The HTC Hero is an Android-based smartphone that was released in 2009. Depending on the country in which it was purchased, it may have an angled extension at the lower end to move the microphone closer to the mouth when speaking on the phone. Other countries have a traditional flat phone design.
Another thing that may differ depending on the country of purchase is whether or not your HTC Hero has a SIM lock or not. The SIM lock prevents you from being able to use your phone with carriers other than the one from which you purchased it, and is installed by HTC at the request of the carriers.
Why unlock a cell phone? The HTC Hero is a GSM phone, meaning it can use any GSM network. Don’t worry that unlocking your phone might damage it. The phones are manufactured unlocked. All you are doing is reversing what the manufacturer did, and restoring the factory settings. It does not void your warranty, and your phone will remain unlocked even if HTC updates the phone’s software.
To unlock your phone, you’ll need an unlock mobile phone code specific to your HTC Hero. The unlock codes are available about six weeks after the phone is manufactured.
If you’re still wondering why unlock a cell phone, you will be able to use your phone with a local SIM card and local carrier when you travel. This not only saves you money, but increases the resale value of your phone.
Unlocking your phone for free is easy. If you are a customer in good standing with your carrier, you can call them or go to their store to get the unlock mobile phone code for your phone. If unlocking your phone for free is not possible, the unlock codes can be purchased from third party vendors.
You are also going to need a SIM card associated with a phone carrier other than the one which is your current phone carrier. These are inexpensive, and can be purchased from any cell phone store.
Once you receive the new SIM card and the codes specific to your HTC Hero, you don’t need anything else to be able to unlock your mobile phone. All you have to do is follow these steps.
1. Power off your phone.
2. Remove your existing SIM card, and replace it with the new SIM card for a carrier other than the one which is your current carrier.
3. Power on your phone.
4. The phone will ask you for the 8-digit SIM unlock code.
5. Simply enter the unlock code you were given and click OK.