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I was a sucker in buying two phones on eBay one being a ​Samsung SII SGH-t989 t-mobile phone and the other a ​Nokia Lumnia T520 AT&T phone, to my disgust both phones are network locked and the seller put me on to the network operators. I have emailed both operators in the states to try and get unlock codes without any success. Hopefully some one here can assist in how to unlock these phones.

 

I have found many sites that will unlock these phones and don't mind paying but not sure how reliable they are, Any one in South Africa that provide such a service?

 

All help or advise will be appreciated.

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mrmouse
I was a sucker in buying two phones on eBay one being a ​Samsung SII SGH-t989 t-mobile phone and the other a ​Nokia Lumnia T520 AT&T phone, to my disgust both phones are network locked and the seller put me on to the network operators. I have emailed both operators in the states to try and get unlock codes without any success. Hopefully some one here can assist in how to unlock these phones.

 

I have found many sites that will unlock these phones and don't mind paying but not sure how reliable they are, Any one in South Africa that provide such a service?

 

All help or advise will be appreciated.

some companys use a hardware lock like AT&T where pysical chips are preprogrammed and installed , some use a software lock which can be over written with new code , , the first cell phones could be over ridden by freezing and rebooting cold , the samsung should be easy , you need to google for the codes to unlock the phones (bios basically) from there you can hack the system .in other words you need to root the system , google

[h=1](How to unlock a Samsung Galaxy S II for use with any GSM carrier), remember rooting a phone can have disastrous effects ,(http://www.phonearena.com/news/How-to-unlock-a-Samsung-Galaxy-S-II-for-use-with-any-GSM-carrier_id19025} have fun...[/h]

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Found this article on wiki how How to Unlock Samsung Galaxy S II (S2): 11 Steps - wikiHow

 

Get your phone's IMEI number. Type *#06# into your keypad. A screen will appear showing the IMEI number. Make note of this number for later use.

 

Get your unlock code from your carrier. If you've met your carrier's requirements, you will be provided an unlock code. In some cases, the network provider won't supply the unlocking code till you have kept contract with them for a certain number of months (6 to 12 months). Your phone will need to have been completely paid off in order to receive the code from your carrier.

3

Get your unlock code from an online reseller. Look for a website that offers unlock code service. There are several websites available on the Internet where you can get your phone’s unlock code for free or with a small amount of fee. Make sure to read reviews on the site to ensure that it is legitimate.

 

Avoid free unlock code sites, as they are usually scams. Any site that requires you to complete surveys or participate in affiliate programs will likely not be able to provide you with a working code.

Provide your phone’s information. These websites need to know your Galaxy S2’s IMEI code, the phone model of your unit, and the network carrier your phone is locked in to. Supply these details in order for the website to process your request.

Provide your email address. Make sure that the email address you provide is active; this is where the website will send your phone’s unlock key.

Check your email. After providing the necessary information and paying, the website will send you your phone’s unlock key to the email address you provided within 1-48 hours from time of request. Sometimes you can get the code in less than 30 minutes.

 

Insert your new SIM card. Once you have received your unlock code, power down your phone, remove the back from your S2, and take out the battery. Remove the old SIM card from the slot and insert the SIM card from your new carrier.

 

Enter your unlock code. When you turn your phone back on, you will be prompted for your unlock code when the phone tries to connect to the new network. Ensure that you are in the coverage area for your new network, and then enter in the code you received from your carrier or the online reseller. After entering the code, you should be able to use your phone on the new network.

 

After unlocking your phone, you can change SIM cards whenever you'd like without having to enter the code again.

 

Method 2 of 2: Unlocking a Rooted S2

 

1

Ensure that your S2 is rooted. If you have a rooted S2, you can use an app to retrieve your code for free. See this guide for details on rooting your S2. Rooting your phone will void the warranty.

You can check that your phone is rooted by looking for the Superuser app, or by trying to install Titanium Backup.

2

Download "Galaxy S2 SIM Unlock". This app is available for free from the Google Play store, and is developed by Chainfire. You must have a rooted phone in order to use it.

3

Launch the app. After the app has installed, launch it. you will be greeted by a short menu. Tap "SIM unlock code" to begin retrieving your code.

This app will not work on the newest versions of the S2.

4

Wait for the process to complete. The retrieval process can take a significant amount of time. You can monitor the progress from the display on your screen. Once the code is retrieved, it will be displayed for you to copy down.

If the app does not retrieve your code, don't try again. Repeating the process may freeze your phone. If you cannot retrieve your code, you will need to contact your carrier for it.

5

Insert your new SIM card. Once you have received your unlock code, power down your phone, remove the back from your S2, and take out the battery. Remove the old SIM card from the slot and insert the SIM card from your new carrier.

6

Enter your unlock code. When you turn your phone back on, you will be prompted for your unlock code when the phone tries to connect to the new network. Ensure that you are in the coverage area for your new network, and then enter in the code you received from your carrier or the online reseller. After entering the code, you should be able to use your phone on the new network.

After unlocking your phone, you can change SIM cards whenever you'd like without having to enter the code again.

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