Mr Frugal finally got around to upgrading his iPhone 4 a few weeks ago!
He’s been deliberating for months whether to upgrade to the 5 or whether to hang fire for the 6 but now that the 6 has finally been released he’s actually not that bothered and as he couldn’t get a good deal on the 6 (he didn’t want to pay for the phone itself OR pay much per month), he went for the 5s.
This means that he has his old iPhone 4 to sell, the money from which will come in very handy for Christmas!
I’ve taught him well so he did a fair amount of research on who is offering the best price at the moment and he was quite surprised to see the difference we would get for an unlocked phone as opposed to his phone which was locked to the O2 network. As much as £19 difference on the phone we wanted to sell.
In an effort to try and get more money for his phone, he tried searching online for an unlock code to unlock mobile phones free as apparently most phones have some sort of code and can be quite easy to unlock but he couldn’t find one anywhere. Short of taking it to one of those dodgy market stalls which he didn’t want to do, he decided there was nothing else we could do so we left it in a drawer until we had chance to sort it out.
He was having a whinge about it at work the next day when someone suggested he just call O2 who his phone was with and ask them if they would unlock it for free for him. I laughed when he told me and said there was no way that a company would unlock mobile phones free as this would allow customers to go to their competitors but he decided to listen to his friend and not me!
O2 unlocked his phone for him within a minute or two of him being on the phone to them (or at least they arranged for the text to be sent to tell him how to unlock his phone). No charge, no fuss, no hassle.
So if ever you’re looking to sell your mobile phone for any reason, call your provider first and get it unlocked and you’ll get more money for it!