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How To Unlock A Nokia Cellular Phone

Updated on November 12, 2012

Cellular Network Providers lock the (GSM) phones they distribute amongst their subscribers via what is known as a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) lock. This simply means that these cell phones will not accept the SIM cards of other Cell Network Providers. For various reasons, a person may desire to unlock their cell phone so as to use another Cell Network.

Nokia cell phones are generally easy to unlock, and can be done by a technician which comes at a cost or by you with negligible cost. However, doing it on your own comes with its own risks. Read through the entire instructions carefully before attempting to unlock your Nokia.

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Find your Nokia's IMEI number by inputting: *#06*#

Information Needed For Unlocking

  1. IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity)/Serial Number.
  2. Model Number.
  3. Name of Network Provider.
  4. Unlocking Code (which can be bought, requested from your Cell Network Provider, or generated for FREE via an Online Nokia Unlock Code Generator or by downloading a Generator that can be used offline.)

Steps For Unlocking Nokia Cell Phone

  1. If you already have a code that you bought or received from your Cell Network Provider, simple go to step 2. Using the Nokia Unlocking Code Calculator, select the Network Provider (and Country); input the model number, the IMEI number and then generate the 15 digit code. You will see a set of codes as shown below (with xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx being the place holder for the actual codes).
    • #pw+xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx+1#
    • #pw+xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx+2#
    • #pw+xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx+3#
    • #pw+xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx+4#
    • #pw+xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx+5#
    • #pw+xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx+6#
    • #pw+xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx+7#
    Note that p, w and + are written by multiple pressing of *. More specifically, this means:

    p = *** (i.e. pressing the asterisk button thrice)

    w = ****

    + = **
  2. With the SIM card removed, carefully input code 1. A message will appear immediately appear after on the screen stating whether or not the code has been accepted. If unsuccessful, use code 7.
  3. Place the SIM card of the 'other' Cell Network, and turn on phone. Now the SIM card should be accepted and registered by your Nokia, so you should be able to make and receive texts, calls + the range of other features you used exclusively with the original Provider.


  • After 5 unsuccessful attempts to input unlocking codes, your Nokia will automatically hardlock. At this point, the phone cannot be unlocked via code but by the intervention of a Service Center.


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      Firas 5 years ago

      i'm facing a problem unlocking my nokia e5 device i've tried every thing , what can i do ?

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      kazeem 5 years ago

      dis is a verry long thin brodaä

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      eashan 6 years ago

      thnk u so much.....

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      Chuk$07035199394 6 years ago

      Interesting, nice info;-)

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      Shane Brown-Daniels 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Yosua, you were right. I changed it.

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      Adedeji 7 years ago

      Most are not working

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      Yosua 7 years ago

      i think u type it wrong,

      my cellphone work with *#06# to find the Nokia's IMEI number rather than inputting: *#06*..

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      Auwal  7 years ago

      I need free setting for browsing with mtn network

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      Ezeh Izuchukwu 'Sirwar' Williams 7 years ago from Enugu, Nigeria

      Very informative hub. Please keep writing!

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      Shane Brown-Daniels 7 years ago from Jamaica

      Great! You are welcome.

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      greatipadbuy 7 years ago from Houston

      Creative and very handy tip. Will try to many thanks!