So, as usual, I was unable to resist getting the latest Android, and despite all my issues in the past, I was stupid enough to use O2 again.
Well, maybe I am being a bit harsh, as O2 had stock for launch day, and the Leather (Brown sadly) was only £440 once the Refresh is paid off)
So the deal was not terrible, and it is still on. You need to select the phone and then the £79 upfront and £36 per month 3GB plan, ignore all of the details, you will pay this off and its £15 * 24 plus the £80 upfront, so £440. I ordered Thursday night at 9.30pm and had it next day about 11am, and they use UK Mail, who now give 1hr time slots like DPD. Has to go to billing address though.
Now, you can go to the O2 unlocking page and put the IMEI in, and you will get a code within 7 days (or so I was told), but I can not wait 7 mins, let alone 7 days, so I set about looking for a cheap code online. I only did this after waiting 3 days for O2, and as they usually supply codes within a few hours, I was worried the codes may not be available. You only have 14 days to cancel, and the whole point of this is to end up with a Sim Free Unlocked handset, it falls apart if this is not possible easily.
You can of course wait 7 days, now I have the code I will update this when O2 send it to me.
So, I was only gonna try this as a second handset, but I like it well enough to want to do the ‘leave iPhone at home’ test, so I needed to use it on 3UK. I started off just going on eBay and buying a £3 code, but a few hours later it came back ‘not found’. No issue, they all refund if code not found, use PayPal and no issues. Tried another cheap one with same result.
During this search I had come across a few much more expensive providers, but with the thought that as soon as I pay £30 or more, you can guarantee the O2 one would come through!
So I found one site at about £8 that said put in the IMEI and Network, and it comes back with “Available’, yeah right, a couple of hours later no dice. Starting to think I was stuffed now. To be fair I had time to wait for O2, and still be able to return it, but hey, you know me and my legendary waiting skills!
I had landed on Unlock Unit site a couple of times, but it looks a bit scammy, with different prices for what looks like the same service, and it was at least £19, which was too much for me. But a few mins ago, I went back to that site and all of a sudden, it said £9.21 so I thought I would give it a go. All I can suggest is keeping loading the site up if it says more that a £10 at first, seems to be some weird thing with prices going on.
15 mins later, I got an email with 3 possible codes in, listed like this…..
Here is your unlock code; now it’s time to benefit from the numerous advantages of an unlocked phone.
IMEI: 359872060xxxxx Phone model: LG G4 Unlock Code: 5354052626688423 or 9582794319051776 or 0667707404839330
A little bit odd, since none of them were saying which it might be. Its OK, the G4 gives you 10 attempts, but all the same….a bit vague. So, luckily you can go back to the main Unlock Unit website and track your order, in fact keep this window open from when you placed it is my advice. That had a bit more detail, but this time 5 different codes! All you need to know is the the first one in email and on site NCK is the one you need, thanks to some Twitter peeps for the help.
ADDED: One other oddity, unlike most phones, the LG G4 (or mine anyway) does not ask for an Unlock code upon putting a non O2 Sim in. You need to go to Phone app, and type 2945#*xxx# (815 is code for G4 other LG phones will have diff code) and this allows you to access menu to enter the NCK code.
So, I can phone up and pay it off tomorrow, and it will be £440, plus maybe a couple of quid for service for a few days, and £9.21 for the unlock, say £455 all in, not terrible, although if you are reading this just a few weeks after the G4 launched, I will probably be kicking myself!