I want to unlock the SIM on an old HTC one SV from EE, which sill has a goo
d battery from circa 2013, but not getting much sense on the web. I get tw
o sets of web pages:
(i) No problem. Do it for free with our unlock codes
(ii) it's not possible to do it for free. Buy our codes for anything betw
ween £5 - £20.
So Which set of pages is telling porkies. Why should anyone do it for free
. Are the lot that charge just a rip-off.
Grateful for expertise, thanks
Free on contract when >6 months old, prepay is 8.99 even if you aren't a
customer. You just call them up with the IMEI, take a payment over the
phone and they give you an unlock code.
Generally 'unlocking guides' are useless: the feasible methods of unlocking
varies by model, and lots of the guides say 'you can do it free or pay for a
code' but then don't admit this is generic advice for every model - the free
method only works for some models.
If you're after a free unlock, search XDA for the model number of your phone
(not the name, the model number) which is the only place I'd trust for real
Given that it's 8.99 from the horse's mouth, it's not worth bothering with
pay unlock services any more.
On Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:56:20 AM UTC+1, Theo wrote:
g betwween £5 - £20.
r free. Are the lot that charge just a rip-off.
Maybe it's not so easy from EE though I'm still on EE with a new phone. Th
eir web page says it's free at first then says it's 8.99 further down. Fol
k who go in person into the EE shop have paid this amount, the shop sends t
he online form in, but then it's still locked after an unreasonable number
of weeks. Other folk say the shops claim they can't do it anyway.
So it sounds like the usual runaround.
I would try the free method but it may brick the phone.
All I can say is that it worked for me:
'non-EE customer', did it on the phone, unlock code sent by email.
I didn't even need to put an EE SIM in it.
And certain models of phone can be incredibly awkward requiring you to
take them to some expert dodgy geezer in a backstreet somewhere. These
are usually the sort that lock down on the first SIM they see from new.
You will always get the odd clueless muppet claiming that something
doesn't work if enough people do it.
ISTR EE would have quite happily unlocked my mums phone for me but at
the time £9 would have more than doubled its value! Instead I found an
original Orange SIM in a Poundshop for £1 (on their recommendation).
Unless you are tech savvy (and asking here says that you are not) it
isn't really worth chancing a dodgy unlock code from an unknown source.
Some of the guys on market stalls do slightly cheaper unlocking than the
official high street outlets. Depends if you trust them not to brick
your phone in the process.
Why does anyone write free software/Apps. Why do people reply with help
on user support forums?
Often the people charging the fees will only direct you to the web page
which requires no fee.
Are you trying to unlock the SIM or trying to unlock the phone so that
you can use a SIM from any supplier?
On Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:23:13 -0700, therustyone wrote:
Are you trying to unlock the SIM (when you have forgotten your PIN) or
are you trying to unlock the phone itself so you can use a SIM from
another telecoms company in it?
The answer to each will be very different.
On Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:24:28 -0700, therustyone wrote:
That's the easy bit. Ignore the on-line 'we can do it' folks and go
straight to the network its locked to. That way you don't risk bricking
the phone and it won't cost that much more than any other way.
On Monday, October 23, 2017 at 8:23:16 AM UTC+1, therustyone wrote:
Surely if you need to unblock the SIM then it is irrelevant what phone it is in. You need the 'unblock code' for the SIM.
If it's the phone you want to use, rather than the SIM, then you can just put a new SIM into it, can you not?
And if he is worried about rip off merchants just use the official
Non EE Customer (Second-hand devices)
If you’re on EE and you've bought a second-hand device, you won’t be
able to unlock the device using our online form.
If you're not with EE, Orange or T-Mobile, but have a device locked to
EE, please call us on 0800 956 6000 (option 2, option 4). We can unlock
most devices for £8.99. It will take 10 days to unlock the device after
the request has been submitted.
It might be worth £9 for peace of mind.
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