The subject of to unlock or not unlock smartphones has been a common subject of discussion between users and carriers for the past few years. For the most part, carriers believed that handsets should remain tied to a specific carrier. However users had the attitude “I already paid money for my handset, why can't I use it on whatever carrier I like? Over the past couple of years the fights escalated and now users can happily unlock their phones, or ask carriers to unlock their phone in certain circumstances.
With the recent release of the very popular Samsung Galaxy S6 line of phones, users are again wanting the freedom to use their phones on other carriers if they like. This is useful if you have to change carrier service, or even if you have to travel overseas and need to use an international carrier. The below guest posts gives us some information on unlocking these 2 phones using an online service.
Popular opinion is that Samsung has definitely beaten its own record by launching the best smartphone of all times: the Galaxy S6. The South Korean manufacturer has implemented great improvements for every type of user: metal cases for design lovers, two extraordinary cameras for photographers, octa-core processor and 3GB RAM for performance lovers, and many other great features.
However there is still a disputed point for the Android fans, those who like to use their Samsung Galaxy S6 with any carrier around the world. I’m talking about the unlocking issue which has raised many questions among smartphone users, the most popular one being “what is the best method to unlock my handset?” For this reason, I have decided to go into details and explain how to unlock your Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge using genuine unlocking codes.
Depending on your budget, on your available time or on your skills, you can unlock your handset by using an unlock code, which you can buy from an online unlocking service or from your carrier, or by rooting your device – a method I wouldn't advice.
I find that the easiest method to unlock your phone is by buying an unlock code from an online unlocking service and I’ll explain why.
- more often than not, the price for the unlock code is much cheaper than the price offered by your carrier
- the entire process is quicker and easier compared to the process of obtaining the code from your carrier
- your carrier might refuse to offer you the code if you’re still under contract (still, being the phone owner, you have the legal right to use it the way you want it – that including using it with another carrier)
- if you choose a good unlocking service, you’ll get prompt assistance and help for any questions or issues you might have
Here are the top two unlocking services on my list, that I’ve used and I would recommend: UnlockScope.com and UnlockUnit.com. They have similar prices, an easy checkout process and 24/7 customer support. What I like about these two suppliers is that they let you choose the price depending on how urgent it is for you to obtain the unlock code. So, if you’re not in a hurry and you can wait a few more hours, maybe a day, we’ll get a much cheaper price.
As I mentioned before, placing the order it’s a matter of minutes. You need to provide three pieces of information:
- the IMEI of your phone, which can be found by dialing *#06#
- the country and network your Galaxy S6 was originally bought from
- your email address where you want to receive the unlock code
I can’t imagine this all process taking more than 1 minute. However, you can find additional guidance in their video tutorials.
What else needs to be done? Nothing. The unlocking code will be emailed to you within the estimated time frame. Once you receive it, you have to insert a SIM card from a different carrier provider and your phone will display the message “SIM Network Unlock Pin”. Now you have to enter the unlock code and your Samsung Galaxy S6 will be permanently unlocked.
As long as you are not a tech savvy, you would better not go with the rooting method to unlock your phone. This process is complex, it involves certain risks and should be done only by persons with great technical skills. If you are not one of them, then don’t take the risk of ending up with an useless Galaxy S6.
There are many situations when you gain extra benefits if your smartphone is unlocked. The most common situation is when you travel abroad. By using a local sim card when being in another country, you'll avoid expensive roaming fees both for international calls and internet usage.
Also, an unlocked device has an increased selling value. It also gives you the freedom to use the carrier of your choice when, for various reasons (cheaper monthly plans or better fees for internet connection), you decide it’s time to switch to another network provider.