‘IMEI Unlock’ Archive

Unlock Samsung Galaxy Avant (SM-G386T) from T-Mobile using MetroPCS Firmware

The Samsung Galaxy Avant (SM-G386T) cell phone from T-Mobile USA is using a custom firmware preventing the phone from being unlocked by code as there is no way to enter it (the phone is simply not asking for “SIM Network Unlock PIN”). Before this post, the only way to Unlock the phone was by using the official T-Mobile  “Mobile Device Unlock App” which is an Android app called “Device Unlock” that allows you to request and apply a mobile device unlock directly from the device.

So what do you do if you get an Unlock Code but you cannot use it?

Now there is a solution consisting of an upgrade to the firmware of the phone with MetroPCS Firmware instead of T-Mobile, and this will allow the phone to ask for the Unlock Code. Below you will find a tutorial about how to do this. Once you flash (update) your Phone with this New Firmware, please make sure that your Samsung SM-G386T is asking for “SIM Network Unlock PIN”. And if the answer is yes you can then click this link to order the Unlock Code of your Samsung Galaxy Avant from T-Mobile USA.

Service Name: Samsung T-Mobile USA [NEW GEN 2015] – NCK + SPCK (1<>4 Hours Mon-Fri) – [Tool ID: 775]

Step by Step Tutorial Firmware Upgrade
Samsung Galaxy Avant (SM-GT386T) to MetroPCS Firmware

Disclaimer: UnlockBase is not responsible if users break / brick or damage their phone while trying to use this method. You must not use this firmware for any other Android Cell Phone other than the Samsung Galaxy Avant (SM-G386T) from T-Mobile USA. Do so at your own risk. If you’re not sure what you are doing, please seek assistance at a local cell phone service center in your area.

Step 1 (Preparation): 

  1. Download the Special MPCS Firmware for Samsung SM-G386T using think link.
  2. Download ODIN v3.09 Service Software using this link.
  3. Make sure your phone battery is charged more than 60%.
  4. Enable USB Debugging, by open Settings > Developers Option > USB Debugging
    If Developers Option is hidden, go to Settings > About Phone > Built Number (tap on it for 5-8 times)
  5. Make sure you install the Samsung Galaxy Avant USB drivers on your PC, if you haven’t already.

(Optional: Download the Original T-Mobile Firmware for Samsung SM-G386T using think link.)

Step 2 (Update SM-G386T Firmware): 

  1. Run Odin3 v3.09 as administrator (Right-Click: Run as Administrator).
  2. Switch OFF your Samsung Galaxy Avant SM-G386T
  3. Boot in download mode, by pressing the Volume Down + Home + Power Key simultaneously.
    Samsung Galaxy Avant SM-G386T Download Mode
  4. When a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on screen:Construction Android Robot Icon on a Samsung SM-G386T while booting in download modeTap Volume Up button to enter Download Mode:Samsung Galaxy Avant Download Mode Activated
  5. Connect the Samsung Galaxy Avant SM-G386T (T-Mobile) to your PC with the USB cable.
    Odin will automatically detect your phone and show the “Added!” message.Samsung smartphone added to Odin
  6. In the Odin, click on AP or PDA
    and then choose G386T1UVU1ANH3_G386T1TMB1ANH3_G386T1UVU1ANH3_HOME.tar file.
    Select MetroPCS firmware with Odin for Samsung SM-G386T
  7. Ensure Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options are selected selected in Odin
    while the Re-Partition option is unchecked (this is very important).
  8. Click Start in Odin and wait for the software to update your phone.
    Odin press start to upgrade Samsung SM-G386T to MetroPCS Firmware
  9. Once the root installation is done, your phone will reboot
    and soon a PASS message with a green background appears in the left-most box at the very top of Odin.Odin3 finish pass
  10. You can close Odin after device turns on.
  11. Your Samsung Galaxy Avant SM-G386T is now fully update with MetroPCS Firmware!


How to Guide on Legally Unlocking an AT&T Phone

It wasn’t that long ago that unlocking your cell phone was like going to the underground black market and purchasing some illegal unlock code, followed then by hitting up a dealer on the way home who dealt unlocking services as a side job. Nowadays, though, that’s all behind us. Thanks to the FCC, carriers must now allow you to unlock your phone if you meet certain requirements.

Here’s a quick look at the legal way for unlocking an AT&T cell phone.

Make sure you meet the requirements

First and foremost, you’ll need to meet the following requirements to unlock AT&T phone:

  • Your contract has ended and all terms have been fulfilled
  • If your contract hasn’t ended, your remaining balance and an Early Termination Fee will have to be paid
  • Your account is in good standing
  • The phone has not been reported lost or stolen
  • The phone must be fully paid for
  • Prepaid phones must have previously had active service with AT&T for at least 60 days
  • GoPhones must have previously had active service with AT&T for 6 months

Locate Your IMEI Number

Once you have made sure that you meet the above mentioned requirements, you’ll then need to identify your phone’s IMEI number, which can be viewed by typing *#06# on your keypad and hitting SEND or CALL. You’ll receive a message with your IMEI number or it will automatically appear on your screen depending on the type of AT&T phone you have.

Give the Number to Your Unlock Code Service Provider

Contact the service provider who you are getting an unlock code through and give them your IMEI number. They will in turn give you an unlock code either for free or for a fee. Do keep in mind that you need to get the code from a trustworthy source or the data on your phone could be exploited. The service provider who gives you an unlock code should provide you with step-by-step instructions for unlocking your phone. If you have any questions, make sure to contact UnlockBase today.

Best and Easiest Phones to Unlock Over GSM Network

When it comes to unlocking cell phones, you need to know whether or not it is CDMA or GSM.  Most carriers in the United States — U.S. Cellular, Sprint and Verizon — use CDMA technology.  T-Mobile and AT&T on the other hand use GSM technology.  To keep things simple, if you want to unlock your phone, you must first identify what carrier the phone was originally used with.  If it was with AT&T or T-Mobile, then you’ll need to go about the unlocking process keeping in mind that the phone operates off of GMS technology.

Here’s a quick look at the best and easiest phones to unlock over a GSM network.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Keep in mind that if you want to unlock your GSM phone, it will have to be used with a different carrier who also uses GSM technology.  To unlock a Samsung S5, first remove the current SIM card and insert one from the carrier you want to switch to.  Now, turn the phone back on. The phone will ask for an unlock code (SIM Network Unlock PIN).  Enter the code that you purchased from a service provider.  If it then asks for a Network Code, enter it as well.  The phone should now be unlocked.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4 is the flagship for Samsung when it comes to screen size and resolution.  Fortunately, you can easily unlock your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in as little as three steps.  First, give the IMEI number of your phone to a service provider who sells unlock codes.  To get this number, go to SETTINGS >> About device >> Status.  Then, follow the directions given to you by the service provider and type in the unlock code when asked for it.  That’s it; your phone should be unlocked.

HTC One M8

Need to unlock HTC One M8? This is another GSM phone that is incredibly easy to unlock.  Simply remove the nanoSIM and replace it with one from the carrier you want to switch to.  After turning the phone back on, enter the unlock code you received from an unlock service provider, and voila!  Your phone is unlocked and can be used on any GSM network.

For more information on unlocking a GSM phone, check out UnlockBase today.

How to Unlock Your Huawei Phone

Huawei has a slew of top-of-the-line phones.  Take for instance the P7.  This finely-crafted phone might not be as powerful and bold as the Samsung S5, but when compared to other phones in its same class and price range, it definitely tops the list.  At only 6.5mm thick and weighing only 4.37 ounces, this phone easily fits into your pocket.  And don’t forget about the amazing camera and display screen.

As grand as the Huawei P7 is, or any other Huawei phone, service on the phones will of course be largely influenced by your carrier.  If you have found yourself stuck in a contract that serves the purpose of nothing less than a burden, then take comfort in knowing that you can unlock your Huawei phone and switch carriers.

Tips for Unlocking Your Huawei Phone

The exact way to go about unlocking your Huawei phone will depend on the model that you have.  No matter the model, though, you will need an unlock code.  When acquiring this code, make sure it comes from a trustworthy source, or you might end up “bricking” your phone, meaning it will be permanently locked to your current carrier.

