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Key Benefits to Unlocking Your Mobile Device

Unlocked mobile devices represent a large sector of the communication industry, and unlocked phones are perhaps one of the most effective devices for expanding the reach of communication for many people… Unlocked phones have been the topic of many debates in the U.S. Congress, who voted to permanently allow the unlocking of cell phones. People tend to think of unlocked phones as something that people want for the sole purpose of escaping contracts or obligations to their carrier. However, unlocked phones are actually used for several other purposes. Unlocked phones have been used as a vital part of Women’s Protective Services; they enable a larger geographic area to use a given phone; and they improve the global economy.

Women’s Protective Services

Unlocked mobile devices, particularly cell phones, are used to help women leave abusive, dangerous situations. An unlocked mobile device gives women a tool to use in the event of an emergency. For example, an abusive spouse may be stalking a woman, and she can use the phone to notify emergency responders of anything that would make her unsure about her setting, such as leaving work with the spouse’s car nearby.

Reach a Larger Geographic Area

Although cell phone carriers tend to be located and provide service along areas with a high population density, millions of people live outside the reach of the major cell phone service providers. Unlocked phones give these people access to communication, which, in the case of illness, injury, or simply the passage of knowledge; can be a life-saving tool. An unlocked phone can be used on international carriers where the phone’s original carrier does not offer service, or it may be used to reduce the charges of using the phone abroad. Recycled phones are often unlocked and sent to areas of the world in need of modern communication. Furthermore, unlocked phones impact the global economy.

Unlocked Phones and the World Market

If a carrier had the right to nullify and make all phone unlocks illegal, it would devastate the world economy. Unlocked phones give people the option to switch carriers for a variety of reasons, including leaving carriers who charge exuberant fees, have a lack of geographic service, or for the need to move overseas. Not only do unlocked phones help the world market, but they actually increase the competitive efforts between providers, which helps ensure that the cost of using mobile devices stays minimal. If the competition did not exist, a dominant company would gain a monopoly and have unrestricted reasoning to increase prices beyond what most people could afford. This would spiral into the return to the age of the landline phones, and the production and use of cell phones would come to grinding halt.

The advancement of mobile technology has united the people of the world in ways never thought possible. Most cell phones have an initial lock placed on them by a carrier, but the need for effective two-factor communication between people around the world has contributed to the widespread practice of unlocking mobile devices. If the U.S. Government condones the process of unlocking mobile devices for the above mentioned reasons, what reason do you have for not ensuring your phone has access to communication on a global scale?

Find My iPhone Activation Lock Bypass

We just add a new service to retrieve information about the Original iCloud Owner of any iPhone. The service will just provide information about the original iCloud Account but will not provide passwords or remove the iCloud lock from the device. However we do provide these information: Account Full Name, Apple ID email, Address, Phone & Secret Questions (without the answers).

The details will look like as below (may vary depending on model/activation/status):

Name: John Doe (Full name of account owner here)
Apple ID: appleid@gmail.com
Spare Apple ID (login alias) icloud@icloud.com
Address: 4th Floor, Block A, No. 28 New York Road
New York- 200010 USA
Tel 86-021-1394782256622
Evening Phone
Archiving e-mail address
appleid@gmail.com
icloud@icloud.com
Security Question:
What are you grew up in the street called?
What is your ideal job?
Your best friend boyhood name?

To find these informations we will need the IMEI & UDID Number of the iPhone.

Service Name: iPhone & iPad iCloud ID Data (Need IMEI + UDID) [Tool ID: 778]
Turnaround of Delivery: 1-3 Business Days (Monday to Friday)
Success Rate: Around 80%

How to find your UDID number:

1. Open iTunes on your Desktop Computer,
2. Plug in your iPhone to your Desktop computer,
3. Select your device under “Devices” on the left hand side of the screen,
4. Click on your Serial number and it will change to your UDID number,
5. Right click on the number to copy to clipboard.

How to find iPhone UDID

How to find iPhone UDID

Unlock iPhone from Austria

We are now able to offer five services to Unlock iPhone from Austria. Depending of the services you pick we can provide the confirmation of unlock from 4 to 7 business days (Monday to Friday). If your iPhone is from 3 Hutchison or A1 Mobilkom Austria we support absolutely all models including the iPhone 6 and 6+ ! However if it’s from Orange or T-Mobile Austria we can unlock any iPhone up to the iPhone 5. We are now direct source for these services and all we need is the IMEI of your iPhone and it will be registered as “Unlocked” on iTunes server (Permanent Factory Unlock).

Here is the new list of services we offer to Unlock iPhone from Austria:

  • 3 Hutchison Austria – All iPhone Including 6/6+ – [Tool ID: 784]
  • A1 Mobilkom Austria – All iPhone Including 6/6+ – [Tool ID: 441]
  • A1 Mobilkom Austria – iPhone 4, 4S “Out of Contract” – [Tool ID: 783]
  • Orange Austria – iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5 – [Tool ID: 442]
  • T-Mobile Austria – iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5 – [Tool ID: 477]

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

Unlock iPhone LMT Latvia

Exclusively for UnlockBase server we are now able to offer a new service to unlock all iPhone from LMT Latvia. Service is working in less than two business days (Monday to Friday) and support absolutely all iPhone from LMT Latvia, including the 6 and 6 Plus ! If the phone is still in contract it can take up to five business days. 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: LMT Latvia – All iPhone Including 6/6+ “Clean IMEI” – [Tool ID: 780]

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

The Insider's Guide to Traveling Abroad With Smartphones

When preparing for a trip overseas, there’s so much to think about. Let’s take a quick look at a few mobile phone tips to follow both before and while traveling abroad.

