How to unlock the HTC Hero: an idiot’s guide
The HTC Hero is one of the best value and most popular Android phones on the market, with its impressive screen resolution and 5 mega pixel camera, up to scratch Android software and sleek design. It isn’t surprising in the slightest that people are wanting to unlock their HTC Hero to enable them to keep the handset after a contract is up or when they choose a new tariff from a different network service provider.
Unlocking your HTC Hero can be done in no time at all with the aid of an unlock code. Cell phone unlock codes are created to reverse the restrictions placed on the device by network service providers, in their attempt to prevent you from switching to another provider. They are not illegal as they are sometimes mis conceived to be, and they are perfectly safe as long as you do your research and keep your wits about you when purchasing cheap codes and unlocking services.
The first option for unlocking your HTC Hero using an unlock code is to contact your network service provider and ask for the code from them. Despite network service providers not wanting you to switch networks, you are well within your rights to ask for the code, and they have to give it you. In some cases it may be offered for free, but in many cases they will ask for a fee of up to £20 for this. This may seem a little steep but the majority of providers will be able to complete the process for you from their end, or if the unlock code needs to be entered directly into your handset then they can talk you through it and offer aftercare and support in the event of any issues.
If you don’t want to pay the fee your network service provider is asking, then you can obtain an unlock code for your HTC Hero for cheaper or even free from many websites and forums on the internet. This is when you need to do your research and be wary, as some of these websites may be out to scam you, providing a random or incorrect unlock code they know will not work, and charging you for it. Entering an incorrect unlock code could result in your HTC Hero becoming bricked.
Once you have found a reliable source to provide you with a cheap or free correct unlock code for your HTC Hero, they may need you IMEI serial number of your handset which can be found by typing *#06# into your handset and hitting send. Once you have been provided with a reliable unlock code from the source, you must then follow these instructions to use the unlock code to remove the sim lock and allow your phone to be used on multiple networks.
Turn your HTC Hero off; remove the battery pack and current sim card. Then insert a new sim card that is not from the same provider as the current one, insert the battery pack and switch handset back on. This should bring up a n unlock menu. You then type in the unlock code you have been given, and follow any further onscreen instructions. Then if the code is correct it will be accept and your HTC should return to normal functions and the new sim card should be accepted by the phone. This means your phone is now unlocked! If this does not happen, this means the code has not worked, and you should try another one or contact your network service provider.