Monday, August 15, 2011

Cheapest way to unlock GSM phones

Looking to unlock your GSM phone? One word: ebay.

Of course you should always shop around and do some googling, if for no other reason than the fact that some phones can be unlocked for free, in particular many nokia models:

Free Nokia Unlock Codes

But if you do end up having to pay, ebay can save you a lot of money. For instance, I recently unlocked a Motorola Defy using a code I bought off ebay for $8 by searching "motorola defy unlock code." By comparison, this is what some of the unlock sites charge for a code to unlock that same phone (I'm including ebay in this list in case people skip right to this part of the post):

ebay: $8 $15 ($30 before coupon code) $30 $20 $25 $30 $30

I'll let you do the math ;)


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  2. Appreciations for the nice research done by you, however you can also find cheapest unlock codes at places other than ebay, the problem of ebay is that not all sellers are provide cheap prices with good customer support.

    1. Hmm, I can't tell if this is a spam comment, so I'll leave it for a little bit. That site you linked isn't very impressive, since they won't give prices until you put your IMEI number in, which I don't think is very trustworthy. In addition, the majority of the links seem to be broken.

      I already mentioned in my post that it's best to shop around. But I stand by my statement that ebay is a great place to get unlock codes. One nice thing about ebay is they offer buyer protection in case you have a problem with your purchase, which is more trustworthy than a random unlock site which nearly anyone could put up.

  3. Thanks for your information.I would share my mobile unlocking experience.My Nokia Lumia 800 locked to Vodafone carrier then i easily unlocked my mobile from here just submit my Network provider,Country,IMEI.