How to get your BT Mobile SIM network unlock PIN (unlock code)
BT Mobile does not use their own infrastructure as they are an MVNO or ‘virtual network’ that piggy backs off of EE. Consequently, in a lot of instances getting your BT Mobile SIM network unlock PIN is the same as getting an unlock code from EE. In fact, if a customer who wants to unlock an iPhone locked to BT, we would run it through the EE system.
If you have an Android based device that is locked to BT and want to switch networks you will have seen the screen asking for your SIM network unlock PIN. This 8-15 character numerical unlock code is entered into the handset so you can use any SIM card from network in the world.
3 ways to get your BT SIM network unlock PIN (unlock code).
Unfortunately, you cannot just go to EE and ask them to unlock your BT Mobile phone by code. You will need to either ask BT to unlock it, use an online unlock company or go to your local phone repair shop.
Below we explain in full how each of these 3 popular methods work so you can get your BT SIM network unlock PIN code. These simple ways apply to most handset manufacturers that use the Android OS including Huawei, Sony Xperia, Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and more.
1. Login to your MyBT account.
If you’re already a BT Mobile customer the good news is they will unlock your phone on request. BT use almost the exact same process of both unlocking and apply for your unlock code as EE. This is because they both use the same network. You’ll need to login to MyBT to get started.
Because of this you’ll have to wait at least 6 months to be eligible for a new mobile phone to be unlocked. Additionally, you’ll also need to pay the minimum fee of £8.99 for the BT SIM network unlock PIN and wait up to 10 days for the code to arrive.
- Cost: £8.99
- Waiting time: 10 days
- Requirements: Most be locked to BT Mobile for a minimum of 6 months
- Useful link: http://bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/49924/related/1
2. Use an online unlocking website.
Popular the world over and not just in the UK, unlock websites such as ours help thousands of customers unlock their mobile phone who are unable to go to the network or are just plain ineligible. This is usually because you would have purchased your phone from a third party such as a friend or online.
You’ll need to try and avoid scams so if it looks too cheap it’s probably a scam. Do some research and checkout their customer reviews. Typical mobile unlock company scam sites look old and thrown together and there’s very little content. Look out for the prices seeming to be too good to be true or they offer free unlock codes.
A genuine BT unlock code shouldn’t cost more than £10-£20 depending on which handset you have.
3. Visit your local phone repair shop.
Last on the list is the tried and trusted method of SIM unlocking your BT mobile phone. Your local phone repair shop almost always doubles up as a network unlock company. They usually have in-store software that can provide instant unlock codes.
This is achieved by connecting your phone to the PC and using code generators or calculators to create the correct code. Why not try searching Google for your local shop?
- Useful link: https://www.google.com/search?q=phone+shop+near+me