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Vodafone NOW unlocking phones for free.

ChiptivoChiptivo

Hi Guys

If you have a Vodafone Mobile that is locked, vodafone will now unlock them for free.
Not too sure if it is to with a new law coming, but call vodafone customer services on 191.
Contract phones of any age, even expired contract ones. They will also unlock contract phones recently taken out within 12 months.
PAYG phones have to be at least 12 months old.

They just need your IMEI number (type *#06# on the handset). They will then tell you the unlock code to unrestrict the handset and instructions. They know the phone make from the system after they have your IMIE.

I have just unlocked a new N95, and a dead old Motorola no problems.
Get digging them old phones out of the draws.

Apparently you can also request this online if you have a online vodafone account.

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    badmanmeow
    Just rang again, and i sent a request for my phone. Will ring back tommorrow and hoepfully get my unlock code...
    33342
    Prufrock
    That's not true, Colin. I managed to get Vodafone to unlock my old PAYG K510i even though I was no longer a Vodafone customer. As stated earlier, I had previously been a contract customer with an N73 handset, which Vodafone unlocked for me 6 months into my contract (I then debranded the thing and flogged it). The CS bloke used the details of my old account to put the order through to unlock the K510i. I then got an email from a company contracted by Vodafone to unlock certain phones, giving me the details on how to unlock my phone. The K510i happily works with a Virgin sim now, with £5 free credit. The PAYG sim that came with the K510i was long dead when I asked for the unlock code, as Vodafone had cancelled it due to lack of use, as well as swiping the £29 credit on the sim. (I'd given the handset to my Dad and he didn't use it, so after 6 months of inactivity, they cancelled the number and the credit). So, as you can see, I was definitely not a Vodafone customer at the time of them giving me the means to unlock the PAYG K510i.


    dur, teach me not to read the thread properly, I assumed the phone was locked to orange :oops:

    Chiptivo
    Well, not many people are aware, I was suprised that the N95 I unlocked yesterday only one month into a contract was unlocked for free. And many other people will benifit.

    maybe people hwo have brought a IPHONE and have transfered the sim to it can now unlock and sell for more cash on ebay then before???

    there are many ebayers making £25 a go, by doing this scam, getting the IMIE's and calling up voda for the codes.. Shame on them..

    If it helps just one person out, then it is a bonus.


    Thats not how it works at all.
    wavefront
    if you do want to call customer services dont forget to run the number though http://www.saynoto0870.com/ first to save on the call

    thanks Voted Hot
    Waffles
    But you still cant buy a PAYG phone on vodaphone to use on another network because its a 12 month wait... :(
    Prufrock
    Waffles
    But you still cant buy a PAYG phone on vodaphone to use on another network because its a 12 month wait... :(



    You can if you were previously a vodafone contract customer. All you need to do is give the details of your old contract (address, etc), and they'll find you on their database. Then give them the IMEI number of the voda locked PAYG phone, and away you go. They did it for me a couple of months back. They'll use your old contract details to unlock your new phone. Like I said earlier, they unlocked two phones for me using my old contract details (one was when I was still in contract - the handset I got with my contract), and the other was 2 months after I'd cancelled my contract - and that was a PAYG vodafone mobile.

    For a long time, Vodafone has been exercising an free unlock policy for people who are 6 months into their contracts.

    3, on the other hand...don't get me started on those *******s. Luckily, I was able to borrow a cable to unlock my old Nokia 6680 from those *******s. I used the same cable to debrand my voda N73. :) Cost me £6 to unlock and debrand my SE K610i from 3 (through GSMLiberty.net). Glad I'm with T-Mobile now and have a phone that's easy to mess about with (MDA Vario III, AKA HTC Kaiser/Tytn II). Unlocked it easily enough, and can mess with the roms as much as I like.
    lockdown
    Waffles
    But you still cant buy a PAYG phone on vodaphone to use on another network because its a 12 month wait... :(


    Well yeah, that's because they are a public company not a charity lol :whistling:
    hongsta
    You can pay £19.99 for the unlock code if your payg is less than 12 month old
    tartanarmy
    FunkyMonkeyDooDa

    HOWEVER - a word of warning. Unlocking, or getting an unlocked phone doesn't mean that everything will definitely work. For starters, on my phone I still have the very annoying Vodafone embellishments that I cannot remove - startup screen (not a big deal), Vodafone Live internet (pain as it won't let me change the home page for my internet connection, so I end up having to manually type in web addresses), links to games etc. go through Vodafone's webpage and therefore don't work either, and I cannot yet do media messaging (big issue).



