your phone so that it works with all network operators when you travel or switch plans. It is your phone. Take control of it!

If you bought your phone from a mobile operator, chances are very good that it’s locked to the operator’s network. While the phone itself might be compatible with all GSM networks (i.e., a triband phone), it rejects SIM cards from other GSM operators. Locking imposes some limitations on how you can use your phone:

  • If you change your service plan to that of another operator, you will not be able to continue using the locked phone. You will have to buy a new phone and transfer all the data.

  • The locked phone probably will not work with prepaid calling cards in foreign countries, since the prepaid service requires a new SIM card from a local operator. See “Use Prepaid Calling Cards” [Hack #28] for more on prepaid mobile phone calling cards.


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