Unlocking GuideIf a phone is locked to a particular network it will block our sim card from working. Luckily most mobile phones can be unlocked easily, and this guide will talk you through the simple process.
Some mobile phone providers will charge you for unlocking a mobile phone, this is dependent on how long you've had the phone and whether the phone is pay as you go (PAYG) or on a monthly contract.
EE.With a pay monthly phone from EE you can unlock the handset 6 months after the contract was started. The charge for unlocking the mobile is £8.99
If your EE mobile phone was bought as a PAYG deal then it will cost £8.99 to unlock.
Or simply call 150 from your EE handset or 0800 956 6000 from any other mobile phone or landline.
It will take 7 - 10 days for your phone to unlock.
Tesco Mobile.Most pay monthly phones from Tesco will be unlocked. Newer handsets can be unlocked after up to 12 months from starting your contract with Tesco.
With a PAYG phone it is free to unlock after 12 months. Prior to this time period it will cost £10.
Use the website above or call 4422 from your Tesco handset or 0345 301 4455 from any other phone.
It will take 7 - 20 days to unlock the mobile.
Vodafone.There is no charge for unlocking a Vodafone mobile phone but you can only unlock the handset after you've had it for 30 days.
Visit the above site or just call 191 from your Vodafone handset or 03333 040 191 from any other phone or landline.
It will take up to 10 days to unlock your phone.
Three.If bought after 2013 your three handset will already be unlocked.
If bought prior to 2013 visit the above website or call 500 from a three handset or 0333 381 008 from any other mobile or landline, to unlock free of charge.
Virgin Mob.Generally Virgin Mobile phones will not be network locked.
If your phone does happen to be locked just call 789 from your virgin handset, or 0345 6000 789 from any other mobile or landline.
Their advisers will help you and guide you through the process.
O2.With a O2 there is no charge or time limit for unlocking.
Visit your O2 account online to unlock your phone. Or call 202 from your O2 handset or 0344 809 0202 from any other mobile phone or landline.
It only takes 3 days to unlock.
giffgaff: All mobile phones bought from giffgaff will be unlocked as standard.
Just cancel your sim contract in your online account with this mobile provider, and you will be good to go.
iD mobile: The unlocking process for an iD mobile seems dependent upon the handset owned and other factors.
Call iD to enquire about unlocking your mobile on 7777 from an iD handset or 0333 003 777 from any other mobile or landline.
Sky Mobile: Their phones should already be unlocked.
BT Mobile: Only Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are locked to the BT Mobile Network, all other mobiles are unlocked. It costs £8.99 to unlock after 6 months. 0800 800 150
= Talk Talk: Their phones should already be unlocked.