Added Security Feature: Facial Recognition (convenience and security)
Talk Time: 17 Hours Talk Time
Operating System: Android 7
Weight: 4.9 oz
MetroPCS has graced us with yet another phenomenal deal to kickstart 2018. This first is not your average phone, because LG has given the Face Recognition Unlock a shot with this mid-ranger after the iPhone X landslide.
It didn’t disappoint though, as it is easy and fast to setup. As for the security it offers, it’s something you’d expect from a $60 phone (MetroPCS price save $80), as it can unlock using your own picture. (You can take a look at the video here).
It’s not something you can expect from Apple, as it’s way cheaper than the iPhone X, but it does make up for the convenience it offers.
LG Aristo 2 has definitely proven to us that Facial Recognition in iPhone X is not overrated. The theory that Facial Recognition technology can be on a mid-range phone is debunked, for now. Nonetheless, that feature sure added up a little novelty on the LG Aristo 2, and again for the price it asks, you can’t expect more.
On the flip side, unboxing the phone isn’t really exciting as the box from MetroPCS is usually straightforward with the phone’s features printed at the back cover. The phone is designed with full HD screen at 5-in IPS display which is long, sleek, thin, and easy in your hands.
It has a mirror-looking back cover although it only has a plastic build. It also houses the camera, flash, and power button.
LG Aristo 2 runs on Android Nougat and has a 16GB ROM with a 2GB RAM. Compared to the LG Aristo, this phone’s RAM and processor capacity is slightly bigger and that’s accounted as one of the major improvements. It’s also micro-SD expandable to upto 32GB and it’s powered by a 1.4GHz quadcore processor, which gives us the reason why the Facial Recognition lock system works fast.
The phone’s sensors and camera are safely situated at the upper front portion of the phone. The front facing camera is 5MP and Phase Detection Auto Focus rear camera that has an LED flash.
LG Aristo 2 vis-a-vis LG Aristo
There’s not much difference between the LG Aristo and LG Aristo 2. Both have the same 5-in screen and apparently running on the same Quadcore processor. The placements of the buttons at the back are also very similar as you will still have the power button right below the camera.
The only difference is the fringe on the back cover as LG Aristo has them but the LG Aristo 2 only has a plain mirror finish. The LG logo are also placed differently as the predecessor has them at the middle, while the latter has it at the bottom. The speakers are also on the same spot, except for a difference in how the holes were designed (it doesn’t differ much in sound quality).
On the front, the second generation Aristo does look better as it appears cleaner, without the LG logo at the bottom and with the camera on the upper portion, making it look more professional and minimalistic.
Overall, it doesn’t make that much difference on the aesthetic level of the phone; only the LG Aristo 2 looks a little more classy and blends to most 2017 phone models with glass finish.
The performance on the newly-released LG is also better as it can support multiple windows, giving it an edge compared to other phones on its price range. It also has a much higher RAM, so multitasking on this phone should go seamless even when you use a lot of internet or multimedia. The latter also has a much updated Android version, which means it boasts the latest security and features you can expect from Android.
Picture quality are also similar, but on par with other phones it doesn’t really make it to the instagram-lovely cut. The display on the LG Aristo 2 is also much better as it is better lighted and has much better saturated color.
Is it worth the upgrade?
LG Aristo 2 has upgraded on both the inside and the outside. The design, display, and build of the second generation phone is obviously much better compared to its predecessor. The screen has better saturation, the back cover looks more professional and trendy and it does feel more premium in the hands. Concerning the performance, LG Aristo 2 is slightly faster compared to the LG Aristo because it has a better RAM and can support multiple windows.
Setting up the Facial Recognition Unlock is also straightforward and it unlocks pretty fast without needing to position the phone on a particular angle, which is very convenient. The only caveat is that this feature is so easy to cheat, so you might want to take advantage of adding up another unlock feature when you need it.
If you are considering the price, this specific model is sold at less than half the price at MetroPCS and it sure doesn’t disappoint when compared to other phones in the mid-range arena.
Upgrading to the phone is a good idea only when you are an LG mid-range fan, but if you’re not, 2018 is just getting started and there’s so much more in store for you in less than a month from now. So stay tuned!
Your smartphone’s lack of security could potentially damage not only your day, but also your life. Who knows what people store in their smartphone nowadays, and one just can’t let their phone be vulnerable from hackers who employ phishing attacks day and night.
But for now, let’s discover the 9 signs that rings the alarm of your phone being hacked:
1. Your smartphone takes forever to load or power up
Is your phone taking way too long to load up or power up? There could be three reasons why it does this:
Your phone’s memory capacity is almost full
You have too many heavy apps (gaming, social media, etc) running in the background
Now that we’ve got that straightened out, let’s take away the other factors that could be affecting your phone’s performance. Your phone, under normal usage shouldn’t lag or get clunky, unless when you are running gaming apps that are processor or bandwidth intensive.
You might also think using up your phone’s ROM is totally unrelated but there are certain phones which gets affected with a low memory capacity, so you should also take this into consideration. If you think your phone is running out of memory, you can opt to add a memory card to extend the memory or put some of your data on a cloud storage to free up some space.
However, if the first two aren’t factors close to consideration, you can run a malware check on your phone and have the malwares or suspicious files removed. There are anti-malware apps that are offered free for a certain trial period and you can take advantage of that to remove the malwares that could be harming your phone or stealing your data.
But you might be asking how do malwares slow down your phone? Malwares slow down your phone because they take a bit of your phone’s processor or bandwidth capacity to operate. They can piggyback on some of your apps and that could also be a reason why some apps are running slow or “crashing” when you use them.
It’s important to install an anti-malware app or software on your phone but it’s just as important to examine whether your phone’s processor capacity is enough to run it. There are phones that just aren’t made for apps that uses up a lot of memory or is needing a bigger processor.
If you think your phone isn’t made for a bigger hustle, you shouldn’t load it up with apps that are too heavy for its use.
2. Your battery is drained up faster
In relation to the previous item, malwares also use up a lot of power aside from processor capacity. It’s just like playing an online game, if you are playing online games or are multi-tasking, your battery drains faster compared to just texting or simple browsing the net.
Now, since malwares run in the background, which you don’t likely notice, they will eat up your phone’s power faster than it used to. And as mentioned, since some malwares piggyback on other apps, it will now take more power for the app to run properly. It affects not only how fast your phone performs but also the length of its battery life.
