Unlock my mobile Phone in Spain

Why should I unlock my phone

There are three main reasons why you might want to unlock your phone.

·   Because you want to change the mobile company you get service from in Spain, and want to keep your present phone.

·   You've changed to a different service provider and got a new phone, but you want to unlock your old phone so you can use it in an emergency just by swapping the SIM over if your main phone gives problems
·   Because you want to travel internationally and don't want to have to pay the very expensive international rates your present mobile company would charge you high rates while internationally roaming.



How do I get my phone unlocked

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What is a SIM and what is unlocking

Ordinary mobile phone service works so that the unique serial number in your phone (its ESN) is used by the mobile phone service provider to identify who you are.  The wireless service 'knows' that a particular phone's serial number is your phone and knows to send phone calls to that phone when someone dials your phone number.A GSM phone is not directly linked to you.  Instead, it has a removable account card, called a SIM (subscriber information module) and this SIM has a unique serial number on it.  This is what identifies you to the wireless provider.
The important difference about this is that you can put your SIM into any compatible phone (and pretty much all modern GSM phones are compatible with all modern SIMs) and that phone will now act as your phone, because the wireless company sees your SIM inside it.  It doesn't care that you've changed phones, all it cares is where to find your SIM.
And now for the really exciting part of this.  Just as, in theory, you can put any SIM in any phone, the opposite is also true.  Any phone can work with any SIM.  So, if you've already bought an expensive phone that you like and have learned how to use, if you change from one GSM wireless company to another one, you don't have to change phones.  You can keep the phone you've grown to like, and all you need to do is replace the first company's SIM with your new service provider's SIM.
But, some wireless providers 'lock' their phones, meaning that their phones have been programmed to only work with SIMs issued by their company.  Reversing that programming - unlocking your phone so it can work with any SIM - is what this is all about.

Will my existing service provider care if I unlock my phone

Probably not!  That is one of the ridiculous things about unlocking which makes the whole thing so unnecessary.You have already signed a one or two year contract with your cell phone service provider, you are committed to spending a monthly minimum amount with them every month, whether you ever turn your phone on or not!  Indeed, in a way, it is probably good for them if you never use the free minutes included in your plan - that way, their monthly fee becomes pure profit!
So, why should they care if your phone is locked or unlocked?  Apart from hoping you'll use more than your free minutes, it is all the same to them, one way or the other.

Is it legal to unlock my phone

It is your phone, isn't it?  Then surely it is as legal that you unlock your phone as it is that you give it away, lose it, break it, leave it turned off, or do just about anything else with it!Unless your phone service contract says 'this phone remains the property of us (the service provider) and you agree not to modify or alter it in any way' then there would seem to be no reason why you can't legally do anything you like with your phone, just so long as you're not attempting to defraud anyone.
It is illegal, in some countries, to change the phone's IMEI (serial number) - this is a type of what is called 'cloning' and, particularly with non-GSM phones, could enable you to then pretend to be someone else and have your airtime charged to someone else's account.
We don't provide any cloning type service and don't approve of people that do.  But we do help you simply unlock a phone that belongs to you so you have freedom of choice as to which service provider you use it with.

How do I know if my phone is already unlocked or not

Easy.  Borrow a SIM from a friend who has an account with a different wireless service provider and see if it works in your phone or not.  If it works, and your phone thinks it is his (or her) phone with that phone's number, then your phone is already unlocked.But if it creates some sort of error message and doesn't work, then your phone is locked.

How do I unlock my phone

There are two ways that a phone can be unlocked.If you are lucky, you have a phone that can be unlocked simply by keying a secret code into it.  The code is usually a unique number only for that particular phone, based on its serial number (what is called its IMEI) and the service provider who locked it.

I've unlocked my phone, but when I turn it on, it still shows the name of the previous wireless service

This logo (called a 'splash screen') has been programmed into your phone by the company that sold it to you.  It doesn't mean anything about which company now provides you phone service.Unlocking your phone removes the electronic restriction that prevents your phone from working with other SIMs from other wireless services.  It doesn't change your splash screen.
The good news is you can get rid of the splash screen without needing to unlock your phone.  See if you can find in your phone's manual how to change the splash screen, or consider calling the phone manufacturer and have them walk you through it.


How/where can I get a SIM that will work internationally

Well, the easiest way to get a SIM that works in a foreign country is in the foreign country itself!But, oftentimes, this is actually not the easiest way to get a foreign SIM.  When you're traveling, you don't want to have to find a cell phone store, and try and sort out what you need, perhaps in a different language, and potentially have things go wrong.
For this reason, many people choose to buy a pre-paid SIM for the country or countries they'll be traveling to before they leave home.
If you buy the SIM before you leave, you have a chance to make sure you understand how it works, and will also know its phone number, which you can then conveniently give to people so they know how to contact you.

Will I have to unlock my phone every time I change SIMs

No.  Once your phone is unlocked, it remains permanently unlocked, no matter what you do to it, unless you specially program back the lock code into it.

Will my existing service still work with my unlocked phone

Yes, your existing service will work perfectly with no change, as long as you leave your present SIM in your phone.

Will I save money with an unlocked phone

Maybe.  Your current wireless provider will still charge you exactly the same as before for all your calls, but we offer the lowest call rates in spain at 3 cents per minute and because your phone is now unlocked, you can use a different SIM from a different provider whenever this might give you better rates - for example, when traveling overseas.


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