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phone lockTwo months ago I got fed up with my network provider. I was being charged outrageous rates per minute to other networks and their customer service wasn’t exactly the best I’ve ever heard. So I decided to switch to their main competitor so I could get free calls and texts to my friends. There was one problem; my phone was locked to the wretched network.

First of all I Googled “˜How to Unlock a Phone’. I got back millions of results telling me to “˜do this’ and “˜do that’. Very tiring work indeed, but in the end I got there.

Browsing Google to try to find free unlocking codes for mobile phones could take you hours (I should know, I did it to write this article). There are load of them that scream “FREE UNLOCKING” but will then tell you that it actually costs $6.50. Below are the top three sites I managed to find to unlock your cell phone for free.


Unlock It Free

This site is pretty basic and does exactly what it says on the tin – offers you free unlocking codes for mobile phones. It started out small and hasn’t really grown much. However, it does offer a good unlocking service if you own a Nokia; which are the easiest to unlock online by the way.

The homepage will welcome you and ask for the model number of your phone. Enter this into the box and click “˜find‘. For those of you who know diddly squat about cell phones the model number is that code that follows the name – for example; Nokia 6300.

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You will then be brought to the window seen in the screenshot. In the appropriate boxes, enter in your IMEI number, phone model, country and service provider. You can get the IMEI number of your handset by typing *#06# on the home screen as though you were dialing a phone number or you can look under the battery for a fifteen digit number.

Click “˜Generate‘ once you have all the information entered in correctly. The program will then churn out seven different free unlocking codes for your mobile phone.

When you have the foreign SIM card in your phone you will be asked to put in one of these codes. Use the first one. Over half of the people have success on the first code. If it doesn’t work, use the last one. Around 80% of people would have their phone unlocked by now. If yours hasn’t, use two more and it should be unlocked.

Don’t enter in any more than four however as this will disable your phone meaning you”˜ll have to make an embarrassing call to customer service to re-enable it. This service works for over 90% of the users who try to unlock their phone with it.

Trycktill

Trycktill.com

Trycktill is more of a mobile content site but it also offers free unlocking codes for mobile phones. On the homepage, click “˜Unlock‘ along the top menu bar. This will bring you to a page written in a language you will not understand unless your Swedish. Down the bottom of the page click on the Union Jack (British) flag. This will reload the page in English.

You will see the drop down menu asking for your phone make. Once this is filled in it will ask you for the model number, then the IMEI. Once you have filled in all of the criteria, agree to the terms and conditions by checking the little box and click “˜Generate Code‘.

When the results page loads you”˜ll see a code to the right. You will be given a set of individual instructions directly beneath the code on how to unlock the phone. These will differ slightly depending on the make of the phone. For example, an LG unlock method is as follows:

1. Insert an accepted SIM card

2. Press 1945#*5101#

3. Select Network to unlock

4. Enter in Code

Trycktill will unlock seven different phone makes : LG; AEG; MAXON; Nokia; Panasonic; Siemens and Vitel.

NokiaFree

nokia freeDon’t judge this site by its domain. Yes, the first thing that jumps to mind is that is only unlocks Nokia phones (which it can), but it can also unlock several other brands.

It has its own software which is available for download right here (NB. This is the best place to download it). This software is as easy to use as the sites above but it covers more brands. If the above have failed then download this unlocking software and get to work.

After you have downloaded and installed the software as usual open it up from under “˜All Programs‘ in the Start menu. When it starts up you will see the window in the screenshot. It will ask you for all the usual information such as the IMEI number, your phone model and make, country and the original service provider.

Once you put in the basics, the rest of the information will fill itself out or should be left as “˜Default’. Click “˜Calculate‘. As expected, this will give you the unlock code and instructions on how to use it just like Trycktill.

Final Note:

Remember, by unlocking some phones you may be in breach of a contract between you and your service provider such as the exclusivity contract between AT&T  and iPhone users. Also, if the codes don’t work the first four times due to your phone’s model or restrictions in place by the service provider, bring it to a professional unlocker normally found in markets, car boot sales (estate sales) and on the web where you’ll have to pay a small fee to have your phone unlocked. For most cases however, the above sites should work a treat.

If you know of any other unlocking sites, please let us know in the comments.   Please also let us know of your experiences trying to unlock your phone.   Were you successful?  How difficult was it?

  1. daniel phillips
    September 29, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    all those so call free unlock codes links are really ebay !!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Imran Mirza
    March 28, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    unable to get to trycktill.com. Anyone had any success? All i get on the url is an icon with the name trycktill in orange colour, but nothing on the page at all? Has anyone found a completely FREE unlock site for LG G3? Thanks

    • Hollie Jones
      June 1, 2016 at 3:10 am

      Hi, Imran! I'm not sure if you have solved this particular problem of yours but if you haven't, I'd recommend giving unlockyoursim.com a go :) It's completely free, except you'll need to fill out a short survey beforehand. But it works, so hope this helps!

