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    • roscoe8888
    • By roscoe8888 4th Jan 17, 8:51 AM
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    roscoe8888
    Unlocking Nightmare with EE and Blackberry Priv handset
    Please can anyone out there help?

    I bought a secondhand (one month old) Blackberry Priv knowing that it was locked to EE off eBay. I contacted EE directly and after paying the required amount received an unlock code with simple instructions and the warning that only a single entry would be possible.

    After inserting my sim and entering the code, the handset was not unlocked. I re-contacted EE and was told to try again, albeit in a different format. Still 'locked'! I had been using an MVNO sim (not a sim from a major carrier: Vodaphone, EE, O2) and this would not work with an unlocking code. Two further attempts later under EE instruction and the handset is permanently locked to EE they tell me, as do Blackberry themselves.

    After contacting the Ombudsman, Citizens Advice and escalating the issue through the ranks of EE, I have been told that nothing can be done at all to unlock the handset.

    This is a brief overview of the story from over a 6 month period and any assistance would be hugely appreciated.

    BEWARE, unlocking can sometimes be a NIGHTMARE
    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 4th Jan 17, 9:52 AM
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    Colin_Maybe
    Please can anyone out there help?

    I bought a secondhand (one month old) Blackberry Priv knowing that it was locked to EE off eBay. I contacted EE directly and after paying the required amount received an unlock code with simple instructions and the warning that only a single entry would be possible.

    After inserting my sim and entering the code, the handset was not unlocked. I re-contacted EE and was told to try again, albeit in a different format. Still 'locked'! I had been using an MVNO sim (not a sim from a major carrier: Vodaphone, EE, O2) and this would not work with an unlocking code. Two further attempts later under EE instruction and the handset is permanently locked to EE they tell me, as do Blackberry themselves.

    After contacting the Ombudsman, Citizens Advice and escalating the issue through the ranks of EE, I have been told that nothing can be done at all to unlock the handset.

    This is a brief overview of the story from over a 6 month period and any assistance would be hugely appreciated.

    BEWARE, unlocking can sometimes be a NIGHTMARE
    Originally posted by roscoe8888
    This website may help you out, make sure to read all of the comments before trying anything.

    http://forums.crackberry.com/blackberry-priv-f440/my-priv-mep-locked-what-can-i-do-1079568/
    • roscoe8888
    • By roscoe8888 4th Jan 17, 9:54 AM
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    roscoe8888
    Unlocking with EE - Simple When it Works
    Just read some posts about problems unlocking with EE. There is a direct contact number to call to get unlocking codes from EE. 07953.966.250. I used this 6 months ago and after giving my IMEI number, they called me back a couple of days later to say that a code could be provided at a cost of under £10 (I can't remember now exactly). The code was e-mailed through a week later. Simples.

    WARNING: The instructions seemed simple and I had successfully unlocked another phone a few years ago. You CANNOT use a sim from anyone other than the major companies; EE, Vodaphone, O2 - NOT Virgin, NOT Tesco, NOT 3 etc., because they are called MVNOs (google it!)

    Because I wasn't aware of this, I appeared to use up all my Blackberry handset attempts and EE now tell me that this is tough, the handset is now permanently locked to EE. BEWARE!!
    • islagran
    • By islagran 14th Jan 17, 8:23 PM
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    Quick and easy
    Hi, recently bought a 2nd hand iphone6 that was locked to ee network. Visited local mobile phone shops who all said it would cost£40 and would take up to 2weeks. After reading this forum advice I phoned ee who were very helpful, I paid £8.99 and had phone unlocked in 24 hrs, brilliant, just glad I didn't pay £40!
    • pol098
    • By pol098 2nd Mar 17, 7:16 PM
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    Unlocking with EE - Simple When it Works
    Re comment that the SIM used for unlocking must be from a major network (not Virgin, Tesco, THREE, etc.): I unlocked a phone locked to Orange (now EE) with a 3 SIM with no problems a few weeks ago. I think that is because 3 is a major network rather than an MVNO (part of Hutchison Telecom); the restriction may apply to actual MVNOs.
    • T.F.S.B.I.G.W.S.
    • By T.F.S.B.I.G.W.S. 19th Mar 17, 4:18 PM
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    T.F.S.B.I.G.W.S.
    Asda Android Smartphone
    I am tempted to buy an Android Smartphone from Asda as they seem to have a good selection of small phones (so many of the phones seem massive to me).
    It will probably be supplied with an O2 or EE simcard - but, perhaps, not locked (?) or easy enough to unlock - I could just slot my Tesco simcard in there and hope for the best - just thought I'd run that by you guys before I get round to it.. .. cheers!
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 19th Mar 17, 4:20 PM
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    DCFC79
    I am tempted to buy an Android Smartphone from Asda as they seem to have a good selection of small phones (so many of the phones seem massive to me).
    It will probably be supplied with an O2 or EE simcard - but, perhaps, not locked (?) or easy enough to unlock - I could just slot my Tesco simcard in there and hope for the best - just thought I'd run that by you guys before I get round to it.. .. cheers!
    Originally posted by T.F.S.B.I.G.W.S.
    Well what phones do yoou like, google the model and if its easy to unlock.
    • T.F.S.B.I.G.W.S.
    • By T.F.S.B.I.G.W.S. 19th Mar 17, 4:43 PM
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    T.F.S.B.I.G.W.S.
    As the phones were on display it was difficult to tell what models they were but I guess I'll look a bit harder. Thanks

