‘Sony’ Archive

How to Unlock Sony Phone

 

Unlocking a Sony mobile device is a unique process compared to other android or smart devices. There may be several locks applied to your Sony phone and we have to know how many lock levels apply for us to successfully unlock it permanently. Also, it is necessary for us to know your phone unlock eligibility

 

4 Things You Need To Get Your Sony Phone Unlocked:

  1. Non-carrier SIM Card
  2. IMEI number
  3. IMEI/Carrier Status (Make sure it’s not Blacklisted/ Reported Lost or Stolen)
  4. Unlock Eligibility

It is important for us to know your phone’s IMEI number because that will be our only guide to calculate or create the unlock code specifically assigned to it. Also, your phone’s IMEI status lets us set proper expectations whether your phone can be unlocked or not and if you can use it after it is unlocked.

If your phone is blacklisted by your carrier, there’s a slim chance we can unlock it and even if we can successfully unlock it, you will still be unable to use it in your own country even with a different carrier.

Blacklisted phones have their IMEI registered in a national database that is shared among the carriers in your country. This is the reason why Blacklisted phones can’t be of use to anyone unless it’s unlocked and used in a different country.

 

How To Unlock A Sony Phone

How to Unlock a Sony Phone

 

You can unlock your Sony phone through 2 different ways:

  1. Your Carrier
  2. UnlockBase

 

If you choose the latter which is to unlock your phone with us, you can order an unlock code for your Sony phone. All you need to do is to enter the information being asked and follow the process as is.

Your device’s IMEI number and carrier, as well as your working email address,  will be needed for us to communicate.

If you already received an email confirmation about your unlock code order from us you will see the instructions for identifying it’s SIM-lock state and its unlock eligibility. If you already did it as per instruction, you can now proceed to the actual unlock process.

 

  1. Switch ON your Sony phone with a non-accepted SIM Card.
  2. Sony phone will ask you to enter SIM Unlock PIN.
  3. Enter Unlock Code (16 digit code).
  4. Your Sony phone will be unlocked!

 

Note: Before ordering a code for your Sony phone, no matter what model, please make sure to check first if it is “eligible” for unlock.

 

Read: More about SIM Unlock Eligibility on the latter part of this article. (Jump to explanation)

If you choose to unlock with your carrier, there’s a high likelihood that you will have to pay for the remaining device balance if you got your phone through a plan.

Nonetheless, unlocking your phone with them successfully works almost all the time. The process of unlocking it with them may involve technical needs or you can go straight to their nearby store if you need help.

Some carriers, like T-Mobile and MetroPCS (for the US only), lets you unlock your phone remotely through a pre-installed app called the Mobile Device Unlock App.

Note: Only Sony Xperia Z3 is supported by the Mobile Device Unlock App, pre-installed by T-Mobile USA. Please check this article to know more about Mobile Device Unlock App and all its supported devices.

 

What Are The Instances That The Unlock Codes Fail?

What are the Instances that the Unlock Codes Fail

 

We can guarantee you that there’s a zero chance our codes fail to unlock your phone. We work with several vendors and service providers that assure us that the codes we have generated are specifically for your device and for the specific IMEI you have provided us.

If in the unlikely chance the code we gave you didn’t work, we always own the mistake and process a refund for you if you insist or give up and stop finding another way.

*We may have missed something along the way, so in the process, our customer service representative who’s handling your concern may be able to find out why and resolve the issue.

However, if the codes we gave you didn’t work, here are the possible reasons why:

  1. You gave the wrong IMEI
  2. Your phone is rooted or is running a custom ROM
  3. Your phone is not eligible for unlock

 

If the unsuccessful unlock is caused by any of the above reasons, we are afraid we will be unable to give you a full refund. We always list the refund eligibility on our initial email interaction with you, and all disclosures, including what’s mentioned above, are mentioned.

Moreover, we always advise our customers to do the unlock eligibility status check on their Sony phone before proceeding on the code order process. All the instructions are included in our email and should you feel lost or if you are afraid because it’s too technical for your level, you can always contact our customer service team, with no charge.

If you want to get a heads up about your phone’s sim unlock eligibility, please check the article below.

 

How To Check if Your Sony Phone is Eligible for Unlock

 

How to Check if Your Sony Phone is Eligible for Unlock

 

Your phone will be ineligible for unlocking when it is already hard locked to your carrier. Hard locked phones are permanently locked to a carrier and your phone will become hard locked if you enter the wrong code many times and have used up all the unlock attempts allowed by your phone.

Here’s how you check your phone’s SIM-lock status:

  1. Open the Dialer and enter the following sequence: *#*#7378423#*#*
  2. A menu will appear.
  3. Go to: SERVICE INFO.
  4. Go to: SIMLOCK.
  5. Check where is X.
  6. If X is on NETWORK and value is different than 0, you can unlock the phone with our codes. In case if Sony Xperia Z shows (X) network lower than 5 and not 0, that means we can’t unlock it.

 

Please check the following images for your guidance.

Sony Phone Cannot be Unlocked

 

Sony Phone Can be Unlocked

 

 

As you have seen in the images, the image where the value next to Network is 7 is the only phone that’s unlockable or eligible for unlocking. It means we have 7 more unlock attempts to use.

We don’t support values before 5 because we are unsure about the allowable unlock attempts. We always put a safety margin for unlocking attempts to set proper expectations.

Another image shows the value next to Network is 0, so that means there are no more available unlock attempts available for you to enter an unlock code and that the phone has already hard locked itself to its carrier.

If you are seeing a higher value than 5, then you can now proceed with the unlock process and order a SIM unlock code from us. Please choose your phone’s model correctly.

