Is ‘unlocking’ phones illegal?

Mobile phone in handUnlocking is not illegal.

It is a process that takes place when you change mobile supplier and your new supplier needs to change the SIM settings of your handset which was issued by your previous supplier.

Usually, mobile service providers require a minimum contract or service period to expire before they unlock your phone. Most service providers charge a fee for this service.

To find out more, read our guide about mobile phone locking and unlocking including the current policies of the major providers.

Mobile phone locking and unlocking guide