Most people who buy a cell phone simply turn up at their local cellphone service provider carrier, sit there a long time while the sales people deal with other customers and then sign up for a 24 month contract with the phone of their choice, or at least, the phone that comes closest to their choice. Unfortunately, most phones from major carriers can only be used for that specific carrier’s network. But what if you decided to do things differently? What if you decided to buy an unlocked cellphone? Here we weigh both the pros and cons.
Unlocked cellphone pros
1) More networks
Manufacturers do not create cellphones to work with just one network, but cellphone carriers prefer to lock you in and tie you to a lengthy contract. With an unlocked cellphone you can access other GSM networks whenever necessary, which is perfect if you travel frequently as you can simply switch to other available network providers once you are out of your current provider’s coverage zone.
2) Save money
Unlocked phones may appear to be more expensive at first due to the sometimes high upfront cost, but they definitely work out more budget-friendly in the long run. There’s no long-term subscriber contract to worry about, and you can take advantage of the best SIM only deals for your cellphone with no contract and without incurring early termination fees. Prepaid SIM cards also offer cheaper call, data and messaging rates with some very attractive overseas call rates.
3) No roaming charges
Roaming charges are expensive on a contract. The roaming fee is billed on top of the monthly subscriber fee, and can add up to a significant amount. With an unlocked phone you simply buy a SIM card from the local or overseas carrier and immediately save money because you have a local phone number and pay local rates for calls and messages.
4) More flexibility
If for any reason you become unhappy with your current cellular carrier, with an unlocked phone it’s as simple as buying a new SIM card from a different provider.
5) Increased Resale Value
It’s easier to sell an unlocked phone; in fact it can be worth as much as 30% more than a locked one. It also attracts more buyers since they can easily use it with their existing network or change to another one. It also means the phone can be sold either locally or overseas, greatly widening your customer base.
Unlocked cellphone cons
1) Buyer beware
When you buy an unlocked cellphone you need to be sure you are getting what you pay for. It takes more due diligence than entering into a contract because you do not have your friendly, service oriented carrier to protect you if you find the phone has a fault or it is in fact a fake product, and there are more fakes out there than you could possibly imagine.
2) Higher upfront cost
You need to have cash ready to buy an unlocked cellphone, and for the latest models that can easily run to over $1000 or more. Shop wisely and be sure you are getting what you pay for.
3) Bandwidth issues
Wouldn’t you know it, networks in the US use different data frequency bands than those in other parts of the world, so if you spot a bargain buy in the States and think it will do the job, you may need to think again if you are based in Europe or elsewhere. If you are based in the US and want 4g, look for phones offering these bandwidths: LTE 700, LTE 800, LTE 1700, LTE 1900, and LTE 2100. Don’t get stuck with a phone that doesn’t work on your local service provider’s network.
4) Is the cellphone really unlocked?
Unfortunately there are several cowboy dealers out there who will sell you an ‘unlocked’ cellphone that is not properly unlocked, and you could even find that you yourself are locked out of the phone once the service provider discovers the phone is no longer under contract. Ideally, you should examine a cellphone in person before handing over any money.
5) Generic software
Generic software does not support data features such as mms – picture messaging, web browsing, and sending/receiving emails. So as to use data services you will first need to obtain the correct settings from your service provider (e.g. AT&T, EE, Vodafone) and set up the phone manually.
With a little care and attention to detail though, you will find the advantages and cost savings of an unlocked cellphone outweigh the initial start-up costs and need for extra vigilance. If you are not sure whether your cellphone is properly unlocked, check with a reliable and trustworthy online unlock service such as UnlockBase.
Device Unlock is an Android app that allows you to request and apply a T-Mobile Device Unlock directly from the device. The features of this app include the ability to remotely request Mobile Device Unlock without having to contact Customer Care and automatically apply the Mobile Device Unlock to the device without the use of a manual code.