 

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Warnings from Sony about Unlocking the Bootloader on Xperia Z3

Since 2008 the Sony Xperia (a name taken from the word experience) line of smart phones and tablets have been a mainstay of their mobile device line.  Growing with the new world of hand held, mobile computing, Xperia products first began incorporating the Android operating system in 2010.  Every new piece of technology released in the Sony Xperia line is a chance for users and techies alike to explore the possibilities offered by the continued improvement in functionality and processing capabilities.  The announcement about the newest addition to their smart phone line, the Xperia Z3, already has tech sites buzzing about the device while carefully examining its capabilities.

Bootloaders, Smart Phones and You

The world of DOS, Windows and now Android has always been about allowing users the freedom to customize their experience.  Open source code and the world of innovation allowed continuous improvements and changing.  Savvy smart phone users figured out that by unlocking a phone’s bootloader many major pieces of software could be modified and customized.  A bootloader is the instructions guiding a phone during start up.  Unlocking the bootloader allows for new operating systems to be installed and loaded that have been developed specifically for Android based phones such as Ubuntu or Cyanogen.  However, there are potential drawbacks if you decide to modify your smart phone.

Sony Warns Xperia Users Against Unlocking Bootloaders

Smart phone manufacturers are generally against users unlocking the bootloader on their device.  Obviously there are monetary reasons for this, as manufacturers contract with software companies to create the platform and related applications on any given device.  Furthermore companies warn that the integrity of security may be compromised by altering the configuration of a device.  Sony states on their website that unlocking the bootloader on their Xperia Z3 device will void the warranty due to these concerns.  Sony additionally warns users that unlocking the bootloader may cause certain preloaded applications to fail, prevent updates to software and cause users to be unable to purchase and download anything from Sony’s digital storefronts.

DRM Keys and Mobile Devices

The reason that unlocking the bootloader on the Sony Xperia Z3 may cause so many problems for users is the face that in doing so the device’s DRM keys will be deleted.  DRM (digital rights management) security keys allow a smart phone to prove that it has the right to use certain applications or online purchases related to the device.  When these keys are lost by unlocking the Xperia’s bootloader certain applications become unusable and users are unable to prove to Sony’s online storefronts that the device is compatible and secure.  The decision by Sony to make these DRM keys linked to the system’s bootloader leaves users with a difficult decision to make if they want greater customization options.

Sony Xperia Camera Algorithms Affected

The loss of the Xperia’s DRM security keys also reportedly affects the functionality of the device’s camera.  The camera on the Xperia Z3 has been billed as one of the smart phone’s major strengths, producing crisp, clear images.  The loss of the DRM keys due to unlocking the device’s bootloader apparently affects the camera’s image quality.  This is due to the fact that the camera’s advanced algorithms controlling image quality are controlled by the DRM keys.  While this type of result occurred in the past with other Sony devices, several sources that got their hands on the Xperia Z3 early have released images showing a significant reduction in quality.

Conclusion

Hopefully you can unlock your Sony without compromising the Bootloader. To avoid any issues, we recommend ordering the factory unlock code of your Sony Xperia Z3. Ultimately it is the user’s decision to modify their device or make major changes through unlocking the bootloader.  It is important to understand the positives and potential drawbacks before making a decision that could potentially affect your smart phone’s performance, software and warranty.  If you are thinking about purchasing the Sony Xperia Z3 be sure to look into all the possible consequences before making a decision about modifying your device.

Unlock Sony Xperia U, Xperia S, Xperia P, Xperia Sola

Service for SonyEricsson by IMEI Only is down, but we’re please to inform that we just restart a new service working with IMEI + Serial Number new prices are 28 EUR or 39 USD or 25 GBP. You can start submit your order again using one of these two services “SonyEricsson (IMEI + S/N)” or “Sony Xperia (IMEI + S/N)”

We remind you it’s Factory Codes, absolutely all networks are supported (excepted Telcel Mexico) even the Xperia X8, S, P, U, Sola X10 mini, Mini Pro, Play, Arc, etc… To calculate the code, we just need the IMEI, the MODEL and the KBH (also know as S/N). To find the KBH (S/N) just press : >*<<*<* (right arrow, star, left arrow, left arrow, star, left arrow, star)

– then select “Service Info
– then select “Configurations
– and you will see IMEI + KBH info.

Video Example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXVMLK2Kglw

There is also a simpler way to get the KBH on some SonyEricsson phones, by simply looking at the sticker behind the battery as shown on this picture:

KBH  INFO

Left red square is KBH, right red square is IMEI
And all Levels come back : NCK, NSCK, SPK, CCK, ESL

Unlock Sony Xperia U, Xperia S, Xperia P, Xperia Sola

The services “Sony Xperia (All Level by IMEI)” [Tool ID: 383] and “SonyEricsson (All Level by IMEI)” [Tool ID: 273] are currently down until further notice. We’re sorry to inform everybody that we just return as Not Found all pending order and remove these services from our Server.

Unlock Sony Xperia U, Xperia S, Xperia P, Xperia Sola

There “Sony Ericsson” recently rebrand to “Sony” so we’re now offering two tool :

– Sony Xperia (All Level by IMEI) [Tool ID: 383]
– SonyEricsson (All Level by IMEI) [Tool ID: 273]

If you need to Unlock Sony Xperia U, Xperia S, Xperia P or Xperia Sola you need to select the tool Sony Xperia (All Level by IMEI) [Tool ID: 383]. Price is the same for both, but please note we just raise the turnaround for delivery to 7<>14 days. Supplier just give us today this alert below:

Sony-ericsson codes suplier delivery today codes for IMEI’s that was pending till 26.03.2012. As he informed us that he is facing server limit problem, next codes delivery will be done on 10.04.2012. Each pending IMEI can be cancel till 06,04,2012. And from now time for get unlock code will increase to 7 to 14 days.

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