How to unlock the HTC Evo 4G: an insider guide

The HTC Evo 4g is one of the best smart phones on the market at the moment, with the unique and innovative live streaming app, allowing you to stream video live to anyone with an invitiation to watch. It also boasts True HD capabilities and HDMI connectivity, one of the largest screens on the smartphone market, and the exciting new 4G network connection, allowing you to surf the net on your phone and upload 10x faster than with 3G.

So it comes as no surprise that the HTC Evo 4G is an impressive and desirable smart phone, and people do not want to have to let go of it when they change network service providers or contracts. So here is an insider guide to how you can unlock your HTC Evo 4G, so you won’t have to compromise on your phone quality OR your network service provider.

First things first, you need to gain an unlock code, made by the manufacturer to remove the sim lock built in at the request of your network service provider to make it harder for you to switch to other networks.

This unlock code is easily available to you through a number of means. The easiest and probably safest way is to go through your network service provider, although in some cases it may be the most expensive, as they can often charge up to £20 for the unlock code. If you don’t want to pay that much, there are plenty of websites and independent phone retailers that can offer the unlock code to you for les, but don’t jump straight in as they might not always be reliable. It is best to check up on them and read reviews beforehand. There are plenty of helpful mobile unlocking forums on the internet that can provide reliable reviews and sometimes even provide you with an unlock code.

Once you have obtained the unlock code for you HTC Evo 4G, insert a non-accepted sim card. Then switch the handset back on. A message similar to ‘Sim Network Unlock Code’ should come up. Then enter the unlock code. This unlock code should then be accepted by the phone, and the phone should now be unlocked! If you find that the phone is not unlocked and the code has not been accepted, then either try a different code, or contact your network service provider. Please beware that entering the wrong unlock code could brick your phone, so be 100% sure that your source is reliable before entering the unlock code into your HTC Evo 4G handset.

It really is a very simple matter to unlock the HTC Evo and depending on how you do so, it will cost you very little in terms of time and money. For a small outlay, you could save hundreds if you travel frequently as an unlocked HTC Evo will be able to take foreign SIMs, cutting back on expensive roaming charges.

There are a few methods available to you to carry out a HTC Evo unlock:

  • Using an online unlocking service represents the fastest, cheapest and safest way to unlock mobiles. Carry out some research and find a decent, reputable service first and this should be a doddle.
  • Contacting your network is the most expensive and time consuming unlock method as they really would like to keep your business. This means that often, you will be passed around departments, meaning longer on the phone (which of course will cost money). When you do finally get an unlock code, expect to pay around 30; some companies are better than others for this but none of them actively like giving out an unlock code for HTC Evo.
  • Local independent mobile repair shops are a great way to get the HTC Evo unlocked but sadly many of these are disappearing from the high street as eCommerce continue to out-do traditional businesses.
  • Forums and online advice sites should be carried out entirely at your own risk. Whilst there is a lot of good and accurate advice out online, there’s also the bad and this can lead to your phone becoming bricked, so be very careful if you want to take this route.

We recommend that you do some reading and use a quality online unlock code service. The cost for these vary, you can expect to pay anywhere from 2-20, but there are plenty of reputable services on the web who will guarantee their work.

Some things to look out for:

  • Unlocking services who send via a premium rate number you should approach with caution. These usually require you to call a premium rate number to obtain an unlock code for cell phones and can get very costly. You rarely (if ever) speak to a real person as the calls are automated so if something goes wrong you have no recourse. These are to be avoided.
  • Companies with no contact details aren’t the best idea, although there’s nothing to say they don’t provide a decent service. If possible though, look for contact details and test them out first so that you know you’re dealing with a company who are transparent in their business dealings.
  • Unlock phones reviews are a useful tool and should be used before making any purchasing decisions. Be careful to use real review sites and forums and read what others have to say – try searching for bad reviews too, so that you know which companies to avoid.

Once you have settled on an unlock code supplier for your HTC Evo, it’s a simple matter to obtain your code:

  • Find your cell’s IMEI by typing *#06# into your handset
  • Send this, along with your carrier and country to the supplier via form or email
  • Pay the fee
  • If the code doesn’t work first time, contact the supplier do not enter the number repeatedly as this will damage your mobile irreparably

That’s it; you should now be the proud owner of an unlocked HTC Evo 4G and can put in any SIM from any network or country.