Also, make sure that you have step-by-step instructions for unlocking your phone according to the model that it is.  If you go about unlocking the phone the wrong way, this can lead to a loss of data and files as well as “bricking.”  On most models, you will have only three attempts to enter the unlock code.

To get an unlock code, you will need to give the source through which you’re acquiring the code and the IMEI number off of your phone.  This number is usually found under the battery in the phone.  On many Huawei phones, you will need two to four codes altogether (all of which come together when you get an unlock code): Network code, Service provider code, subset Unlock PIN, and/or Counter Unlock code.  If at any time throughout the unlocking process your phone displays “simlock block unlock reset key,” then you will enter the Counter Unlock code.

Once you have completed the necessary steps involved in unlocking your Huawei phone, you can then use the phone on any compatible network carrier.  If you have further questions about unlocking your phone, don’t hesitate to contact UnlockBase today.

Unlock iPhone from Claro Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay

Exclusively for UnlockBase server we are now able to offer a new service to unlock all iPhone from Claro Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. Service is working in less than 4 business days (Monday to Friday) and support absolutely all iPhone from Claro as long as it’s one of these three countries, including the 6 and 6 Plus ! This is a new exclusive service from UnlockBase Server, all we need is the IMEI of your iPhone and it will be registered as “Unlocked” on iTunes server (Permanent Factory Unlock).

Service Name: Claro Argentina/Uruguay/Paraguay – All iPhone Including 6/6+ [Tool ID: 761]

You can check our prices on our Wholesale Unlock Pricing page.

Unlock Nokia from Movistar Latin America

Today we have added three new services to Unlock Nokia Cell Phones locked by Movistar in any Latin America Countries. Our supplier will deliver unlock code for any Nokia from this Network in less than 5 business days. Support Nokia locked on Movistar Networks from any of these Latin America Countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay & Venezuela. The exact list and names of these new services are listed below:

Movistar America – Nokia 100/101/105/106/108/113 – [Tool ID: 758]
Movistar America – Nokia Lumia – [Tool ID: 760]
Movistar America – Nokia SL3 & 20 Digitos – [Tool ID: 759]

You can check our prices on our Wholesale Unlock Pricing page.

Unlock any iPhone from Tigo El Salvador

Exclusively for UnlockBase server we are now able to offer a new service to Unlock all iPhone from Tigo El Salvador. Service is working in less than 3 business days (Monday to Friday) and support absolutely all iPhone from this network, including the 6 and 6 Plus ! This is a new exclusive service from UnlockBase Server, all we need is the IMEI of your iPhone and it will be registered as “Unlocked” on iTunes server (Permanent Factory Unlock).

There are two services available depending of the model of your iPhone:

Tigo El Salvador – iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S – [Tool ID: 762]
Tigo El Salvador – iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6 and 6 Plus – [Tool ID: 763]

You can check our prices on our Wholesale Unlock Pricing page.

5 Ways to Unlock the HTC One

Imagine this scenario: you recently obtained your very own HTC One and you immediately fell in love with it. Unfortunately, soon after, you found out you need to switch cell phone providers for a better rate or higher data allowances. In this situation, you might be tempted to scrap it all and find a different phone that closely meets your needs. Fortunately, you can actually unlock your HTC One and use it with an alternate provider in just a few easy steps. Here are three different ways to make this happen.

1. Fight With Your Provider

Although it is not widely advertised, your current cell phone provider has the ability to instantly unlock your phone. You can give the tech support line a call to start the unlock process. Be sure to have your International Mobile Station Equipment, or IMEI, number on hand before calling, as you cannot retrieve it while on a call.

To find this number, you need to locate the about page on your settings menu to locate the phone identity. You will need to prove your identity and ownership of the phone while talking with the technician. After that, the tech will walk you through the unlock process from start to finish.

2. Fill Out an Online Request Form… and Wait

If your cell phone company’s technicians are not forthcoming with information about unlocking your phone, head to their official website to complete the process on your own. You can fill out an unlock request form on the site or begin the process using the provided drop boxes. The downside? This will usually take quite a while; you may not get a response for a few days.

