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How to Unlock an O2 Phone

Updated February 21, 2017

Locus Telecommunications is one of the leading long distance, wireless and carrier service providers in the United Kingdom. It is also the first Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) of the largest GSM provider to offer flexible GSM prepaid service selling under the O2 Wireless Service Brand. The company is one of the largest prepaid wireless MVNO's, with more than 300,000 customers and more than 1,000 activations per day. There are several ways to unlock your O2 phone.

Unlock using an unlock pack. The unlock pack contains the unlocking software, O2 phone drivers and tutorial videos on how to set up and unlock phones. The software is directly downloadable to your computer after purchase, and the USB cable that came with your phone will be used in the unlock process. The advantage of this method is that once you download and install your software you will be able to unlock as many phones as you like.

Unlock by post. This method entails you sending your phone into the service via post so that they can unlock your O2 phone for you. Most services will give you a 48-hour turnaround.

Unlock by unlock box or clip. This is an unlocking box that comes with a full-service software package that enables you to unlock lots of phones quickly. It works by plugging a cable into a phone and using Flash to read and rewrite the phone's memory. This is generally used by businesses that want to unlock lots of phones quickly, such as a professional unlocking service.

Unlock by unlock code. This is the most common method of unlocking a phone, and each code will only work on a single phone. You need to supply a valid e-mail address, your phone manufacturer, model and service provider as well as your phone's IMEI number (which you can get by typing in "*#06#" into your phone's keypad). An e-mail will be sent to you that contains the unlock code, along with the instructions on how to unlock your O2 phone.

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Palmer Owyoung holds a Master of Arts in international business from the University of California at San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a trained molecular biologist. He has been a freelance writer since 2006. In addition to writing, he is a full-time Forex trader and Internet marketer.