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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.

Unlock iPhone from 3 Hutchison Ireland

Exclusively for UnlockBase server we are now able to offer a new service to unlock any iPhone from 3 Hutchison Ireland. Turnaround of delivery is up to 15 Business days (with average time of delivery in 7 days) and support absolutely all iPhone from Three Hutchison Ireland, 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: 3 Hutchison Ireland – All iPhone including 6 and 6 Plus – [Tool ID: 832]

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

Unlock your Phone for Free Today

If you’ve been thinking about unlocking your phone so that you can use it on any GSM network, but simply haven’t got around to doing anything about it, here’s an added incentive: Film the process of you unlocking your phone, and we’ll give you an unlock code absolutely FREE!

It’s simple. All you have to do is video the process of unlocking your phone. You can do it by yourself or ask a friend to help you. To qualify, simply email UnlockBase at info@unlockbase.com and we’ll let you know if you are eligible for the FREE unlock code. The only reason why you may not qualify is if we already have a suitable video testimonial for a similar phone. So please be sure to check with us first before you start to create your cellphone unlock video masterpiece.

We’re offering this promotion as a way to help us create instructional videos to put on the UnlockBase YouTube Channel. Assuming you qualify, all you have to do is follow these three basic steps:

1. Video how to order the unlock code from UnlockBase: Just film yourself going through the order process online to obtain the unlock code.  For security reasons you can blur out your email address and personal information. (this step is NOT mandatory)

2. Video yourself receiving the email from us: When you receive an email back from us, be sure to film the process of you opening the email and reading it. (Note: the video can start with this step if you did not record yourself ordering the Unlock Code on our website.

3. Video what you do with the code: This is the most important part of the video, the entering of the code into your phone.  This step usually involves several processes (just follow the guidelines of our Code Entry FAQ). You will need to follow email directions and film all of it.

How to Title Your Video

You are responsible for uploading the video to YouTube. Once it’s live, please email us the link and we’ll reimburse you for the unlock code. When titling your video, make sure to title it accordingly:

“How to Unlock [your phone model] from [the network carrier & country the phone is locked to]”

For example, if you have a Samsung S6 that is locked to Nextel Mexico, your title would be:
How to Unlock Samsung S6 from Nextel Mexico“.

If possible, we would like for you to add the following tags to the video that you upload:

  • Unlock
  • Phone
  • Cell Phone
  • Tutorial
  • [model of your phone] (ie: Samsung Galaxy S6)
  • [network carrier & country phone was locked to] (ie: Nextel Mexico)
  • Unlock Code
  • Instructions

Shoot Clearly and Keep it Simple!

Remember to keep your video as simple and straightforward as possible. Shoot in clear lighting conditions and make sure any sound is not muffled or inaudible. We are not looking for a feature film, just a short and easy to understand video of how to obtain the unlock code for your particular cellphone model.

Below is a sample of a very nice Video Testimonials we recently received from an Happy Customer:

Are You a Writer for a Blog / Magazine?

Do you own your own website or blog?  Are you a writer for a magazine?  If so, please contact us to find out more about the perks and privileges you can receive by giving us some good PR about our firm and by all means share with your audience your own experience in unlocking your phone with UnlockBase .

Want to Give Us a Testimonial?

If you’re willing to provide a Video Testimonial about our services, we’d love to provide you with a Free Unlock code or Discount.

Get Your Free Unlock Code Today

At UnlockBase, we also offer a variety of other ways to receive a Free Unlock or Discount.  You can do this by mentioning us on Facebook or Twitter, by leaving positive messages about us on various forum communities, via testimonials on third-party platforms etc, we will always reward your loyalty and support.

SIM Network Unlock PIN

Most Android phones are quite simple to navigate.  Best of all, they feature access to a variety of apps that you can use to simply your life.  But what happens if you need to unlock your phone from your network carrier?  The best answer is to contact UnlockBase for an unlock code.  Whether you’re traveling overseas and need your phone unlocked or you simply want to switch carriers, UnlockBase simplifies the process of making your phone compatible with other networks.

SIM Network Unlock Pin Means You Need an Unlock Code

When you go to unlock your phone, all you need to do is insert a SIM card from the carrier you want to switch to.  If your phone is locked, it will likely display the message SIM Network Unlock PIN.  This means that you’ll need to buy an unlock code from a reputable service provider.

