The LG Optimus Black, also known as the LG 855 model, is an Android-based smartphone released in early 2011. It is part of LG’s successful Optimus line. At the time of its release, it was LG’s thinnest smartphone, and was the first smartphone to claim to have a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting.
As a GSM phone, the LG Optimus Black can work with any GSM network around the world, although the carriers have LG impose a SIM lock on the phone before shipping it. Without the matching LG unlock code, you can only use the phone with the carrier that you bought it from. However, unlocking the LG cell phone is both simple and legal. All you need is a new SIM card and the unlock code for the phone.
Unlocking LG cell phones with a SIM lock increases the resale value of the phone. It does not void the warranty, since what you’re really doing is restoring the phone to its factory settings. The phone will also remain unlocked even if LG rolls out new software to the phones.
If you are a customer in good standing with your carrier, it is possible they will give you the LG unlock code for free. Just tell them you’re travelling out of country and want to use your phone with a local carrier in your destination country. They may even unlock the phone for you if you visit their store.
If your carrier is no help with the unlock code for the phone, you will need to purchase the unlock codes from a vendor. You simply provide the vendor with the make and model of your cell phone, along with its IMEI number. They will send you the unlock codes you need for unlocking the LG cell phone. It is possible to unlock the LG Optimus Black without inserting a new SIM card, allowing you to unlock the phone here then buy a new SIM card for a local carrier when you reach your travel destination.
Once you receive the new SIM card and unlock code, you don’t need anything else to be able to unlock your LG Optimus Black. Simply follow these steps.
1. Power off your phone.
2. Remove your existing SIM card.
3. Power on your phone.
4. Press the Call button.
5. Enter the following string of numbers and characters: 2945#*920#
6. Simply enter the unlock code you were given.
That’s all there is to it! If you already have a new SIM card, you can insert it before powering on the phone, and skip right to step 6.