Unlock Sony Ericsson K800i: an expert’s advice
The Sony Ericsson K800i was launched in 2006, and the handset model is the successor to the Sony Ericsson K750i. The phone features a 3.2 megapixel digital camera and became one of the first to have Sony Cyber-Shot technology. The phones also have many other media features including a media player supporting MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ and WMAmusic files and 3GP/MPEG-4 video files. The phones also feature a RDS FM radio, and a Memory Stick Micro (M2) slot for expandable solid state memory (up to 16GB). The K790/K800 models are also the first Sony Ericsson mobile phones to use ATI’s Imageon 2192 graphics engine, which delivers a full 3D gaming graphics for Java and full support for its 3.2 megapixel camera. It is the phone used by James Bond in the 2006 Casino Royale film.
The difference between the two phones is that the K790 supports GSM and EDGE, while the K800 supports UMTS and GSM. As a result, the K800i features a QCIF (176X144) resolution front-mounted camera for 3G video conferencing. According to the official Sony Ericsson specifications (to be found on their website), the K800′s talk time drops steeply from around 7 hours when using GSM to about 2 hours 30 minutes whilst using UMTS. A modified version of the K800i, the Sony Ericsson K810i, was released. Its successor is the 5 megapixel Sony Ericsson K850i.
One thing that doesn’t differ among the K800 range however is the restrictions placed on the handsets to restrict them to use on only one network, the one the handset was purchased on. But its never been easier to change that, with the simple use of an unlock code, the restrictions can be removed and the phone can be open to use on any mobile network. The best part is, unlocking a phone is completely legal and increases the resale value of the phone, and is usually free to do!
If you have been with your network a long time, they can provide you with the unlock code for free, and may even offer to unlock the handset for you in one of their stores. But if they are feeling less than helpful, you may need to go to a third party vendor for the unlock code you need. These vendors can be found mainly over the internet and you obtain the code and instructions for use via a number of emails or some operate through small high street shops or market stalls. There will be a small fee to pay for the unlock code if you go through a third party vendor, as they have to purchase the codes from the manufacturers in order to sell them on.
Once you have the unlock code, follow these 3 simple steps to unlock your handset:
1. Remove the current SIM card and switch the phone on.
2.Press the left arrow key once, followed by the * key twice, followed by the left arrow key another time..
3. You will be prompted to input the ‘personalization code’, otherwise known as the unlock code.
Once the unlock code is entered, your handset is unlocked!