Phones often ship with a SIM lock that ensures they can only be used with a single carrier. Unlocking a phone allows it to be used with any carrier.

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How can I tell if my phone is locked?

Thanks to a helpful commenter at a previous question, I now know that Starting February 11, 2015, All Four Major US Carriers Will Let You SIM Unlock Your Phone. But that just raises another question: ...
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Using non-Verizon SIM on Motorola XT912 Verizon phone

I am living in India and my uncle gave me a brand new Motorola DROID RAZR XT912 Verizon phone, but I have inserted a non-Verizon SIM and there is no signal and I got the following error message: "This ...
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Does not prompt for unlock code

I have a Samsung S4 L720 that is a Sprint model. However, I am trying to unlock it for use with Tmobile. I have the unlock code, Sprint provided it to me. But, I can't for the life of me get a prompt ...
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Galaxy S4 outside Europe

I have a Galaxy S4 bought today in Europe. Also I have a SIM card from Orange and everything works fine here. But I discovered that there could be a kind of lock if I try to use another SIM card from ...
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Will my phone (carrier unlocked but initially locked to verizon) get locked after Kitkat update?

I've bought Motorola Droid Razr M from eBay. It is locked with Verizon by default, so seller unlocked device for me and it is working fine. It comes with Jelly bean 4.1.2 and I found that Kitkat ...
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Note 4 SM-N910c sim network unlock code

I have bought a note 4 international variant from KSA and i dint use that there, when i brought it to india and tried to insert a sim there it was the sim network unlock code. Anybody please help me ...
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Will flashing other region's ROM unlock GT-I9515?

I bought a Samsung S4 GT-I9515 from Saudi Arabia. But returning to my country found that this phone is locked and I don not know of any unlock code. It is also not possible to contact the seller in ...
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SIM unlock a rooted HTC Desire (Bravo) with Ubuntu

I've just followed a tutorial to root and install CM7 on an old HTC Desire using Ubuntu only: http://blog.adorjanitamas.me/2013/03/howto-root-htc-desire.html I now want to SIM unlock the device - how ...
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Phone antitheft lock on tecno m3

I changed Sim cards on my tecno m3, and it sent a message to my message contacts and locked the phone. I couldn't remember the code so I put the Sim card back. But it didn't work
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Is a device Unlock Code required when changing providers?

So... I just switched from AT&T to Cricket Wireless. They gave me a new SIM, and AT&T gave me an Unlock Code. I have an Android Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket S2. I use Cricket Wireless. I put in ...
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Mobile network settings - Not enabled for modifications (Greyed)

I bought a zte v7275 tablet Device information model number - ZTE V7275 android version - 4.0.4 kernel version- 3.0.21-perf-gc8726c4f Flash ROM which is likely to be locked to a single ...
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How can I remove the SIM Lock on my Samsung S2 LTE (SC-03D) Japan Docomo?

I am looking for a way to make the phone sim free without going to the company's shop and paying for them to unlock it. Anybody know how it can be done? The SC-03D does not have an nv_data.bin file ...
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Network SIM unlock code not working

I paid to get an unlock code for my Samsung Galaxy S4 Active SGH-I537 locked to AT&T. I have tried to enter the unlock code given when the phone boots with my other carrier SIM card inserted, but ...
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Unlocking SIM card Huawei Ascend Y530

I recently bought Huawei Ascend Y530 which is SIM-locked in a swiss provider, swisscom that is. I checked through the web to find how can a sim-locked phone be used with any sim, but surprisingly I ...
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Unlock carrier for Samsung S3 4G LTE bought in South Korea

I bought Samsung S3 4G(LTE) from South Korea in which India sim card is not working. I am getting error saying "Device registration failed". Kindly help.
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Unlock Bootloader MTK65xx

Does anybody know how to unlock the bootloader in MTK phones? Thanks in advance! ;)
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Mobile network not available on unlocked Active

I purchased a "new" unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 Active SGH-I537 phone on E-Bay. Everything works fine except when I use the phone with my local carrier SIM card. When I insert the SIM card and turn on ...
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How does SIM unlocking work under the hood?

I know what SIM unlocking is and how to do it, but my question is how does SIM unlocking work under the hood? What is actually going on that prevents me from just popping another carriers SIM in ...
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How can I check whether my phone is network locked (Samsung GALAXY S3)?

I have a Samsung GALAXY S3 with a rooted Android 4.1.2. My network provider is AT&T. I tried dialing *#7465625# but it doesn't work:
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Both Sims are not detected after update Lenovo A390 with the latest ROW firmware

I have format my Lenovo A390 and update to latest ROW firmware version A390_ROW_S316_130730. Everything work fine but sim cards not detected. At down of the lock screen shows Invalid IMEI. In the ...
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Do I need to unroot my phone to unlock my phone?

I received an unlock code for my Samsung Galaxy S3, which didn't work when I typed it in. The 3rd party I got the code from told me that you cannot unlock a phone if it is rooted, and I should install ...
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HTC inspire 4G unlocking from AT&T network

how do I check if my htc inspire 4G is unlocked. I tried putting another sim card intothe phone but it did not work so what do I do next to check if the phone is already unlocked
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Unlocking htc one m8 T-Mobile

I'm looking to buy a HTC One M8 T-Mobile version, and unlocking it. I read on gsmarena.com that the frequencies that work on that phone are these. GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 ...
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Can I unlock and use my AT&T Galaxy S5 in South Korea? [duplicate]

My AT&T contract is expiring in July, which is also when I'm moving to South Korea. I want to use my Galaxy S5 (AT&T version) in Korea after unlocking it and signing a contract with a local ...
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Unlock code for Galaxy S3 not working