Thanks to this app, we’re now able to Register any IMEI as “Eligible” in the T-Mobile Database so you can unlock your Cell Phone using the “Device Unlock” App. Turnaround time for delivery is less than 2 Business Days. To officially unlock your T-Mobile USA Cell Phone using the Device Unlock App, please click here.
All you need is an Android device that supports the Mobile Device Unlock app:
- Alcatel OneTouch Evolve (OT-5024N),
- Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 4 (OT-5056N),
- Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL (OT-5054W),
- Alcatel OneTouch POP Astro (OT-5042T),
- Alcatel GO FLIP,
- Coolpad Catalyst (3622A),
- Coolpad Defiant,
- Coolpad Rogue (3320A),
- HTC 10,
- HTC One M9,
- HTC Desire 530,
- HTC Desire 626s,
- Kyocera Hydro LIFE (C6530),
- Kyocera Hydro Wave (C6740),
- Kyocera DuraForce PRO,
- Kyocera DuraForce XD (E6790),
- LG Aristo (M210),
- LG G Stylo (H631),
- LG G4 (H811),
- LG G5 (H830),
- LG G6 (H872),
- LG K7 (K330),
- LG K10 (K428SG),
- LG K20 Plus (TP260),
- LG Leon LTE (H345),
- LG Stylo 2 Plus (K550),
- LG Stylo 3 PLUS (TP450),
- LG V10 (H901),
- LG V20 (H918),
- Samsung Galaxy Avant (SM-G386T),
- Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime (SM-J327T),
- Samsung Galaxy J7 (SM-J700T),
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime (SM-J727T),
- Samsung Galaxy On5 (SM-G550T),
- Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920T),
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925T),
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (SM-G928T),
- Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930T),
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935T),
- Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950T),
- Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SM-G955T),
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920T),
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (SM-N930T),
- Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime (SM-G530T),
- Samsung Galaxy Core Prime (SM-G360T),
- Sony Xperia Z3 (D6616),
- ZTE Avid Plus (Z828),
- ZTE Avid Trio (Z833),
- ZTE Obsidian (Z820),
- ZTE Zinger (Z667T),
- ZTE Zmax Pro (Z981).
Once the unlock request is processed, customer needs to:
- Connect your phone to WiFi
- Go to Google play store and install the “Device Unlock” app from T-Mobile.
- Open app and select “Permanent Unlock“
Phone will check status from server and reboot, and will be unlocked !
Important Related Post: https://www.unlockbase.com/blog/mobile-device-unlock-app-troubleshooting/
When you try to unlock Huawei using UnlockBase, you may have noticed that recently certain IMEIs from new Huawei cell phone models are frequently returning the message “Not Available” even when you are using the correct Huawei Factory Code.
After some investigations we have since found out that these models are using a specific “Calculator” from Huawei and this explains why the Factory Code database is not returning the code. The Calculator has only recently been released and so hopefully we are now able to receive the Unlock Code in less than 3 hours for these Cell Phones.
Check out the list below for Huawei Cell Phones supported by the new Unlock Code Calculator.
Supported Huawei Models:
Huawei Ascend Y220, Y221,
Huawei Ascend Y320, Y321,
Huawei Ascend G500, Y511, Y520,
Huawei Ascend Y600,
Huawei Ascend 8836D,
Huawei G20, G2800S,
Huawei G3501, G3501 S.America, G3511, G3512, G3610, G3620, G3621, G3621L, G3622,
Huawei G5010, G5520, G5521, G5726,
Huawei G6005, G6006, G6151, G6210, G6605, G6608, G6620, G6622, G6800,
Huawei G7002, G7210, G7220, G7510, G7600, G7720,
Huawei S7-931U, s7-932U,
Huawei U2805, U5130-05,
Service Name: Huawei (New Model Calculator) – [Tool ID: 508]
Also check out our competitive prices on our Wholesale Unlock Pricing page.
As smart phones continue to get smarter and smarter, they naturally become more and more indispensable. These days, airlines, buses, and trains are making things even easier by offering ticketless travel. Just show up, present the ticket details on your phone and board the transport of your choice. Apart from that, the smart phone can schedule your trip, find you the best car rental, book your hotel…and of course, phone home. It’s a must have accessory on any trip.
