Posted by Mike Evans in How To on May 10, 2006

Many mobile network operators lock a mobile phone to their network, ensuring you can’t just up and leave them whenever you feel like it. They do this by locking your phone’s SIM to the phone itself, so no other SIM will work in it. But what if you do want to switch networks? What if you want to leave your old contract and go to a shiny new (and cheaper!) operator, or just switch SIMs to use a local operator’s network when you travel abroad?

For this, you need to unlock your phone, and it’s not as difficult (or illegal!) as you might think. To show you how, we’ve compiled a handy guide on how to unlock your mobile phone, which includes a bag of links, free software and even books on unlocking phones.

Read how to unlock a mobile phone.

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