Friday, May 1, 2009

What is simlock ?

Phone Simlock - Do you know?

What is simlock ?
What sorts of lock are there?

1. Lock phone to SIM card.
If your phone is locked to the SIM you cannot use any other SIM than the one you have: SIM broken makes phone useless. A SIM Card Lock is a lock programmed into a mobile phone which only allows one company's SIM to be used in the phone. The reasoning behind this is to keep your custom to that network. Simlocks are also referred to as SP Locks or Network locks. Once your simlock is removed you can place any (dependent on phone model) SIM card into it including foreign networks if you take the phone abroad.
2. Lock phone to Operator (Network or Service Provider).
If your phone is locked to an operator, you can use any SIM from this operator in your phone. You can switch between contract and prepaid as you wish, but not to a different operator.

3. Lock phone to CODE (Product Lock or Offer Lock).
If your phone is locked to a code, the phone checks a special "password" (GID) on the SIM that must match your phone. Providers often use different passwords for contract and prepaid.

So unlocking is: Removing the locks on the phone so you can use the phone with any compatible SIM Card. Unlocking will allow you to use other service providers' SIM card. For example if you have an ABC GSM phone you can only put in an ABC SIM card, but if you unlock you can put in DEF XYZ, etc.

How can I verify whether my phone is SIM Card Locked?
If you place any card other than the one that the phone accepts, then you will get a message such as 'Incorrect Card', 'SIM Card not accepted', 'Enter Special Code', 'Enter NCK' or similar.

So unlocking is tampering with the software?
It can be, most programs to unlock on the internet change some data in the phone software other just make a log and calculate unlock code. You will have to type the unlock code with special code in your phone to unlock it.

Why should I unlock/upgrade my cellphone?
First of all we will give the reasons to unlock your cellphone: There are several providers in every country. A provider is a company from which you are using its network to communicate. Of course these providers are not all the same the one is better then the other. And ALSO the one is more expensive then the other. So if you buy cheap phone (that mostly comes with cheap provider because providers give money to make phones cheaper for us, and if the provider isn't that good, think about no network in distant places or in buildings, the provider has to find other way to get customers so they do it with making there mobiles cheaper) and then buy lose SIM card from better provider and you put in that SIM the phone says: 'SIM Card not accepted'.... (we are talking about prepaid phones here!!) Now there is the unlocking part :) When it is unlocked (or not locked, if you have contract your phone will likely not to be locked) you can put ANY SIM Card in it that you want.

Now why should you upgrade your phone?
# To get rid of software bugs
# To get new/extra functions
# To improve existing features

Why unlock a phone?
Unlocking is the opening of a phone to allow it to use any network, and removing the restriction that the original network placed on there. Several reasons for doing this are: Cheaper on another network, the phone is cheaper on a network but you don't want to use that network, the phone is moving country (be aware, some countries including Spain outlaw the unlocking of phones) or a person just want different networks open on their phone.

There are a lot of phones on the market today that cannot be unlocked yet, and there are a lot of people scamming and making money from this. I hope to mainly cover the basics in this thread, if you have any questions that aren't covered, please PM me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Also, please remember most phones cannot be unlocked for free. A lot of time, dedication and work go into the development of software to give you the freedom to escape your current network, so don't be surprised if the only answer you get is, "See a professional to get this model unlocked".

There are three major groups for Nokia's as far as unlocking is concerned.
All DCT3 phones can be unlocked remotely provided that the codes haven't previously attempted. If they have, you'll need professional tools to get them unlocked, I recommend paying a specialist to do it (much cheaper then buying the kit) if this is the case.
All DCT4 phones can be unlocked remotely provided that the codes haven't been previously attempted. If they have, you'll need professional tools to get them unlocked, I recommend paying a specialist to do it (much cheaper then buying the kit) if this is the case.
Most BB5 phones have been cracked or are close to being cracked. There are no BB5 phones that can be done by code, and if you ask in the forums (, your thread will be linked to this one and locked, or deleted. BB5 phones include:

- Nokia 3250 5200 5300 5500 5700
- Nokia 6125 6126 6131 6136 6233 6234 6270 6280 6288 6500 Classic 6500 Slide 6630 6680 6681 6682
- Nokia 7370 7373 7390
- Nokia E50 E60 E61 E62 E65 E70
- Nokia N70 N71 N72 N73 N80 N90 N91 N92 N93 N95

List gathered from various sources, if your model isn't listed here and is fairly new, it's safe to assume it is BB5. If you are still unsure, please post and ask, but make it clear you have looked at this list and I'll update it! The current process is risky, involved, usually expensive and very difficult for these models, still best to try through your operator. Please note well that the unlock not only depend on the model number, but the version number too. To get these phones unlocked, visit a local unlocking centre or contact the guys at for more details.

Sony Ericsson
Most SE phones can be unlocked, however I don't know of any code generators, so they must be done via cable/software. I highly recommend taking these to professionals that insure against damage, as even I get these wrong sometimes.
Major groups in Sony Ericsson are:
DB2010 - CID16
DB2010 - CID29
DB2010 - CID36
DB2010 - CID49

CID49 can be done without issues
CID51 may need to be re-flashed, hence data loss
CID52 can be problematic, but usually fine
CID53 same as CID52

All motorola's that I know of can be done, however some are more complex then others. Motorola codes are not generated using the IMEI, but they can be obtained using it. I personally have access to a code record system for 2G handsets, however I cannot generate them, and this is a paid service. Otherwise, feel free to post for more information on unlocking yours. As a general rule though, codes are not free but depending on your model there may be unlocking software available (again, not necessily free).

Some Samsung's can be unlocked using generic codes, there is a thread in this forum with all the codes found up to date. However, these only seem to work on older models, and can kill phones if not used properly. Otherwise, all other models can only be done by professionals.

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