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    Anyone unlocked a second-hand Vodafone mobile? Looks tricky!

    Considering buying a mobile from CeX that is locked to Vodafone.
    Asked in-store at Vodafone and was told it’s no problem to unlock it but you have to do it online and the maximum cost is £20.
    Looked online and they seem to make you jump through a lot of hoops which is making me wary.
    It seems as if I will have to register a SIM with Vodafone, use it for 30 days and also use the phone for 30 days, plus I have to prove ownership as it’s second-hand.
    I have a Vodafone PAYG SIM over 30 days old with no credit so I guess I can use that but would probably have to top-up £10 so I can use it in the phone over the next 30 days.
    So in total it might well cost £30 plus I’m not sure it’s guaranteed and it sounds a pain so I’m cooling on the idea.
    Nobody selling unlock codes on eBay unfortunately.

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    Go to one of the second hand phone shops (in most cases owned by asians) and they can unlock it for you for £10 or less most likely.

    Original Poster

    SalmanOrange

    Go to one of the second hand phone shops (in most cases owned by asians) … Go to one of the second hand phone shops (in most cases owned by asians) and they can unlock it for you for £10 or less most likely.


    I figured I'd try that. Found somewhere online that offers a code for 5 Euros but not sure whether it's legit or not.

    First just stick a non voda sim in there to see if it works .
    I say this as twice I've bought voda locked handsets from cex but then discovered further unlocking was unnecessary. Galaxy A3 and a Samsung mini before that which worked straight out of the box. I assume they were contract phones rather than PAYG . yeah so check you never know!!

    Original Poster

    darklight

    First just stick a non voda sim in there to see if it works . I say this … First just stick a non voda sim in there to see if it works . I say this as twice I've bought voda locked handsets from cex but then discovered further unlocking was unnecessary. Galaxy A3 and a Samsung mini before that which worked straight out of the box. I assume they were contract phones rather than PAYG . yeah so check you never know!!


    Thanks for the reminder and I will check first especially as CeX in my eyes are notorious for making mistakes in their listings. As they charge more for unlocked phones I figure they'd check this but if they are being sold a locked phone and are busy maybe they don't test properly!

    Phone make/model?
    Search ebay for cheap unlock code.

    Agharta

    Thanks for the reminder and I will check first especially as CeX in my … Thanks for the reminder and I will check first especially as CeX in my eyes are notorious for making mistakes in their listings. As they charge more for unlocked phones I figure they'd check this but if they are being sold a locked phone and are busy maybe they don't test properly!



    If the phone is network branded they only give you that value irrespective of if it's unlocked. So if the phone says Vodafone on it or if the boot screen is Vodafone then it gets sold as Vodafone phone but most likely (if ex contract) it will be unlocked.

    Agharta

    Nobody selling unlock codes on eBay unfortunately.



    ShroomHeadToad

    Search ebay for cheap unlock code.


    Agharta

    Thanks for the reminder and I will check first especially as CeX in my … Thanks for the reminder and I will check first especially as CeX in my eyes are notorious for making mistakes in their listings. As they charge more for unlocked phones I figure they'd check this but if they are being sold a locked phone and are busy maybe they don't test properly!



    yes I always go for their "locked' voda handsets in the hope that they will really be unlocked
    I use their online search engine to locate "vodaphones" stock which incidentally has usually worked out cheaper than say EE or O2 , then I home in on the handset. Being an exclusively android user I have the backup option of a cheap ebay unlock code if required but as I said both times not had to invoke the backup option.
    my latest CEX purchase a couple of mths ago was the O2 exclusive LG Stylus2 ( the poor mans Galaxy note ...bought for the DAB radio capability for accompaniment during the 10km walk to/from work). Fortunately it was not network-locked. Currently trying to root it but that 1ckick kingroot puts suspect stuff on there so scratching around for a "safer" root option. no luck so far but the DAB radio is fantastic!

    put your sim in first to check if it's really locked to Vodafone. I ve used eBay in the past. very quick and cheap £1-£2

    GAVINLEWISHUKD

    If the phone is network branded they only give you that value … If the phone is network branded they only give you that value irrespective of if it's unlocked. So if the phone says Vodafone on it or if the boot screen is Vodafone then it gets sold as Vodafone phone but most likely (if ex contract) it will be unlocked.


    They don't. I have bought Smart Ultras on Vodafone and sold sold them later Unlocked for a higher price.

    Original Poster

    It is locked but I checked first and I can get it unlocked locally for £15 to £25 depending on the shop which is okay as its a Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 in truly excellent condition with the Fast Charger and unused headset.
    For £140 I'm very happy and they only labelled it B Grade because it lacked the original box.
    uk.webuy.com/pro…ODB

    I found somewhere online that offers an unlock code for €5 but not sure it is legit!
    simunlock.com/vod…tml

    Anybody used these as other webshops were charging at least £15?
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