So since the smart phone is so smart, it’s time you became equally wise, and not sleep walk into exorbitant overseas call charges from your service provider. These charges will drain you of your money quicker than a beach pickpocket on overtime.
For example, did you know that if you were to send a picture home via conventional text message, it could cost you up to $40.00 with some plans! That’s outrageous and criminally dumb, especially in this day and age where there are so many better and cheaper alternatives available.
In fairness, many of the leading carriers have relented and started to offer free roaming charges to several destinations. They didn’t do it because they wanted to. The truth is that every year since 2007, the maximum rate for calling or texting any European Economic Area (EEA) number while roaming within the borders of the zone while on a mobile phone in the EU, has been lowered. This covers all 28 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (the cap also applies to data). On July 1st this year another new cap will come into force, further reducing the cost of roaming in Europe.
This is following years of extremely high overseas charges where bills could easily run to thousands of dollars with the unaware cellphone owner having no idea as to the true cost of travelling overseas with a smart phone. But do not be deceived by some of these seemingly benevolent offers. Call charges overseas can still easily run to $3.00 or $4.00 a minute, and that doesn’t include data costs charged by the megabyte as you leisurely decide which restaurant to visit on your phone.
Also, forgetting to put your phone on roaming before you leave home is a big mistake. All of your home country voice mails, texts and other data are automatically “pushed” to your phone before you are out of the airport, or as soon as you have a signal. These can cost you a lot of money in a hurry.
But there is a better and much easier way. Here is a simple 5-step process for taking a smart phone with you when you travel overseas and how to save BIG money while doing so.
Step 1: Leave your contract smart phone home alone.
Just put it in a drawer and forget about it.
Step 2: Buy a SIM Free phone
Buy a SIM Free smart phone purely for travelling. Or if you have a second smart phone you don’t often use, get it unlocked by a reliable online unlock service such as UnlockBase. This will enable you to swap SIM cards easily as you travel and instantly enjoy local call rates in whichever country you visit. Friends and family will quickly get used to your new number while you are overseas.
Step 3: Buy a “World SIM” SIM card
As an alternative to swapping SIM cards wherever you go, consider a SIM card such as World SIM, which enables you to use your phone anywhere using just one number. This award-winning SIM card gives you free international roaming in 90+ countries, international phone calls for just a couple of cents a minute and competitive local call rates while you are at home.
Step 4: Investigate free Wi-Fi options
Whenever you travel, and wherever you are, try to avoid using too much data on your cell phone. The chances are you can get free WiFi in your hotel room, at an Internet cafe, or in a coffee shop. Check out JiWire WiFi Finder App for international Wi-Fi spots; searching by your destination makes it really easy to figure out which companies offer Wi-Fi services at your destination.
Step 5: Use Skype, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook for free messaging
Once you are happily in your room with the free WiFi blazing, use these free apps on your SIM Free smartphone to send your holiday photos, instant catch ups, email messages and more. If you have to make calls, make them, it’s ok because you will be on local or World SIM rates. If you use a Lycamobile SIM card you can even make free calls provided you call another Lycamobile number.
So get smart and follow these 5 simple steps so you can have peace of mind while actually enjoying your vacation and not worrying about an eye watering cell phone bill from your carrier when you get home.
Apple just released their iOS 9 Beta 1 firmware to developers for testing and feedback. If you want to have early access to iOS 9 Beta you just need to register the UDID as part of Developper program. We can do this for $4.9 and get your UDID Registered in less than 30 minutes from Monday to Friday during regular business hours. But first if you don’t know what’s UDID, please check this post to see How to find the UDID of any iPhone / iPad.
The whole process is not hard, but reserved to geek, we recommend that you do not order if you don’t understand what we explain in the comprehensive tutorial below as we won’t provide more guidelines / support if you’re stuck.