You’ll Need Your IMEI Number to get an Unlock Code

Keep in mind that you’ll need your phone’s IMEI number to buy the unlock code.  On most phones, you can easily identify your IMEI number by typing *#06# and hitting the send or call button.  You’ll receive a message with the IMEI number.

Unlocking Your Phone is Simple

After giving your IMEI number to an unlock code service provider and receiving the code, you’ll enter it into your phone and hit the unlock button.  It’s as simple as that.  If for some reason the unlock code doesn’t work, this most likely means there have been too many failed attempts.  To overcome this problem, you’ll need to do a full reset on your phone.  You’ll also want to make sure that your new SIM card is valid.  For more information on how to unlock your phone, simply contact us today.

The Takeaway

Basically, if your phone displays SIM Network Unlock PIN, it’s asking for an unlock code, which you can purchase from UnlockBase.  We will provide you with a detailed tutorial on how to unlock your phone, and best of all, we provide discounts on many of our unlocking options.

21 Tech Travel Hacks That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

Whether you’re traveling across the country or simply down the road to your grandma’s, it’s important that you take advantage of technology.  Here’s a quick look at 21 tech travel hacks that will make your life so much easier. And don’t forget that UnlockBase can take care of all your cellular unlocking needs.

1) Travel in style

If you can’t afford a first-class ticket with access to a personal TV, simply use a plastic bag to turn your smartphone or tablet into a mini TV.  Put your device in the plastic bag and hang it from the tray hook on the back of the seat in front of you.

Travel in Style :)

Travel in Style :)

2) Do a screenshot of a map

When traveling abroad, roaming data rates can be enormous.  When you take a screenshot of a map you’re needing, though, you can save it for later when you don’t have access to WiFi; this will help ensure you don’t use any unnecessary data while overseas.

London map screenshot

London map screenshot

3) Use cord retracting headphones

To keep your headphone cords from getting tangled, purchase a pair with retractable cords.

4) Save on data

Did you know you can use Foursquare to identify locals who don’t care to share their WiFi passwords?  By doing this, you can keep your data usage to a minimum when traveling.

5) Use airport outlets

Most airports these days are full of USB and electrical outlets.  By using these outlets, you can stay charged when traveling by air.

Take advantage of Airport Outlet

Take advantage of Airport Outlet

6) Improvise with hotel furniture

Does your hotel room not come with a desk for your laptop?  If not, simply put your room’s ironing board at the end of the bed.

7) Keep all important documents on your phone

From your Passport to your birth certificate, take pictures of these documents and save them to your phone.  Make sure to delete them after you’ve returned home.

8) Boost your charge

Often when traveling, you’ll have limited opportunities to charge your phone.  By putting it in Airplane Mode, however, you can charge your phone faster.

iPhone Airplane Mode

iPhone Airplane Mode

9) Bring along adapters 

Depending on where you’re traveling to, you may need adapters for your electronics.  Fortunately, there are all-in-one adapters that can meet almost all of your international adapter needs.

Smart Power Adapters

Smart Power Adapters

10) Pack a power strip

Since you’ll likely have several devices you want to charge at once — phone, tablet, laptop, camera, etc. — make sure to pack a miniature power strip.

11) Plastic bags work well for water proofing

Going on a cruise?  For a walk on the beach?  When it comes to water proofing your tech gadgets, simply put them in a sealable plastic bag.

Ziplock - or cheap efficient waterproof bag ?

Ziplock or cheap efficient waterproof bag ?

12) Use cloud storage

When taking pictures and videos while traveling, use WiFi at your hotel to upload the pictures to the cloud.  This ensures if something happens to your phone, you’ll still have your media.

13) Use WiFi to make phone calls

Download an easy-to-use use voice app, such as Google Voice, to make free calls back home using WiFi.  You can also use this type of app to send texts and much more.

14) Buy a wallet that is RFID proof

With an RFID-proof wallet you’ll deter data thieves from accessing the information on your credit and debit cards.

SecrID Card Protectors

SecrID Card Protectors

15) Download a travel app

Almost all major cities have unique travel apps.  Make sure to use them to find interesting attractions and activities.

16) Check in using your phone

When traveling by air, you can usually use your phone to check in.  All you need to do is present the QR code you receive on your phone and you’ll be allowed to go through security.

