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Unlock Software Update for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5

Today we released an extremely HOT and important update for UnlockBase Cable Unlock Software after adding Direct Unlock support by Cable (using Original USB Cable) for all Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Samsung Galaxy Note 5. This includes the version locked with “Device Unlock App” from T-Mobile USA (World First). The exact list of supported versions are below:

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (SM-G928A, SM-G928F, SM-G928G, SM-G928T, SM-G928V, SM-G928W8)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N9200, SM-N9208, SM-N920A, SM-N920F, SM-N920T, SM-N920V)

For more details please check:

Software Official FAQ: https://www.unlockbase.com/cable-unlock/unlockbase-software-faq/
List of 388 Supported Models: https://www.unlockbase.com/cable-unlock/supported-models/
Official ChangeLOG: https://www.unlockbase.com/cable-unlock/change-log-software-download/

You can order your license from here: https://www.unlockbase.com/cable-unlock/ or from the section “Cable Unlock” of your UnlockBase Wholesale account. And below you will find Video Proof and Guidelines for these two models:

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (SM-G928T) Unlock Tutorial

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920T) Unlock Tutorial

Cellphone jailbreaking legislation: know your rights

There is a great deal of confusion over the act of ‘jailbreaking’ a cellphone, and it’s certainly not made any clearer by the cellphone carriers who want you to stick with them for the full term of a 24 month contract. According to U.S. wireless carriers, unlocking a phone bought after January 26 2012 without your carrier’s permission violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) whether the phone is under contract or not.

However what this really refers to is the fact that the DMCA prohibits “circumventing” digital locks that “control access” to copyrighted works including movies, music, books, games, and software. In fact this broad and vague ruling bans a lot of useful, and important activities, however, there are exemptions for mobile phones to run unapproved software, and for using clips from DVDs and internet video in non-commercial videos.

Really? Who cares? The vast majority of people who want to jail-break their phone wish to do so in order to avoid lengthy contracts that do not best suit their needs, and they feel locked into a bad relationship.

Unfortunately, wireless carriers such as AT&T, and many others, do not have much sympathy if you want to end your contract. You need to pay an Early Termination Fee, which of course has its own acronym, (ETF) that can add up to hundreds of dollars. In fact AT&T and most major carriers, such as Sprint and Verizon, will charge you an ETF of up to $350, unless you happen to cancel within the first two weeks. T-Mobile users pay up to $200 depending on how many days are left on their contract.

But the reality is, you can still break free or jail-break without handing over rip off penalty fees for the simple reason that carriers are unlikely to start suing customers en-masse.

Here are some crafty ways to get out of a contract that is holding you back.

Unlock Your Phone

This is probably the simplest and most permanent solution of them all. In minutes and for a low cost, online cellphone unlock services such as UnlockBase can send you a code that unlocks your phone so that you can use it SIM free and choose any SIM free plan that takes your fancy. It’s quick, easy, safe and comprehensive, as UnlockBase offers a huge database of phones and service providers from around the world that they can unlock.

Sell Your Plan

You read it correctly. If you want to get out of your contract plan there may be someone interested in buying yours. Sites such as Cellswapper or Trade My Cellular specialize in this. They have found a loophole in most carrier’s rulings that means your carrier will only charge you an Early Termination Fee (ETF) if you do not have somebody to pay the monthly fees for the remainder of the contract. So if you can find someone to take over your plan, this will not violate your terms of service as the other party is fulfilling the terms of your original contract. This means you can also test another carrier’s service. You can trade contracts with someone for 3-6 months and see if you want to jump to that carrier.

Track Changes to Your Contract

Keep abreast of changes to you contract. Cellular carriers regularly make “material changes” to a contract. A material change can be anything from additional service or maintenance fees, to adjustments in the rates you’re charged, or changes in discounts applied to your account. Should you spot a material change, you should be able to contact customer service and end your contract. Cellbreaker helps track these sorts of changes so you can break your contract.

Find a Carrier That’ll Pay Your Cancellation Fee

Yes, it’s true. Did you know that some smaller carriers such as Virgin Mobile, Credo Mobile, and Boost Mobile will let you prepay or pay by the month? Some of these carriers will even pay your cancellation fee for you, and you may even be able to keep your phone too! T-Mobile even promises to pay up to $650 to cover the costs of your Early Termination Fee (ETF) if you switch to one of its plans. A useful option if you just want to switch.

