When you unlock a mobile phone, you unlock its potential. In an instant it becomes cheaper to run, more flexible, more global, and, most importantly, more suited to you.
Take Control of your Locked Phone
Shift the balance of power from the network you're tied to and back over to you.
If contracts aren't right for you, don't get tied down. Make the most of dual SIM card functionality if you want to.
Keep Talking as you Travel
Switch to local networks when abroad to avoid roaming charges.
Make the Right Switch
Whether it’s more data, more reliable coverage or more options, find the best fit plan for you.
Grow your Assets
Increase the investment in your new phone if you need to sell it on.
Shop Around and Save more
Make your phone work with your budget by sourcing lower prices and better deals.
What's an IMEI, and where can I find it?
When you buy a mobile device from a network it comes with a unique number (usually an IMEI or ESN number). Networks use it to identify your phone. This number tells other providers and operating systems if your phone is locked to a specific network, for example Optus. Or if it’s unlocked and can be used on other networks, such as Telstra or Three Mobile, for example.
An IMEI consists of 15 digits and it’s stored on the Equipment Identity Register (EIR), a central register used by mobile operating systems to store and track mobile phone data.
You can’t unlock your phone without your IMEI. But it takes more than simply knowing the number. You also need access to the central manufacturer database. And only whitelisted software like Mobile Unlocked has that kind of access.
Want to find your IMEI? You can find it in your ‘Settings > About’ screen, under the battery, or by dialling *#06# on your device.
How to unlock your iPhone Xr and other iPhone models
If your iPhone Xr is (or was, if you bought it second hand) a subsidized phone, sold with prepaid contracts, chances are it will have a lock on it.
If it’s locked you’ll only be able to use the original SIM card provided by the network you bought your phone from. If it’s unlocked you can insert and use a SIM card from another provider.
A SIM lock is built into a phone. And is managed by a form of software code. So it’s impossible to remove or amend manually by simply adjusting something in your phone’s settings. To unlock the phone, the code needs to be removed. Learn more about an iPhone unlock code and remote carrier unlocking.
The quickest and easiest way to a permanently unlocked iPhone Xr (or the iPhone XS and other iPhone models) is using an affordable third-party provider like Mobile Unlocked. Using just the IMEI number of your phone, our whitelisted software works fast to locate your SIM unlock code from the phone manufacturer database and remove it. Everything happens remotely so you keep your phone the whole time with no break in service. It’s a permanent unlock and fast.
How to unlock an iPhone Xr without a passcode (no factory reset required)
The network lock placed on a phone isn’t only the barrier you’ll come across when using a mobile device such as the iPhone Xr. The security functions on an iPhone Xr are an important iPhone feature and understandably high. But they can prove frustrating and impractical if you’re legitimately entitled to access the device but can’t because you don’t know the passcode or login details. And can't get past the lock screen. This can happen for a number of reasons.
If it’s a secondhand iPhone Xr, the previous owner’s passcode, Apple ID and Face ID set-up may still be active, preventing you from logging on. If it’s a new phone, there’s also the chance you’ve simply forgotten your passcode.
Both of these scenarios will prevent you from using your phone. And could result in your device being disabled if there are too many failed login attempts.
The good news is, with Mobile Unlocked's unlocking service you can unlock your iPhone Xr without knowing the passcode or Face ID, even if it's been disabled. And, unlike other network unlock methods (iTunes and ‘Find My’, for example) it doesn’t involve a factory reset of your device. Or any need to use the recovery mode. Which means your data and settings stay safe and in place.
If you own an iPhone Xr, you may or may not be aware that there are actually four Xr iPhone models of the phone. Two of the models are designed for the Asian market. One is designed for the North American market. The other is designed for the global market. Why does that matter here? Well, depending on the model you have will determine your choice of different network, once the phone is unlocked.
This is the most popular and common model. Sold in the US and Canada direct to customers in Apple stores and via third-party networks, it works on 4G LTE, GSM and CDMA frequency bands. And, as such, is compatible with most North American networks, and prepaid MVNO and global networks if it’s unlocked. These include (among others):
iPhone Xr A2105
The global version of the iPhone Xr device, this model only supports GSM networks.
iPhone Xr A2106 and A2107
These models are unique to the Asian markets and not designed to work fully with Australian networks such as Optus and Telstra.
Phones, particularly the latest model iPhones such as the iPhone Xr, are notoriously expensive to buy outright. This is why most people enter into pre-payment contracts which build the cost of the phone into 24 or 48 more manageable monthly payments. These subsidized phones are usually locked at least until the contract term has been reached.
There is, of course, the option to buy a device directly and in full from a manufacturer such as Apple. Or through a third-party retailer such as Amazon. With the physical device paid for at the point of purchase, most of these devices come unlocked.
It’s hard to tell if a used phone is locked or unlocked when you buy it. Some will be. Some won’t. You can ask the seller before you commit. But until you insert your new SIM card you still won’t know for sure.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to run a network check before you buy. Using Mobile Unlocked you just need your IMEI and we’ll find out in seconds. And send you a full report via email.
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