Tuesday 5 July 2011

Unlock your Galaxy S Phone for free?

Warning: Check with your service provider and manufacturer before you unlock your phone. Unlocking your phone will most certainly void your warranty, and may lead to connection problems with your original service provider or your new service provider.

Note: Sometimes, asking your cell phone provider for an unlock code may work as well, so you should certainly look this up and see what your provider tells you.

With that said, if you're out of warranty, or want a quick way to unlock (and relock too!) your Samsung Galaxy S (has to be a Galaxy S phone (so it'll work on Captivate, Vibrant and so on)... as I've not tried this on any other phone. Chances are good that it may not work), here's what you can do:

First, root your phone. Here's an app: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=803682 to do so if you haven't already. Follow the instructions on the page, and you should be able to root your phone in a few clicks. Again, this will void your warranty, may kill your phone etc.

Second, install the Galaxy S Unlock App from http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=906255. And try to follow the instructions (first try Step 1, then Step 2 etc.) on the Unlock Tab (namely Step 2, where a configuration file gets overwritten to disable network lock..) to unlock your phone. Note that if you do step 2, the phone may appear to be unresponsive for quite a few seconds before it reboots to freedom.

That was easy. And free too (you should definitely donate to those people though!).

If you're having any trouble, don't post comments here (no one will likely read them). Head on over to the XDA forums linked above, and try searching for answers. If that doesn't work then make a quick post there and someone will definitely reply.

Got a question, tip or comment? Send them to beyondteck+question@gmail.com and we'll try to answer it in a blog post!

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