The Samsung SGH E250 is one of the first phones in Samsung's slider phone line-up. Along with its sleek design, this phone comes with Bluetooth connectivity, an MP3 player, a microSD card slot for expanded memory and a built-in browser for downloading games and ringtones. But if your Samsung SGH E250 is locked, then you're stuck using the network provider from whom you bought it. By unlocking the phone, you can use any carrier you want, at home or abroad.
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Things you need
- Foreign/prepaid GSM SIM card
Obtain your phone's IMEI code by typing "*#06#" into your keypad. A screen will appear displaying the code. Make note of this code for later use.
Contact your service provider and request an unlock code. They'll need your name, mobile number and IMEI number. Your unlock code should be e-mailed to you within several hours.
Turn off your phone, remove its SIM card, and replace it with a foreign or prepaid SIM card.
Turn your phone back on. After the logo screen disappears, type "#7465625638unlock code#" into your keypad (with "unlock code" being the eight-digit unlock code you received in Step 3). A screen will appear, displaying the message "Network Lock Deactivated," confirming that your phone has been successfully unlocked.
Tips and warnings
- If your service provider refuses to give you an unlock code, you can purchase one from Fones Zone, Unlocking, or Mobile Unlocking Solutions (see Resources).
- When entering your unlock code, no numbers will appear after you type "#7465625. . . " It should look like this: "#7465625*---*--------#."
- The Samsung SGH E250 only has a certain amount of unlock attempts built into it. If you try to unlock it too many times, it becomes hardlocked, meaning it can never be unlocked again. Be wary of sites that generate free unlock codes, since you only have a limited amount of attempts.
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