What steps should I take to install iOS 9 Beta
1. Order your UDID Registration with UnlockBase
2. Update to the latest version of iTunes.
3. Backup your device with iTunes (we are not responsible for any loss of data during the upgrade process).
4. Download the latest iOS Beta for your device (check the at the end of this post)
5. Upgrade to iOS 9 beta using the “Check For Update”.
For Mac: Hold down the “Alt/Option” key and hit “Restore” or “Update”.
For Windows: Hold down the “Shift” key and hit “Restore” or “Update”.
6. Select the firmware file (.ipsw) you downloaded in Step 4.
8. Enjoy your iPhone running on iOS 9 Beta:
iOS 9 Beta Download
Make sure to download the version for your exact “Model Number“
Guide to identify your iPad Model Number
Guide to identify your iPhone Model Number
Or simply look at the back cover of your iPad/iPhone as showed on the picture below:
Torrent Magnet Link
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 5s model A1453, A1533
iPhone 5s model A1457, A1518, A1528, A1530
iPhone 5c model A1456, A1532
iPhone 5c model A1507, A1516, A1526, A1529
iPhone 5 model A1428
iPhone 5 model A1429
iPad Air 2 model A1566
iPad Air 2 model A1567
iPad mini 3 model A1599
iPad mini 3 model A1600
iPad mini 3 model A1601
iPad Air model A1474
iPad Air model A1475
iPad Air model A1476
iPad mini 2 model A1489
iPad mini 2 model A1490
iPad mini 2 model A1491
iPad 4 model A1458
iPad 4 model A1459
iPad 4 model A1460
iPad mini model A1432
iPad mini model A1454
iPad mini model A1455
iPad 3 Wi-Fi
iPad 3 GSM
iPad 3 CDMA
iPad 2 Wi-Fi rev. A
iPad 2 Wi-Fi
iPad 2 GSM
iPad 2 CDMA
iPod touch generation 5
Cellpex is the next generation trade network for cell phones, tablets and accessories; they deal exclusively in wholesale lots. They have over 7 years of industry expertise with ambitions to become the largest industry platform with over 35,000 business accounts. Cellpex ranks no.1 on Google, Yahoo and Bing.
The idea behind the Cellpex Wholesale Trading Board is to cut out the middle man by purchasing from wholesale distributors, so as to negotiate better deals and secure better profits. Wholesale trade firms such as Cellpex are essential to the economy. They simplify product, payment, and information flows by acting as intermediaries between the manufacturer and the final customer. It’s fair to say, if you want it, Cellpex probably has it, as hundreds of new suppliers join us every day.
In the past decade, wholesale cellphone markets have blossomed hugely and they act on behalf of the buyers and sellers of goods.
While Cellpex cuts out the middle man and subsequently cuts the cost of doing business, it does mean you are no longer dealing with a friendly, familiar sales rep who comes to you and discusses business face to face. It’s a familiar scenario with anyone who deals on the internet: how do you trust your supplier if you have never met them?
Here are five key steps to safe trading on the site that will help you to safely start negotiating some great deals and get prompt delivery of your goods.
1) First find the models and stocks you want. Take your time to refine your search using the Advanced Search options. Be sure to register first and start sourcing afterwards. By doing this you can post a purchase request which will be available online immediately and check out some of the members’ details. It’s a great way to find new business opportunities. Also, make sure you browse the Members Directory, as it might reveal local business opportunities.
2) Always perform your due diligence. Cellpex has many of the world’s leading wholesale suppliers on its database, but as with any business, if you find a supplier who is selling what you want, first do your homework. Cellpex works hard to screen all new suppliers, and places bad suppliers on a blacklist, but you should protect yourself with your own research about the company or dealer on the internet. Have other traders had a good or bad experience with them?
3) Understand the compliance issues. Get to know all the relevant import compliance regulations of your home country before you buy. Besides customs and border protection, other government authorities also regulate the importation of all kinds of goods including cellphones, tablets and other electronic devices. You should seek the services of a customs house broker before placing any order and learn the ropes.