Don’t be held back by a cellphone contract you no longer want, get creative and unlock your phone!

Direct Unlock & MEP0 Solution for BlackBerry

Did you know you can still benefit from everything that is so clever about a BlackBerry including BlackBerry Blend for seamless phone to PC synchronization, and the quality and slickness of the BlackBerry operating system without having to put up with a way too costly network provider? If you’re happy with your BlackBerry, but not with your service provider, we have good news. We’ve just released a new update for UnlockBase Cell Phone Unlocker Software (v1.0.1.0). This major new update to our software enables anybody to unlock by cable an amazing 372 BlackBerry and /or Samsung models, quickly, easily and safely.

As of today we have just added DIRECT UNLOCK support for the following 107 new BlackBerry models:

  • BlackBerry Bold: 9000, 9650, 9700, 9780, 9790, 9900, 9980, 9981, Touch 9930
  • BlackBerry Curve: 8520, 8530, 8900, 9220, 9315, 9320, 9360, 9380
  • BlackBerry Curve 3G: 9300, 9330
  • BlackBerry Gemini: 8520
  • BlackBerry Niagara: 9630
  • BlackBerry Odin: 9550
  • BlackBerry Onyx I, Onyx II, Onyx III
  • BlackBerry Pearl: 9100, 9105
  • BlackBerry Porsche: P9980, P9981
  • BlackBerry Storm: 9500
  • BlackBerry Storm 2: 9530
  • BlackBerry Torch: 9800, 9810, 9850, 9860
  • BlackBerry Tour: 9630

Our solutions allows you to Read Info and Direct Unlock any of these BlackBerry models, including a phone with MEP0 issue (Hardlocked BlackBerry caused by entering too many wrong codes). And in the meantime we have also improved this new version of our software:

  • Improved communication with the server,
  • Ability to read more information from phones,
  • Waiting from server time-out bug corrected.

You’ll find some Video Tutorial on our YouTube Chanel: https://www.youtube.com/user/unlockbase/videos

BlackBerry 9860 (Torch) Unlock Tutorial

Unlock by Cable Samsung Galaxy Grand Plus, Trend 2 and J1

We’ve got great news for Samsung owners unhappy with their current contract and seeking a way out! We’ve just released a new update for UnlockBase Cell Phone Unlocker Software (v1.0.0.9). This important new update to our software enables anybody to unlock by cable an amazing 270 Samsung models, quickly, easily and cost effectively.

As of today we have just added DIRECT UNLOCK support for the following three new Samsung models:

Not sure how to unlock your Samsung phone? Don’t worry, look out for our Video Tutorial:

Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite 2 (SM-G318H) Unlock Tutorial

Samsung Galaxy Grand Plus (GT-I9060I) Unlock Tutorial

Samsung Galaxy J1 (SM-J100H) Unlock Tutorial

Introducing UnlockBase Unlock Software

After more than 10 years in the Remote Unlocking industry, this summer UnlockBase has finally launched its own unlocker software! This new software will be supported and updated on a regular basis to cater to the latest and most difficult to unlock cell phones and to ensure that all our dealers stay in complete control of future unlocking needs. With evolving security protection it becomes ever more challenging to unlock cell phones but with UnlockBase, you’re guaranteed a top notch team of Hacker and Reverse Engineers to support your unlocking needs.

At the moment this software support is only for Samsung
However no less than 276 models are ready for Direct Unlock (see full list below).

Unlockbase Cell Phone Unlocker v1.0.0.8

Unlockbase Cell Phone Unlocker v1.0.0.8

Starting July 1 2015, we began offering our first “World First” with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Unlocking support. Since then we have added many older Samsung versions, totaling more than 200+ supported models without Rooting (Direct Unlock). You can access the history of all updates (ChangeLOG) on this page: https://www.unlockbase.com/cable-unlock/change-log-software-download/

You can also access the Official FAQ for the Software here:

Finally, if you have one phone to unlock and need to order just one License, use this Link:

Our wholesalers can order licenses at preferred rates
directly in the section “Cable Unlock” in their UnlockBase account.

