Not a company to be left behind, Sony have now released the stunning Xperia 10. Many owners of this incredible smartphone will have acquired it via a contract with one of the big 3 UK networks. If you need to unlock Sony Xperia 10 or 10 Plus from EE, Vodafone or O2 this complete guide will show you how.

It’s not always convenient to wait for your network to provide you with an unlock code for your Sony Xperia 10 plus. Usually you will have to wait anywhere from 30 days to a whopping 6 months.

Not only that, if you’ve bought the handset from a third party you may never be eligible for an unlock code. As a result, we’ve put together all the steps available to you in order to unlock your Sony Xperia 10 using both free and paid for network unlocking codes.

When you want to unlock Sony Xperia 10 from EE, Vodafone or O2 it isn't always straight forward.

When you want to unlock Sony Xperia 10 from EE, Vodafone or O2 it isn’t always straight forward.

Get your Sony Xperia 10 unlock code from EE, Vodafone & O2.

The 3 biggest mobile networks in the UK are EE, Vodafone and O2. Combined they account for at least 75% of the mobile market. Consequently, there will be a lost of customers who will want to unlock their mobile phone from these networks.

Additional mobile networks such as BT, Virgin Mobile, Tesco, Asda Mobile and TalkTalk piggyback off the main networks. This is called being an MVNO or (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). The exception is Three which unlocks all handsets upfront.

EE device unlock for Sony Xperia 10, 10 Plus.

EE device unlock for Sony Xperia 10, 10 Plus.

When you unlock your Xperia 10 / 10 Plus from EE you will be presented with 2 options. These a dependent of whether you have a pay monthly or pay as you go (PAYG) contract. If you have neither because you’re not an EE customer you will need to purchase a Sony unlock code from another source.

It’s important to understand that no matter which EE contract you are locked to you will first have to wait a minimum of 6 months before you can apply for an unlock code. If you’re no prepared to wait that long you can use an online unlocking company to get unlocked faster.

EE unlock service summary:

  • Handset: Sony Xperia 10 / 10 Plus
  • Network: EE
  • Service: device unlock
  • Eligibility: Customer for 6 months
  • Waiting: 3-10 days
  • Cost: £8.99

EE Pay monthly device unlock procedure.

For EE customers locked into a pay monthly contract your options are simple. To apply for an EE unlock code for your Sony Xperia 10 / 10 Plus your contract needs to be 6 months old.

Once you’ve reached that milestone it will cost you £8.99 and take 3-10 days to complete. If you’re not an EE customer as far as we’re aware they will not unlock you. You can however give them a call, but if you’re trying to use a network other than EE there is no incentive for them to help.

As a result, you will be better off purchasing your EE Sony Xperia 10 unlock code from an online service.

Video: EE Pay Monthly Help & How To: Unlocking Your Device.

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EE PAYG device unlock procedure.

For EE pay as you go customers there are slight differences to getting your unlock code. We have included both device unlock videos from EE in this guide so you can see the differences for yourself. Most notably, EE say in the video:

“If you bought your pay as you go device from EE, it’s free to unlock anytime”.

Video: EE PAYG Help & How To: Unlocking Your PAYG Device.

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Vodafone network unlock code for Sony Xperia 10.

Vodafone network unlock code for Sony Xperia 10.

The only chance you’ve got of getting a free unlock code for your Sony Xperia 10 is through Vodafone. Sadly, you’ll have to sign up for a PAYG deal for at least 30 days before they’ll provide it to you. If you’re already a customer or your Xperia 10 Plus is already locked to Vodafone this might not be so bad.

All Vodafone customers can apply for a free network unlock code after 30 days. However, if you’re not a customer or want to get unlocked before the 30 days are up you have 2 options. Firstly you can use an online unlocking service or secondly you can go to a local phone repair shop.

Video: Unlock my Vodafone Phone.

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Vodafone unlock service summary:

  • Handset: Sony Xperia 10 / 10 Plus
  • Network: Vodafone
  • Service: network unlock code
  • Eligibility: Customer for 30 days
  • Waiting: 10 days
  • Cost: £0.00

If you are not currently a Vodafone customer the company recommend you to apply for a PAYG SIM. You can then wait 30 days and request a Sony Xperia 10 / 10 Plus unlock code. Most notably, many Vodafone users report that even if you sign-up to the network for 30 days they still do not provide you with an unlock code.

O2 SIM unlock code for Sony Xperia 10 Plus.

O2 SIM unlock code for Sony Xperia 10 Plus.

Firstly, with the O2 network you’ll need to be a mobile customer. If you are a customer with an active account you can just login to the MyO2 App and request an unlock code. O2 will provide your Sony Xperia 10 unlock code for free from the start of your contract. They have been doing this for O2 customers since 2018.

O2 unlock service summary:

  • Handset: Sony Xperia 10 / 10 Plus
  • Network: O2
  • Service: SIM unlock code
  • Eligibility: be an O2 customer
  • Waiting: 7 days
  • Cost: £0.00

Unfortunately for O2 PAYG customers you’ll have to wait a whopping 12 months before you can apply for a network unlock code. We would recommend using an unlocking company such as ours to get your code in 1-5 days. As a result of our unlock service you’ll be able to use any SIM card.