Before You Go

Unlock your phone: A lot of people forget to have their phones unlocked so they can be used overseas, at a much cheaper rate. Don’t let this happen to you! You have two basic ways to get your phone unlocked; either through your network carrier or through a third-party service provider, like UnlockBase.

Before your go unlock your Cell Phone

Unlocking your phone allows you to use it on a local carrier serving the country you are traveling to. Without local service, or in the least an international data plan, you will likely pay upward of $15/MB for data; this means sending a simple picture message will cost about $30.

Gear up

  • Phone chargers: You’ll also want to stock up on phone chargers, preferably ones that connect to your computer through a USB port. You might even want to invest in extra battery packs to ensure you can stay charged on the go.

  • We know you’re already planning on taking the coolest selfie for trip, so you’ll want to purchase a lens that is compatible with your smartphone and possibly even a selfie stick.

Download: You’ll want to download these four apps on your phone before you head out:

  • Currency App: This app simplifies knowing how much money you’re spending when dealing with different currencies. All you do is select the currency you’re making a purchase with and then select the conversion you want to take place.
  • Transit App: If you’re using public transportation, Transit App is a must. It shows you the quickest way to get to your destination using a variety of transportation methods, including bike shares, commuter rails and more.
  • Data Manager App: “This app helps you take control of your mobile data usage and save you money on your monthly phone bill.” Clint Johnston from TripHackr says.
Clint Johnston from TripHackr

Clint Johnston from TripHackr

  • Text Messaging App: Rick Steves, America’s leading authority on European travel, recommends the apps below, “all of which “work similarly for text messaging.” : WhatsAppText PlusTextfree, and React.
Rick Steves

Rick Steves

  • Offi Journey Planner: If you’re using public transportation, the Offi Journey Planner app is a must use. It shows you the quickest way to get to your destination using a variety of transportation methods, including bike shares, commuter rails and more.

Once You Arrive

Buy a SIM card: Go to a retailer — possibly even a gas station — that sells SIM cards and data plans for the carrier you want to switch to. Simply pop the SIM card in your phone and follow the activation process; you’ll then have a working cell phone with cheap international calling.

If you don’t want to take the route of switching out SIM cards, you can always take advantage of KnowRoaming, which requires the simple, one-time application of a sticker on your current SIM card that activates itself and provides cheap international voice, text and data roaming rates in over 200 countries. KnowRoaming’s prepaid system puts you in control of your usage and spending, which you can monitor in real-time using the KnowRoaming app.

Knowroaming SIM Card

Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gave KnowRoaming a try and was more than satisfied.

Dave Dean from Too many adapters

Dave Dean from Too many adapters

WiFi: While on your trip you’ll want to avoid costly data usage charges by tapping into free WiFi connections as much as possible. SpeedSpot is an app that helps you identify the closest free Internet connections.

Translation: If you’re in need of a translation app, there’s no better one than OneTongue, which has the capability to support eight users simultaneously.

Stay connected with friends and family: When it comes to staying in contact with your loved ones back home, you can’t go wrong with Skype. Simply download the app to your smartphone and you’ll be able to make international calls for as cheap as 1 cent a minute. Google Hangouts is another excellent communication app, supporting both voice and video connections.

Extra Tips to Keep In Mind

  • Keeping your phone in airplane mode ensures that you don’t unknowingly use any data,
    and it’s also ideal to turn off any push notifications.
  • When communicating with your friends and loved ones, do your best to do so with a free WiFi connection.
  • Have a great time!

Unlock New Alcatel Modem and OT-EV07 HD Tablet

Today we have updated the “Alcatel (USB Modem New)”  & “Alcatel (USB Modem Old #1)” services with seven newly supported models of Alcatel Modem & Tablet that can be unlocked in real time by code simply with the IMEI (Serial Number). Including these new models there are now 13 powerful services to unlock Alcatel cell phone Instantly 24/7 and supporting more than 467 models!

Service: Alcatel (USB Modem New) – [Tool ID: 498]

– Alcatel OT-Evo7 HD (Tablet)
– Alcatel OT-M600
– Alcatel OT-M600Q
– Alcatel Modem X090
– Alcatel Modem X150
– Alcatel Modem X221L

Service : Alcatel (USB Modem Old #1) – [Tool ID: 306]

– Alcatel Modem X220x

Samsung SM-G350 Galaxy Core Plus

We can source the Unlock Code for any Samsung from Argentina. However if you have a Samsung Galaxy Core from this country, you will need to Flash / Upgrade the firmware of the phone to be able to enter the Unlock Code in your Cell Phone. Why ? Simply because the network provider from Argentina use by default for the Samsung SM-G350 (Galaxy Core Plus) and SM-G355 (Galaxy Core 2) a custom firmware that avoid anybody to enter code like explained in this tutorial to Unlock Samsung Galaxy Avant from T-Mobile USA. You can follow the guideline of our previous post for Galaxy Avant and then :

– Click this link to download the Samsung Galaxy Core Plus (SM-G350) Unlock Firmware.
– Click this link to download the Samsung Galaxy Core 2 (SM-G355) Unlock Firmware.