Here is the current up to date list of supported models:

  • AT&T Galaxy S4: SGH-I337, SGH-I337M
  • AT&T Galaxy Express: SGH-I437
  • AT&T Galaxy Tab 2 10.1: SGH-I497
  • AT&T Galaxy S3: SGH-I747, SGH-I747M
  • AT&T Galaxy S2 Skyrocket: SGH-I757, SGH-I757M
  • AT&T Galaxy S3 Mini: SM-G730A, SM-G730W8
  • AT&T Galaxy Tab 3: SM-T217A
  • AT&T Galaxy S4 Active: SGH-I537
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro: Galaxy Win I8550, GT-I8552
  • Samsung Galaxy Core Advance: GT-I8580
  • Samsung Galaxy Express: GT-I8730
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: GT-I9190
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Duos: GT-I9192
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: GT-I9195, GT-I9195L, GT-I9195T, GT-I9195H, GT-I9197
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega: GT-I9200, GT-I9205
  • Samsung Galaxy S3: GT-I9300I, GT-I9301I, GT-I9301Q, GT-I9305, GT-I9305N, GT-I9305T
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo: GT-I9301I
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: GT-I9295
  • Samsung Galaxy S4: GT-I9500, GT-I9505, GT-I9508C
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Duos: GT-I9508, GT-I9508V
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2: GT-N7105, GT-N7105T
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: GT-N8000
  • Samsung Galaxy Core Plus: SM-G350, SM-G350M, SM-G350L
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend 3: SM-G3500, SM-G3502, SM-G3502T, SM-G3502C, SM-G3502I, SM-G3502L, SM-G3508J
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 4: SM-G357M, SM-G357F, SM-G357FZ
  • Samsung Galaxy Core Lite 4G: SM-G3586V, SM-G3588V
  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime: SM-G360F, SM-G360M, SM-G360G,SM-G360GY, SM-G360AZ, SM-G360P, SM-G360BT, SM-G360FY, SM-G3606, SM-G3608, SM-G3609
  • Samsung Galaxy Express 2: SM-G3815
  • Samsung Galaxy Avant: SM-G386T1, SM-G386W
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime: SM-G530BT, SM-G530F, SM-G530H, SM-G530M, SM-G530Y
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Duos: SM-G5306W, SM-G5308W, SM-G5309W
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2: SM-G710, SM-G710K, SM-G710L, SM-G7105, SM-G7105L, SM-G7105H
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Duos: SM-G7102, SM-G7102T, SM-G7106, SM-G7108, SM-G7508
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 2: SM-G750A
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini: SM-G800, SM-G800F, SM-G800M, SM-G800I, SM-G800H, SM-G800HQ
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha: SM-G850A, SM-G850W, SM-G8508S, SM-G850F: SM-G850K, SM-G850L, SM-G850S,
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: SM-G870, SM-G870A, SM-G870W
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: SM-G900, SM-G900A, SM-G900F, SM-G900I, SM-G900K, SM-G900H, SM-G900P, SM-G900L, SM-G900T, SM-G900T1, SM-G900M, SM-G900MD, SM-G900AZ, SM-G900FD, SM-G900W8, SM-G901, SM-G901F, SM-G9006V, SM-G9008V , SC-04F
  • Samsung Galaxy S6: SM-G920A: SM-G920F, SM-G920FQ, SM-G920I, SM-G920K, SM-G920L, SM-G920S, SM-G920T1, SM-G920W8, SM-G920T
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, SM-G925A, SM-G925F, SM-G925FQ, SM-G925I, SM-G925K, SM-G925L, SM-G925T , SM-G925S: SM-G925W8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo: SM-N7505
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Duos: SM-N7502, SM-N7506
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3: SM-N900A, SM-N900K, SM-N900L, SM-N900T, SM-N900W8, SM-N900S, SM-N900, SM-N9000Q, SM-N9005, SM-N9008, SM-N9008S, SM-N9008V
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Duos: SM-N9002, SM-N9006, SM-N9009
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4: SM-N9100, SM-N9106W, SM-N9108V, SM-N9109W
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: SM-N910F, SM-N910G, SM-N910P, SM-N910R4, SM-N910T, SM-N910V, SM-N910W8, SM-N915A, SM-N915T,
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: SM-P605, SM-P605L, SM-P605M, SM-P607T
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2: SM-P905, SM-P905M, SM-N9109W, SM-P907A
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0: SM-T217T
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4: SM-T320, SM-T321, SM-T325,
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0: SM-T330, SM-T331, SM-T332, SM-T335, SM-T335K, SM-T335L, SM-T337, SM-T337A
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Active: SM-T360, SM-T365
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1: SM-T535, SM-T537A
  • Sprint Galaxy S4 mini: SPH-L520
  • Sprint Galaxy Mega: SPH-L600
  • Sprint Galaxy S4: SPH-L720
  • T-Mobile Galaxy S2: SGH-T989
  • T-Mobile Galaxy S4: SGH-M919, SGH-M919N
  • T-Mobile Galaxy Note 10.1: SM-P607T

