How to unlock your mobile phone

Unlocking your phone takes minutes and lets you pick the best SIM-only deal on the market. Here’s how to unlock your handset.

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Why bother unlocking your handset?

It’ll allow you to choose a SIM-only deal from any provider, not just the one who sold you your phone in the first place.

This could make your phone bill much cheaper or mean you can get more data, calls or texts for the same price you pay now.

What will you need?

To unlock your phone you’ll need to know your handset’s:

Check your IMEI number by entering *#06# into your phone app.

A pop up will then appear and display your IMEI number ready for you to use.

Does your phone need unlocking?

It’s worth checking because some suppliers offer handsets that are already unlocked and some networks have affiliates that can be switched between.

For example, Vodafone is affiliated with Clear Mobile, so if you switched from one to the other, you wouldn’t need to unlock your device.

You can check if your phone is unlocked by popping a SIM card from a different network into your phone. If it works, your phone is already unlocked and you’re good to go.

How to unlock your phone

If you find your phone does need unlocking you’ve got two options:

  1. Use an online unlocking service
  2. Ask your phone provider

Use an unlocking service

If you want to unlock your phone straightaway, you can use an online Irish phone unlocking service.

You’ll be given a unique unlock code with instructions on how to enter it into your phone to unlock your device.

The fee for getting your phone unlocked through these services will vary depending on your handset, so check the full cost before going ahead.

Contact your phone network

If you’re happy to wait, you can contact your existing network to unlock you handset for free once you’re out of contract.

Most networks require you to call or email them with your request, but some let you submit your request online, including:

However, you may have to wait between 3 and 21 days from requesting your code to unlock your phone.

Some networks will only unlock handsets bought directly from them. This means if you bought your phone somewhere else they may decline your request.

What next?

Now your handset is unlocked, you’re free to find the best SIM-only deal, below are some of the leading offers:

Network
Plan Overview
Price
€12.99 Plan
30 days
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€12.99 p/m
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Download Speed limited to 5Mbps, €12.99 available for new numbers, and those moving from select operators
connect - 30 Day
30 days
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€14.99 p/m
for 12 months, then €29.99 p/m
Go to site
GoMo Go More
30 days
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€14.99 p/m
5Gb Plan
30 days
Contract
500
Minutes
500
Texts
5GB
Data
€15 p/m
Go to site
Unlimited Plan
30 days
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€5 p/m
for 6 months, then €25 p/m
Go to site
complete - 30 Day
30 days
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€19.99 p/m
for 12 months, then €34.99 p/m
Go to site
200 international minutes and texts
5G
Unlimited 30 Day
30 days
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€20 p/m
Go to site
300 international minutes
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3 Bill Pay Unlimited SIMO 12m
12 months
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€20 p/m
for 6 months, then €30 p/m
Go to site
60 International Minutes/Texts
3 Bill Pay Unlimited SIMO 12m 5G
12 months
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€25 p/m
for 6 months, then €35 p/m
Go to site
60 International Minutes/Texts
5G
3 Bill Pay Unlimited SIMO
30 days
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€30 p/m
Go to site
60 International Minutes/Texts
RED Unlimited SIM Only
12 months
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€25 p/m
for 6 months, then €35 p/m
Go to site
Download Speed limited to 10Mbps, Unlimited European calls & texts, 100 International minutes & texts 
3 Bill Pay Unlimited SIMO 5G
30 days
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€35 p/m
Go to site
60 International Minutes/Texts
5G
3 Bill Pay Unlimited SIMO Plus 12m 5G
12 months
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€30 p/m
for 6 months, then €40 p/m
Go to site
300 International Minutes/Texts
5G
RED Unlimited 30 Day Sim Only
30 days
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€35 p/m
Go to site
Download Speed limited to 10Mbps, Unlimited European calls & texts, 100 International minutes & texts 
RED Unlimited Max SIM Only
12 months
Contract
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Unlimited
Data
€35 p/m
for 6 months, then €45 p/m
Go to site
500 International minutes & texts, Unlimited calls to Europe and selected countries
5G

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