Unlocking mobiles - advice please (UK specific)

Right: Kitewife has bought me a mobile for my impending 40th. It is a Sony Ericsson W710i, locked to Vodafone pay-as-you-go. However, I currently use Virgin pay-as-you-go. All my friends know this number, the tariff suits my usage profile. I asked Vodafone for the codes to unlock the phone, but they want me to pay £20 (about $40) to not have to do business with them. I see many websites offering much lower-priced unlocking services, but I don't know which to try / trust. Does anybody have any advice / experience that would help me free up my nice new phone?

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subasri5 years ago
hi codes are the best solution to unlock your Sony Ericsson Mobile from network .to get codes visit http://www.simpleunlocking.com/ here they ask you the country and the network name to which your mobile is locked then the imei number of your mobile .finally they send you codes to unlock your mobile.along with the instruction about how to use the codes in your mobile.
Hawaii0000010 years ago
I wouldn't think it would be that hard you could do it yourself if you do a little googling.
Kiteman (author)  Hawaii0000010 years ago
I did the googling, that's how I know about all the websites. What I wanted to know was which ones to trust.

Fortunately, I didn't need to go via that route - after I started copying my emails to the Mobile Ombudsman, Vodafone suddenly offered to unlock the phone for free as "a gesture of goodwill".
That doesn't make sense "gesture of goodwill"
Kiteman (author)  Hawaii0000010 years ago
Basically, it's corporate-speak for "here is the code for free, please go away and stop telling the ombudsman about us". They accidentally revealed that the charge is a fake - one operator told me it was the fee the phone manufacturer charged to supply the code, another said it was the cost of the sim card and a third said it was the cost of administering the simcard. Since they did that in emails (that I still have), their claim that it cost them £19.99 to unlock a phone lost all credibility.
Kiteman (author)  Kiteman10 years ago
I don't know if the same code will work with other handsets that are the same model, but here's the important part of Vodafone's private email:

NUC 1275865891853640

NUC Procedure:

1. Remove the Vodafone SIM from the handset. Replace the battery and switch on.

2.Move the jog dial left then press the * key twice and then move the jog dial left

3.Network appears on the screen

4. Then select YES

5. NCK will appear - key in NUC and Yes, phone should then be unlocked.

Should the unlock code not work on the first attempt - do not attempt to repeatedly enter the code as there is a risk the handset will become permanently locked.
Are you sure you can't find some thing like the iphone jailreak that will let you use another company. I "unlocked" my motorola w15 just by dailing the right numbers in the right order.
Kiteman (author)  Hawaii0000010 years ago
The trick is to get the numbers - I've got them, and my phone is now unlocked.
Kiteman (author) 10 years ago
Hmmm. I had an argument with Vodafone this morning, during which time they claimed that the various websites that offer to unlock phones are illegal. Anybody know?
. Not for sure. There are a LOT of places that offer to unlock phones (for a fee) - doesn't mean it's legal, but nobody seems to be trying to hide. . Illegal or not, I don't think I'd call it unethical to alter your own equipment to meet your needs.
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