How to Make Money with Unlocked Phones

What is the Marketplace for Unlocked Phones?

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit that is just waiting for the right opportunity or idea to turn your business acumen into a profitable future? Maybe you have a technical aptitude that provides you with just the edge you need to be successful in today’s age of high-tech digital communications technology.

Here’s the great news – the door is wide open to creating your own profitable business through buying and reselling unlocked cell phones. With literally millions of cell phones in use and the market changing constantly, the potential customer base is phenomenal to say the least. Just read any newspaper, blog, technical publication, or retail advertisement and consumers are besieged with the latest models of cell phones with the latest technical features and applications. Consumers line up to get the new technology even though their existing devices are still quite useful. Just because a well-known manufacturer has a newer more powerful device certainly doesn’t mean the prior model is useless. Technology just drives many of us to want the latest and greatest on the market, and advertising convinces us we have to move forward with technology.

So How Do I Turn This Into a Business?

With so many phones readily available at bargain prices it becomes a buyer’s market. You can select from the best manufacturers and the most recent models that you may want to build an inventory for, to resell at a profit. Thousands of cell phones show up on reputable auction sites every day as consumers upgrade to a different carrier or model. But if the original owner cannot get a reasonable price for the device, where does the profit come in?

Most individuals do not have the technical ability or knowledge needed to unlock a cell phone or other digital device. This often requires very specific unlock codes and detailed instructions to reliably and safely unlock your phone. These steps and cell phone unlock codes vary significantly among manufacturers, carriers, and models. Further, it can be difficult to gain access to the codes and instructions needed to unlock your specific phone. This makes research time-consuming to obtain the information needed to be successful in unlocking phones. While some information can be found through surfing the Internet for such values and instructions, much of it is unreliable or questionable at best.

Now you know that there is a demand for used phones, that they are readily available at bargain prices, and that you can add value by providing unlocked phones to prospective customers. The remaining question is how you actually get your various devices unlocked so that you can build your inventory. Not many consumers actually know how to unlock a cell phone and nearly as many do not even know that this is an option. Cell phone providers do not want their customers to know that their cell phones can be unlocked either, and may even threaten customers with service cancellation, although it is perfectly legal.

What Are the Opportunities?

Like any money-making business much depends on the time you invest in the enterprise. That being said, here are real-life examples of earnings reported from cell phone resellers:

  • Sales of 21 phones in a single month at an average profit of $77 per phone.
    This is strictly a part-time effort netting $1,617 in one month.
  • Another reseller flipped 11 phones in a single weekend at a profit of nearly $1,000.

So the opportunity is real and potential is based on the time you have available to spend searching for phones with resale potential and relisting them at a reasonable profit.

Don’t trust yourself to make the right purchase or sale price that will earn you a profit? When you find a phone you’re considering buying, check out the estimated price on Movaluate.com. Also check eBay for recent completed sales of the same item to get a good feel for realistic selling price. This will boost your confidence that you are making a profitable selection.

Partner with an Expert Affiliate

Some technical services are best left to experienced professionals. Cell phone unlocking is one of these tasks where utilizing seasoned technicians provides reliable and successful results. This is where UnlockBase can assist you with consistent reliable phone unlocking services. UnlockBase has a proven track record of expertise in this highly technical field with over 5 million cell phones unlocked in 165 countries.

