Unlocking your Mobile Phone with codes and the Law.
Here at unlox.co.uk, we understand that some people may be a little confused about the current situation with regard to the law on unlocking mobile phones.
We would like to assure all of our visitors that the last thing we want is to offer an illegal service.
Before commencing our service, we took great care to research current UK legislation and laws with regard to mobile telephony devices!
At present, there is NO legislation or law in the UK which prohibits the unlocking of a mobile telephony device so as to enable the use of any SIM card from any network.
In fact, it is the consumers legal right to have this capability!
Your Service Provider
Your service provider (EE, O2, Vodafone etc.) would have you believe that - if you are going to have your phone unlocked for use on any network* - it is them who must provide this service!
This couldn't be further from the truth. Yes, you can ask your service provider to unlock your mobile phone for use on all networks - for a price (usually from £10.00) upwards!
Our research has confirmed that the unlocking of a mobile telephony device for use on any network* is NOT illegal in the UK!
When you decide that you would like to use a different SIM card in your mobile phone, you need not worry about the legal implications - as there are none!
Does The Phone Belong To You?
Obviously, this applies only if the phone is legally your property. No, I'm not talking about stolen phones - I'm talking about contract phones!
Most people don't seem to realize that the FREE phone you got when you took out a 12 or 18 month contract with your service provider does not legally become your property until you have completed your 12 or 18 month contract!
The same applies even if you paid £69.99, £99.99 or even £199.99 for your contract phone, the phone remains the legal property of the service provider until you have completed your 12 or 18month contract.
Therefore, we would advise all contract phone users that they should thoroughly check through their contract before using an unlocking service, as there may be a clause prohibiting the unlocking of the device until it becomes your property!
Blocked, Barred Or Blacklisted Phones
We would never knowingly attempt to unlock a phone which is blocked, barred or blacklisted! There are two reasons for this:
1) Mobile phones are blocked, barred or blacklisted for a reason. Usually because the phone is stolen, or the user has failed to pay their bills on time.
2) Unlocking a blocked, barred or blacklisted phone makes absolutely no difference whatsoever.
When unlocked, a phone which has been blocked, barred or blacklisted will remain blocked barred or blacklisted on all networks, not just the original network!
It is also very illegal to unblock a mobile telephony device. As stated before, they block them for a reason!
The IMEI number of a mobile telephony device is the unique identifier of that device. The Mobile Telephones (Re-programming) Act 2002 states quite clearly that it is considered an offense if this number is altered or interfered with in any way.
It is also illegal to have software or devices which would enable the user to change or interfere with a mobile phones IMEI number. Anyone attempting to change or interfere with the IMEI number of a mobile phone faces up to 5 years imprisonment, or a large fine, or both! The only reason an IMEI number would be changed is to conceal the original identity of a phone. The only reason someone would want to conceal the original identity of a phone is if the phone is stolen!
unlox.co.uk and the law
The only service we offer is that which we know does not infringe any current laws or legislation in the UK. Basically, unlocking a mobile phone for use on all networks IS NOT illegal in the UK.
Unblocking or changing the IMEI of a mobile phone IS illegal in the UK. We only offer the unlocking of mobile phones for all networks, please do not ask us to perform any other procedure on your phone!
Notice To Customers in the U.S.A.
Any mobile "cellular" phone purchased after 26th January 2013 from a carrier specific to the U.S.A. are subject to the changes made by the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act).
These changes mean it is ILLEGAL to unlock your phone unless you have the express permission of the original network. Customers in the U.S.A. who proceed with there orders do so at their own risk. This ruling applies ONLY to the United States of America.