17) Find Airbnb lodging options

If you’re traveling to an area that is lacking in hotel options, use your phone or tablet to search for Airbnb homes and condos.  You might find you can rent a home for cheaper than a hotel room.

18) Download credit card apps

For each credit card that you take with you, download its app to your smartphone; this will help you keep your finances in check.

iPhone Credit Card App

iPhone Credit Card App

19) Consider roaming services

If you know you’re going to use your phone a lot while traveling abroad, make sure to take advantage of a roaming services provider.

20) Invest in screen protection

From in your home to around the world, a tempered glass screen protector protects your phone’s screen from cracks and chips.  You can also find screen protectors that fit your other gadgets.

21) Bring an extra battery

By bringing along an extra battery for your phone and laptop, you can rest assured you’ll have power when you need it most.

Unlock Samsung Galaxy phone from Cricket USA

Today we have added a new exclusive service to Unlock Samsung locked by Cricket USA. Our supplier will deliver unlock code for any Samsung from this Network in less than 4 business days. This service support any Samsung from Cricket USA including but not limited to: Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, and the latest Galaxy S6. Unlock Samsung from Cricket USA by Code today with UnlockBase, all we need is the IMEI of your Samsung Galaxy  !

Service Name: Cricket USA – Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, S4, S5 and S6 - [Tool ID: 818]

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

Unlock Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925T) from T-Mobile USA

Update 1st July 2015: Don’t want to wait? Use UnlockBase Cell Phone Unlocker software to Direct Unlock with Original USB Cable for any Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge, instantly 24/7. It’s the cheapest option on the market today! 

Update 19th June 2015: Too complicated ?! Don’t want to risk to flash your phone with new firmware ?! Please take a look to our new Official mobile “Device Unlock” app method to unlock your Samsung using official Android App.

THE METHOD BELOW IS NO LONGER WORKING WITH LATEST VERSION OF S6 EDGE
PLEASE DISCARD THIS BLOG POST

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925T) 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 (these phone are 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. And absolutely no code that you’ll be able to buy online will work using this app.

Original "Locked Screen" of a Samsung Galaxy S6 from T-Mobile USA

Original “Locked Screen” of a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge from T-Mobile USA

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 Telus Canada Firmware instead of T-Mobile USA, 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-G925T is now 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 6 Edge from T-Mobile USA.

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

Please note: This method has been proven to work because it uses Samsung’s Official programs and the Official stock Telus Canada provided Images. As with any Official carrier or manufacturer  firmware flashing this must be done at Your Own Discretion. The instructions are outlined CLEARLY and you must follow the instructions exactly. If any issues arise we cannot take responsibility for any issues. If you do not want to proceed, unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds as stated on our website before ordering. Please contact us for more information. You MUST perform these instructions and make sure the phone prompts with a NON accepted sim before you order or No Refunds!

Step by Step Tutorial Firmware Upgrade
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925T) to Telus Canada 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 S6 Edge (SM-G925T) 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. Galaxy S6 Edge:  Download the Special Telus Canada Firmware for Samsung SM-G925T.
  2. Download ODIN v3.10.0 Service Software using this link (NEW: Odin v3.10.5 or Odin v3.10.6)
  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 S6 Edge USB drivers on your PC, if you haven’t already.

Optional (Galaxy S6 Edge): Download the Original T-Mobile Firmware for Samsung SM-G925T.

Step 2 (Update Firmware): 

  1. Run Odin3 v3.10.0 as administrator (Right-Click: Run as Administrator).
  2. Switch OFF your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
  3. Boot in download mode, by pressing the Volume Down + Home + Power Key simultaneously.
    Samsung Galaxy S6 (Boot Mode)
  4. When you see the screen below:
    Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in Download Mode

    Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in Download Mode

    Tap Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.

  5. Connect the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 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 :- For Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925T) : G925W8VLU1AOCG_G925W8OYA1AOCG_G925W8VLU1AOCG_HOME.tar.md5 file.
  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 S6 Edge is now fully updated with MetroPCS Firmware!

AFTER FLASHING A SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 EDGE FROM T-MOBILE WITH THIS FIRMWARE THE PHONE WILL FINALLY ASK FOR A NETWORK CODE WHEN YOU PUT A NON APPROVED CARRIER’S SIM CARD ON THE PHONE.

