How to unlock your phone

Australia Operators

Unlocking your mobile phone is a simple process for most Australian mobile providers:

  1. Call the customer service number of your provider (see below)
  2. Ask to have your phone unlocked
  3. You may be charged a fee to unlock your phone (see below), so have your credit card details ready
  4. Most providers will then provide you with an unlocking code which you will need to enter into your mobile phone. Follow their instructions carefully.

Network locking is rarely applied to post paid or contract phones, however, you may be required to pay out your contracted mobile phone before networking locking is removed.


We recommend Unlockscodes.com as a provider for unlocking codes.

Vodafone Prepaid

  Cost: Free
  Phone: +61414141414 or 1300 555 007

  Process: The unlock code is provided via email. Visit www.vodafone.com.au/unlock, follow the instructions and you should receive a reply within 3 days.

Vodafone Contract

  Cost: Free
  Phone: +61414141414 or 1300 650 410

  Process: The unlock code is provided via email. Visit www.vodafone.com.au/unlock, follow the instructions and you should receive a reply within 3 days.

Telstra Prepaid

  Cost: $50 *
  Phone: +61439125109 or 125 8880

  Process: The unlock code is provided over the phone.



* If the request is made within 6 months of registering your service; AU$27.50 if the request is outside of this period.

Telstra Contract

  Cost: $50 *
  Phone: +61439125109 or 1300 720 179

  Process: The unlock code is provided over the phone.



* If the request is made within 6 months of registering your service; AU$27.50 if the request is after 6 months; Free after 2 years.

Optus Prepaid

  Cost: $80 *
  Phone: +4408705678678

  Process: The unlock code is provided over the phone.



* Fee applies if removed within the first six months of activation. If you have recharged to the value of $80 no fee applies.

Optus Contract

  Cost: None
  Phone: +61293425678 or 1300 300 937

  Note: Optus contract phones are not locked.



3 Prepaid

  Cost: $199 *
  Phone: 13 33 20

  Process: The unlocking code is provided over the phone.

  Restrictions: Some 3 phones can not be unlocked.



* If request is made within first year; Free outside of this period.

3 Contract

  Cost: Free
  Phone: 13 33 20

  Process: The unlocking code is provided over the phone.

  Restrictions: Some 3 phones can not be unlocked.



Information is correct as at 1st January 2009, and is subject to change without notice.




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