    Well what phones do yoou like, google the model and if its easy to unlock.
    Originally posted by DCFC79
    • carolliam
    • By carolliam 9th Apr 17, 5:13 PM
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    carolliam
    Unlocking iPhone 7
    Hi can anybody recommend a online website to unlock my phone thanks
    • T.F.S.B.I.G.W.S.
    • By T.F.S.B.I.G.W.S. 25th Apr 17, 5:15 PM
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    T.F.S.B.I.G.W.S.
    I like Alcatel Pixies (at least it was an Alcatel - I think it was a pixie) as they are pocket sized. Looks like they are easy to unlock if this is to believed https://sim-unlock.net/simlock/Alcatel/Pixi_4_(6)/
    • theloft
    • By theloft 26th Sep 17, 10:43 PM
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    theloft
    cheapest unlocking
    After being quoted ridiculous amounts from EE (T-Mobile locked) and time it would take. After some research I used an EBay seller for unlocking my HTC Desire phone. This was smartunlocking UK. Total cost £1.29 and done in minutes.
    Would certainly use them again.
    "0844 COSTS YOU MORE"
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 3rd Mar 18, 2:50 PM
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    Enterprise 1701C
    Not sure if this is still active, but i have been sent an unlock code by my network provider, but it does not work. I put in a different sim, enter the code when it asks, but it comes back as unsuccessful. I am entering it exactly as given. Any ideas?

    My network is TalkMobile, i have also put in a request to Vodafone as that is who it was sold as being with, not heard back yet.

    The phone is over 2 years old so no quibbles there.
    What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 3rd Mar 18, 5:22 PM
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    pmduk
    Go back to your network. Was the phone originally sold by them?
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 3rd Mar 18, 5:34 PM
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    Enterprise 1701C
    Go back to your network. Was the phone originally sold by them?
    Originally posted by pmduk
    Originally sold through Argos on Vodafone, Vodafone is the carrier for Talk Mobile.

    Tried going back to network, they sent me to manufacturer, who sent me back to network ................
    What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare
    • Strangealien
    • By Strangealien 7th Mar 18, 10:35 AM
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    Mobile Unlock
    Hi,
    I believe a Company called iphoneimei.net used to be recommended on this site for an unlock of your mobile, especially iphones. At that stage, I did use them and it worked perfectly for what I believe was around £20. I recently have tried to use them again and in big writing it says you pay £19.99 but in 'very small' writing underneath it is now also saying that there is a further £34.50 to pay once they receive the unlock code from their supplier. It appears very underhand. They get you to pay the £19.99 before hitting you with the other payment. Which means they try to get you to pay nearly £55 for an unlock. I just wanted to make people aware of this. Why they have changed to this policy, I will never know, but perhaps that is why they no longer appear on this website? Perhaps others have already come up against this..............
    • onejontwo
    • By onejontwo 13th Mar 18, 10:06 AM
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    onejontwo
    has anybody on here used "fonecarecodes"on ebay as they're only asking 99p to unlock a mobile (although it is a cheap VM595 locked to the virgin network bought from Argos), the feedback seems very good but I've heard many horror stories on here of paying a small fee then being billed for a huge fee some time later eg. the post above.
    Last edited by onejontwo; 14-03-2018 at 11:31 AM.
    • cliffh
    • By cliffh 24th Mar 18, 11:44 AM
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    cliffh
    Unlock code for Nokia 920 on EE
    I'll try to be brief. My iPhone took unscheduled "bath" and is dead. Can't afford a new iPhone.

    I've got an old Nokia 920 lying around but it looks like its locked to EE.

    Does anyone have an unlock code that would work on this please or recommend a cheap, reliable place to get one?

    Many thanks in adavnce.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 24th Mar 18, 3:06 PM
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    Farway
    I'll try to be brief. My iPhone took unscheduled "bath" and is dead. Can't afford a new iPhone.

    I've got an old Nokia 920 lying around but it looks like its locked to EE.

    Does anyone have an unlock code that would work on this please or recommend a cheap, reliable place to get one?

    Many thanks in adavnce.
    Originally posted by cliffh
    Have a read through this sticky, unlock Nokia

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=1635543
    • Michael_Hughes
    • By Michael_Hughes 9th May 18, 12:48 PM
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    Michael_Hughes
    How can I contact someone at Money Saving Expert regarding this article? I don't get a reply from any of the email addresses on their Contact page.
    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 9th May 18, 1:09 PM
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    Browntoa
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