UnlockBase technicians are the experts who truly know the myriad phone unlock codes that facilitate the reselling of phones to your prospective customers. They can be your critical business partner in providing unlocking support for phones from various carriers, manufacturers, and models.

Why UnlockBase?

UnlockBase is simply the most authoritative cell phone unlocking company in the business. Partnering with UnlockBase as your affiliate will guarantee accuracy in providing phone unlock codes and successfully unlocking your phones. Unlocking services are provided on a timely basis to get your phones unlocked and ready for sale quickly and efficiently. This shortens the turn-around from purchase to re-sale making your business more profitable.

Through partnering with UnlockBase, your customers will receive added value in purchasing an unlocked phone that is not restricted to any particular carrier or service. This gives them flexibility when using the phone and brings you an edge over other cell phone resellers who do not have the expertise or technical knowledge to unlock such a variety of makes and models.

Get Started!

You can make selling unlocked cell phones a lucrative business even in your spare time. All you need to do to get started is:

  • Search the recognized and respected auction sites for desirable used phones and add them to your inventory. Use the web sites that can help you determine market value for used cell phones.
  • Partner with UnlockBase to receive phone unlock codes and services.
  • Resell the unlocked phones at a respectable profit.

There is a considerable market for these unlocked phones that are no longer restricted to certain carriers or services. Now is the time to get started turning used cell phones into profit.

Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge Direct Unlock USB

Today UnlockBase is proud to officially present the first Direct Remote Unlock solution working with Original USB Cable to Unlock any Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Absolutely all versions, networks, and country are supported, including the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge with the “Android Device Unlock App“. If your phone is asking for “SIM Network Unlock PIN” the software will read the Unlocking Code, if the phone has a Device Unlock App, then it will perform a Direct Unlock. Turnaround time is instant, 24/7! No need to wait to receive your code!

UnlockBase Cell Phone Unlocker v1.0 - Samsung Galaxy S6 Direct Unlock by USB Cable

Below is the exact list of Supported models / variants:

Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920A, SM-G920F, SM-G920FQ, SM-G920I, SM-G920K, SM-G920L, SM-G920S, SM-G920T, SM-G920T1, SM-G920W8) and  Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE (SM-G925A, SM-G925F, SM-G925FD, SM-G925FQ, SM-G925I, SM-G925K, SM-G925L, SM-G925S, SM-G925T).

Technical Requirements : 

– Computer running Windows 7 or 8,
– Micro USB Cable (Compatible or Original),
UnlockBase Cell Phone Unlocker v1.0 for Windows,
Samsung USB Driver for Windows.

UnlockBase Cell Phone Unlocker Software Tutorial:

1 – Make sure you install the Samsung Galaxy S6 USB drivers on your PC, if you haven’t already.

2 – Enable Developer Options by following these guidelines:

a) Step 1: Go to Settings> About device.

b) Step 2: Tap Build number 7 times.

Access Enable Galaxy S6 Developer Menu

After tapping build number two or more times, the notifications will be shown on the screen telling you the progress:

You are now X steps away from being a developer

After tapping the build number 7 times, you will be notified you are a developer.

When the Developer options are unlocked, you should see something like this.

When the Developer options are unlocked, you should see something like this.

Now, Galaxy S6 developer options will be available in the Settings menu.

3 – Enable USB Debugging, by opening Settings > Developers Option > USB Debugging

Enable USB Debugging Samsung Galaxy S6

4 – Then install and launch “UnlockBase Cell Phone Unlocker v1.0
5 – Enter the License Number and press “Apply
6 – Then follow the guideline of this Video Tutorial:

To order your License, please follow this link

Troubleshooting & Frequently Asked Questions :

Q: Does your solution ROOT our Phone ?

A: Our solution use one TEMP ROOT, our software will try it on your cell phone automatically during the unlock process, you can see that in the Video Tutorial above.

Q: Is it permanent unlock ? Even if I flash the phone ?

A: It’s 100% permanent Unlock, once you unlock your phone with our solution you can do whatever you like (Upgrade or Downgrade Firmware, or even install custom firmware like Cyanogen or Avatar). Your phone will remain unlocked no matter what, for life !

Q: Do you offer unbranded version of your Software ?

A: No we don’t offer unbranded version of UnlockBase Cell Phone Unlocker software.