Step by Step Guide: How to Unlock LG Cell Phone

If you want to unlock your LG cell phone, you will first need to identify the model of your phone.  Being that there are literally hundreds of LG phones on the market, it’s important that you keep in mind that an unlock process for one LG phone may not work on your exact LG phone.  Here’s a quick look at the unlock process for three of today’s most popular LG cell phones.

Unlock LG G3

You will first need to purchase an unlock code, and after doing so, please follow the steps listed below:

  • Insert a SIM from the carrier you are wanting to switch to; it should show up as an “Unaccepted Simcard
  • At this point, you should see texts pop up on the screen asking for an unlock code
  • Enter the unlock code that we provided to you and click “OK” or “confirm” or “Submit
  • Your phone should be unlocked

Unlock LG Optimus G

You will first need to purchase an unlock code, and after doing so, please follow the steps listed below:

  • Turn on your LG Optimus G
  • Make sure the original SIM card is in it
  • From the home screen, type in 2945#*970#
  • You will see a menu pop up
  • Select “SIM UNLOCK” or “NETWORK UNLOCK
  • Type in your unlock code that you received from us and select “OK” or “SUBMIT” or “CONFIRM
  • The phone may or may not reboot itself
  • It should now be unlocked

Unlock LG G Vista

You will first need to purchase an unlock code, and after doing so, please follow the steps listed below:

  • Insert a SIM card into the phone that comes from the carrier you are wanting to switch to,
  • Turn on the phone,
  • A message stating “Enter unlock code” should appear,
  • Type in the unlock code that you received from us,
  • If for some reason you are not asked to enter an unlock code, you will need to contact us.

* Bonus Tip * 

Please keep in mind that when contacting UnlockBase for an unlock code, we will need the IMEI number off of your phone, which can usually be identified by typing in *#06# and hitting the “send” button.  You should receive a text message with your IMEI number.

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!

AFTER FLASHING A SAMSUNG SM-G386T T-MOBILE WITH THIS FIRMWARE THE PHONE WILL ASK FOR A NETWORK CODE WHEN YOU PUT A NON APPROVED CARRIER’S SIM CARD ON THE PHONE. AFTER YOU HAVE UNLOCKED THE SM-G386T YOU CAN FLASH A T-MOBILE FIRMWARE BACK TO THE DEVICE SO THAT IT GOES BACK TO STOCK AND THE CUSTOMER DOES NOT LOSE WARRANTY. PHONE WILL REMAIN UNLOCKED.

Top 5 Budget-friendly Unlocked International Cell Phones for Travel

When it comes to mobile phones, most people are choosing to hop on the smartphone bandwagon.  Not only do these phones offer an assortment of features and application capabilities, but they also come in many shapes and sizes.  And best of all, some of them are unlocked, meaning they can be used on various networks.  Most importantly, some of them can be used overseas, making them perfect for those of you who travel internationally or have loved ones who are in the military.

Here’s a quick look at five of the most popular unlocked phones that can be used internationally.  Do keep in mind, though, that once you land in a different country, you’ll need to purchase a new SIM card for the carrier you wish to use; this allows you to make international calls without going bankrupt.

Asus ZenFone 4

The ZenFone 4 is an incredibly affordable smartphone.  If you want a larger display screen, opt for the ZenPhone 5.  The ZenFone comes with several attractive features, including:

  • 5-megapixel camera
  • Intel Atom processor
  • Android 4.3
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Moto G

If you liked the Moto X, then you’ll love the Moto G.  Available without a contract and for only $179, the smartphone features Android 4.4 KitKat, great performance, and specifically directed toward people traveling internationally, it is available with GSM.

Nokia Lumia 625

If you’re wanting to travel with a Windows phone, then the Nokia Lumia 625 is an excellent option that you should take advantage of.  It has 512MB of RAM, a 4.7-inch display, a 2,000mAh battery and much more.  Although this phone regularly retails for nearly $300, you can usually find it online for much cheaper.

Asus PadFone Mini

Wanting a smartphone that doubles as a tablet?  If so, you’ll love the PadFone Mini.  It comes out of the box with Android 4.3 as well as 1GB of RAM.  It’s 8-megapixel camera takes amazing pictures and captures clear video.  When it comes to extreme versatility for international travel, this is the phone you’ll want to invest in.

Sony Xperia E Dual

Although this phone doesn’t come with a microSD card slot, it still features a rear-facing camera, 4GB of memory, a big battery life and plenty of compatible apps.  You can usually find this phone for well under $100, and it works well with just about any international carrier.

If you would like more information about unlocking your cell phone to use while traveling abroad, contact UnlockBase today.

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