iphone 4 unlockedUnlocking is a way of allowing your phone to be used on a different network.

Why are phones locked

  • Network providers use locking to ensure that you stay with them for the minimum duration of your monthly contract or Pay As You Go agreement.
  • If you comply with the provider’s terms and the phone has not been reported a phone can usually be unlocked.
  • If you breach the terms of a contract, or report a phone as missing or stolen, the provider will block the phone using its unique IMEI code preventing further use. This is called a “dead phone”!
  • The Phone Doctor can unlock phones that have not been blocked so you can choose to change your network and tariff.
  • The Phone Doctor cannot and will not unlock phones that have been blocked or stolen.

Is it Illegal?

NO, this is a common misconception, and one the mobile phone companies (unsurprisingly) aren’t keen to dispel. The confusion arises because unlocking and unblocking are often mixed up, yet mean different things.

  • Unlocking is totally legal. It just means making the phone work with any Sim card.
  • Unblocking is illegal. This is the practice of making a phone work again after it’s been blocked by the networks, usually as a result of its being reported lost or stolen. Unsurprisingly, It is thoroughly illegal and should not be attempted.

But what about my warranty?

While it’s not illegal, unlocking your phone WILL invalidate its warranty in most cases. Thus do think twice if you’re still in the warranty period and have a super-expensive handset; while it’s possible to ‘re-lock’ some phones, this shouldn’t be relied upon.

If you would like to speak to someone please contact Mobile Repair UK on 01928 897001 or you can request a free online quote for unlocking your phone by clicking here.