3. Try to “Hack” Your Way In

Want a cheap solution? You might be tempted to try to “hack” your way into your phone. This is often done by contacting a “hacker” on the web or by downloading free software that claims to be able to unlock your device. Unfortunately, this often leaves you with a “bricked” (unusable) phone. It can even damage your computer system, as the “free” software could be filled with viruses and malware.

4. Go to a Service Center

There are usually local service centers available that advertise that they will unlock devices. Usually you will drop your phone off and they will call you back in a few days when it’s unlocked. The downside to this type of service is that it tends to be fairly expensive; you’ll usually be paying two or three times what you would pay through UnlockBase.

5. Get a Code through UnlockBase

If you don’t want to mess with sleazy hackers, expensive service centers or stubborn network providers, you can simply get an unlock code through UnlockBase. The process takes less than 30 minutes; all you need is the IMEI of your cell phone and you’re in business! UnlockBase is less expensive and faster than other options, and it doesn’t carry with it the risks of trying to go through a hacker or unlock your phone on your own.

Finishing Up After the Unlock

No matter which option you choose, you will likely need to wait an hour or two for your phone to fully transfer over to an open configuration. Once you use the unlock code and install the files, you can discard both of those items as your phone will be ready to receive the new cell phone provider information without any further changes.

You may be prompted to update your phone again if any of the integral systems are deemed outdated upon signing up with the new provider. These subsequent updates can usually be performed over the cell or Wi-Fi network. If you are unhappy with the chosen provider, you can switch again by following one of the above options in exactly the same manner.

Unlock iPhone from Claro Honduras

Exclusively for UnlockBase server we are now able to offer a new service to unlock all iPhone from Claro Honduras. Service is working in less than 2 business days (Monday to Friday) and support absolutely all iPhone from this network, including the 6 and 6 Plus ! This is a new exclusive service from UnlockBase Server, all we need is the IMEI of your iPhone and it will be registered as “Unlocked” on iTunes server (Permanent Factory Unlock).

You can check our prices on our Wholesale Unlock Pricing page.

Understanding the Top US Carriers Unlocking Policies

If you have a cell phone that you would like to have unlocked, there’s a good chance that it is on a Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon network. Fortunately, unlocking a phone on any of these networks isn’t as difficult as you might think.

Sprint Unlock Policy

  • You must be current on all payments
  • You can’t have a write-off balance associated with the phone you want to unlock
  • Your contract has been fulfilled
  • If your contract isn’t fulfilled, you can pay an early termination fee
  • Phone cannot be associated with a bill sent to collections

AT&T Unlock Policy

  • Phone must be currently locked to AT&T network
  • Phone cannot be reported lost or stolen
  • Phone cannot be connected with any type of fraudulent activity
  • Contract must be fulfilled or an early termination fee must be paid
  • Phone must be associated with only one AT&T account

If phone was obtained through an early upgrade, the unlock cannot take place until 14 days have passed since the phone was activated. And finally if you own a prepaid/GoPhone AT&T phone, it must be active for 60+ days before it can be unlocked, and there can be no unpaid balance.

T-Mobile Unlock Policy

  • Phone must be a T-Mobile device
  • Phone cannot be reported lost or stolen
  • The account the phone is connected to must be in good standing
  • You can request only two unlock codes within 12 months
  • All postpaid and/or prepaid balances must be paid in full
  • The phone itself must be completely paid for
  • Early termination fees must be paid if the account is canceled early

Verizon Unlock Policy

Please keep in mind that most devices obtained through a postpay service account with Verizon are not normally locked.  Also, 4G LTE Verizon devices are not locked, meaning there is no unlock code needed to use them on a different carrier.  3G devices are not locked either, except for Global Ready 3G phones.  To unlock these phones, either of the following unlock codes will work:

  • 000000
  • 123456

If you do not know how to access the unlock menu on a Global Ready 3G phone, simply give us a call and we can walk you through the process.

*Bonus Tip

Almost all carriers have special processes you must go through to unlock a phone for Deployed Military Personnel reasons.  View the features of UnlockBase today and learn more about the cell phone unlocking services that we provide.