In today’s world, there is an increasing abundance of mobile phones available on the market. It is also increasingly becoming popular practice to alter these phones in one way or another. For one, it is a popular practice to hack or root a mobile phone in order to change aspects of the phone that was not intended to be changed. This includes but is not limited to changing the font displayed, icons and more.
In some instances, a user may wish to unlock their phone. This is because a service provider may lock a SIM card so that they cannot just switch services and keep the same phone. This is present in many types of phones, in particular the myTouch. One particular service provider that has a tendency to lock their phones is T-Mobile, who does implement this SIM card locking with their myTouch phone.
How difficult is it to unlock a T-Mobile myTouch phone?
Unlocking a T-Mobile myTouch phone is a relatively easy task, however. All it actually requires is the phone itself, having an active account that is in good standing for at least 90 days, a SIM card from another carrier as well as T-Mobile’s Customer Care toll free number. It will also be necessary to have the phone’s IMEI number.
How to get a myTouch phone unlocked
In order to get the IMEI number for the myTouch phone in question, simply press the call button and type in *#06 into the phone. If done correctly, this should pop up the IMEI number. The next step is dependent on what the situation of the user is.
Should they have an account in good standing that has been active for over 90 days, they may go ahead and call the T-Mobile Customer Care toll free number. If for whatever reason the user wants to go through a third party service, plenty of these are available. For example, the website at www.expressunlockcode.com offers unlocking codes, as do several other websites. However, if going through a third party service, be prepared to pay a little bit.
What to do after receiving the unlock code
After getting the unlock code in whatever way, take the non T-Mobile SIM card and insert it into the card after removing the old one. Turn on the myTouch phone and a prompt should pop up requesting the unlock code. Enter the given code and it should turn on the phone as normal.
Be warned, however, that it is very important to enter the correct code and to take much care in entering the characters. Typically, a locked phone will allow a user three chances to enter the unlock code before locking itself permanently. This is because the phone assumes someone is trying to hack it and will permanently lock a user from entering codes or using it.
Changing the APN Settings
After successfully entering the unlock code into the phone, head out to the Main Menu and access the APN settings. Upon entering this section, there should be a list of preset APN shown, but for this case it is necessary to create a new setting.
Scroll down to the bottom to where it says New APN Setting and enter the information for Mobile Country Code, or MCC, and MNC Mobile Network. Here is a list of Mobile Country Codes from around the world.
Once this information is entered, the GPRS / EDGE / 3G Data Service will be activated.
- A Sample Setting for a T-Mobile myTouch Phone Under AT&T Service
- Name: AT&T
- APN: wap.cingular
- Proxy: leave blank
- Port: leave blank
- Server: leave blank
- MMSC: http://mmsc.cingular.com
- MMS Proxy: wireless.cingular.com
- MMS Port: 80
- APN Type: leave blank