Throughout the UK, network providers are notorious for locking their customer’s mobiles in a bid to stop you from switching provider. Whilst this is just another devious tactic used by these companies as part of their customer retention processes, it can cause a lot of problems in the long term. Here we will be discussing some of the problems customers with locked phones will face and how Unlocking your mobile can help!
As an unlocked phone is no longer tied to a network it means you can explore selling it for a higher price when you decide to upgrade to a newer model. Mobiles which are unlocked will go for much higher prices than their locked counterparts, particularly on sites such as eBay. You will also find that if you choose to sell your phone using a mobile recycling service, there tends to be on average a £30-£40 price difference between a mobile locked to a network and one which is unlocked. Wherever you decide to sell your mobile, an unlocked phone will always fetch a higher re-sell price!
One of the biggest issues locked phones face is when travelling abroad, network providers make it impossible for you to switch the network to a local provider who will offer a cheaper rate for calls and texts. Many people often buy a cheap Sim card when abroad to save money but again if your phone is locked you will end up paying a small fortune for the incoming and outgoing call through ‘roaming charges’. Despite roaming charges in the EU being abolished in 2017, if you are anywhere outside of the European Union you are still at risk of paying your network’s extortionate rates. Plus, with Brexit on the horizon, there are now questions surrounding roaming charges and if the UK will be able to enjoy these benefits exclusive to EU members. If there were ever a time to unlock your mobile, it would definitely be now!
Those who prefer Android and Windows mobiles over Apple iPhone benefit even more from unlocked phones as they are able to receive software updates in advance of those tied to networks. Manufacturers are able to send updates straight out without having to wait for the UK networks to add their own terms and conditions to firmware before releasing it.
Instead of being tied into costly and lengthy contracts, if you have a mobile you are happy with, by simply unlocking it you can often find a way better deal by switching to ‘Sim-only’ on another network. This way you don’t have to pay out eye-watering amounts every month where you are forced to bundle the cost of a new phone into your already high-priced contract.
Unlocking your phone is completely legal but is kept under wraps by mobile phone companies who are eager to keep you locked into their network!
To unlock any phone with Imfixed, we just need your Phone Brand, model, country and network provider your phone is locked to. Once we have this information, we will be able to unlock your phone instantly.