If you’re one of the thousands of people who own a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 plus and want to use a different network to the one you’re locked to, this extensive guide will show you how. In order to do this you’ll first need to SIM unlock Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ with a network unlock code. Getting your Samsung unlock code from UK networks EE, O2 or Vodafone can be both tricky and simple. Read on to find out how!

In a lot of instances you will be able unlock Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 plus for free. This is only true if you’re the original owner of the handset and haven’t purchased it used from somewhere like Ebay, Gumtree or off a friend. Unfortunately if you’re not the original owner or don’t have an account with EE, Vodafone or O2 UK in most cases you will have to buy an unlock code for your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 plus.

Screenshot of your Samsung S8 that asks for the SIM Network Unlock PIN (unlock code)

Screenshot of your Samsung S8 that asks for the SIM Network Unlock PIN (unlock code)

Important reference: The unlock code we refer to in this guide can also be referred to as the Network Unlock Code (NUC), Network Unlock PIN (NUP) or Network Control Key or (NCK). On your handset the screen will ask for your SIM Network Unlock PIN. All different descriptions refer to the same 8 digit code.

How to buy your Samsung Galaxy S8 unlock code from NetPal.

For many Samsung S8, S8 plus owners the only option of using a different network is to buy an unlock code from a third party. Thankfully, NetPal offer a Samsung unlock code service that will provide an unlock code for all UK networks including Vodafone, EE and O2. Users locked to Three will need to read this as you should already be unlocked.

Getting your Samsung Galaxy S8 unlock code from NetPal is simple and straightforward.

Getting your Samsung Galaxy S8 unlock code from NetPal is simple and straightforward.

Benefits of getting your Samsung S8 unlock code from NetPal:

  1. You won’t need to have an account with EE, O2 or Vodafone.
  2. The price is only few pounds and it takes a few minutes to buy.
  3. Super fast waiting times can be as little as just a few hours.

The unlock for your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ will be exactly the same as the one you get from the network. Our contract with both the manufacturer and networks ensures a working SIM unlock code is supplied every time.

An example of your Samsung Galaxy S8 unlock code will be:

  • Unlock code: 30597806 (NCK)
  • Defreeze code: 07794409 (MCK)

It’s important to understand that the DEFREEZE code or MCK is available from the EE or Superfast service. This special code should only be required if your mobile phone says SIM network PIN blocked. Enter SIM network PUK.

Samsung handsets have 3 attempts to unlock and repeated unlock failure results in a PUK request from the handset. Consequently, if you don’t then use the Defreeze code your Samsung Galaxy S8 handset will be blocked from further usage.

Obtaining your unlock code for your Samsung Galaxy S8 from O2 UK.

O2 are generally very good at providing customers with an unlock code. As a result we don’t sell a great deal of O2 unlock codes to our Samsung customers. Most notably, O2 UK offer their unlocking services for free. You will however need an O2 account and be logged into the MY O2 App or My O2 online portal.

Samsung S8 unlock code O2
Unlock O2 iPhone In brief:

  • Handset: Samsung Galaxy S8 | S8+ Plus
  • Network: O2
  • Service: SIM unlock code
  • Waiting: 7 days

One you’re logged into your account you’ll need to make your way to the O2 unlock request form. You will need to provide a range of personal information when completing the online form. If you’re not an O2 customer they won’t unlock your Samsung S8 or any other handset for that matter.

Screenshot: You will need a My O2 app account to request your Samsung S8 unlock code.

Screenshot: You will need a My O2 app account to request your Samsung S8 unlock code.

Not only that, even if you are an existing customer O2 will also not provide an S8 unlock code if you’re on an O2 Pay As You Go SIM contract until 12 months into the contract.

Useful links for O2 customers:

Getting your Samsung Galaxy S8 unlock code from Vodafone UK.

As with O2, Vodafone UK require that you are a customer before they will unlock you. Getting your Vodafone Samsung S8 unlock code requires you to be a customer of a minimum of 30 days. The cheapest way to do this is to get a pay as you go SIM deal from Vodafone.

Once you have an account, wait 30 days then put in a request via their online form for a Vodafone unlock code. This is often referred to as the Network unlock code or NUC.

Samsung S8 Vodafone Network Unlock Code (NUC)
Unlock Vodafone iPhone In brief:

  • Handset: Samsung Galaxy S8 | S8+
  • Network: Vodafone
  • Service: Network unlock code (NUC)
  • Waiting: 10 working days

Completing the Vodafone online form is fairly straightforward. It’s important to note that without an account you have little to no chance of then unlocking you. Clicking on the box on the form that reads ‘I’ve never used my device as a Vodafone customer’ reveals the following message:

Screenshot: Vodafone state they cannot unlock your Samsung handset unless you are a customer for 30 days.

Screenshot: Vodafone will not unlock your Samsung S8 unless you are a customer for 30 days.

Most notably, like O2 and Three, Vodafone do not charge their mobile customers to unlock their handsets. As a result, if possible this is your best option for a free unlock code if you want to move to Vodafone from another network such as EE or O2.

Video: Watch this useful video phone unlocking from Vodafone.

Useful links for Vodafone customers:

How to SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S8 from EE UK.

Lastly, but by no means least is EE. Clearly the most popular network in the UK, EE take the same route as all the other networks. Worse still, they also charge a fee of £8.99 to unlock you. Consequently, getting your Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus unlock code from EE can be a real pain in the neck for many customers and impossible for non customers.

With a minimum waiting period of 6 months it’s easy to see why most EE customers choose a third party to obtain an unlock code. Our EE Samsung unlock code service will get you unlocked within 24 hours.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Unlock Code EE
Unlock EE iPhone In brief:

  • Handset: Samsung Galaxy S8 | S8+ Plus
  • Network: EE
  • Service: Network device unlock
  • Waiting: 3-10 days

If you’re already an EE customer you can apply for a network device unlock after 6 months. The process takes 3-10 days to complete but many customers report on the forums of it taking over a month or no unlock code being sent.

Useful links for EE customers: