Free SIM Unlock for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 (Various Models)

Want to SIM Unlock your Samsung Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III on stock Jelly Bean firmware?  You can now do it for free through a simple hacking  trick. Thanks to XDA member Owl74 who has discovered a loophole inside the Jelly Bean software and devised a method that unlocks the SIM slot for free.

To perform this hack on your SIM locked Galaxy Note 2 and S3, you need not be an expert. It is so simple that even a hard-core noob can easily do it. The method does not require the phone to be rooted or running custom ROM, but the device must be running Jelly Bean as it won’t  work with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. You need to be a little cautious before you perform this. You need to be sure that your Note 2 or S3 is really SIM locked. To check this insert a SIM card into your device from a different carrier/provider.

The SIM-unlock method described below has been found working flawlessly on following models:

  • Galaxy S3 GT-I9300
  • AT&T Galaxy S3
  • Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
  • Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7105
  • AT&T Galaxy Note 2  SGH-I317
  • Canadian  Note 2 SGH-I317M (Rogers, Bell, Telus)
  • T-Mobile USA Note 2
  • Might work on other models too…

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SIM Unlock Method:

Users from across the globe have successfully tried this hack and unlocked their phones without any issues. You can also try this on your phone by following the steps described below:

  1. Open your phone’s dialer and dial: *#197328640#
  2. This will launch a list of options.
  3. Select  [1] UMTS > [1] Debug Screen > [8] Phone Control > [6] Network Lock > Options [3]Perso SHA256 OFF >
  4. After choosing this option, wait about 30 seconds.
  5. Then go back one step by pressing the Menu button and then select Back.
  6. This will take you to  [6] Network Lock options
  7. Choose [4] NW Lock NV Data INITIALLIZ …..
  8. Wait for a minute then reboot your phone.

Since the device does not notify whether the unlocking was successful or not, you will have to check it manually by inserting a SIM from a different carrier/provider.

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source: xda

   
Well-versed in English literature and active in politics, Rakesh is a teacher by profession and geek by heart with ardent passion for all-things-tech. He has been a theme-maker, modder, and has contributed to some custom ROMs. He enjoys learning, discovering, growing and sharing the newest and latest trends in the world of Android. Current Devices: LG G3, Nexus 5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 & Galaxy Note 10.1.
  • kelly

    Sir.. the code *#197328640# doesnt work on my s3 4.3?? My s3 is original and has a sim lock to 1 carrier only..can you help me with my prob? Thanks in advance

  • Paulo Vieira

    Hi! i’m trying to unlock my samsung galaxy note 10.1 (N-8000) and i try to follow thoes steps … but when i select [6] Network Lock say ” Menu does not exists Press Back Key Current Command is 186″ what happened ?

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Try GalaxSIM app from the market.

  • Kernya Aishi

    Do you know of any other method that could work for the GT-I8190L ?

  • http://droidviews.com/ Rakesh

    Service Menu differs from phone to phone and also firmware. I am not sure if this method will work on: GT-I8190L.

  • Kernya Aishi

    More info: I have read about JellyBean 4.1.1, saying that you needed that to be able to unlock SIM. Does that come automatically with the phone? Do I need to downgrade it or something, if so how?

  • Kernya Aishi

    Hello ! I have a Galaxy S3 mini GT-l8190L, it isn’t listed in models you mentioned at the top of the post, but I decided to give it a try anyways, but once I reach the Network Lock menu, there aren’t any other options, and nothing else shows up. I used a hard reset on my phone prior to that, because it is a phone I found to replace my old phone that broke a little while ago. I know it is SIM locked, it says so at the start-up. But I’m wondering if there’s anything to do to fix it, or another guide that is appropriate for S3 minis.

  • jackfido

    Thnx for your time, i try it, it was succesfull i have now my note 2 simunlocked and rooted :D i was downgraded and after this i do this steps and after this i can update without problem it is nice! Tested on mexico with sghi317m

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    In most cases, the unlock does not forfeit even after software update.

  • jackfido

    hey i have the same problem, I have canadian note 2 SGH-I317M, this method (downgrade the firmaware) work for you? because i want to do it too, and after u unlock it, you can update ur [hone normally?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Try this:
    Go to Settings> Wireless and Networks> Mobile Networks and configure the APN settings.

  • Gaylen

    Unfortunately I just noticed that the phone does not connect to the internet, although in my settings it says that mobile data is enabled. What should I do to fix this issue?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Congrats! Yes, you can install 4.1.2 FW using the same method.

  • Gaylen

    Excellent, thank you.

    It seems to have worked, I am now waiting on the phone’s software updater to update me back to 4.1.2. Is this the best way to go about it, or should I reflash 4.1.2 using the same process as I used to flash 4.1.1?

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    Yes, the method has been reported working with Canadian Note 2. You can try it with downgraded baseband.

  • http://droidviews.com/ DroidViews

    It’s is not working for you. Is your phone really SIM locked?

  • pradeep reddy

    hi i did as u said but after this step Select [1] UMTS > [1] Debug Screen > [8] Phone Control > [6] Network Lock > Options [3]Perso SHA256 OFF >

    it says SHA256_ENABLE_FLAG[0]

    SHA256_OFF => Not change

    so can u tell me what does it mean…….thanks