3. You have apps you didn’t even install
Some of these malwares can come as innocent offers, like pop-ups offering to help you free up some memory space and even trick you into thinking they are anti-malwares.
But how do these apps end up on your phone when you didn’t install them in the first place? Well, there are too many circumstances that could lead to this, but here are a few to consider:
You clicked on an advertisement that uses phishing/spamming
You accidentally installed the apps from annoying pop-ups that ask you to click “ok” or “I agree” unsuspiciously
You have installed apps from suspicious websites that come with another phishing app/software.
You can easily uninstall these apps or if you think your phone is too “infected” you can reformat it or the memory card where you stored the installed apps. Make sure to backup your data though, because you won’t be able to retrieve them after cleaning up your phone or memory card.
4. Your phone bill has weird unexpected charges
If you think the excess charge on your bills (which you have no idea about) is the only problem, you better think again. Some service providers have let their users to receive text messages from subscription based third-party vendors for services that are sometimes illegitimate.
Some of these text messages that get through has spam links that may lead you to suspicious websites or spam your inbox with messages that you don’t want at all. What’s worse is that you are paying for them!
If you are seeing these type of messages, you can call your service provider to help you opt out of these subscription-based text messaging services.
5. Your phone is accessing bad sites
Have you ever been reported to your head office because your phone has been caught accessing bad sites a.k.a. porn sites?
You know you wouldn’t do it using a company-provided VPN so if it wasn’t you, it sure was someone else pretending to be you. If you think your VPN ID or your login credentials have been leaked or stolen by someone else, you have to report it to your company’s IT department.
If that’s going to take long, you can start cleaning up the devices where you have logged in using VPN. Cleaning up can mean erasing your browsing history, removing your remembered passwords on browsers, and generally applying extra security measures.
Also recycling your password or having the same password for your email, social media, or banking app accounts is not really recommended. It is advisable that you even change your passwords regularly, like more than twice a year to keep you from hackers that maybe just lurking around the internet neighborhood.
Installing a firewall, either a router or a software is also advised as these will help you stay private when you are on the internet.
6. Some apps aren’t working properly
As mentioned earlier, if you have apps that aren’t working properly, there might be malwares that are piggybacking on them or are interrupting the way your phone functions.
Some malwares are designed to slowly damage the apps installed in your phone. There are also some which are really designed to slowly damage your phone’s processor. If there are no significant changes or additions to your smartphone, you shouldn’t be experiencing any lag or any particular issues on your other apps.
If you are willing, you can also isolate the issue by doing a simple uninstall and reinstall to see if it’s just a problem with one app or a problem with your phone itself.
7. Your social media accounts are being accessed on places you haven’t been to
Social media sites like Facebook and Google, do take note of your location every time you log in. This helps them accurately suggest places you want to visit or provide related advertisements according to your current location.
This also serves as an added security feature, since you will be able to receive alerts every time there is a new device log in or if you’ve been logged in to places you weren’t usually logged in to.
For Facebook, you can check these “places” in the Account Security section. You will blown away with how much data Facebook really holds about you, and if you find suspicious logins from places you haven’t been to, you can choose to click on the “Not You?” option to let Facebook block any logins from the device logged in on that location.
From there, Facebook will walk you through the process of creating a new password and employing another set of security measure such as 2FA (2-Factor Authentication) to
If you are using gmail, you will also be able to detect new logins, and Google can help you block suspicious logins from unrecognized devices to prevent them from accessing your account again in the future.
8. You have ad pop-ups that you didn’t have before
A hacked phone doesn’t only mean leaked private videos, it could also mean annoying pop-ups that flash on your phone every time you open it. If you have pop-ups you can’t get out of or when you get them even when you are not on the internet, chances are the malwares have already stitched themselves to your phone and it’s going to be a a little challenging to get them off.
One way to get this fixed is to reformat your phone or to install an anti-malware software to get rid of the ad pop-ups.
9. Your personal data or information is being leaked
This is probably the worst thing that can happen to you when your phone is being hacked but don’t lose hope. Take the necessary security measures to keep your phone from being hacked!
Your iPhone X may look like it has the best set of security features, but hackers are getting smarter everyday. It’s best to keep your passwords to yourself or change them regularly. Adding 2FA or two-factor authentications also help you track every login on your online accounts. Adding a router, a firewall, or backing up your data on a secured cloud service provider is also one way to keep things protected.
Takeaway: Your phone is doing stuff you didn’t do.
You don’t need to be a famous celebrity or a big ball businessperson to become a target of hackers as anyone can be a victim.
A hacked phone can be doing stuff you didn’t do like sending text or messages that are spamming people’s inbox. A hacked phone can also become a medium to help the hackers reach more people and steal their information, so if you happen to have received messages from friends or contacts that you are sending suspicious messages, immediately report this to your service provider or to the authorities.
Our expertise of over a decade will provide the solution to all your mobile unlock needs and challenges and today we will discuss one of the most common unlock issues, and that is a hardlocked phone. If you are here because you discovered your phone is hardlocked or if you suspect it is, then you’re in the right place.
Let’s first unfold the meaning of a “hardlocked” phone, the circumstances that result to it, and how to know if a phone is hardlocked.
What Does Hardlocked Mean?
Hardlocked, as a technical term, means that your phone cannot be SIM unlocked anymore.
If you got your phone from a service provider through a postpaid contract, your phone is likely to be SIM locked to them. This means that you can’t use any other SIM in your phone apart from which that came from your current service provider.
Normally, it is allowed to SIM unlock your phone once you are off your 2 or 3 year postpaid contract. However, if your phone is already hardlocked, you wouldn’t be able to SIM unlock it anymore.
On the other hand, if you bought your phone directly from the manufacturer your phone is by default, factory unlocked and can be used with any carrier all over the globe, as long as it can work with their network. Note that, a phone designed to be used for a GSM network won’t be able to work with a CDMA network. So, make sure that your phone is compatible to the network type of the service provider you want to switch to.
How Do I Know If My Phone is Hardlocked?
First thing you have to check when unlocking your phone is its unlock eligibility. It’s important for you to check whether your phone is already unlocked or hardlocked, because this helps us determine the right course of action and it also guarantees your refund.
If you want to know if your phone is hardlocked. Here’s how:
Simply insert a non-accepted sim to your phone.
If you have to remove the battery of your phone, make sure to turn it off properly before removing the battery.
