How to Unlock Samsung phones in Bristol

Where to get Samsung phone unlocked in Bristol

You have a new Samsung phone — well new to you — but it's not on the right network.

Or maybe you've seen a bargain on the SIM deals page and you need to unlock your Samsung phone so it works on any network.

There's many reasons for unlocking a Samsung Galaxy phone — cheaper deals, the ability to use local SIM cards when you go abroad (this is a great idea to escape paying roaming charges), or just to increase the resale value. We all know why it's good to unlock a Samsung phone . The question is where in Bristol can you get a Samsung Galaxy phone unlocked?

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How to unlock a Samsung phone in Bristol

There are 2 ways to get your Samsung phone unlocked in Bristol

1. Do it yourself online.

Unlocking a Samsung Galaxy phone is really easy. You don't need to go into any shop and pay them to do it for you. It can all be done online, and your phone is unlocked in a few days. Just make sure you use an official, legitimate, company. We've reviewed a lot of mobile phone unlocking services and in Bristol, we recommend Direct Unlocks

Think of all the time you'll save. You don't have the hassle of going into Bristol center, getting a parking spot, and then having to leave your phone with them for a few days. Plus you have to pay extra for that.

Local shops in Bristol don't actually have the facilities to unlock a Samsung phone. You need to be a really large company to be able to become an official unlock center. So, they will basically do the unlock online for you and then charge you a small fee.

It's best that you visit Direct Unlocks and do it yourself.

 Benefits of unlocking a Samsung phone yourself in Bristol

  • The phone is unlocked remotely using the phone networks signal. You don't need to leave your mobile with anyone else.
  • It's the quickest way of unlocking. You don't need to travel into Bristol to find a local mobile phone shop.
  • It's cheap — the official online unlocking companies don't need to pay rent & rates and don't have any middle-men, so it should be a lot cheaper than a local mobile phone shop in Bristol

 Drawbacks of unlocking a Samsung phone yourself in Bristol

  • You will need the IMEI of your mobile. It's really simple though. Just phone *#06* start-hash-zero-six-star on your phone and the number will pop-up. How to find your IMEI
  • It is always easier to have someone take care of things. So if you really are not good with technology, and you don't mind paying extra to have your Samsung phone unlocked in Bristol, then it's probably best to go to a shop. (it is really simple though, so you could just try and see if you can save money)

More about Bristol

Bristol ( (listen)) is a city and county in South West England with a population of 463,400. The wider district has the 10th-largest population in England. The urban area population of 724,000 is the 8th-largest in the UK. The city borders North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with the cities of Bath and Gloucester to the south-east and north-east, respectively. South Wales lies across the Severn estuary.

Iron Age hill forts and Roman villas were built near the confluence of the rivers Frome and Avon, and around the beginning of the 11th century, the settlement was known as Brycgstow (Old English "the place at the bridge"). Bristol received a royal charter in 1155 and was historically divided between Gloucestershire and Somerset until 1373 when it became a county of itself. From the 13th to the 18th century, Bristol was among the top three English cities, after London, in tax receipts. Bristol was surpassed by the rapid rise of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool in the Industrial Revolution.

Bristol was a starting place for early voyages of exploration to the New World. On a ship out of Bristol in 1497 John Cabot, a Venetian, became the first European since the Vikings to land on mainland North America. In 1499 William Weston, a Bristol merchant, was the first Englishman to lead an exploration to North America. At the height of the Bristol slave trade, from 1700 to 1807, more than 2,000 slave ships carried an estimated 500,000 people from Africa to slavery in the Americas. The Port of Bristol has since moved from Bristol Harbour in the city centre to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Dock.

Bristol's modern economy is built on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and the city-centre docks have been redeveloped as centres of heritage and culture. The city has the largest circulating community currency in the UK; the Bristol pound, which is pegged to the Pound sterling. The city has two universities, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, and a variety of artistic and sporting organisations and venues including the Royal West of England Academy, the Arnolfini, Spike Island, Ashton Gate and the Memorial Stadium. It is connected to London and other major UK cities by road and rail, and to the world by sea and air: road, by the M5 and M4 (which connect to the city centre by the Portway and M32); rail, via Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway mainline rail stations; and Bristol Airport.

One of the UK's most popular tourist destinations, Bristol was selected in 2009 as one of the world's top ten cities by international travel publishers Dorling Kindersley in their Eyewitness series of travel guides. The Sunday Times named it as the best city in Britain in which to live in 2014 and 2017, and Bristol also won the EU's European Green Capital Award in 2015.


2. Find a shop in Bristol who will unlock your Samsung mobile phone

This is a good option for people who really don't do technology. There are shops in Bristol who advertise that they can unlock a Samsung phone. Normally what happens is that you take your phone there, and leave it with them. You will need to give them access to your mobile so that they can test it when the phone is actually unlocked.

It's not possible to unlock a mobile phone immediately, so you will definitely need to leave the phone with the shop. If you're like me, you probably won't want to leave your mobile with a stranger for that time. Especially, because they have full access to all the information on it.

In conclusion

The 2 options are

  1. Go to a mobile phone shop in Bristol, leave your phone with them for a few days while they unlock it online.
  2. Do it yourself at Direct Unlocks for the cheapest price and quickest time.

Unlocking Instructions By Network

Unlock a Samsung from Vodafone

Vodafone UK logo.

The cheapest way to unlock your phone is to go direct to the network. Unfortunately though it's also the method which causes the most problems. We have had a lot of feedback from people who have had to wait weeks for Vodafone to unlock their Samsung phone. They also have very strict restrictions over which phones they will unlock. You need to have had a contract with them for at least 6 months but it must also be active. So if your contract has finished, it resets back to 0 and you need to sign up for another 6 months before they will unlock your phone.

For the majority of people it is better to use DirectUnlocks because they will unlock your Vodafone Samsung phone no matter how long you have had it. They do't ask if it's in contract or not. They just unlock it.

Unlock an O2 Samsung.

O2 UK logo.

For some O2 customers it can be very easy to unlock their Samsung phone. If you are a Pay-Monthly customer, who got their phone from O2, and you are still in your contract, you can normally get your Samsung phone unlocked for free. You do need to provide security information about your account and the IMEI number but after about a week it should be unlocked.

If you are a Pay-as-you-go customer, or if you didn't get the Samsung phone from O2, or even if your contract has finished, they are not so helpful. In those cases you will normally find it easier to use DirectUnlocks because they can unlock any Samsung phone on O2 without needing any security information.

Unlock a Samsung from Three

Three UK logo.

Samsung phones that are locked to Three are one of the easiest to get unlocked. On weekdays (Monday – Friday), DirectUnlocks say that they can unlock any Samsung device, that is locked to Three, in a matter of hours. When you compare that to how long your actual network can take, it’s brilliant.

When using DirectUnlocks, there is no restrictions on when you can get your Samsung phone unlocked — so you don’t need to have had your contract for any amount of period or use a Three Pay-As-You-Go SIM for 30 days. Just click on DirectUnlocks and follow the instructions for Three.

Unlock a Samsung from EE, Orange or T-Mobile.

At the time of writing EE have some pretty stringent rules about unlocking Samsung Galaxy phones. You must have been on a contract with them for a minimum of 6 months. So if you have been passed the phone from someone else, or if you bought it from eBay for example, you will need to either sign up for a contract with EE and pay their bills for 6 months, or else go straight to DirectUnlocks because they don't have the same requirement.

What about "Free" Unlock Codes?

It used to be that with older Samsung Galaxy phones (Normally the Galaxy S3 and older) it was quite easy to unlock your phone for free. You could “root” your phone then run a special app to generate an unlock code. Just a few years ago this was a reasonably safe thing to do with your phone. But now, it leads to a number of issues.

The least of which is that Samsung software, since 2012, regularly checks whether the handset is running an official version of their software and will lock the phone again. Worse than this though is that just like Jail-Breaking on iOS devices, the whole industry behind rooting phones or Jail-breaking, has been taken over by organised criminals who want to install malware on your handset. When you root your phone you are bypassing any security that Samsung has put on your phone and you're effectively allowing apps to have free access to all parts of your phone, including text messages, contact information and maybe even passwords. So it's really not worth it. I would recommend that you pay the small amount to get your Samsung Galaxy phone unlocked properly and keep the official Samsung software on there.


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