4) Know your trade buzzwords. Called INCOTERMS, they refer to shipping procedures such as FOB (Free On Board), CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) and EXW (Ex-Works). These terms are used to divide transaction costs and responsibilities between buyer and seller and reflect best practices in transportation procedures. They closely correspond to the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.
5) Never pay for online services or goods via Western Union. It doesn’t matter where the store claims to be based, once you send money it can be picked up anywhere in the recipient’s country, with no way of tracing the person who picked it up. Criminals therefore remain anonymous. And of course, be suspicious if the seller is using a free email service such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail.
There is of course more to learn, but these steps will certainly help you to get going. For further information visit www.cellpex.com.
The UDID is a unique 40-character key that identifies your iPhone or any Apple iDevice. It is calculated by SHA1 encoding four of the following data:
UDID = SHA1 (serial_number + ECID + wifiMac + bluetoothMac)
It’s a bit like a Social Security Number: specific to each unit; it enables Apple to immediately find the phone in its database of millions of mobile data from iPod, iPad etc. However, there’s a much simpler way to do this, and the good news is you don’t have to be a geek to understand it. We will explain how to find the UDID of your iPhone easily.
Method # 1: Conventional method: UDID via iTunes
The best known method is to find the UDID from iTunes. Nothing could be easier: connect your iPhone via USB cable, open iTunes, click your device, then on the screen summarizing the information on your iPhone, simply click the serial number. Each click will cycle and reveal clean data on your phone. Once the UDID is displayed, right click the mouse button to copy, as shown here:
This method is very easy except when your iPhone is locked by iCloud, in which case you cannot access this screen because iTunes will immediately ask you for the email and password of your iCloud account. This is where we offer a second method.
Method # 2: Recover an iPhone UDID without iTunes with Windows
Nothing could be simpler, just plug your iPhone with a USB cable into your PC and follow these instructions:
- Open the “Windows Control Panel”
- Open “Devices and Printers” (under “Hardware and Sound”)
- Find and double-click “Apple Mobile Device USB Driver” (1)
- A properties window will open, select the “Hardware” tab
- Click “Apple Mobile Device USB Driver” (2) and then “Properties” (3)
- A 3rd window opens, select the “Details” tab (4)
- In the drop down list of properties, locate the “Device Instance Path” (5)
- Once selected, the “Value” is displayed below, simply right click and select “Copy” (6)
You will see something like this:
It’s the last part that interests us: 81130C21720C887B991F2181369C201A24DFFF65
Method # 3: Recover an iPhone UDID without iTunes with MAC
First, power on your iDevice and plug it into your Mac. Select the Apple icon at the top-left of the Menu Bar, hold the Option key on the keyboard, and select “System Information” (this menu entry replaces “About This Mac” when the Option key is depressed).
When the System Information window loads, look under the Hardware section on the left and select the entry for USB. A list of your Mac’s USB ports and any attached USB hubs will appear on the right. Find your iPhone in this list and look at the bottom panel. You’ll see a long string of numbers and letters listed for “Serial Number.” Despite the name, this is not your iPhone’s serial number; it’s the UDID.
Why find the UDID of my iPhone could be useful?
Thanks to this unique identifier, we are able to offer UDID Registration to get early access to iOS 11, you’ll get quick UDID Registration that let you join our development team so you are authorized to test out iOS beta firmwares. Our fee is cheaper than registering as a developer yourself.
In the past, unlocking a cellphone used to be a hazardous and risky undertaking that could void the warranty on your phone, but in recent years all that has changed. Nowadays you can have the phone of your choice and quickly acquire the necessary unlock code to unlock your phone and not void the warranty.
Not surprisingly, in a counter measure to this, many of the key cellphone carriers now offer attractive ‘sim only’ deals to tempt you to stay with them. They definitely do not want to lose your business, but the chances are, no matter what they may offer, it’s quite possible you can find a better deal elsewhere; should you choose to unlock your phone.
