Any mobile phone, whether Huawei, LG, or Alcatel, when it’s locked to a Carrier, means that it can only be used with a single Network Operator or Carrier. These Network Carriers put a lock on these phones in order to subsidize it and sell it to customers at far more cheaper price. The customers in turn repay in monthly instalments for 2 to 3 years. In so doing the Network providers recoup their investments and also make revenue as the customer uses the phone for calls and data services.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to unlock the phone, particularly when the customer has finished paying their contract or when they need to travel abroad. Because of this and other arguments not covered here, unlocking a mobile phone, whether an iPhone, Samsung, Nokia, or HTC is legal. However there are several methods to unlock a phone. In this post, we put together the two most reliable and dependable way to unlock any phone and use it with any mobile network carrier in Ghana.
Two ways to unlock any phone in Ghana – Samsung, HTC, Huawei, Alcatel, Nokia, ZTE etc.
1. Network Carrier unlocking
This first method of unlocking your phone involves contacting the Network Carrier your phone is locked to. In most cases, the network providers will not have any issues unlocking the phone as long as you have finished paying your contract. In some cases the customer will be asked to pay an Early Termination Fee (ETF) in order to terminate the contract. Some might require you to have a valid reason for unlocking such as travelling to a different country. Besides contacting your provider, you can also contact the network carrier you wish to switch to. Most of the companies are more than willing to unlock phones their rivals have locked. It might be what you need. But most of the cases, once unlocked, all you need to do is replace it with your preferred network carrier’s SIM.
This method is mostly preferred by many mobile phone manufacturers including Apple, and Samsung as it does not void the phone’s warranty. In addition, anytime the firmware (operating system) is updated, it will not be relocked. However this method has some downsides especially when the Network Carrier is in another country. In requesting for the unlock, the Network Carrier may ask for certain details used in the contract which you may not have. Also if the mobile phone was handed to you by your family member in abroad, it’s most likely they have not finished paying the contract. In such a situation, it will not be possible to unlock the phone with this method.
2. Unlocking by IMEI with a third-party professional unlocking service
The other way to unlock your mobile phone is by using a paid unlocking service. There are many third-party companies like UnlockMyPhoneGhana offering this service out there today. They operate by selling unlocking codes at a fee using the IMEI approach. Network Carriers places locks on phones to block the use of other networks’ SIM cards. These locks can be removed using corresponding unlock codes which are unique to each mobile phone depending on its IMEI number. When it comes to Apple devices, the IMEI number makes it possible for the phone to be added to Apple’s official unlocked phone list. This gives you assurance that the iPhone will remain unlocked even when you upgrade to the latest iOS version. The IMEI code can be gotten easily for any phone by dialling *#06#. Some phones will have the number engraved on the back area or printed on the SIM card tray. For iPhone’s, it can also be retrieved by using iTunes to get a summary.
This method is reliable for all phone types and models. It is legal and recommended by phone manufacturers. For android devices, it doesn’t require rooting therefore the phone’s warranty is not void. The main advantage with this method is that it provides convenience. You don’t have to stop what you are doing and carry the phone to the unlocking phone service provider. You only need to provide your phone’s IMEI number, the network it is locked to, and the country of origin to the unlocking service usually through their website. These details will be used to unlock the phone. Whiles the process is ongoing, you can still use your phone for other purposes such as listening to music, or browsing the internet through a WIFI connection. Once the unlocking is done, you will receive the unlock code with instructions through your email. You can now activate your phone using your preferred SIM.
There are other ways to unlock a phone, however most of these methods require a hack to the phone’s software. We do not recommend any of this methods as the possibility of it relocking again is high. In addition it impacts on the usability of the phone. It becomes unusually slow, freezes often and sometimes you’re unable to upgrade the firmware.
Find an unlocking service
One of the hurdles to go through is finding the most reliable cell phone unlocking service. Gone were the days when you have to stop everything you’re doing and carry the phone to a mobile “phone repairer” somewhere to “decode” it. Today you can easily unlock any type of phone, Samsung, Huawei, HTC or LG online. There are risks too. If you don’t find the correct company, you may be throwing your money away. It is important to take your time, do some little research before making any payment. A research on the company, checking user reviews and asking from phone forums can help you end up with the best service provider. In addition they should be able to guarantee you a full refund if your phone could not be unlocked. It helps to work with a reputable provider considering that scams have increased. Unlock your phone with UnlockMyPhoneGhana and have your peace of mind.