Unlock codes for a Samsung Galaxy Ace (GT-S5830): no special education necessary
In this article we show you how and where to get an Unlock Code for your Samsung Galaxy Ace, also referred to as the (GT-S5830). Whilst there are plenty of resources available online that teach how to “jailbreak” or “root” your mobile phone, this is really unnecessary if you just want to remove the SIM lock. The above procedures are generally carried out in order to install software or to remove the carrier branding from your device, but they don’t need to be used in order to input unlock codes.
A SIM lock is placed on a cell at the point of manufacture in order to lock the phone so that it can only be used on that network. This is carried out so that carriers can recoup their investment which they lay out in order to provide subsidized handsets and tempt you into using their services in the first place.
However, this doesn’t mean that you are bound by law to keep the phone locked and you’re perfectly within your rights to have the SIM lock removed. You can call up your service provider and ask them for an unlock code and this probably represents your safest route, but it’s also often time consuming and costly as the network would still prefer to retain your business, if possible. If your cell is less than six months old and you live in certain countries such as the UK, Ireland or the USA, then it’s likely that your carrier won’t provide an unlock code if your mobile is on a contract.
Even if your carrier won’t give you an unlock code, or if you prefer not to take this route, then there are plenty of professional online mobile unlocking services that you can use and these are usually reasonably priced too.
Where to get your Samsung Galaxy Ace Unlock Code
Before you choose an unlock code provider though, take the following steps:
- Hit eBay and check out what previous customers are saying about the unlock code suppliers on the auction site. This is very useful as many of the suppliers have websites too and their eBay feedback will give you a good indication of the kind of service they provide.
- Avoid sites that ask you to call them for your unlock code, these often use premium rate lines that can be very pricey.
- Check for transparent contact details on the unlocking service site and that they offer a full guarantee in the event something should go wrong.
Now that you’ve settled on a supplier for your code, all you have to do is provide them with your IMEI number, country and the network your Samsung Galaxy Ace is locked to. In order to find out your IMEI number, simply type in *#06# on your phone’s keypad and the 15-17 digit number will be displayed on screen. It’s important to ensure that this is copied down correctly so that you get a correct unlock code.
Then you just pay the fee and receive your code either on-screen or by email, along with instructions on how to input the unlock code. Once you have done this, your instructions should look something like the below:
- Insert an unaccepted SIM card (ie: one that the phone is NOT locked to)
- Go to the unlock menu (SIM>Network>Unlock Pin)
- Type in the code that your mobile unlocking service provider gave you