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Phone Unlocking Quick Start Guide

Last updated 23-MAY-13

How do I unlock my phone?

In order to use your giffgaff SIM in your current phone, you may need to unlock your phone. It's often easier to request your phone to be unlocked from your current network provider. Some of them do it for free, whilst others charge.

The tables below give you advice on how to get your phone unlocked, how long it takes, how much it costs and the contact number of your network provider.

Pay-as-you-go

Network Charges When How long
Virgin £15.32 Anytime Up to 5 days
Vodafone Free After 30-days 10 days
EE Free Anytime Up to 10 days
Orange Free Anytime Up to 10 days
T-Mobile Free Anytime Up to 10 days
O2 £15.00 12 months
after activation
Up to 3 days
Tesco £10.00 if phone has been activated
less than 12-months ago.
No charges if phone has been
activated for more than 12 months.
Anytime Up to 20 days
Three Free Anytime Up to 7 days

Pay-Monthly

Network Charges When How long
Virgin Free Anytime Up to 5 days
Vodafone Free After 3 monthly
payments have
been made
Up to10 days
EE £8.99 if still within
minimum contract term.
No charge if outside
minimum contract term.
After 6 months
in contract
Up to 10 days
Orange £8.99 if still within
minimum contract term.
No charge if outside
minimum contract term.
After 6 months
in contract
Up to 10 days
T-Mobile £8.99 if still within
minimum contract term.
No charge if outside
minimum contract term.
After 6 months
in contract
Up to 10 days
O2 Free anytime Up to 3 days
Tesco Free Anytime Up to 20 days
Three Free Anytime Up to 7 days

Network providers contact number

Network Contact Number
Virgin 789
Vodafone 191
EE 150
Orange 150
T-Mobile 150
O2 202
Tesco 4455
Three 333
*number need to be dialled from the network provider SIM

Get it unlocked from a giffgaff partner

Your other option is to get your phone unlocked from a giffgaff partner, which you can find on the table bellow. Prices vary as does the maximum time it takes for your phone to unlock. So, you may want to compare a few before you choose one. It might be a good idea to check out their rating score at the Unlockapedia to help you decide.

Partner Charges How Long
MyPhoneUnlockCode Varies Varies
UnlockBase Varies Varies
Unlocks Varies Varies
Mobile Unlocked Varies Varies