    You just need to get the phone debranded and that will sort your probs out!!

    Just been on phone to voda to unlock mine and missus phones both contract
    and within 5 mins both phones unlocked and they were debranded at very start of contract so i'm happy
    Although will be even more happier next month after leaving voda :whistling:

    Voted Hot
    mobyrepairs
    colinsunderland
    thats what i was thinking too, not really a deal as its been standard policy now for a few months, and its 'normal price' :?

    Having said that the original post was a bit different to what it is now!


    i bet you were getting a little bit worried m8, you can cancel your appointment at the job centre tomorrow now.

    br
    33342
    mobyrepairs
    i bet you were getting a little bit worried m8, you can cancel your appointment at the job centre tomorrow now.

    br


    not really, box breakers tend not to want to call vodafone for some strange reason :-D
    Rafa The Gafa
    Folks!!!
    This is completely Kosher!!! I have just rang Vodafone to kick off since they gracefully took £20 quid off me last night as per my previous post. The chappie at the call centre apologised & refunded the fee. He also confirmed that if you have a contract, then unlocking the phone is free, otherwise it will be £20 for PAYG upto a year. Also all future vodafone contract handsets will be unlocked, not PAYG.
    Thanks Chiptivo for saving me a score.
    ehadz
    thanks great
    joylove
    raymcm
    Maybe THATS why O2 are dumping the iPhones ?
    3G iPhone is coming out soon.
    xdash
    I have rang them to ask for the code for a SE K800i which I just received 2 days ago, was asked when I activated the sim card, as they said this would cost £19.99 I explained that I read this policy had changed so was put on hold for a few minutes while the lady spoke with her supervisor and checked this out the policy had changed but was contrdictory in places.
    I said I wanted the code to transfer my current telephone no.'s from current phone, to the new phone to get it up and running with service, then was asked for my IMIE and email address and sent a email with the unlock code and how unlock my phone.
    So Chiptivo major respect and heat added.
    In my case it helped to tell a white lie that it would make setting up my new phone really easy.
    mobyrepairs
    as posted earlier Vodafone posted this info at the beginning of the year.

    br
    monkeybrains
    only vodafone? is it a new law? if so then should it not be all networks?
    PasPer2
    FunkyMonkeyDooDa
    Well just got a Samsung F490V (the V is for Vodafone, or so Samsung told me), and I can confirm that this phone at least isn't locked - I'm running it on an O2 PAYG card as we speak.

    HOWEVER - a word of warning. Unlocking, or getting an unlocked phone doesn't mean that everything will definitely work. For starters, on my phone I still have the very annoying Vodafone embellishments that I cannot remove - startup screen (not a big deal), Vodafone Live internet (pain as it won't let me change the home page for my internet connection, so I end up having to manually type in web addresses), links to games etc. go through Vodafone's webpage and therefore don't work either, and I cannot yet do media messaging (big issue).

    I've spoken to o2 about this, who say it's because the system on the phone itself is rigged to Vodafone. I've spoken to Samsung who just weren't helpful, insisting that the phone was locked to Vodaphone, so couldn't understand why I was able to use my o2 sim in the first place!?!

    So, rambling here I know, but my solution it would seem is that I need to debrand the phone by reflashing it. Unfortunately, there's not much info on the web right now as to how to do it with this particular model. I'll wait and see, unless someone can help out that is.

    Just wanted folks to be aware that unlocking doesn't mean debranding! I have a sneaky feeling that this is a mobile network's way of putting people off switching whilst avoiding the potential ramifications of locking your phone to a network.:whistling:



    A generic firmware update should remove any vodafone branding on the phone, if available.
    Teqnophile
    cool80
    thanx just fille din online contact form with all my phone details will hopefully send me my unlock code tomm. reps added.
    xdash
    Teqnophile


    The latest terms and conditions I was quoted were for a date in February

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