Q: I install the software and  see the Icon on my Desktop, but when I double click it do not open, what to do ?

A: Please right-click the icon on your Desktop and select “Run as administrator”

Q: Where I can download the most recent version of the software ?

A: After you place your order you will receive by email  the License and the link to download the software. If during support session we ask you to download the latest version of the software or installer, please always use the link you received in the first email we sent you as we’ll always update the archive of this Direct Download link with the latest upgrade of our software !

Q: My Samsung is CDMA, can you unlock it ?

A: Unfortunately we only unlock GSM phone, we don’t unlock CDMA version from Sprint, BoostMobile, StraightTalk, or Verizon… It’s very important to always invest in GSM Phone whenever possible, specially if you are an international traveler to make sure you can use it worldwide. CDMA is a standard that only work with some networks from the USA, and Japan….

Q: My cell phone is not detected, what should I do ?

1 – Make sure you install our Driver, click-here to download and install them again,
2 – Verify if USB Debugging is selected in your Samsung phone,
3 – Change USB Port of your computer until phone detected,
4 – Last resort change USB cable (most of the time cable is simply faulty).

Q: I get the error  « Error ! (Push_Filed) », can you still unlock my phone ?

A: Unfortunately this mean our software cannot Auto Root your phone at the moment. You can still manually root your phone with third party software (Like PingPong, iRoot, or KingoRoot) and then use our software to Unlock It. However we cannot provide support for these Third Party rooting software so if you prefer to give up or if it’s too technical for you then please contact us by email and we will Void the license and refund your transaction.

The 5 best and 5 worst points about buying an unlocked cellphone

Most people who buy a cell phone simply turn up at their local cellphone service provider carrier, sit there a long time while the sales people deal with other customers and then sign up for a 24 month contract with the phone of their choice, or at least, the phone that comes closest to their choice. Unfortunately, most phones from major carriers can only be used for that specific carrier’s network. But what if you decided to do things differently? What if you decided to buy an unlocked cellphone? Here we weigh both the pros and cons.

Unlocked cellphone pros

1) More networks

Manufacturers do not create cellphones to work with just one network, but cellphone carriers prefer to lock you in and tie you to a lengthy contract. With an unlocked cellphone you can access other GSM networks whenever necessary, which is perfect if you travel frequently as you can simply switch to other available network providers once you are out of your current provider’s coverage zone.

2) Save money

Unlocked phones may appear to be more expensive at first due to the sometimes high upfront cost, but they definitely work out more budget-friendly in the long run. There’s no long-term subscriber contract to worry about, and you can take advantage of the best SIM only deals for your cellphone with no contract and without incurring early termination fees. Prepaid SIM cards also offer cheaper call, data and messaging rates with some very attractive overseas call rates.

3) No roaming charges

Roaming charges are expensive on a contract. The roaming fee is billed on top of the monthly subscriber fee, and can add up to a significant amount. With an unlocked phone you simply buy a SIM card from the local or overseas carrier and immediately save money because you have a local phone number and pay local rates for calls and messages.

4) More flexibility

If for any reason you become unhappy with your current cellular carrier, with an unlocked phone it’s as simple as buying a new SIM card from a different provider.

5) Increased Resale Value

It’s easier to sell an unlocked phone; in fact it can be worth as much as 30% more than a locked one. It also attracts more buyers since they can easily use it with their existing network or change to another one. It also means the phone can be sold either locally or overseas, greatly widening your customer base.

Unlocked cellphone cons

1) Buyer beware

When you buy an unlocked cellphone you need to be sure you are getting what you pay for. It takes more due diligence than entering into a contract because you do not have your friendly, service oriented carrier to protect you if you find the phone has a fault or it is in fact a fake product, and there are more fakes out there than you could possibly imagine.

2) Higher upfront cost

You need to have cash ready to buy an unlocked cellphone, and for the latest models that can easily run to over $1000 or more. Shop wisely and be sure you are getting what you pay for.

3) Bandwidth issues

Wouldn’t you know it, networks in the US use different data frequency bands than those in other parts of the world, so if you spot a bargain buy in the States and think it will do the job, you may need to think again if you are based in Europe or elsewhere. If you are based in the US and want 4g, look for phones offering these bandwidths: LTE 700, LTE 800, LTE 1700, LTE 1900, and LTE 2100. Don’t get stuck with a phone that doesn’t work on your local service provider’s network.

