Unlock Sony Ericsson W580i: here’s what you’ll learn
The Sony Ericsson W580i is part of the Sony Ericsson Walkman range of mobile phones with a built in Sony Walkman music player. Ideal for people who enjoy music on the go and want to save space by combining a mobile phone and a music player in one, the phone also saves space with a slide out keypad. It also features the signature Walkman ‘W’ button for instant access to the music player. The phone also has the limited ability to detect motion, with a built in pedometer feature to track the amount of steps you have taken, and the Shake Control feature, enabling you to skip a track when on the Walkman feature by shaking the phone.
The Sony Erricson W580i was announced in March 2007 and was released in the August of that year. It was made available in “Style White”, “Boulevard Black”, “Metro Pink”, “Urban Grey”, “Jungle Green” and “Velvet Red”. The handset made a famous appearence in the music video for Ciara and 50 Cent’s ”Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone” as well as popping up in films such as You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Unfortunately the handset comes with a built in SIM lock, preventing it from being used on any othe network than the one it was shipped on. But this is easily and legally removable, with the use of an unlock code created for the removal of the restrictions by the manufacturer.
This code can be obtained through your network service provider, and if you have been with them a long time they are likely to offer it to you for free, or even go through the entire unlocking process for you in one of their stores.
If they aren’t helpful, then you can always purchase the unlock code needed from an independent unlocking service and retailer, mostly found over the internet or some operate in small high street stores. They will buy the unlock code from the phone’s manufacturer and sell it on to you for a small fee.
You will also need to get a new SIM card, one that is not on the network that the handset is currently locked to. Once you have this and the unlock code, you can follow these simple steps to unlock your handset:
1. Replace the current SIM card in your phone with the new one and switch your handset on.
2. The phone will display a message similar to ‘SIM network unlock PIN’.
5. Enter the unlock code you earlier obtained.
Your handset is now unlocked!