The Samsung Galaxy s5 was the best selling android phone of 2014, mainly due to the amazingly high tech specs. Although better models have now hit the market, the s5 still remains as a formidable competitor in the mobile phone market. The touch sensitivity is a lot more better and the picture quality is pretty decent too. The s5 took the market by storm and still continues to be a popular choice. Samsung has taken immense care about its updates and it just keeps getting better and better. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the service providers. If you are switching over to another preferred network provider, then most probably you will be having a locked SIM slot, which will prevent you from using any other service provider until the contract (generally two years.) with the existing provider has not ended.
There are, however, ways to get your phone unlocked. There are a lot of third party services which do it for you for a small fee, but I would just recommend calling up your service provider’s helpline and ask for it. Since 11th Feb, 2015, it has been mandatory for all service providers to provide the SIM unlock code free of any charge. Sometimes though, it may be required that you have paid for the phone in full, or you are at least 18 months into the contract, before the SIM unlock code is finally provided to you. In case that you meet none of the requirements above, it’s nothing to worry about. You can always convince the customer care executive by convincing him with a compelling story.
You can follow the simple steps given below-
- Dial *#06# on your keypad. For most phones, you wont even have to press the dial button, and the phone will display your IMEI number. You can even go to Settings>More>About Device>Status. Copy down your IMEI number and keep it handy.
- Call your service provider by calling on the customer care number provided at the back of the pack and ask for your SIM unlock code, and provide them with your phone’s IMEI code upon request.
- Once the IMEI code is authenticated, the service provider will provide you with the SIM unlock code in 2 to 3 business days via e-mail.
Once you have the SIM unlock code with you, simply replace your SIM card with the new one, and input the unlock code when prompted. Verizon prides itself on providing the unlock code for free. If you are switching over to Verizon, all you need to do is log on to their website and obtain the unlock code from there, free of charge. Verizon generally has unlocked SIMs, and have been doing so for the past 2 years now. You will most probably not come across any Verizon SIM that is locked, but in the odd case that you do, you can simply follow the steps mentioned above or log on line on their official website. Sometimes though, even in an unlocked SIM, some providers will provide service for calls and messages, but data services are not made available. This problem can be tackled simply by changing the APN settings. Your APN number can easily be found online. Once you have your APN number, go to Settings > more networks > mobile networks > Access point names and then add the access point to it.
If in case you still face problems after that, you can turn to the third party services. Most of them will do it for you for as low as $10, and your phone will be fully ready to use within 1 or 2 hours.
Peter Ford, the content writer has expertise in writing contents for about a decade. He has written the contents recently for CellUnlock.net which is actively involved in providing the unlocking services for the iPhones, Black Berry and Samsung mobile phones.