The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (LT18i) smartphone is the improved and updated version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. It runs on the popular Android operating system, and has a faster processor than the Arc. It also has a stylish design, with its slightly curved body giving it a unique and interesting edge.
Unfortunately one thing that hasn’t been improved upon is the network restrictions. Sony Ericsson put SIM locks on their Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S at the request of the networks to make it hard for people to switch network and keep their handset. However, it is much easier than they make out, and most importantly, its completely legal to unlock your mobile phone handset. Unlocking your handset means you would remove the restrictions placed on it during manufacturing, and would have the freedom to use it on ANY network! You would also increase the resale value of the handset, and all it takes is a new SIM card, a simple unlock code and some easy to follow instructions.
Getting hold of the SIM card is easy, you can buy a SIM for next to nothing from just about anywhere these days, including supermarkets, local phone shops, or some networks even offer them for free! Just make sure the SIM card is on a different network to the one you are currently on/the handset it locked to.
Getting the unlock code for your Vodafone 858 Smart can be done in various ways, but its always best to try your network service provider first. If you have been a customer of theirs for a while the chances are they will offer it to you for free, and may even do the unlocking for you if you take your handset and new SIM card in store.
If they aren’t helpful, don’t worry, there are plenty of independent unlocking services that can help with anything from the unlock code to the whole unlocking process. Most of them will probably charge but the fee should be small, usually no more than around £10, and they can be found on the internet or often on your high street.
Once you have your SIM card and unlock code, its time to use them! Here are the simple steps to unlocking your phone.
1. Insert the new SIM card into your phone, and switch it on.
2. When it turns on, you should be greeted with a message similar to ‘SIM network unlock PIN’.
3. Type in the unlock code you earlier obtained.
4. Once the code has been accepted, your handset is unlocked!
If there are any issues, contact your network service provider or the source for your unlock code. But your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (LT18i) should now be unlocked and ready to use on any national network or any network worldwide. Giving you access to better, customer service, rates and better value.
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