4) Is the cellphone really unlocked?

Unfortunately there are several cowboy dealers out there who will sell you an ‘unlocked’ cellphone that is not properly unlocked, and you could even find that you yourself are locked out of the phone once the service provider discovers the phone is no longer under contract. Ideally, you should examine a cellphone in person before handing over any money.

5) Generic software

Generic software does not support data features such as mms – picture messaging, web browsing, and sending/receiving emails. So as to use data services you will first need to obtain the correct settings from your service provider (e.g. AT&T, EE, Vodafone) and set up the phone manually.

With a little care and attention to detail though, you will find the advantages and cost savings of an unlocked cellphone outweigh the initial start-up costs and need for extra vigilance. If you are not sure whether your cellphone is properly unlocked, check with a reliable and trustworthy online unlock service such as UnlockBase.

Smart ways to travel overseas with smart phones

As smart phones continue to get smarter and smarter, they naturally become more and more indispensable. These days, airlines, buses, and trains are making things even easier by offering ticketless travel. Just show up, present the ticket details on your phone and board the transport of your choice. Apart from that, the smart phone can schedule your trip, find you the best car rental, book your hotel…and of course, phone home. It’s a must have accessory on any trip.

So since the smart phone is so smart, it’s time you became equally wise, and not sleep walk into exorbitant overseas call charges from your service provider. These charges will drain you of your money quicker than a beach pickpocket on overtime.

For example, did you know that if you were to send a picture home via conventional text message, it could cost you up to $40.00 with some plans! That’s outrageous and criminally dumb, especially in this day and age where there are so many better and cheaper alternatives available.

In fairness, many of the leading carriers have relented and started to offer free roaming charges to several destinations. They didn’t do it because they wanted to. The truth is that every year since 2007, the maximum rate for calling or texting any European Economic Area (EEA) number while roaming within the borders of the zone while on a mobile phone in the EU, has been lowered. This covers all 28 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (the cap also applies to data). On July 1st this year another new cap will come into force, further reducing the cost of roaming in Europe.

Roaming Tips

This is following years of extremely high overseas charges where bills could easily run to thousands of dollars with the unaware cellphone owner having no idea as to the true cost of travelling overseas with a smart phone. But do not be deceived by some of these seemingly benevolent offers. Call charges overseas can still easily run to $3.00 or $4.00 a minute, and that doesn’t include data costs charged by the megabyte as you leisurely decide which restaurant to visit on your phone.

Also, forgetting to put your phone on roaming before you leave home is a big mistake. All of your home country voice mails, texts and other data are automatically “pushed” to your phone before you are out of the airport, or as soon as you have a signal. These can cost you a lot of money in a hurry.

But there is a better and much easier way. Here is a simple 5-step process for taking a smart phone with you when you travel overseas and how to save BIG money while doing so.

Step 1: Leave your contract smart phone home alone.

Just put it in a drawer and forget about it.

Step 2: Buy a SIM Free phone

Buy a SIM Free smart phone purely for travelling. Or if you have a second smart phone you don’t often use, get it unlocked by a reliable online unlock service such as UnlockBase. This will enable you to swap SIM cards easily as you travel and instantly enjoy local call rates in whichever country you visit. Friends and family will quickly get used to your new number while you are overseas.

Step 3: Buy a “World SIM” SIM card

As an alternative to swapping SIM cards wherever you go, consider a SIM card such as World SIM, which enables you to use your phone anywhere using just one number. This award-winning SIM card gives you free international roaming in 90+ countries, international phone calls for just a couple of cents a minute and competitive local call rates while you are at home.

WorldSIM Card

Step 4: Investigate free Wi-Fi options

Whenever you travel, and wherever you are, try to avoid using too much data on your cell phone. The chances are you can get free WiFi in your hotel room, at an Internet cafe, or in a coffee shop. Check out JiWire WiFi Finder App for international Wi-Fi spots; searching by your destination makes it really easy to figure out which companies offer Wi-Fi services at your destination.