    • andy carr
      August 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      no me neither I just got one image in the center of page , stick person running towards site name. That was it?? I'm after Iphone 4s Vodaphone, Problem is it was given to my mother after her friend had an upgrade from her contract and gave the old one to her. So not sure how to go about unblocking because it used to belong to someone else..what do you think?

  3. NotToday
    February 29, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    "Free" means NO CHARGE,Mother fx_ers!

    • sanso
      March 15, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Cphoneunlocker.com got my phone unlocked for free. Glad I didn't have to pay moneyfor it.
      I'm just giving actual advice to everyone. Don'tpay, get it for free!”

  4. martyrayen
    January 28, 2016 at 4:39 am

    As far as i know there is no free unlock code for phones.

  5. SysAdmin
    January 11, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I find it stupid that so many of you post urls that charge for unlock codes when this page is about free unlocking codes... smh

  6. Sarah Borngreat
    October 16, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    ALCATEL , ZTE , HUAWEI For this and many more brands visit RemedyMuiltimedia.com

  7. Eddie
    April 15, 2015 at 12:42 am

    What happened to Trycktill, i cant find it, not even on google

  8. renée
    April 4, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Hi i've just told my dad to buy a cell phone and i will be able to unlock it....Grrr !!! I can't find anywhere a free code for his cell....help me please !!! HTC desire 320

  9. tavita
    April 1, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I need a free unlock code for my Smart kicka so that I can use it with my country network please. Anyone can help

  10. tavita
    April 1, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I've tried to unlock my mobile phone with the free service offered online but always fail. They would replied that they dont have whatever things to provide me with an unlock code for my Smart kicka. I am thinking of throwing this shit in the river.

  11. Anonymous
    February 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I have a Sony Ericsson experia which i want unlocked, can u help me..WSB

  12. Lee
    January 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Hello all and thanks for the site. I know this is probably a long shot but I need to unlock my 4GEEonetouch Y800z_E65B.

    it is locked to EE but I want to use Giffgaff on it. Its not a mobile, just a portable wireless hotspot. Nice bit of kit. Well anyhoo if anyone can help the imei is
    866814010216726

    Any help much appreciated. Thank you!

  13. shehab
    January 28, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    my samsung g7102 also locked...and iam forget password....pls give me the sugession for unlock...

  14. koushik
    February 11, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    iam using sony ericson w350a itss us phone AT&T company has provided it. now i cant access indian networs except vadafone.. can u plzz xplai me how can i unlock it.. plzzz mail me at www,koushikiam4u@gmail.com

  15. Aravind Raj
    February 9, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Hi, I am trying to unlock my Sony Ericsson T303a... I cldnt find any unlock codes.. My imei num is 35575502-756698-3... My email id is cstrike.arvind@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance...

  16. romy
    February 4, 2010 at 11:57 am

    i need to unlock my sony ericcson c905a my imei is 353110020267264 svn 23

    please email me the code to bombiking@gmail.com i trust you guys make everything happe u the best please do me this one favor

  17. Free Cell Phone Unlock Admin
    January 28, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Like a previous commenter said, most newer phones simply aren't just codes anymore. There are also Hardware, USB and Software unlocks - we have these free unlocks and free guides at http://free-cell-phone-unlock.com

    Power to the people! :-)

  18. Jenny
    January 23, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Need a Motorola W490 from TMobile unlocked to use with a different service. IMEI: 357707018380997.

    Please help!!! Would like a free code please!!!

  19. buddhika
    January 7, 2010 at 12:59 am

    please i want to unlock my nokia 6300 phone,help me this is imei number-353508023085017.

  20. scrobi
    January 5, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I'm an AT&T customer in America and my wife and daughter are in Belgium for 3 weeks, if I use the unlock codes will it adversely effect their service when they come back to the U.S.?

  21. Kwasi
    December 28, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Can someone please get me a free unlocking code for Nokia 6303 Classic. I will really appreciate it. Kwasi from Ghana.

  22. Tyrus
    December 16, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    ok there is no website on the net that can unlock my blackberry storm for free...so i guess i'll just have to trust this ppl and pay my money

  23. Prince
    December 2, 2009 at 4:28 am

    can any1 tell me how to unlock a Sony Ericsson W42s of KDDI Japan?

  24. Karen
    November 29, 2009 at 12:58 am

    My husband bought us a couple unlock codes at http://www.cellfservices.com

    Got our phones unlocked in 20 minutes. Heading off to London, UK in a few days!!!

  25. Robert Pattenson
    November 23, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Check out http://www.codeunlock.com
    Simple , and Easy. Live chat !!
    robert,

  26. Mr Joseph Toussa
    November 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    For all your unlocking needs check out unlockitnow.com ... I always use them their service and range of phones they can unlock is incredible.

