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How to get your Samsung SIM network unlock PIN code

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Samsung is one the UK’s most popular mobile phone manufacturers. As a result there are thousands of handsets changing hands every week. If you’ve just got your hands on one you may want to switch networks. If that’s the case we will show you full instructions on how to get your Samsung SIM network unlock PIN code.

This extensive guide covers getting your Samsung unlock code from all the major UK networks, buying the code online, going to your local shop and much more. By the time you’re finished reading you’ll know exactly what to do to get your SIM network unlock PIN, how much it will cost and how long you’ll have to wait.

4 ways to get your Samsung SIM network unlock PIN.

You’ll be pleased to learn there are numerous ways in which you can get your Samsung network unlocking code for free. For many handset owners it is a simple case of going back to the mobile network to request one. If you’ve purchased your Samsung phone from a third party or a friend you might not be able to do this. If that’s true then we have a few alternatives you can try.

1. Getting your Samsung unlock code from your mobile network.

If you’re still under contract the first port of call will be to request your Samsung SIM network unlock PIN code for free from your network. Some networks will provide it for free, whilst others will charge you. Below we’ve provided all the instructions for EE, O2, Vodafone, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile and BT Mobile.

Most notably, there are only a handful of primary mobile networks in the UK. The rest of them are called ‘virtual operators’ or MVNO‘s. Consequently, most mobile phones are actually only locked to EE, Vodafone or O2.

EE Samsung device unlocking procedure.

EE Samsung device unlocking procedure.

By far the most popular network in the UK, EE have a range of hoops you’ll need to jump through before they will unlock your Samsung phone. EE customers will be pleased to learn that they will provide your Samsung SIM network unlock PIN at a cost no greater than £8.99. You will first need to login to your EE account followed by going to Menu > Manage devices > Device tools > Unlock your phone.

Screenshot: How to unlock an EE device to use with another network.

Screenshot: How to unlock an EE device to use with another network.

If the handset was purchased after 2015, EE have promised to unlock it automatically once the phone is 18 months old. Full information on unlocking from EE can be found here.

Purchasing your mobile phone second hand introduces additional problems. If it’s locked to EE the company recommend you call 150 from your handset and speak to an operator. Some users have reported EE unlocking their Samsung phone without an active account. It will still only cost you the same as EE customers.

O2 Samsung mobile unlock code steps.

O2 Samsung mobile unlock code steps.

For O2 to even consider network unlocking your Samsung phone you will need to be an O2 customer with an active account. If that’s the case all you need to do is login to the MyO2 App or your online account and complete the unlock request form. O2 will usually send you your SIM network unlock PIN within 7 days. Most notably, O2 do not charge customers to unlock their phones.

Screenshot: you will need to complete this online form to unlock your Samsung O2 mobile phone.

Screenshot: you will need to complete this online form to unlock your Samsung O2 mobile phone.

If you’ve bought a Samsung mobile phone from a friend or online and it’s locked to O2 you’ll need to buy an O2 unlock code online or go to a shop to get it unlocked.

Vodafone Samsung network unlock code (NUC).

Vodafone Samsung network unlock code (NUC).

We’re looking at a mixed bag of information for users locked to Vodafone. Good news is they will network unlock your Samsung handset for free if you have been a customer for at east 30 days. Bad news is they will not unlock anyone who is not a customer for 30 days. Additionally, customers will need to complete the Vodafone online form, a screenshot of which is below.

Screenshot: The Vodafone unlock request form now asks if you have 'paid at least three bills'.

Screenshot: The Vodafone unlock request form now asks if you have ‘paid at least three bills’.

Interestingly, to a get Vodafone Samsung SIM network unlock PIN if you’re not a customer they do offer a recommendation. Vodafone ask that you sign-up with a pay-as-you-go SIM card deal, use it for 30 days and then ask for an unlock code. Pretty ridiculous given you can buy a Vodafone unlock code online for less than a tenner.

