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4 Universal Ways to Unlock SIM Card on iPhone and Android

sofia albert
Sofia Albert updated on Jan 06, 2023 to iPhone Unlocking Tips | How-to Articles

At some point, most people won't only use one kind of network in their life. But considering that switching your current device to use another network is too wasteful, and not everyone can afford it, many of you are likely to use some ways to unlock your device from a specific carrier.

To make such a thing more straightforward and quicker, this guide collects FOUR easy and quick universal ways to unlock your phone (iPhone or Android) from any carrier. 

Part 1. 3 Universal Ways to Unlock SIM Card on iPhone

iPhone users have three ways to unlock a SIM card from any carrier. Now, let's review these ways and select the one you prefer to use.

Way 1. Unlock a SIM Card on iPhone with PUK Code

The official (and the safest) way to unlock a SIM card-locked iPhone is to get a PUK code from your mobile provider. This requires you to provide some identity to prove you're the owner of your SIM card. To know more details, check the following steps. 

Step 1. Use another phone to contact your customer service. 

Step 2. Provide your identity as required, and then get the PUK code.

Step 3. Enter the PUK code on your iPhone to unlock your device. 

Enter PUK code on your device

Pro tips: If your provider is AT&T, you can get the PUK online. All you need is to sign in to your AT&T account, click "My wireless," and select your device under "My devices & add-ons," click "Manage my device," and then click "Get your PIN unlock key." Then, you can enter the PUK code on your device to unlock it. 

Way 2. A Safe Way to Unlock SIM Card on iPhone Without PUK Code

Suppose you can't contact the provider or think it troublesome to contact the provider. In that case, an easier and quicker option is to use this free iPhone unlocker - EaseUS MobiUnlock. With such a tool, you can easily remove a SIM card in four steps. As one of the best iCloud unlocks services, it also works to bypass the Activation Lock from your iPhone or iPad. 

Note: To use this method, you'll need to jailbreak your iPhone, and this, needless to say, may expose your device to viruses. But that doesn't matter if you don't use your device to download or install illegal software or games. 

To unlock SIM card on iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and run EaseUS MobiUnlock. Select "Remove SIM Lock" from the home-page. 

Remove SIM card - Step 1

Step 2. Check your device's infromation displayed on the screen, and then click "Start." After that, you'll see our Terms of Use, click "I Agree" and then click "Start" again to proceed. 

Remove SIM card - Step 2

Step 3. Then, you'll need to confirm your device information and click "Start Unlocking" to strat the unlocking process. Wait until the process is completed. 

Remove SIM card - Step 3

Step 4. Once the SIM card is unlocked, you can disconnect your iPhone and go to check whether it is SIM lock removed. 

Remove SIM card - Step 4
 

Way 3. Unlock SIM Card on iPhone via Online Services

Some websites also provide unlocking services. No installation or registration is required. All you need is to provide information like your device model, the country and carrier with which your phone is locked, and your IMEI number. Then, submit your order and wait for your device to be unlocked. 

The price to unlock your device is based on factors such as your device model, brand, and the original network. Once you pay for the service, it will take a few days to finish the unlock process. 

The pros of such sites include convenience and ease of use. But on the other hand, they are easy to cheat your money. To some extent, such services are not as safe as the other two methods introduced in this guide. 

Online unlock services

Considering the security issue, we won't list any recommendations here. You can find one on Google. 

Part 2. A Universal Way to Unlock SIM Card on Android

If you're an Android user, you can try buying a universal SIM card from Amazon or other stores. Most of such cards have high compatibility and stability and can help you unlock most GSM. After unlocking, you can make a call or use the network as normal. The price of such cards ranges from $4 to $10. Since there are tons of choices on Amazon or eBay or Walmart for you to choose from, we won't list any recommendations here. 

While purchasing such cards, be careful to check their features because some of them might not support your device model. 

The Bottom Line

Knowing universal ways to unlock your SIM card be helpful when you want to change the network provider. Thus, you can replace the SIM card with a different one while traveling to different countries or when your SIM card doesn't work on your phone. 

FAQ

Do you want to know what universal unlocking SIM card is? Or do you want to know if you can unlock your SIM card for free? If you want to know the answers to these questions, the following FAQs might be helpful. 

1. What is a universal unlocking SIM card?

A universal unlocking SIM card refers to those SIM cards that work with any device, whether it has been connected to a carrier or not. You can buy such cards from Amazon or eBay.

2. Can I unlock my SIM card for free?

Of course, you can! You can do this by contacting your provider, which is the easiest and safest way to get the job done. However, if you can't contact your provider, your best option is left with EaseUS MobiUnlock, one of the best iCloud unlock services that are worth your time.

3. Can you use a universal SIM card on any phone?

No, you can't. Some cards only support specific device models. Before purchasing one, be careful to check the device models it supports.

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