Tip & How-To about Cell Phones

# CHECK SIM-LOCK

Note - If you bought your Nokia on UK Vodafone or UK Cellnet you do not need to check this because they both transmit on GSM900, and they don't lock the phones. However if you bought your phone on UK Orange or UK One2one your phone may be blocked. The reason is that they both transmitt on GSM1800. To make a call on GSM1800 you need what is known as a "Dual band" phone. A dual band phone is able to transmit on both GSM900 and GSM1800, so they lock the phones so you can't use it with any other network simcard. If you find that your phone is locked you can try different software to unlock it. (we havn't found one that works yet), or you can ask your service provider who will gladly exchange the 10 digit code for about £35.
This is how to check the status of the 4 different locks. Aslo don't try entering the wrong number, because after 3 times it will block the phone for good.

There are 4 different locks on your Nokia phone.

• COUNTRY-LOCK
• NETWORK-LOCK
• PROVIDER-LOCK
• SIMCARD-LOCK
The code to read out the sim-lock status of your phone is

#PW+(MASTERCODE)+(Y)#
• # = DOUBLE-CROSS
• W = PRESS "*" THREE TIMES
• P = PRESS "*" FOUR TIMES
• + = PRESS "*" TWO TIMES
• MASTERCODE = 1234567890
• Y = NUMBER 1 TO 4
The master code is a secret code. The code has 10 digits, To read out the sim-lock status you can enter every combination you want!
"Y" Shows the status of the network-lock. Here you can enter a number from "1" to "4". The "4" is for the sim-card lock.

SIM-LOCK CHECKS
• #PW+1234567890+1# = GIVES PROVIDER-LOCK STATUS
• #PW+1234567890+2# = GIVES NETWORK-LOCK STATUS
• #PW+1234567890+3# = GIVES COUNTRY-LOCK STATUS
• #PW+1234567890+4# = GIVES SIM-CARD-LOCK STATUS.

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Network operator SMS Centre Number O2 (Was BT Cellnet / Genie mobile) +447802000332 (contract)
+447802092035 (pay as you go)
Alt: +447802000334
T-Mobile (was One2One) +447958879879 Orange +447973100973
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CHECK SIM-LOCK
Note - If you bought your Nokia on UK Vodafone or UK Cellnet you do not need to check this because they both transmit on GSM900, and they don't lock the phones. However if you bought your phone on UK Orange or UK One2one your phone may be blocked. The reason is that they both transmitt on GSM1800. To make a call on GSM1800 you need what is known as a "Dual band" phone. A dual band phone is able to transmit on both GSM900 and GSM1800, so they lock the phones so you can't use it with any other network simcard. If you find that your phone is locked you can try different software to unlock it. (we havn't found one that works yet), or you can ask your service provider who will gladly exchange the 10 digit code for about £35.
This is how to check the status of the 4 different locks. Aslo don't try entering the wrong number, because after 3 times it will block the phone for good.

There are 4 different locks on your Nokia phone.
• COUNTRY-LOCK
• NETWORK-LOCK
• PROVIDER-LOCK
• SIMCARD-LOCK
The code to read out the sim-lock status of your phone is

#PW+(MASTERCODE)+(Y)#
• # = DOUBLE-CROSS
• W = PRESS "*" THREE TIMES
• P = PRESS "*" FOUR TIMES
• + = PRESS "*" TWO TIMES
• MASTERCODE = 1234567890
• Y = NUMBER 1 TO 4
The master code is a secret code. The code has 10 digits, To read out the sim-lock status you can enter every combination you want!
"Y" Shows the status of the network-lock. Here you can enter a number from "1" to "4". The "4" is for the sim-card lock.

SIM-LOCK CHECKS
• #PW+1234567890+1# = GIVES PROVIDER-LOCK STATUS
• #PW+1234567890+2# = GIVES NETWORK-LOCK STATUS
• #PW+1234567890+3# = GIVES COUNTRY-LOCK STATUS
• #PW+1234567890+4# = GIVES SIM-CARD-LOCK STATUS.

May 12, 2008 | Nokia 6120

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