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Mobile phone providers to unlock mobiles for free (At contract end)
Mobile phone providers to unlock mobiles for free (At contract end)

Mobile phone providers to unlock mobiles for free (At contract end)

Over the weekend the government announced that it had finally brokered an agreement with UK mobile network providers to end unlocking fees for mobile phones – delivering a great win for our campaign to Unlock Better Mobile Deals.

This means that you can use a SIM card for any mobile network on your handset once the initial contract period is up. uSwitch estimate that this will collectively save mobile users over £48m per year.

Unlocking mobiles

Now when your mobile contract finishes, instead of having a restricted handset knocking around in your kitchen drawer, you ‘ll be able to easily keep your existing handset and move to another cheaper network, or even pass your old mobile onto a friend or family member.

This is all without the hassle or the cost of having to go and get it unlocked.

And for those of you who’d like to get a bit of cash out of your old handsets, there’s also evidence to suggest that having your phone unlocked also helps to increase the resale value of your old phone.

This is not only a big win for all mobile phone users, but also for our campaign supporters, nearly 80,000 of whom joined our call to an end unfair unlocking fees over the past two years. Over that time we slowly saw the debate shift in our favour, as individual operators promised to change their ways, and the government started to recognise there was a problem thanks to the persistence of our supporters.

This is from Which? - The same Which? who give you £7.87 free on TCB for trialling their magazine (£1).
- luvsadealdealdeal

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Just out of interest who is "Our" (as in "our campaign" and "our supporters")?

Jules_HT

Just out of interest who is "Our" (as in "our campaign" and "our … Just out of interest who is "Our" (as in "our campaign" and "our supporters")?


Click on the "get deal" link above and you'll find out!

This is from Which? - The same Which? who give you £7.87 free on TCB for trialling their magazine (£1).

How does the phone get unlocked? I have been in contract with EE for a couple of years and only use an old Galaxy model which is locked to EE. Is it automatic?

Original Poster

guys if your contract is finished with any network in you ask them for unlocking code from it should be free

Original Poster

from today pick up all your old phones which where on contract and request for your unlocking code

o2 do it free from day one

So what happens if you buy a 2nd hand phone from someone that is out of contract?

Expect tariffs to go up around £48m a year collectively.

What about Payg phones?

Sambat

So what happens if you buy a 2nd hand phone from someone that is out of … So what happens if you buy a 2nd hand phone from someone that is out of contract?



+1

getmeone

How does the phone get unlocked? I have been in contract with EE for a … How does the phone get unlocked? I have been in contract with EE for a couple of years and only use an old Galaxy model which is locked to EE. Is it automatic?



You need to request it. ee.co.uk/hel…ice

Not a deal should be moved to other

EE website still showing £8.99 fee to unlock

"evidence to suggest..." .. where exactly?

I'll get my coat.

COLD as this is not exactly a deal is it.

Hasn't that always been the rools ? After 2 Year contract

EE Charging 8.99

how do you get it for free?

Teqnophile

EE Charging 8.99how do you get it for free?



Ask for a PAC code ;-)

This sounds like good news; I feel haven't heard that in a long time.

Over the weekend the government announced that it had finally brokered an agreement with UK mobile network providers to end unlocking fees for mobile phones

This is what drives me up the wall, put me in charge of the government and the deal would have been a 20 second phone call running along the lines of, "unlock phones at the end of the contract or we tax you 30% of your profit, click" (as the phone goes down).

It has been FREE with o2 for at least 3 years!

You have to phone your provider tell them you want to unlock the phone to any network.
24 - 48 hours later. Your done.

So how will this work with PAYG? If I buy a new PAYG phone, can I ask for it to be unlocked instantly? Also is there a date that all operators have to abide by this by?

Pretty cool

FREEBIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Graham1979

Over the weekend the government announced that it had finally brokered an … Over the weekend the government announced that it had finally brokered an agreement with UK mobile network providers to end unlocking fees for mobile phonesThis is what drives me up the wall, put me in charge of the government and the deal would have been a 20 second phone call running along the lines of, "unlock phones at the end of the contract or we tax you 30% of your profit, click" (as the phone goes down).


Which government official works "over the weekend"

we are at least 6 months away from april..

leviathon

So how will this work with PAYG? If I buy a new PAYG phone, can I ask for … So how will this work with PAYG? If I buy a new PAYG phone, can I ask for it to be unlocked instantly? Also is there a date that all operators have to abide by this by?


This.
What about payg phones that lock to the first sim inserted ?

all phones from carphone warehouse on contract are unlocked from day 1....

craigstephens

Expect tariffs to go up around £48m a year collectively.


Is this offer includes sim only contracts ?

No no that's just cynicism they want extra for their compliance, probably £60 mill.

Great stuff about time what a con that was previously.

Graham1979

Over the weekend the government announced that it had finally brokered an … Over the weekend the government announced that it had finally brokered an agreement with UK mobile network providers to end unlocking fees for mobile phonesThis is what drives me up the wall, put me in charge of the government and the deal would have been a 20 second phone call running along the lines of, "unlock phones at the end of the contract or we tax you 30% of your profit, click" (as the phone goes down).



well thankfully you are not in charge, you don't seem to grasp the complexities of the world

1. not a deal
2. far as I know, any of them would unlock for free at the end of a contract already
3. it's the ones who charge you for unlocking either while in a contract or if you buy a PAYG phone, that need tackling, and the wonderful Government hasn't mentioned those.
cold (just like it was Apple)

Three sell unlocked phones as standard with all their contracts. Think the other networks should follow suit. That would be a better step forward!

For those asking about PAYG and wondering why Which? doesn't mention it in the "WIN" claim, its because its a "LOSE".

The news items yesterday indicated that the mobile networks convinced the government that this didn't need to extend to PAYG as they now represent a minority of the mobile phone market. The real reason of course is that the PAYG phone market is a little different and domestic PAYG handset prices would rise if the networks weren't able to keep them network-locked or apply unlocking fees.
Edited by: "premierfella" 13th Oct 2016

fassbender

Three sell unlocked phones as standard with all their contracts. Think … Three sell unlocked phones as standard with all their contracts. Think the other networks should follow suit. That would be a better step forward!



Are you sure?

They did this anyway. All you do is ask.

Do your research before just typing a moronic comment. EE are at least one of the big providers that charge out of contract users to unlock their phones, £8.99 currently. Hopefully this is true for any provider that is still doing this. Thanks op.

benlondon

well thankfully you are not in charge, you don't seem to grasp the … well thankfully you are not in charge, you don't seem to grasp the complexities of the world



I understand very little about the modern system of telecommunications but I do know how this site works. You have only posted ONE DEAL since joining in 2014, you must be exhausted my little snowflake.

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