  27. fred
    October 25, 2009 at 6:08 am

    hello there can anyone help me with unlocking code of samsung E2100B,,,,

  28. Simon
    October 24, 2009 at 6:14 am

    If you can't find a website that will do it for free, try using unlockdata.co.uk/

    They are really cheap and really helpful. If you get stuck just give them a call

  29. ayo
    October 22, 2009 at 8:05 am

    please kindly forward unblocking code to me on Nokia 8600. ayo from nigeria

  30. jims
    October 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    in all honestly, its almost imposibble to get a Free Unlock code for "newer" cell phone. The free codes are for older models. We have our own unlock server and calculator. Yes, we also offer free unlock code, You;d have to register as a wholesaler, then you can try the free unlock code option. Try it. Its really Free.

    instantunlockcode.com/freeunlockcodes/freeunlock.htm

  31. Divya
    September 29, 2009 at 2:17 am

    i cant unlock my samsung SGH-X210 phone.....it asks for sim unlock password which i had entered long ago nd do not remember it.

  32. ELIZABETH ANDREWS
    September 8, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I AM TRYIN TO UNLOCK MY MOTOROLA L7 BUT I CANT FIND THE CODE FOR FREE ANYWHERE SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME MY IMEI IS 358261002990295

  33. sunnymajorca
    August 25, 2009 at 1:53 am

    sorry forgot to say, my Vodafone's are spanish, the LG vodafone, and the other a spanish Movie start.

  34. sunnymajorca
    August 25, 2009 at 1:51 am

    i have a Orange sim card, but not a Orange mobile, as I only have a Movie star mobile flip phone, and a Vodafone. how do i unlock one of them to accept the Orange sim. can anyone help. as i dont want yet another mobile phone ill end up opening a shop at this point.

  35. Jitendra
    August 13, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Hi friends,

    I own a blackberry pearl 8810 and want to have it unlock the phone is in connection with AT&T.

    Can someone help.

    Thanks.

  36. Mike
    August 12, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Hello!

    My names is Michael from Trycktill.com (one of the sites in the review).

    @Richard
    "How safe is it to send these sites your IMEI number?"
    We don´t use the IMEI for anything else than to generate the code. We do NOT share any information to anyone. But I agree that we could spend a few $ dollars on a SSL certificate for those of you that want a more secure communication. This will be included in our new updated website that will be released in a near future.

    @Ren
    "Anybody knows how to unlock a Sony Ericsson (k810i)? Thanks"
    There are many services that offer this kind of unlocking. You have to use USB cable and special software to unlock Sony Ericsson. Take a look at

    gsmcity.de (great forum for these kind of questions)
    forums.se-nse.net/index.php?showforum=76

    @Valer
    "I’d like to say that this service cannot unlock 6300s"
    This model is a so called BB5 version. What I know there is NO service that can generate unlock codes for this one. But take a look att wwww.gsmcity.de and you will find a lot of great information regarding unlocking BB5 type of phones.

    @Abhishek
    "my phone is not in any of these websites list
    its a Nokia 2680"
    See my answer above. It´s an BB5 also.

    I also want to thank Makeuseofus for this review.

    /M

    • Ren
      August 13, 2009 at 7:32 am

      Thank you. I'll check that out.

    • Ren
      August 13, 2009 at 8:26 am

      I've been around the links that you gave me but until now I didn't find anything. Can you give me some hints or point me in the right direction? I'll be very appreciated.

      Thank you.

    • Dodong
      August 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Mike, i hae a Toshiba 911T and where can i get the unlock code for this one, hope you can help me for these... thanks

  37. Abhishek
    August 11, 2009 at 10:51 am

    my phone is not in any of these websites list
    its a Nokia 2680

    • shree
      January 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

      mine is also Nokia 2680, i bought it from US but want to use it in india, can anybody let me know how to unlock. tanQ

  38. Valer
    August 11, 2009 at 5:21 am

    @For those of you who know diddly squat about cell phones the model number is that code that follows the name – for example; Nokia 6300.

    I'd like to say that this service cannot unlock 6300s

  39. Ren
    August 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Anybody knows how to unlock a Sony Ericsson (k810i)? Thanks

    • Christopher
      October 22, 2009 at 10:53 am

      Hello Yes Search aerix in google that should help it helped me :)

  40. Richard
    August 10, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    How safe is it to send these sites your IMEI number?

  41. Liam M
    August 10, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Im also looking for Samsung G600 codes. Nice article though.

  42. CHUNK
    August 10, 2009 at 8:50 am

    having trouble finding codes for samsung sgh g600 any ideas?

  43. ali
    August 10, 2009 at 5:14 am

    NokiaFREE_v310_Nokia_unlock_codes_calculator.zip:\NokiaFREE_v310_Setup.exe";"Trojan horse Generic13.ACMS";"Infected"

  44. ali
    August 10, 2009 at 5:12 am

    AVG detect an Trojan on this software..NokiaFree Unlock

    • Dean Sherwin
      August 10, 2009 at 6:45 am

      Which site are you downloading it from?

  45. eq plat
    August 10, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Two years ago, my Nokia was locked, I paid 20RMB for unlocking it. Don't laugh at me, that year I did not know what is google!

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