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Your contract has finally ended and you’ve found a great deal but are unable to use your new sim, we give you the options as we ask please do not pay third-parties who overcharge, we show you how to unlock your Smartphone often for FREE

Unlocking your Smartphone no matter the brand does not have to cost an arm and a leg, there are third party suppliers out there that do offer genuine?unlocking services but often there are not necessary as the networks now do offer such services.

It is also worth pointing out that unfortunately many unlocking services are not genuine and often encourage payment and then sadly do not deliver on their promises, that is why unless it is not possible we always recommend approaching the networks first.

My phone contract has finished what are my options?

Once your contract has finished you can choose to continue your existing plan, this will revert to a sim only plan and can often be considerably cheaper. If, however you decide there may be better deals elsewhere you would need to first source a deal with the phone network of choice then your decision does result in switching here are the options:

How to unlock your phone on each network

EE

Unlocking on EE is incredibly simple, the options given are clear?as well see the table below (please view in landscape on a Smartphone):

Type of phone Cost
An EE pay monthly device ?8.99 in contract OR free out of contract
An EE pay as you go device Free (if bought directly with EE by the requester) OR ?8.99
A second-hand device locked to EE, bought from eBay, Gumtree or handed down etc ?8.99
An EE small business device ?8.99

Unlocking typically takes 72 hours, however, EE does state that if they need to consult the Manufacturer they do give up to 10 days.

Please visit this page to start the unlock process.

Vodafone

Unlocking on Vodafone has been made incredibly simple, they are actually offering to unlock with both Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly for free.

If they need to consult the Manufacturer they do give up to 10 days.

Please visit this page to start the unlock process.

Three Mobile

Three have been transparent from the beginning, they do not unlock phones since after 2014 if however, you do own a locked phone then filling out a simple form will work.

If they need to consult the Manufacturer they do give up to 10 days.

Please view the form on their webpage.

O2

Similarly to Vodafone, O2 has decided to make their unlocking free of charge as well.

If they need to consult the Manufacturer they do give up to 10 days.

Please review this page to start the unlock process.

Need any help?

If you do not feel comfortable contacting the network yourself we would be quite happy to reach out to them for you, simply contact us for further support.

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Carl Hamilton
Carl Hamilton
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