Once turned off, carefully remove the back cover and then the battery.
Carefully remove the sim card from sim tray. Sim tray can be very easily damaged, so do not move or pull out the sim tray.
Pull the sim card out safely by pushing it down and sliding it out of the open end of the sim tray.
Insert the sim card of your preferred carrier or any non-accepted sim card.
Put the battery and phone cover back.
Turn it on and wait for a sim unlock prompt.
There are older phone models which do not greet you with a SIM unlock prompt if you insert a non-accepted sim. If you don’t see a sim unlock prompt, check if you are getting signal bars or if you can make a call. If you can make a call or send a text message successfully with a different sim then, your phone is probably SIM unlocked.
On the other hand, if your phone isn’t receiving a signal or if you can’t make calls or send a text message, then it’s highly likely that it is still SIM locked.
Note that this is just one probability, as mentioned earlier, your phone won’t be able to pick up a signal from a carrier that isn’t compatible to it. You can rule out this possibility if you ask your new/target carrier their network-type and if your current phone model can work with them.
What Makes a Phone Hardlocked?
A phone can be hardlocked for so many reasons. It could be:
A carrier requirement
A form of protection (as some old phones are)
A Product of your own doing.
Mobile manufacturers all over the world have specific agreements with mobile communication service providers. Some of these agreements meant that your phones must be used exclusively by the vendor or the mobile service provider. This is the reason why some phones can’t be SIM unlocked because there was no way to do so.
On the flip side, these hardlocked phone agreements are no longer allowed in most countries as government laws are being tailored to address the needs of the masses. By being able to unlock your phones, you are being given the freedom to choose your own provider and thus the mobile industry is made more flexible and the service providers provided competitive prices.
Now, if your phone falls on the latter category, your phone will only be eligible for unlock if your carrier allows you to enter a sim unlock code. If there’s no way you can enter an unlock code, then your phone must have a different unlock method such that of T-Mobile and MetroPCS where a Device Unlock app is installed and needs no code to be unlocked.
On the other hand, if you can’t enter the unlock code because your phone restricts you to do so, it’s probably because you entered the wrong code too many times and used up all the unlock attempts. Using up all your unlock attempts is one of the main reasons why your phone could be hardlocked.
If you ever thought of trying your luck and enter random digits on that sim unlock prompt, always make sure you don’t run out of chances. If you otherwise had the phone as a gift (hand-me-downs), or if you bought it online, you can ask the previous owner if they tried doing a SIM unlock before. Simple details saves you time and, of course, it sets expectations correctly.
Although, our team here at UnlockBase would want to help you with a hardlocked phone, it’s most likely going to end up still locked. We do have other methods of unlock that don’t need code entry, such as the Cable Unlock Software, but we still need to confirm the unlock eligibility of your phone as this method doesn’t work with hardlocked phones.
If you pursue to try unlocking your phone even after confirming it is hardlocked using our services, we won’t be able to guarantee that it will be SIM unlocked successfully and this will also disqualify you of refund.
When we think about privacy in the digital world, we all suddenly feel anxious. Are we truly safe from privacy invasion? Are our phones especially equipped to keep our bank details, emails, phone numbers, etc free from hackers and digital thieves?
We’ve heard enough stories from people who lost their money because of email phishing and of those whose private videos got exposed and never got their peace again. It’s adding up to the anxiety people are burdened with nowadays, even after the extraordinary layer of security technology has to offer.
Mobile phones in particular, is one of the most vulnerable gadgets that is prone to hacker attacks. It gets especially hotter nowadays, since more and more people are using their mobile phones to buy things online, and even purchase products right off the shelves at Walmart.
Although mobile phones have become the best boon for humankind, it could also be the source of our greatest bane. With all the threats that’s going on around us, what can you do or what do you need to know to keep yourself safe when using your phone?
Well, let’s delve deeper and discover what you should know and what you can do to protect your privacy and essentially, your life.
1. Google is collecting data about you through your phone.
Did you know that you are being stalked by Google? Google knows almost everything about you. It can predict with absolute accuracy what you want to buy, what you want to search about, and even tell you where you’ve been last.
Google’s AI helps them know what ads to suggest based on your search behavior. And on your phone, there’s a default Google app that lets them know your location so they can suggest the best restaurants, places to visit, and report accurate temperature.
Ever since GPS, it was possible for anyone to follow us around or stalk without us knowing, and of course, this is a government initiative through NASA. Your mobile phone picks up signal from your mobile phone service provider towers and they can predict with almost perfect accuracy where you are at the moment just by using that data alone.
By default, Android and iOS users have GPS trackers enabled, but there’s no need to sulk, you can disable these location trackers just as easily. Here’s how to stop your phone from logging your location:
To Disable location reporting on Android:
Go to Settings
Google Location Settings
Switch slider off on both Location Reporting and Location History
Delete Location History
Repeat process on each Google Account on your device.
Note that by disabling these services you are essentially limiting Google on suggesting information that may be of help to you. Nonetheless, you can leave Location Reporting on when you think you need it.
To Disable location reporting in iOS:
Go to Settings
Swipe slider off on all apps or select apps you want it disabled (e.g Google Maps)
Deny location data from features you want to disable it
Note that with iOS you can’t erase the location history, so you have to log on to a web browser for you to do that. Choose the days you want to delete location history and you’re done.
2. Phishing comes in so many forms.
Bet you’ve probably seen how phishing emails look like, and hopefully it wasn’t successful on whatever its scheming to do. Email phishing disguises itself as a trustworthy organization aiming to gather important information from people who aren’t suspecting. They can disguise to be your bank, a famous brand, Google, and even your phone’s manufacturer!
Even Facebook has had this incident and a lot of accounts in so many countries had been infected. If you suspect your computer or your phone had been infected or hacked through Facebook or any other website, you can run a malware scan and immediately log out from the internet.
Unfortunately, hackers and phishers evolve fast and they are extremely creative. Nonetheless, it’s easy to outsmart them if you know how they really do it. Now, take a look at these examples:
Pop-up offering quick fixes for your mobile problems. They can show you a result of a quick device scan and will ask you to download or install a malware that is potentially dangerous to your computer and/or the data in it.
Email disguised to be your bank account asking for more account information. Your bank already has your account number, so there’s no way they’d ask that from you via email. Also, legitimate companies will not ask you to send your personal information through email or text.
A Facebook message from a friend with a link.Facebook hackers have made it to your friends’ inbox and if your friend unsuspectingly clicks on that link, all the person on their friends list will receive the message as well. This links will slow your computer down or install extensions on your browsers that can gather login information. You wouldn’t notice they installed anything but when you login to your bank, email, or work-related sites using the infected browser, it will send the information to the hacker’s server.
Emails disguised as customer complaint. High-level executives are the target of “customer complaint” phishers. They can even come up with an official-looking subpoena to make it look legitimate. More often, they are going to ask you to click a link where you will be asked to install a software so you can proceed. They can sometimes also clone your email login page where you will unsuspectingly enter your email login information to proceed.
Emails disguised as a shipping carrier asking for your personal information. Key here is not to provide your address or any information about you if you can’t confirm you have an order with them. Most carriers don’t really need to confirm shipping information because it is done by their vendor or the company where you purchase your goods from. If you are not expecting any order delivery, better to erase it right away.
Clone emails. As the term itself defines, this type of phishing clones or copies the exact email sent to you by a legitimate entity (e.g bank) and they also use an email address that looks like that of your bank. If you receive an email regarding a matter that your bank already had informed you with before, please don’t click any link. Instead investigate and verify the email by searching about it. You’re probably not the first to receive that email and the public have already been alerted about it.
Email from an unknown company about a freebie or a voucher you can claim by clicking a link. Well, it is easy to bait someone using their emotion, but remember, if the offer is too good to be true, it probably is.
Unsecured website login page. If you are routed to a page where you have to enter login information like username, email, pin, or passwords, always remember to check its security. Websites which as HTTPS and has a lock icon before the web address is safe and secure for you to enter your credentials. If on the other hand, it is only an HTTP or there’s no lock icon, you should be concerned. Also, you can check the website’s security certificate when you click on the lock icon. This helps you know how your data is protected.
Remember that phishing doesn’t only use one medium of communication. It can disguise itself as an unsuspecting text message from your daughter about your credit card information, or it can be through a call. When you receive a phone call from a company XYZ and they are asking personal information about you (including your birthday) that’s already one form of phishing.
There are other ways to prevent phishing and we’ll go through them in the next sections.
3. Never trust your password to anyone, not even your phone.
As mentioned earlier, hackers and phishers have created ingenious ways to install extensions on your browsers with a single click. These extensions are triggered by certain websites, especially those where you enter login information. Although it would be easier for you to keep your passwords saved or “remembered” by your browser, it would be unsafe for you to do that.
Google Chrome, for example, isn’t a secure place to store your passwords. Anyone with access to your browser can keep your login credentials and save it for their own use. Although the hacker has to have physical access to your computer for them to steal your login information, you surely don’t want them to discover something you want to hide or keep for yourself.
Your phone’s browsers are also flawed the same. You can keep your social media logins to yourself if you allow people to use your phone or borrow it. You can stay unsuspecting but better be safe than sorry.
4. Use Password Managers.
If you have way too many passwords for you to remember, you can install a password manager like Lastpass. You need only one master password for the software login and you can keep all of your passwords in there safe and sound.
You can set a two-way authentication as well, so that when you login using a computer, you will need to authenticate it using your phone or another gadget of your choice. There are a lot of free password managers out there, so go get one now!
5. Change your passwords regularly.
Talking about passwords, it is necessary that you change your passwords on a regular basis, especially for those which concern your privacy and your banking logins. Even Apple Pay has its own flaws, so never trust yourself enough to keep these passwords and PIN’s just the same for more than 6 months.
It is advisable that you change your credit card pins on a regular basis to protect yourself from card skimming. If on the other hand, you use your phone to purchase, you need to make sure that your phone is locked enough that when someone steals it, it would be practically useless.
Jailbreaking a phone is something that even a grade-school kid can do nowadays, so to help protect yourself from this kind of disaster, you need to add an extra layer of lock to your phone which we will discuss next.
6. Add an extra layer of lock to your phone.
Adding an extra layer of lock or security to your phone is going to help you not only secure your phone’s private data but it also prevents other people from using your information illegally.
There are a lot of free App Locks you can download from Google Play. With an extra lock installed you can lock certain apps and programs using a 6-digit PIN code and a simple toggle and voila, your Facebook, Gmail, or banking app is safe with another line of security.
Mobile phone manufacturers understand this necessity that’s why they always pack your devices with biometrics such as iris scanner, Face ID, fingerprint scanner, etc. However, no technology is perfect and there are still flaws in the system.
In an iPhone X, for example, your identical twin brother (if you have) can open your phone without any problem. In China, a lot of people had been in an uproar against Apple lately due to its racism in producing iPhone X.
A woman had discovered that her son can unlock her iPhone X and when she got to the store, she was told that there was a problem with the camera. She later discovered that everyone else can actually unlock her phone using their face with no problem and so was every other iPhone X in the store!
7. Clean your browsers more often (than your house)
Cleaning your browser is as important as cleaning your house. You have to erase your browsing history once in a while if you want to keep your devices safe from hackers.
Although there is a need for any hacker to have physical access to the device (e.g mobile phone), once someone breaks into your computer, they can look at the browser history and use the available data to steal information from you.
It’s easy to clean your browser. If you are using Chrome on your phone:
Go to Chrome app
Tap More History
Tap Clear browsing data
Go to Browsing history
Uncheck any other boxes you don’t want to delete.
Tap Clear data
Clean your browser often and save yourself from dirty trouble in the future.
8. Don’t just click “OK”or “I agree” absentmindedly.
We all know that apps do ask “permissions” to access certain programs on your phone like your contacts, calendar, photos, messaging, notes, etc. By default, all of these programs have their boxes ticked, it’s up to you to uncheck the box next to the program you don’t want the app to have access with.
Limiting the app’s access isn’t going to affect the performance of the app, although there will be features that are to be compromised. Nonetheless, if you don’t want your Facebook, Messenger, Twitter or any other app for that matter have access to data that you think should stay private like Contacts, you can opt out and still be able to use them.
If you want to limit permissions on some apps, here’s what you need to do:
Go to Settings
Tap the Gear icon
Toggle slider ON or OFF on apps you want to limit access
In the same way, does some websites ask for permissions. If you have seen websites asking permission to “give you a notification about latest updates” or even asking to “enable cookies“, you better read what exactly they want from you.
By default, you shouldn’t allow them to do just that, and in fact, Google already penalizes websites who don’t let you opt out from these “permissions“. What these “cookies” do is to observe your behaviour when in the internet so they know what ads to suggest.
Amazon does this and so does other e-commerce websites. Google also does this, however, to a much healthier extent. When the information gathered by these cookies are given to the wrong hands, you’ll be spammed and the next thing you know, you’ll have annoying pop-ups every now and then.
If you are using Chrome on your computer, here’s how you change permission on all sites you will visit:
On you computer, left click on Chrome
Hover your mouse on the top right, click More (it looks like 3 bullets in a line)
Scroll down and click Advanced at the bottom
Under “Privacy and Security” click on Content Settings
Change the permission you want to update.
If you are using Android or iOS on your gadget, here’s how you get there:
On the top right, click More (it looks like 3 bullets in a line)
Under Advanced, tap Content Settings (iOS) or Site Settings (Android)
Tap on the permission you wish to change.
Please follow “Recommended” advise from Google Chrome but ideally, you would want the following to be on the corresponding mode:
Cookies – Removing some cookies may mean that you will be logged out from some websites)
Camera – Should be on “Always Ask” mode
Location – “Ask before accessing”
Microphone – “Ask before accessing”
Notifications – “Ask before sending”
Flash – “Ask first”
For more information regarding Chrome browser settings, you can visit Chrome Support or you can go here for the full tutorial on their support site.
9. Employ 2FA (2 Factor Authentication) for all withdrawals (and on all your online accounts)
One way to also add another level of security to your bank accounts, Paypal, etc. you can add a 2-factor Authentication for all withdrawals. What this do is to provide you a notification on your phone (you bring daily), to authenticate and allow the withdrawal or any transaction.
This will help you to validate and deny the transaction that’s at hand. This keeps your money safe because the hacker has to have a physical access of your phone in order to do the last half of their job.
You can add 2FA on Paypal, WordPress, Evernote, Lastpass, Dropbox, Slack, Amazon, WhatsApp, and on your social media accounts.Google Authenticator is one of the commonly used 2FA apps and it supports a hostful of websites and apps that you want to have extra security. Thankfully, there’s a Google Authenticator app for both Android and Apple.
It’s fairly easy to get the app working. Once downloaded, install the app on your phone and sync your phone and tablet. For a full tutorial on how it’s done on Android or iOS, you can go here.
Apple also has 2-step authentication verification procedures that will notify you of any iCloud access or any app access on your iPhone or Mac. If you want to enable it, here’s how:
Go to Settings
Sign in on iCloud
Tap arrow on Apple ID
Tap Password and Security
Tap Turn ON Two-factor Authentication
Go to System Preferences
Sign in on iCloud
Click Account details
Click Turn ON Two-Factor Authentication
Microsoft is also on the same league, and it will add more security on your OneDrive, Skype, Xbox Live, etc. If you want to enable 2FA on your, you can look at this tutorial from Microsoft Support for guidance.
Google also has a 2FA capability and they have enabled email alerts by default so you can receive an email about new browser logins. If there’s a login on a new or unrecognized device, Google will let you know about it via email.
10. Check the fidelity of your Social Media accounts.
Your social media accounts are surely going to be a headache once hacked. People can steal your identity or use your private information to blackmail you. But as mentioned earlier, you can enable 2FA on each of your social media accounts to keep them protected.
For mobile-only app or service which do not have 2FA capability, you can enable login verification. Also, if you have logged in any of your social media account on another gadget, you need to remove or “forget” your password on those devices. With SnapChat, you can do this remotely using login verification. You can also generate a Recovery Key or Code for when your mobile device is stolen to protect your social media accounts.
On the other hand, Facebook also have created a way for their users to know whether their account has been hacked. If you haven’t tried this trick yet, here’s how:
Go to Settings
Click Security and Login
Click Where You’re Logged Into
You will see your login history’s dates, places, and device used
If it wasn’t you, click “Not You”
Click Secure Account
Click Get Started and Facebook will walk you through the rest of the steps. It includes changing your current password.
If your Facebook account have been hacked you will see suspicious logins that you have not initiated. In order to prevent this from happening again in the future, you need to:
Turn log in alerts.
Update your password often.
Choose 3 to 5 friends to contact if your account is locked out.
Be vigilant with friend requests.
Don’t click suspicious links.
Don’t believe any emails about changing your password or about your account being hacked. You need to login to Facebook first to confirm this because you will receive a notification from them if it is indeed true. It’s a no-no to update your password outside of the Facebook app or web page itself because Facebook will never ask you to do that.
The same rule applies to every other social media account you have. Never assume your account is safe unless you did the extra mile of checking it. The information they can get from your Facebook or other social media accounts is enough to steal your peace and ruin your life.
11. Create A Guest Wifi Network
The struggle of having a connected home is keeping everything safe from thieves. If you have a connected home network, you don’t want anyone else to see or even remotely access your computer or gadget.
This is also one reason why, it is advised that you have a “Guest” Wifi network, so if your friends want to connect to your home Wifi when you hang out, they can do so without compromising your security.
If you have a connected home, it is important to keep all the access only to your trusted gadgets. Letting in an unauthorized mobile phone or laptop to your main Wifi network is dangerous because that means they can access your router’s login page and change the settings.
Whereas if they are connected to the guest network, they will not be able to access your router’s page. Thus, a guest network strengthens your network’s security.
They can get the IP addresses of your home’s main server where you store and share access to your important documents and data. Giving them access to your main Wifi is equal to giving them access to all of your house’s connected devices.
How do you create a Guest Network?
By default, most routers nowadays is already broadcasting a guest network and the main network using unique individual passwords. The guest Wifi network usually has a “-guest” suffix in the end. If you want to customize it, which is recommended, you need to know how to access the router’s setup page.
First, know your router’s brand name. The router is the device that transmits the internet connection coming from your modem into wireless signals. It’s practically the source of your Wifi connection.
There are also times when your modem and router is just one box, but if you aren’t sure which is which, you can ask your internet service provider to walk you through.
If you now know your router’s brand name, you can then search how to open it’s setup page, in most cases, all you need is your router’s IP address.
Enter your Router’s IP address.
Enter router’s login information (username and password)
Once logged in, look for the keywords Network, Guest Network, or Guest Access and click on it, or
Click on “Allow Guest Access”
Enter your preferred Wifi name on the SSID box.
Enter your preferred Wifi password for your Guest network.
Click OK or Finish.
And voila! Your guest network is already setup. If you can’t access your router’s setup page, you might need help from your internet service provider (ISP) or you can call the router’s manufacturer to walk you through.
There are a lot of high-tech routers nowadays and the router that came from your ISP is probably outdated and don’t have the guest network functionality. It is highly recommended you update it to the model that’s best for your family’s needs for wireless connectivity.
12. Install a Firewall on your computer or on your home network.
A firewall is one integral component to a home network. If you are using a cloud server in your home, you want that protected with a Firewall. A firewall can be a physical device or a software you can install.
Your router is one good example of a firewall. When you are connected to the modem, you will be given a public IP address and that is the perfect ingredient towards a hacking disaster. If you are using a public IP address you are like going to a war without an armor and of course, and we don’t want that.
To fully arm yourself, you need a firewall or a device or a software between you and the cruel world of the internet. Instead of using a public IP address, you want to use a private IP address.
The modem gives you a public IP address while the router in the other hand gives you a private IP address. With a router in between your device and the modem, hackers will not be able to get on your network and access your device.
It would be an extra challenge for them to hack your network because they will have to be connected to your private home network first before they can get in and start doing their business.
That being said, it takes your WiFi password for them to be able to steal information. With a well-secured router in your home, your network has better security.
Now, on the other hand, a Firewall could also be a software. You can install a software on your device to prevent it from getting viruses or malwares that can potentially harm the data that’s stored in your computer. These malwares can also be used to steal information from you and even shut your computer down.
If you want the best security for your home network and your devices, you need to have a strong Firewall.
13. Use a VPN to hide your ass.
A VPN or a Virtual Private Network is a medium or a service that serves two purposes:
To remotely connect to your company/home computer
To safely hide all of the data you transmit over the internet.
The security that VPN offers is best if you want to transmit or access private information over the internet. A VPN encrypts all the information that you use over the internet, so that you browsing history, downloads, etc will not be visible to your internet service provider.
If you are travelling or always on the go, you won’t fear the security threat of using a public WiFi because you can login to your VPN and open your emails securely without feeling like anyone is sniffing on you. Now, you can use the internet and no one will know what you accessed, downloaded, or seen because your internet service provider will not be able to take records of them.
You can hide your ass or your IP address and essentially be able to download via BitTorrent and save yourself from copyright infringement litigation. Just be sure to use a VPN that doesn’t have Europe, US, or Canada as their exit points where these activities are considered illegal.
You can also install a VPN on your mobile gadgets, so if you like the convenience of opening your email or your work CRM‘s using your phone or tablet, you can freely do so securely!
Although it used to be mainly for corporate use, a VPN is also a wonderful add on to your home network because of the security offers. The process is pretty straightforward as downloading an app (mobile) or a software (computer) to make it work.
Next, sign up for the service, you can choose between a paid and a free service, although the latter will probably sacrifice a little privacy from your end as they will feed you with ads according to your browsing behaviour, which is somehow a contradiction of the purpose it serves.
After signing up, be sure to read the EULA (End User License Agreement) because not all VPNs are created equal and you might be compromising an essential feature due to this trifling negligence. There are thousands of VPN service providers and choosing one can get overwhelming, but the top thing to consider is the reason why you are using it.
If security is one of the things you are most concerned of, then getting a VPN should be at the top of your list.
14. Avoid using public Wi-Fi.
As mentioned in the previous item, connecting to a public WiFi is a big no-no when you are trying to open your emails and even your social media accounts because this could potential put your privacy at risk.
If you are always on-the-go or can’t afford the cost of your postpaid service provider you can always have a VPN installed so you can keep yourself secured while on a public WiFi. You can’t expect for the speed to be fast though, as VPN connection uses a lot of data on encrypting your searches and may result to lower speeds.
Also, being on public WiFi means you are trusting the owner whatever information they get from your internet browsing data. If you have trust issues, don’t get yourself on a public WiFi.
Another alternative is to bring an unlocked portable WiFi hotspot which allows you to insert and use any sim from every country all over the globe. With your WiFi hotspot, you don’t need to connect to an unsecured public WiFi plus you can connect multiple devices and surf simultaneously on all these devices.
15. Install manufacturer updates when needed.
Alright, this is one thing that is pretty much done by your phone or computer automatically, however it’s not always like that. For instance, your gadget is probably going to ask your permission to install any updates where you can do later.
Every persistent hacker out there will always find a hole out of every software update and this is why manufacturers continue to produce update even after their flagship is out of the stores. Apple has been consistent in giving software updates for their phones however, Android manufacturers had been notoriously called out because they seem to stop giving updates after a new phone is launched. That doesn’t essentially mean Android is less secure than Apple, but the assurance of a consistent software update even after 2 years of purchase should be a part of your buying conditions.
16. Be careful with the apps you install.
Never ever download an app that is outside the official App Store or Google Play and that means you should only install apps from these places.
As mentioned in the earlier segment, apps ask permissions to get access to your mobile’s data, if you absentmindedly allow these apps to access anything they want to have access to, you just got yourself in to trouble.
The apps you download outside of the official Android and Apple stores are not tested by the software developers for security and they could potentially harm the data on your mobile by installing malwares or stealing vital information from it such as your contacts and calendar. It can even hack your email.
Stay away from sketchy app stores which offer apps you don’t see on the official app stores.
That was a whole lot of information about getting yourself safe in the internet both on mobile and on a computer, but the most important thing there is to remember is to always be vigilant and suspicious of everything you do online.
Be suspicious about the link, be very careful when you download, be vigilant when you grant app permissions, and be wary of suspicious websites. As the golden rule of thumb says, you’re better safe than sorry.
If you are a #Millennial you have certainly witnessed the mobile evolution right before your eyes. Childhood days were the start of a booming mobile technology and we’ve seen how the Teletubbies antenna was used by Nokia to help our parents’ phones get a signal to send a text message.
You’ve also probably knocked some of your toes with the same Nokia phone when you dropped it on the floor. It’s hilarious these phones are so heavy that they dent the floor instead of breaking or getting scratches.
It’s also funny to think that despite how Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony changed their shapes, colors, and technology, Apple stayed the same and just changed sizes! There were other minor changes of course, but nothing drastic really changed for Apple on the outside.
So much about that, let’s go through the 9 most epic mobile phones of your childhood you wished still looked cool ten years later.
1. Nokia 5110 (1998)
We all know Nokia 5110 was one of the sturdiest phones ever created. You could throw it to someone’s face and get them injured. That’s how big, chunky, and sturdy they are! Nonetheless, we all love the colors which, as mentioned earlier, made them really looked like they are the Teletubbies.
Not to mention the love-hate relationship we had with the antenna.
This phone will always be part of every #millennials childhood because of its playful colors and replaceable casing. I’m sure you’ve had at least two Nokia 5110 casing on its entire lifetime. Changing those casings were like dressing up a doll!
And oh, the nostalgic monophonic Nokia Tune!
Buying yourself a phone on that era probably cost a fortune, because just like now, mobile phones continue to be a sign of social status and sophistication. Oh what fun would it be to unlock your Nokia 5110 now and use it for a show?
It’s going to be a #NokiaNostalgia !
2. Nokia 3310 (2000)
Every single millennial kid out there would agree Nokia is part of their childhood. In fact, we can say that Nokia once ruled the mobile world because at a particular point, they were able to sell over 126 million units worldwide!
We’re talking about a time when only the first world countries had convenient access to the internet and when mobile phones were only called Nokia – the golden millennia 2000. Of course, there were other phone manufacturers, but Nokia trumped them all worldwide.
Motorola, Blackberry, and HTC already existed at this time. Technically speaking, Motorola started the mobile phone technology but at that time, it was Nokia who was killing it (even in third-world countries).
Snake was one of the most popular (if not the only) mobile phone game at the time. I can only imagine the frustration of a game over when your Snake ate its own self!
It was also this time that the phones had customizable names and welcome messages (which you probably changed every time you get a new inspiring quote from your teacher).
Nokia also made it more fun when they allowed users to edit the ringtone and make it sound like your favorite love song – Right here waiting, Two Less Lonely People, etc. Agh, there were so many things you can do if you loved music and if you loved playing around.
And of course, we would miss the time when we never actually run out of battery even for 2 days! I’d gladly unlock my Nokia 3310 any time of the day, only if it is still a cool option as a backup phone when I’m travelling!
3. Blackberry 6200 (2003)
If you didn’t knew, Blackberry had been rocking the mobile industry ever since it started. And since then, they didn’t appeal to the wider audience but to those who are in the business niche.
It’s a rather small niche but they were successful in ruling it. Just like the saying, “it doesn’t matter if your the best, it matters if you’re the first,” (I’m sure I heard that somewhere).
Speaking of being first, it is also the first to have an email-centric approach, so yeah, you’re Mom and Dad probably spent a fortune to have the convenience of a Blackberry.
It’s funny because Blackberry made the impossible possible, quite literally, in putting a full QWERTY keyboard, which you only see on your lengthy computer keyboard at home.
Nonetheless, this made Blackberry stand out from the crowd of mobile phones which are fighting for a generic market.
4. Motorola i730 (2004)
2004 was the year of the flip phones. You surely can’t miss the glossy looking Motorola i730 flip phone. It has the push-to-talk feature that lets you play with friends as if they were walkie-talkies from the future! (Did you even knew about that back then?)
This phone was also the real thing because it had a true GPS functionality. You can’t get lost with this while travelling can you?
This feature makes this phone the ultimate travel companion since Qualcomm said they developed and tested the GPS assisted tech to locate the user within feet from their actual location (mindblown).
Qualcomm really made stalking easier for the government or any other entity for that matter. Just great.
Anyways, getting stalked can be done in just a matter of seconds nowadays. You can’t deny the fact that you’ve stalked at least one person’s social media account (aight?).
After all, isn’t that what it’s made for?
5. LG Chocolate (2006)
This phone will literally make you want to lick it to bits. LG Chocolate really looked like a chocolate bar with a keypad and a screen. How did you manage to not bite it when you’re craving for a chocolate?
I’ve mentioned chocolate three times in a single paragraph, but it just doesn’t stop there. (I swear I’m going to try my best to help you curb the craving)
The LG Choc***** came in different flavors, err, colors. In the US there are four different colors which are: (1) Light Green for Mint Choc, (2) White for White Choc, (3) Pink for Strawberry Choc, and (4) Red for Cherry Choc.
6. Motorola RAZR v3 (2006)
Motorola RAZR v3 is one of the phones which are truly to die for during 2006. I can guarantee you that’s without exaggeration because this particular Motorola is looking so lovely and sleek- it totally slayed all the other flip phones during its time.
It was an excellent trendsetter and it came in so many colors and designs, that you’d sulk in a Motorola store for days because of confusion. (I’d totally ship one right now)
This flip phone was thin and lightweight, however, this meant this phone is going to break once you drop it. This started the era of classy phone cases to keep the phone from scratching or at least give an extra layer of protection.
This year was truly fun and amusing for mobile phones because you can get neon-colored leather covers and pastel colored cases. Remember how it looked so cool to flip open your phone when someone calls?
However, this was also the era when phones became so fragile and break so easily. On the lighter note, this year became the best year for Apple and it changed the mobile history since then.
7. iPhone 3G (2007)
There’s a saying that if iPhone divided the history of mobile; Before iPhone and After iPhone.
Being a teenager during the time iPhone was born gave every millennial the capability to tell the history of iPhone since 3G up to iPhone X, simply because you were there and you experienced every single change firsthand. And mind you every millennial knows the accurate reason why it’s called an iPhone.
So why? It’s not my Phone, it’s not your phone either. It’s iPhone. Duhh.
Ever since the iPhone 3G, companies like Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Blackberry, had to up their game as well. First of all, the design of the iPhone looked like it came from 50 years after compared to all the other phones which existed at that time.
Although, the price of an iPhone is arguably more expensive compared to other phones, it made Apple a symbol of sophistication and even wealth! And still, over a decade later not everyone can afford a flagship iPhone.
Steve Jobs really did a good job at making our teenage years extra cool because of the iPhone, the iPod, and the iPad.
8. Samsung BlackJack II (2007)
2007 was really a bad year for Samsung, especially for the Samsung BlackJack II. This was supposed to be an awesome year of cellphone designs but here comes Apple raking all the attention.
Samsung tried to make this a good comeback with the BlackJack II. It had everything a teenager would be looking for a phone; a GPS, a huge battery, bigger screen, bigger memory and an SD card slot, a high- resolution camera, a full QWERTY keyboard, a music player, and BLUETOOTH. (Who doesn’t love bluetooth on 2007?)
