Unlocking your phone takes minutes and lets you pick the best SIM-only deal on the market. Here’s how to unlock your handset.
Get a code to unlock your mobile phone from Doctor SIM in 3 simple steps.
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.
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.
It’s worth checking because some suppliers offer handsets that are already unlocked and some networks have affiliates that can be switched between.
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.
If you find your phone does need unlocking you’ve got two options:
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.
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.
Now your handset is unlocked, you’re free to find the best SIM-only deal, below are some of the leading offers:
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