We know there’s a lot of you out there that don’t really care about unlocking their phone. But when the time comes, and it always does, you will regret not unlocking your phone sooner.

What’s a locked phone?

Network carriers lock their phone so you can use them on their network only. You can’t use any other SIM from other networks on your locked phone. So if you are locked to, for example, T-Mobile, you won’t be able to use a SIM card from AT&T, or any other carrier for that matter. Other than locking your phone from other networks, they can install apps, ringtones and logos that you can’t remove until you unlock your phone. Software updates in most cases depend on your carrier, and if your phone’s locked there’s no way of getting the updates sooner than your carrier intended.

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How to unlock your phone

There are different ways of doing it. You can ask your carrier if you are eligible for unlocking. If you are not, you will have to pay a termination fee + expenses. You can also find a local phone shop where they unlock phones and get your phone unlocked there, but they are rarely available and it takes too much time. Another fast way of doing it is by using an online unlocking service like SafeUnlockCode.com. They are usually very fast and safe and you can sim free your device usually in few minutes, depending by the model, network and country.

Benefits of an unlocked phone

After unlocking, you can use your phone with any SIM card you choose. You’ll be able to uninstall the apps from your carrier and you will get updates as soon as they officially roll out for everyone. Having an unlocked phone is especially beneficial for people who travel – in that they will be able to use a local SIM card and make cheaper calls instead of using the expensive roaming services. Unlocked phones get sold quicker since everybody prefers an unlocked phone over a locked one.

We highly recommend unlocking your phone as soon as possible, especially before travelling or before switching to another network. Do you own a locked or an unlocked phone?

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