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Unlocking old phone

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 Flinticus 10 Jun 2021

Got a Samsung Galaxy S5 which I'm looking to sell / donate.

I phoned my mobile provider, Vodafone, to check if it's locked and I got an unlock code. Seems I need to insert a non-Vodafone SIM, turn phone on and enter the code.

However I do not have a non-Vodafone SIM. Can it be unlocked in another way?

 Andy Hardy 10 Jun 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

You could just buy the cheapest non-Vodafone payg sim you can find in the supermarket?

 Cobra_Head 10 Jun 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

A Tesco Pay as you go sim costs 99p

 Flinticus 10 Jun 2021
In reply to Cobra_Head:

That's cheap but I'm looking to sell or donate, not incur any costs!

 rinnes 10 Jun 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

An ASDA PAYG SIM is free if you order online apparently 

https://mobile.asda.com/pay-as-you-go

 Cobra_Head 11 Jun 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

> That's cheap but I'm looking to sell or donate, not incur any costs!


Wow, seems like £1 to unlock it could be added to the price or at least is a better bargaining point than a phone locked to one carrier.

Borrow a sim from a friend?

Post edited at 10:08
 timjones 11 Jun 2021
In reply to Flinticus:

Can you borrow a friend's SIM for the few minutes that are required?

In reply to Cobra_Head:

Agreed! 

In reply to Flinticus:

An alternative, if you don’t wish to temporarily borrow or otherwise use another sim, could be to write the unlock code on a bit of paper and stick it to the phone for the new owner to use? I’m not aware there is a time limit on using the unlock code (at least in the past there wasn’t as it was connected to the unique IMEI number). You can advise that you have the unlock code for the phone when you advertise/donate.

In reply to Blue Straggler:

> Agreed! 

In fact I will donate the £1 to the OP if they contact me 

 Flinticus 12 Jun 2021
In reply to Blue Straggler:

No. There's a principle involved!

In reply to Flinticus:

I’ll donate an extra £1 to MRT 


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