The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is part of the popular Sony Ericsson Xperia series of smartphones. The Arc runs on the Android platform, and was released in 2011. It has a uniquely curved shape, and an extremely bright and vivid screen. It also features excellent high definition video capture capabilities in any light, and the ability to display videos on an HD television.
As a GSM phone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc can work with any GSM network around the world, although the carriers have Sony Ericsson impose a SIM lock on the phone before shipping it. Without the matching mobile phone unlock code, you can only use the phone with the carrier from which you purchased it. However, it is both easy and legal to unlock your cell phone. All you need is a new SIM card and the unlock code for the phone.
Unlocking 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 Sony Ericsson 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 mobile phone 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 perform the phone unlocking service 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 an online phone unlocking service. 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 your unique phone. You will also need to buy a SIM card that is associated with a phone carrier other than the one which is your phone carrier, but those are inexpensive and easily purchased at any cell phone store.
Once you receive the new SIM card and unlock code, you don’t need anything else to be able to unlock your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. Simply 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 that is your current carrier.
3. Power on your phone.
4. The phone will ask for the SIM network unlock PIN.
5. Simply enter the unlock code you were given.