Step 5: Use Skype, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook for free messaging

Once you are happily in your room with the free WiFi blazing, use these free apps on your SIM Free smartphone to send your holiday photos, instant catch ups, email messages and more. If you have to make calls, make them, it’s ok because you will be on local or World SIM rates. If you use a Lycamobile SIM card you can even make free calls provided you call another Lycamobile number.

So get smart and follow these 5 simple steps so you can have peace of mind while actually enjoying your vacation and not worrying about an eye watering cell phone bill from your carrier when you get home.

Top tips on why unlocking your cellphone is a great idea

In the past, unlocking a cellphone used to be a hazardous and risky undertaking that could void the warranty on your phone, but in recent years all that has changed. Nowadays you can have the phone of your choice and quickly acquire the necessary unlock code to unlock your phone and not void the warranty.

Not surprisingly, in a counter measure to this, many of the key cellphone carriers now offer attractive ‘sim only’ deals to tempt you to stay with them. They definitely do not want to lose your business, but the chances are, no matter what they may offer, it’s quite possible you can find a better deal elsewhere; should you choose to unlock your phone.

Freedom to decide on your carrier

The cellphone business has moved on, and where in the past many manufacturers had locks on the phones that prevented you from switching your carrier (such as iPhones); these days, due to growing public demand not to be tied down to a particular carrier and locked into a contract, it is not only possible to unlock your cell phone, it’s actually incredibly simple. It can be achieved online in a matter of minutes through trusted online cellphone unlocking specialists such as UnlockBase.

Why service providers have had to change their tune

The days of high charges and long service contracts from the major service providers are over, and thankfully so! And while a monthly contract can still offer you good value for your money, with generous free call minutes and all you can eat data, contracts have had to change because in the last few years the way we use cellphones has changed dramatically too, and for once, things have not worked in the mighty carrier’s favor.

Widely available free apps have altered the way we use our cellphones. Walk into any cellphone service provider today and they will be happy to offer you virtually unlimited texts, but in this era of free WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and other instant communications apps, frankly, who bothers to send text messages? Maybe your auntie.

Service providers are still desperately keen to push you into a 24 month contract by offering you a seemingly free phone, but in reality you pay for the phone within the first year and then you are still locked into the contract.

With a pay as you go plan you consume only what you need. You decide how many phone calls you make and how much data you use, and provided you have a WiFi broadband plan at home, you don’t need to rely on the data allowance the carrier decides to give you as part of your package.

This not only saves you income on your monthly fees, it also enables you to decide on the phone you want, rather than having to limit yourself to what’s available as a locked phone from your contract provider.

No contract, no commitment

An unlocked phone may present a larger up front cost, as you have to purchase the phone sim free. With your contract plan the phone can be given to you, but as you know, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Those 24 months of contract billing will be landing on your doormat long after you have decided you want to upgrade. With an unlocked phone you are the master of your destiny, controlling your expenditure on your phone, and not being constantly surprised by mystery add-on charges that contract providers love to put on your bill, especially if you choose to go abroad. In fact, carriers want to keep you so badly that they are even willing to sacrifice their biggest cash cow, the exorbitant cost of overseas calls. A lot of carriers now offer free calls in many overseas destinations. A few years ago, this would have been unheard of.

Freedom to download what you want

Another reason to opt for a pay as you go plan is the fact that certain suppliers offer you a locked phone but limit you to certain apps in the iTunes store. Why? Because they don’t want you to use free communications devices! But if you have an unlocked phone, you can obtain any app, from any site, or download any free app from anywhere on the web.

Your sim free, pay as you go phone also enables you to easily swap sim cards to whatever your heart desires. You can try out several new ‘value you’re your money’ sim card offerings such as Lycamobile and Lebara and quickly discover that they offer far cheaper overseas call rates, competitive local call rates, and even free calls to overseas if calling from one Lycamobile number to another.

You can also opt for dual, tri, or quad band networks wherever you decide to travel. Simply switch your sim card to a local provider and you avoid high-priced roaming charges. Freedom of mobility, freedom of choice, freedom to use your phone the way you wish. These are they key advantages of pay as you go.

Privacy and confidentiality

And finally, if privacy and anonymity is important to you, a pay as you go phone is the smart option. Unless you register the sim card, the supplier doesn’t know who you are or what calls you are making. With a contract plan, everything you do, every number you dial, every site you visit is traceable.