Samsung Galaxy S6 asking for "SIM Network Unlock PIN"

AFTER YOU HAVE UNLOCKED YOUR PHONE YOU CAN STILL FLASH A T-MOBILE FIRMWARE BACK TO THE DEVICE SO THAT IT GOES BACK TO ORIGINAL STOCK AND SO DOES NOT LOSE WARRANTY. BUT THE PHONE WILL RELOCK AS SOON AS YOU FLASH IT BACK WITH T-MOBILE FIRMWARE.

Troubleshooting : I am stuck on the SAMSUNG BOOT LOGO! What do I do?

First, do not worry, your phone is not broken. Simply follow the instructions below:

a. Wait at least 5 minutes to make sure you are stuck on the logo screen
b. Pull the battery out and wait 30 seconds, then put the battery back in
c. Turn the phone on by: HOLDING VOLUME UP + HOME + POWER you will soon see the RECOVERY page

Tip: when the phone turns on let go of the power button ONLY, when you see the recovery let go of everything

d. Scroll down to WIPE factory user data reset and select it
when prompted scroll to YES and select it to do a factory wiping

e. Scroll down to WIPE CACHE PARTITION and select it,
when prompted scroll to YES and select it to do a wipe on cache

Tip: Use the volume rockers to navigate and the power button to Select your option

f.  Reboot the phone, you should load properly now

Unlock Nokia Lumia from Cricket USA

Today we have added a new exclusive service to Unlock Nokia locked by Cricket USA. Our supplier will deliver unlock code for any Nokia from this Network in less than 4 business days. This service support any Nokia Lumia from Cricket USA including but not limited to: Nokia Lumia 520, 530, 620, 630, 635, 1320. Unlock Nokia Lumia from Cricket USA by Code today with UnlockBase, all we need is the IMEI of your Nokia Lumia  !

Service Name: Cricket USA – Nokia Lumia – [Tool ID: 815]

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

Unlock iPhone from SaskTel Canada, including 6 and 6 Plus

Exclusively for UnlockBase server we are now able to offer a new service to unlock all iPhone from Sasktel Canada. Service is working in less than 12 Hours from Monday to Friday and support absolutely all iPhone from SaskTel Canada, 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: SaskTel Canada – All iPhone Including 6/6+ [Tool ID: 806 ]

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

Mobile Phones: 4 Innovative Companies & Organizations

Did you know that there are nearly seven billion cell phone subscriptions? This means that there’s almost one cell phone subscription for everyone on the planet. In fact, cell phones are more accessible than toilets. While you may think you know everything there is to know about mobile phones, there are likely several companies you haven’t heard of that offer valuable mobile phone advice and services. Here’s a quick look at the top 4 companies you need to know about.

1) Gizmogul

You’ve probably heard of companies that let you trade your old devices for cash, but what about trading them for charity donations? Gizmogul specializes in providing cash for cell phones, with a portion of the proceeds being given to charities. You can even choose for all of your phone’s proceeds to be given to a charity. And if you’re looking to buy a phone, Gizmogul can help you purchase one that meets your needs, and when making the purchase, you can feel good knowing that part of the money being spent is going to a charity.

2) KnowRoaming

Did you know that a little sticker could save you enormous amounts of money on roaming fees? Yep, that’s right! KnowRoaming provides its customers with a sticker that goes on their SIM cards in their phones. When using the phones at home, normal carrier rates apply. However, when traveling abroad, the sticker activates itself and the phones switch to the KnowRoaming network, which provides cheap roaming rates. Remember, prior to using it – you’ll need to unlock your phone first.

3) Cell Phones for Soldiers

One of the best ways to support our beloved freedom is by joining the Armed Forces. Another great way is by making sure that each soldier has a reliable way of communicating with their loved ones back home, and this is the goal that Cell Phones for Soldiers strives to achieve. The organization focuses on collecting funds and phones to give to soldiers who are both overseas and at home. You can either sell your phone to the organization or donate it for free. It’s a win-win for everyone.

4) Free Government Cell Phones

The Free Government Cell Phones organization specializes in providing valuable information related to helping people in need find free phones and free carrier services. When it comes to being a go-to source for all things relating to free phones, this is the organization you want to contact. There are literally hundreds of programs that offer free phones and service, and Free Government Cell Phones can help you connect with the correct service provider. And even better is that the organization can help you become a government phone program sales representative, with the potential of earning more than $1,000 a week.

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