What is a master SUBSIDY lock

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SIM lock:

A SIM-LOCK, Network Lock, carrier-lock, IMEI LOCK or (master) SUBSIDY lock serves as a technical restriction built into CDMA and GSM mobile phone devices by producers for use by carriers to restrict the use of these phones to specific locations and/or networks. This is as opposed to a cell phone (retrospectively called SIM-free or unlocked) that does not impose any SIM restrictions.In the event the mobile handsets weren't locked, consumers may sign an agreement with one provider, get the discounted phone, then quit paying the monthly bill (thus breaking the agreement) and start using the smartphone on another mobile phone network or maybe sell the device for a profit. SIM locking curbs this by barring a change of network (using a new SIM).

Unlocking Technology:

A smartphone can be unlocked simply by entering a code provided by the service operator. Different mechanisms incorporate software running on the handset or a computer or laptop connected to the device, hardware devices that attach to the phone or over-the-air by the provider. Usually the unlock procedure is permanent. The code needed to do away with all locks from a cell phone is referred to as the master code, network code key, or multi-lock code. If the phone is network locked it will generally display one of the following messages: SIM network PIN blocked, Enter lock PIN.


Phone makers have monetary incentives both to strengthen SIM lock protection (which placates mobile phone network companies and permits exclusivity discounts) and to weaken it (widening a mobile phone's appeal to customers that typically are not interested in the service provider that offers it). Also, making it too tough to unlock a mobile might make it less desirable to network service providers who've a legal liability to supply unlock codes for certain handsets or in particular countries.

Unlocking Services:

A certain amount of organizations offer a network phone unlocking service . This service requires individuals who want to unlock a handset to give their IMEI number to a unlocking company and sometimes they will also request the country and cellular network the handset is locked to, sometimes sent via email or entered on their web site. The supplier will then supply (once you have paid) a unlock code for the device. For many brands for instance Nokia and Samsung various services additionally supply unique remote-unlocking software with directions, where a cable is required to remove the SIM lock at home. Such vendors may email the unlocking code or software which will remotely unlock the unit. The price for unlocking a cell phone can differ based upon the network it's locked to and the mobile phone model itself, as each unlock code is unique to each specific device.

Unlocking Service Providers:

Unfortunately there are a multitude of dodgy sellers working in the mobile phone unlocking industry. Consequently it is prudent to be certain you find a reliable supplier for this service. To assist with the search for a legitimate company, we have supplied a list below (and in no particular order) of a few legitimate organisations currently offering such services.

Reputable Mobile Phone IMEI Unlocking Service Providers: