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Here's a new way to unlock some phones that otherwise defy normal unlock procedures.

The Smart SIM tricks your phone into thinking that the SIM you are using is the officially approved SIM for itself, allowing the phone to work normally and without any changes to its firmware.

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Smart SIM Unlock Overlay Card

A new way to unlock some otherwise difficult phones

If you have a GSM type iPhone, as you see pictured here, the chances are we can unlock it for you so you can use it on your choice of GSM wireless service.



Here's a new approach to unlocking some of the newest models of phones which are proving impossible to unlock using other methods.

Best of all, you don't need to send your phone to us to be unlocked.

Simply complete the information in the form below, make payment, and we send you the special device needed to allow your phone to work with other SIMs.

More information about unlocking

Please refer to our Unlocking FAQ and also the extra information on our Nokia Unlocking page if you'd like to understand more about what unlocking is and how it works.

But the chances are, because you're here and reading this, you already know much of what you need to know!

How to Unlock Your Phone

In addition to the phones we can unlock with a Smart SIM unlock overlay card, we are able to provide unlocking services for most Motorola phones, most Samsung phones, the Apple iPhone, plus most Nokia phones, many Siemens and most Sony Ericsson and LG phones, Blackberry PDA/phones, the Treo 600 650 680 & 750 PDA/phone, and some models of Alcatel phones.

Is your phone able to be unlocked with a Smart SIM?  Scroll down to the form to see if your phone is on the list.  If it is, then good news!  You don't need to send your phone to us.  Simply complete the form and we mail a programmed Smart SIM unit to you.

Smart SIM Unlock Overlay Card

The unit we send you is a very clever device.  It is wafer thin, and fits between your SIM and the contacts on the phone (pictured at the top of the page).

In simple terms, we have programmed the unit to trick your phone into thinking that the SIM you are using with it is an officially approved SIM.

It is easy for you to insert the Smart SIM unlock overlay card into the phone - nothing sticks out or in any way interferes with your phone's appearance or normal operation.

You need to cut a notch out of your SIM to make space for the Smart SIM, but that is easily done with a razor blade or Exacto knife.  You can see an example of a SIM that has the notch cut out of it on the left.




The area you cut out of your SIM won't damage the SIM at all, because it is just part of the plastic mounting, with none of the internal electronic components close to the area you are cutting, and your SIM will still work perfectly normally in all phones without the Smart SIM overlaid on it.

You can see an example, in the second image, of a SIM that now has the Smart SIM overlaid behind it - there is a little piece of the Smart SIM which sticks out in the space you cut out of the SIM.

If you're uncomfortable cutting a notch in your SIM, you can ship it to us of course and we'll do this for you and return it with the Smart SIM at no extra charge.

You Can Trust Us

Our unlocking service has been positively featured on CNN, and written up in many places, including the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Enquirer's Consumer Action column, and the Clark Howard Consumer Action Center.

We are not a 'fly by night' scam outfit.  Look at everything on this site - there are many hundred pages of content, dating back to 2001.  We have a major internet presence, and years of credibility.

Here's a page of testimonials from satisfied customers.

We're located just out of Seattle, very close to Microsoft, at 17321 NE 31st Ct, Redmond WA 98052 (but please note our ship-to address is in Kenmore).

We're a Paypal verified member (this link will take you to a Paypal page that confirms our status), with an account dating back to 2000 and over 2500 successful transactions recorded.

We've unlocked thousands of phones, have been trading for years, and have been well written up by independent reviewers.  We're experienced, skilled, and reliable.

How Long Does it Take

We have two service options.  With our regular service, our promise is that we'll program one of these overlay units and have it on its way back to you within a business day of receiving payment.  We send your phone back to you via USPS First Class Mail, with Delivery Confirmation, insurance, and online delivery confirmation for your reassurance.  If returning to an international address, we send via Air Mail.

If you're in a hurry, or if you do not have a US postal address, our Express service may be better for you.  Depending on when we receive your order during the day, we'll endeavor to program a unit for you the same day and send it back to you USPS Express Mail, which usually takes only one day to get to your address.  This also includes insurance and delivery confirmation.

Our Guarantee

If you have any problems at all with the unit in your phone, send us your phone and the unit and we'll install it for you.

There's no extra charge for this, and you have a month from the time we ship the unit to you to activate this guarantee.

What is the Cost

Our Regular SIM Overlay Card

  • One business day turnaround - we'll send out your programmed SIM overlay the next business day from that on which we received it

  • First Class Mail service with insurance and delivery confirmation

This service is offered for US$35.

Our Express SIM Overlay Card

  • If possible, same day turnaround, assuming there is sufficient lead time between when we receive the order and processing cut off for the day

  • USPS Express Mail service, with insurance and delivery confirmation, which usually takes one day to get to you

This service is offered for US$50.

How it Works

1.  Simply fill out the form below.

2.  You'll then be taken to a second page allowing you to choose which service you wish and to securely make payment via credit card using Paypal, or, if you prefer, send us cash or check (US currency, please) with your phone.

3.  There is no step three.  That's all.  :)

Special Offer :  Recommended Accessory for your GSM Phone

This is a SIM card Reader/copier/backup device.

This backs up and copies the phone book data on your SIM card. This means if you lose your phone, you don't lose all your phone numbers. If you change from one wireless provider to another, you can quickly copy all your phone book with this unit from one SIM to the other. If you have multiple SIM cards (eg a US card, a global roaming card, and some country-specific pre-paid cards), you can copy your phone book to all these different SIMs.

This $19.95 unit can be purchased for $17.45, plus free shipping when purchased in conjunction with a SIM Overlay Card.

Here is a review of the SIM reader/copier/backup unit.  An opportunity to purchase it at a discount will be offered to you after you click the 'Agreed' button below as part of purchasing your unlock code.

For more information on unlocking GSM cell phones, please visit our FAQ.


Special SIM Unlock Overlay Card - Step 1 of 2

What is your name



What is your email address



Which model phone do you have


(Blackberry phones are unlocked here)
(LG phones are unlocked here)
(Motorola phones are unlocked here)
(Nokia phones are unlocked here)
(Sony Ericsson phones are unlocked here)
(Siemens phones are unlocked here)
(Treo 600 650 680 & 750 Phone/PDA unlocked here)

What is your phone's IMEI (dial *#06# to get this to display on the phone)


 (No spaces or punctuation, just the 15 digits please)

Who is the current service provider for your phone


What is your postal address (This will be your return mailing label - please be sure it is accurate)


Any comments or questions


I have read and agreed to the Terms and Conditions below


Privacy Policy



Any delays with international shipping due to potential Customs problems, lengthier shipping times, variable and expensive shipping costs are all at your risk, and if we need to pay any extra Customs fees upon receiving your phone, you will need to send these extra fees to us.

Note that we can not be responsible for problems if the address you give us, above, is incorrect.

Terms and Conditions

We test your phone before and after unlocking it.  If your phone does not work properly when first received, we will return it to you, locked and unrepaired, and with no refund.

Phones are returned with delivery confirmation service and $100 of insurance cover in the US.  Additional insurance is available at a cost of $2 per extra $100 of cover.  Delivery confirmation and insurance is not offered on international shipments unless sent by courier.

In all circumstances and situations, our liability will at no time exceed that of refunding you your fee.



Last update 02 Jul 2017

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