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AVOID these Unlocking sites

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Mobiles
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paulk_5paulk_5
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Mobiles
UNLOCKSEARCH.COM CHARGES YOU £2.99 FOR WHAT YOU MAY THINK IS AN UNLOCK CODE. BUT IT IS'NT. ALL THEY SEND YOU IS A LOAD OF WAFFLE THAT YOU COULD FIND OUT YOUR SELF.

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  • Just to make sure no one gets caught out like I did. I was trying to find an unlock code for my sony phone and I found a website offering what I thought was a very cheap unlocking service at £2.99. However what I got for my money was a generic email report listing my avaialble options ..one of which was to go to a "market stall"...ha! This is despite the link to the site advertising "Unlock Instantly Online" and a banner on the website stating "Unlock your phone today":mad: . The name of the website is "Unlock Search" at www.unlocksearch.com, if you need a useless report, i'll send you mine!
  • lawbunnylawbunny
    225 posts
    Forumite
    Hey, I've got to agree that site is soooooooo misleading!!! That's shocking!

    And you've got to love how they've covered their own bums by slipping this in the T&Cs:

    "7.1 Products vary for each phone. Unlock Report contains options for how to unlock the selected phone. Unlock codes are not necessarily included in the Unlock Report. Unlock Reports are sent instantly by email, options within the Unlock Report may take longer. Further costs may also be involved, depending on the options available."
    I accept no liability if you chose to rely on my advice.
  • lhwjudlhwjud
    175 posts
    Forumite
    Part of the Furniture
    Registrant:
    Vertisco Ltd
    14525 SW Millikan #55662
    Beaverton, OREGON 97005-2343
    US

    Domain name: UNLOCKSEARCH.COM

    Administrative Contact:
    Kapowsky, Mike [EMAIL="domains@vertisco.com"][email protected][/EMAIL]
    14525 SW Millikan #55662
    Beaverton, OREGON 97005-2343
    US
    +1 503 616 4974
    Technical Contact:
    Kapowsky, Mike [EMAIL="domains@vertisco.com"][email protected][/EMAIL]
    14525 SW Millikan #55662
    Beaverton, OREGON 97005-2343
    US
    +1 503 616 4974
  • Hi,
    I am 1 of the many hundreds maybe 1000,s who have been conned by UniquePhones.com - DO NOT USE THIS SITE Or company they will take and charge £14.99 and you will not see your unlock code or your money again.

    Do a google search on UniquePhones.com and see the scam warnings posted as well.

    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
    regards,

    TJM

    UniquePhones.com:
    http://who.godaddy.com/WhoIs.aspx?domain=uniquephones.com&prog_id=godaddyt.gif

    Assuming that this information is correct and applies to UniquePhones.com, you will find the following at the above link:

    Registrant:
    Unique Group UK LTD

    Cathedral House
    22-31 Waring Street
    Belfast, Co.Antrim BT1 2DX
    United Kingdom

    Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.comt.gif)
    Domain Name: UNIQUEPHONES.COM
    Created on: 24-May-02
    Expires on: 24-May-12
    Last Updated on: 26-Sep-06

    Administrative Contact:
    McLaughlin, John [EMAIL="john.mcl@gmail.com"][email protected][/EMAIL]
    Unique Group UK LTD
    Cathedral House
    22-31 Waring Street
    Belfast, Co.Antrim BT1 2DX
    United Kingdom
    7920761736
  • Hi All, first post to this site, but I've just feel so wound up that I have to warn others to stop them making the same mistake I did!

    I've just been trying to get my phone unlocked so I can move onto a better contract. So I turn to my trusty favorite search engine and ask it, and behold answers everywhere.

    The top response was this:
    [SIZE=-1]Sponsored Links[/SIZE]
    Unlock Instantly Online
    [SIZE=-1]www.UnlockSearch.com/uk/unlocking Mobile unlocking made easy, £2.99. Learn now how to unlock your phone![/SIZE]

    So I thought £2.99 much cheaper than my providers request of £15.00 lets have a go saving myself almost a months line rental. I pay my money and the email comes back straight away. I'm impressed at how quick this services is.

    Reason why it's so quick is I've just received an email saying:
    1 Order the unlock code from your provider.
    2 Go to an independant dealer or market stall.
    3 Get An online retailers unlock code.
    4 Download Some software (no further advise/links/etc.)
    5 Get an Unlock clip or unlock box

    So what I've paid for is a list of options which I already knew but still no actual way to unlock my phone. THIS IS A SERVICE I JUST PAID FOR. Sorry to shout about it but just want anyone else trying to unlock their phone to avoid the same pitfall as I've just found, with both feet!
  • QuentinQuentin
    40.4K posts
    Forumite ✭✭✭✭✭
    You got caught by the latest version of the old "Miniature portrait of the Queen" scam.

    You got exactly what was advertised.

    Just as those who fell for the royal portrait did - a used stamp!
  • mptympty
    1 posts
    Forumite
    lawbunny wrote: »
    Hey, I've got to agree that site is soooooooo misleading!!! That's shocking!

    And you've got to love how they've covered their own bums by slipping this in the T&Cs:

    "7.1 Products vary for each phone. Unlock Report contains options for how to unlock the selected phone. Unlock codes are not necessarily included in the Unlock Report. Unlock Reports are sent instantly by email, options within the Unlock Report may take longer. Further costs may also be involved, depending on the options available."

    I am no legal expert - but - "Unlock Report contains options for how to unlock the selected phone" this is untrue - it contains so called information where you might possibly find how to unlock phones - it does not contain unlock information - consequently it is untrue. The site is designed as a rip-off, operates as a rip-off and steals peoples money by pretending to do something which it doesn't. Mr Mike Kapowsky must be very pleased with himself - probably doesn't sleep too much
  • agsnuagsnu
    1.5K posts
    Forumite
    Initiate a chargeback with your credit card provider.
  • bat999bat999
    1.9K posts
    Forumite
    Yes, it's a minefield out there.:mad:

    This is where Martin's unlocking tips aren't much use, imho.:o

    The subsidy codes for many modern handsets aren't available for free - even if you do find someone offering genuine codes.:rolleyes:

    And the alternatives are 'get a quote from a high-st. unlocker' or 'do it yourself with an unlocker cable'.;)

    For some people it might not be worth the outlay or the hassle. The pence-per-minute costs for pay as you go phones are similar across the networks.:cool:

  • BrowntoaBrowntoa
    45.6K posts
    Forumite, Board Guide
    Part of the Furniture 25000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
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    not Martins Unlocking tips.....I and a couple of others had all the original info and as it says in the first post of the NON nokia thread

    you need to find a shop or market stall to unlock your phone,

    Quote;

    Most Motorola's , LG's , Samsungs and Sony Ericssons cannot be unlocked by code and need to be unlocked by direct cable or clip in a shop.


    If there is not a code listed for your phone below then there is NO free way to unlock it, you need to find a shop or Market Stall to do it for you (correct as of 09/02/08)

    Expect to pay between £5 - £20 for most phones for the person to do the unlock

    if people choose to ignore that information , why is it the forums fault ??
    Links in my signature currently broken
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