Freedom to decide on your carrier
The cellphone business has moved on, and where in the past many manufacturers had locks on the phones that prevented you from switching your carrier (such as iPhones); these days, due to growing public demand not to be tied down to a particular carrier and locked into a contract, it is not only possible to unlock your cell phone, it’s actually incredibly simple. It can be achieved online in a matter of minutes through trusted online cellphone unlocking specialists such as UnlockBase.
Why service providers have had to change their tune
The days of high charges and long service contracts from the major service providers are over, and thankfully so! And while a monthly contract can still offer you good value for your money, with generous free call minutes and all you can eat data, contracts have had to change because in the last few years the way we use cellphones has changed dramatically too, and for once, things have not worked in the mighty carrier’s favor.
Widely available free apps have altered the way we use our cellphones. Walk into any cellphone service provider today and they will be happy to offer you virtually unlimited texts, but in this era of free WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and other instant communications apps, frankly, who bothers to send text messages? Maybe your auntie.
Service providers are still desperately keen to push you into a 24 month contract by offering you a seemingly free phone, but in reality you pay for the phone within the first year and then you are still locked into the contract.
With a pay as you go plan you consume only what you need. You decide how many phone calls you make and how much data you use, and provided you have a WiFi broadband plan at home, you don’t need to rely on the data allowance the carrier decides to give you as part of your package.
This not only saves you income on your monthly fees, it also enables you to decide on the phone you want, rather than having to limit yourself to what’s available as a locked phone from your contract provider.
No contract, no commitment
An unlocked phone may present a larger up front cost, as you have to purchase the phone sim free. With your contract plan the phone can be given to you, but as you know, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Those 24 months of contract billing will be landing on your doormat long after you have decided you want to upgrade. With an unlocked phone you are the master of your destiny, controlling your expenditure on your phone, and not being constantly surprised by mystery add-on charges that contract providers love to put on your bill, especially if you choose to go abroad. In fact, carriers want to keep you so badly that they are even willing to sacrifice their biggest cash cow, the exorbitant cost of overseas calls. A lot of carriers now offer free calls in many overseas destinations. A few years ago, this would have been unheard of.
Freedom to download what you want
Another reason to opt for a pay as you go plan is the fact that certain suppliers offer you a locked phone but limit you to certain apps in the iTunes store. Why? Because they don’t want you to use free communications devices! But if you have an unlocked phone, you can obtain any app, from any site, or download any free app from anywhere on the web.
Your sim free, pay as you go phone also enables you to easily swap sim cards to whatever your heart desires. You can try out several new ‘value you’re your money’ sim card offerings such as Lycamobile and Lebara and quickly discover that they offer far cheaper overseas call rates, competitive local call rates, and even free calls to overseas if calling from one Lycamobile number to another.
You can also opt for dual, tri, or quad band networks wherever you decide to travel. Simply switch your sim card to a local provider and you avoid high-priced roaming charges. Freedom of mobility, freedom of choice, freedom to use your phone the way you wish. These are they key advantages of pay as you go.
Privacy and confidentiality
And finally, if privacy and anonymity is important to you, a pay as you go phone is the smart option. Unless you register the sim card, the supplier doesn’t know who you are or what calls you are making. With a contract plan, everything you do, every number you dial, every site you visit is traceable.
Exclusively for UnlockBase server we are now able to offer a new service to unlock any iPhone from 3 Hutchison Ireland. Turnaround of delivery is up to 15 Business days (with average time of delivery in 7 days) and support absolutely all iPhone from Three Hutchison Ireland, including the 6 and 6 Plus ! This is a new exclusive service from UnlockBase Server, all we need is the IMEI of your iPhone and it will be registered as “Unlocked” on iTunes server (Permanent Factory Unlock).
Service Name: 3 Hutchison Ireland – All iPhone including 6 and 6 Plus – [Tool ID: 832]
You can check our prices on our Wholesale Unlock Pricing page.