Normally, phones purchased from Vodafone are locked to their network. This means that if you decide to take your phone to another network, that you will not be able to use it without unlocking the phone. Almost any cell phone can be unlocked and used on other networks, as long as the phone is compatible with the new network.
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Things you need
Determine the make and model of your Vodafone phone.
Find the IMEI number associated with the phone. You can do this by typing "*#06#" on your keypad.
Find a phone unlocking service to use that works for your phone. (See "Resources" below for some choices.)
Provide the information requested by the service, such as your name, phone model, carrier, and IMEI number. You may also have to pay a fee as well.
Enter the code given to you by the phone unlocking service. The email including the code should provide instructions on how to do this for your phone.
Tips and warnings
- Be sure that the phone unlocking service can work for your phone's model. Don't be afraid to send them an e-mail asking if they can unlock it.
- Some phones can be unlocked by Vodaphone for a fee. Contact Vodafone's support to see if your phone can be unlocked by them.
- Some phones will only allow you to enter a code for a set amount of times. After that, the phone is "hardlocked" and can only be unlocked with a data cable and a certain program.
- Be sure that the new network you will use can support your phone before you unlock it. Contact the network to see if it can handle an unlocked version of your phone.
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