Tesco Mobile Samsung SIM network unlock PIN.

Tesco Mobile Samsung SIM network unlock PIN.

Tesco have some fairly strict requires for obtaining your Samsung unlock code. The company require that you be a customer for at least 12 months before you can request a SIM network unlock PIN. Additionally, you will have to pay a minimum fee of £10. Consequently, many Tesco Mobile customer turn to online phone unlocking companies and visiting the local mobile repair shop.

Virgin Mobile Samsung network unlock code.

Virgin Mobile Samsung network unlock code.

Easily the most expensive network for unlocking your phone, Virgin Mobile charge a whopping £15.32 for a Samsung SIM network unlock PIN. Not only that, they make you wait up to 30 days for the unlock code to arrive. As a result, thousands of Virgin Mobile customers are much better off buying a network unlock code from an online supplier.

Seems to us that this company are pretty useless at allowing users to switch to a new network. Everything looks geared up to put you off every step of the way. Should you still want to give them a go you can call them on: 0345 6000 789 and speak to customer service.

BT Mobile Samsung phone unlock code.

BT Mobile Samsung phone unlock code.

As BT Mobile use the EE network, you’ll be pleased to learn that they employ pretty much the process to unlock your phone. Because of this you can expect to wait the same period of time and pay the same £8.99 fee the EE users pay. Unfortunately they don’t provide a great deal on information to help you get your Samsung phone unlock code, so it’s best to just get in touch with them.

Screenshot: How do I unlock my BT mobile phone or tablet.

Screenshot: How do I unlock my BT mobile phone or tablet.

Most notably, BT Mobile only lock certain newer handset models so check your phone first as it may already be unlocked. You can find out more information here.

2. Going to a local phone shop to unlock your Samsung mobile phone.

Not only there for repairing your phone, your local mobile shop will usually unlock your phone so you can use another network. It’s worth pointing out that the benefits of using your local mobile repair shop include unlocking while-you-wait and the ability to speak face-to-face about your problems. Many phone repair stores use direct unlock software which requires you to connect your Samsung handset to a PC.

Going to your local mobile repair shop is a popular way to get your Samsung phone unlocked.

Going to your local mobile repair shop is a popular way to get your Samsung phone unlocked.

Another method they employ is using unlock code generators and calculators. Again, this can provide an instant Samsung unlock code. Sometimes you may have to wait a few days for the code to arrive, however this is not usually the case. There are downsides such as increased unlock prices and the fact you may have to travel. Follow this link to search for your local shop.

3. Buy your Samsung network unlock PIN code online.

Sometimes when you want to network unlock your mobile phone you just want it done. For most users this is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to unlock your Samsung mobile phone. That said, there are some people who are sceptical about online unlock companies. This is mainly because there were a lot of scams about in the past. Fortunately things have changed over the years and the industry has cleaned itself up.

A Samsung SIM network unlock PIN can cost as little as £7 depending on which network you’re locked to. Also, the unlock code can be delivered in less than 24 hours. You can also request a DEFREEZE or UNFREEZE code which will bypass the PUK request screen. You can find out more here.

4. Getting a Samsung unlock code using desktop software.

Many people try every way possible to get a free Samsung unlock code before they accept they will have to pay. One avenue worth exploring is the unlock code generator or calculator. This is usually a desktop software application you download and install on your PC. Some applications are completely free whilst others require credits and are usually used by professionals.

Screenshot: Samsung phone unlocking desktop software application.

Screenshot: Samsung phone unlocking desktop software application.

One popular application is WorldUnlock Codes Calculator which is free to download and will return a code for many older Nokia, Samsung, LG and Motorola handsets. It’s important to note that you use a Samsung unlock code generator at your own risk. Not only could you be downloading virus infected software, even if it does generate a free code it may not work. Consequently, if you enter an incorrect code more than 3 times into your Samsung mobile phone you risk it asking for PUK or even worse you risk blocking the handset.

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