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 with an o2 (UK) netlock. I got an unlock code from o2 but it doesn't work. It just returns a "network unlock request unsuccessful". It's on 4.3 and tried doing a factory ...
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My Rooted Note 4 needs a new carrier

I have a galaxy note 4 from T-Mobile the phone is rooted. Now I need to switch carriers to At&t. I have the code to unlock the phone but I need to know (if I put the new at&t Sim-card in my ...
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How To Separate a Device From Its Service Provider? [duplicate]

I was wondering of any one knows, if you can change the provider from Verizon to AT&T or Sprint? If it's a Version phone is it always a Verizon phone?
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No data or mms on Sprint Galaxy S3 flashed to verizon

A couple months ago, I cloned my Verizon LG octane with my sprint s3. So far it has been good, as far as voice and text goes, but I still haven't been able to get mms or data to work(3g). I think that ...
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unlocked device vs. unlocked bootloader

I've always thought that if a device is unlocked it means that it works with different carriers. If the device bootloader is unlocked, then does this mean the device will automatically work with ...
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Can I unlock my Razr M (Verizon) for international use?

I have a Verizon Razr M that was given to me for free. It's a Verizon model, but it has never seen a network. (I use it as an WiFI android iPod touch for now) I know about CDMA/GSM/4G and all that. ...
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Unlock a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005

As the title says, im wanting my note 3 unlocked from the 3 (three) network in the UK. I understand the Samsung unlock servers are down which is why i haven't done it myself, but also understand ...
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how can i unlock my locked screen of lg p 500

my screen locked after too many attempts but my volume key is also not working for hard reset. can any body have idea? due non working condition of my volume keys i am unable to hard reset.
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problems unlocking bootloader of xperia z3

i'm trying to unlock bootloader of my xperia z3 but i'm encountering problems. I followed the instructions on sony's site and i got to the point where i have to connect the phone in fastboot mode to ...
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unlocked bootloader = sim unlock? [duplicate]

I have a motorola G phone and as part of the developer program I can unlock bootloader of the phone. I am just wondering does this mean I am SIM-unlocked as well? i.e., I can take the phone ...
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adb sideload does not transfer data

Just to clarify, it's my first time trying to unlock and root my phone, so I'm not very knowledgeable in this matter. I basically followed the steps to unlock the bootloader. Everything worked ...
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How do you SIM-unlock the SGH-I317 (AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2) on Jelly Bean 4.1.2?

I have looked all over the internet, and a lot of the download links and information has gone stale, or is incorrect. I wanted to standardize it here for other people.
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I cancelled SIM unlock and now I cannot unlock the device

When I inserted SIM card into my phone I tapped the "cancel" button, assuming that it would be possible to unlock it later. But I fear that my assumption was wrong. The device is a Sony Ericsson ...
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Why am I not receiving network signals on a Samsung S3 T-999?

I just bought a Samsung S3 T-999. The problem is when I switch the cellphone on, it connects to my network but just for a second. The moment that second is gone, I lose signal completely. So it's not ...
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Network unlock code not working

I have bought a used Motorola Defy (MB525), rooted, running CyanogenMod 9 (ICS 4.0.4). It is locked to work with only a specific carrier. I bought an unlock code, and unaware to this the previous ...
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Samsung Galaxy Gio network menu

I have a problem with my galaxy gio. It has a network lock (I think) and I've tried to unlock it. The problem is that I have the unlock code but the phone doesn't ask for it. It is there a menu or a ...
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Possible to change SIM card PUK on Android device?

On my Samsung Galaxy SIII, one can go to Settings -> More -> Security -> SIM card lock -> Set up SIM card lock -> Change SIM PIN to change the default PIN that came with the SIM card. ...
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Retrieving lost SIM PIN and PUK

If the SIM and PUK are stored on the SIM card, then why can't an Android application read this information and display it to the user? Thanks.
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Disabling/Changing PIN on Android device: where are the disabled flag and new PINs stored (SIM or internal storage)?

On my Samsung Galaxy SIII, one can go to Settings -> More -> Security -> SIM card lock -> Set up SIM card lock -> Lock SIM card` which displays a check box which can be used to configure the phone to ...
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Unlock Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (Verizon)

I have a Motorola Droid Razr Maxx on Verizon in the US. I want to take it to Straight Talk, a MVNO that uses Verizon's network. I bought the Straight Talk SIM card, but I get an error that the phone ...
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Htc does not recognize any sim cards

I have a HTC wildfire that i am using as a replacement phone until my contract is up as my former phone is broken. It works fine however wont detect ANY sim cards i use. I have tried an o2 and two ...
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Can you unlock brand new phones?

I saw a cheap Verizon HTC ONE M8 on eBay, but I am on AT&T. If I was to get that phone, could I unlock it straight away? I thought I remember hearing somewhere that you can't unlock phones for a ...
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I've exceeded my unlock attempts (10). Is there any way to unlock my phone?

Due to AT&T being a horrible company, I believe the customer "service" has led me through more than my allotted attempts at unlocking my phone. Because my phone was refurbished, the attempts may ...
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unlock remotely locked phone with android device manager

I remotely locked my phone with android device manager and forgot the password, data connection of the phone is also off, what should i do now,
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GSM International Galaxy HELP

I have a GSM Unlocked Galaxy MEGA, but it's all in Chinese letters. I factory reset the phone but it still had the chinese apps and everything. It is also missing some device apps like the Play Store. ...
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Does installing CyanogenMod lock device's network?

today after almost one year using the stock Android version on my Xperia Mini (ST15i, I was on Gingerbread) I decided to flash an official CyanogenMod ROM (CM7). So I first unlocked the bootloader of ...