It also had this sophisticated Blackberry look with a spinning jog wheel which was a huge plus at that time. Remember when you hated the 4-sided Ok and navigation button because it sounded on every click?
IMO, this phone would’ve been a huge hit had the iPhone 3G released a year later, but I guess Samsung’s timing wasn’t that good. Nonetheless, it continues to be iPhone’s closest competitor.
9. HTC Hero (2009)
This is HTC’s third shot at making phones, and well, HTC Hero didn’t disappoint. This phone is so peculiar because you don’t normally see a phone with a chin (curved bottom). It adds a lot of novelty and it’s obviously making people curious.
It was a good fit for an average hand and who wouldn’t like how convenient it was to your fingers to press those buttons at the lower part of the phone? We were used to always adjust our hand and fingers to the phone, but this time HTC figured out how the phone can also adjust to how our fingers and hands are made.
It also had an awesome trackball to avoid the disappointment of Android fans.
It had the back, home, and search buttons conveniently at the curved edge for your chubby hands to easily access. For the industrial design alone, HTC already won the hearts of all Android fans.
There you have it folks. If you have that #Millennial vibe in you why don’t you sport your old phones and have fun with it? For sure, it’s going to create a lot of fun and nostalgic conversations among your friends. It is also cool to show off your childhood gadgets once in a while, so why don’t you give this a go?
By the way, if you plan on making your phones fully operational with a different network, you can have it SIM unlocked. It’s super affordable and convenient, and of course, it’s going to bring new exciting memories.
UnlockBase offers you 3 different easy, safe, and convenient ways to unlock your Blackberry phone. You can even get your code in an instant! There’s no need to be a geek because all you need to know are the following.
1. Unlock Your Phone Using “IMEI + MEP” or “IMEI + PRD” – Simply find your Blackberry’s IMEI and MEP and/or PRD number for us to calculate the unlock code. The IMEI is your phone’s serial number. On the other hand, the MEP and PRD are specific codes about your Blackberry that will help us determine the correct unlock code for your phone. You can get the MEP or PRD of your device and get the sim unlock code in an instant.
2. Unlock Your Phone Through Direct Cable Unlock – If you find the first two processes confusing, you can also choose to unlock your Blackberry through our Cable Unlock Software. Through our Cable Unlock Software, you will be able to unlock your phone with a little help from your computer. It’s a simple plug and play process and you can just easily enter the License Number we’ll give you to allow the unlock to push through.
3. Order a Permanent SIM Unlock Code – We supply Blackberry unlock codes for 217 Blackberry cell phone models. It doesn’t matter if it’s an old Blackberry, or one of the latest releases, with UnlockBase you will find a solution to successfully unlock your Blackberry, fast. There’s no need to send us your phone, just provide us the Serial Number (IMEI) of your phone and we will promptly deliver your unlock code.
1. Unlocking Your Phone Through “IMEI +MEP” or “IMEI + PRD”
Simply find 2 important details of your phone:
Either you unlock through MEP or PRD, it’ll be the same of the same price and unlock process. The matter between choosing which service to use will depend on which data is more conveniently accessible for you.
4 Ways To Find IMEI:
Dial Screen: Dial *#06#
Go To Settings -> About -> General -> Hardware -> IMEI
Under Battery Housing : Turn off Phone -> Remove back cover carefully -> Remove Battery
On Original Phone Box : If you have the phone’s original box, you will see the IMEI on the back side.
2 Ways To Find MEP
1. Cable Method
With the cable method, you will have to download a file in our website which is the Blackberry MEP reader. This is exclusively from UnlockBase and the download process is super easy. It will also instruct you to add Blackberry drivers on your computer if necessary.
Install the Blackberry Driver. While installing the driver, let’s tweak a phone settings on your phone to allow the software to read it.
On your phone, go to Options > Media Card > Memory Card or just type Memory or Storage on search bar
Uncheck Media Card Support, Mass Storage Mode Support, and Auto Enable Mass Storage.
Save all Settings and exit.
If there’s a password, temporarily disable them for a more seamless process.
Go to Options > Security Options > General Settings or simply type Password on search bar.
Uncheck Enable. Save Settings and exit.
Open Blackberry MEP Reader on your computer.
Connect Blackberry phone to your computer via a USB cable (the cable that originally came with it).
Click Read Phone.
Your MEP should be there in a minute or two.
It’s pretty easy. You simply download a software, install Blackberry drivers, temporarily disable added password on your Blackberry and storage, and then connect it via a cable to your computer.
Take note that our software is designed only to read the MEP of your Blackberry and the purpose it serves for. No data from your phone other than that will be taken. Nonetheless, if you don’t have a cable or if you are using a Linux or Mac, you can use the next available method.
2. Keypad Method
This method lets you get the MEP code using your keypad. You will have to take note of a few codes during the process, so it will be helpful if you have pen and paper handy. However, this doesn’t work on all models.
Go to phone’s Main screen.
Access Help Me Menu: Press Alt + H (caps) at the same time – 1. Pearl & Sure-type phone: Press and Hold Alt + type E, A, C, E; 2. Storm phone: Hold the Back Arrow + Tap screen’s Top Left, Top Right, Top Left and Top Right.
Type the details it’s asking for: PIN, App Version, and Uptime. Follow everything including the decimals.
Click Generate Key. Wait while it generates the key.
Type the key on your phone. You won’t see it appearing on the screen, so just type the letters once. If you are typing numbers hold the Alt key. If you are going to close the screen the uptime may change and you may need to restart the process again.
You will then see the Engineering Screen Contents.
Go to OS Engineering Screens. Note: we are not changing any setting on your phone, we are simply navigating through its systems to get the MEP code.
Go to Device Information.
Scroll down to MEP-XXXXX-XXX – (X are of course replaced by digits)
Take note of your MEP and send it over to us along with the IMEI.
How To Find The PRD
If you find that finding the MEP is a lot more thorough than you expect, you can also choose to unlock your Blackberry via IMEI+ PRD. Do note that we recommend the IMEI+MEP method because there are instances where the PRD is not consistent on some Blackberry devices.
Here’s how to find the PRD on any Blackberry Phone:
Turn off phone.
Unload the Battery.
Look for PRD on the battery housing.
There’s your PRD code, please send it to us together with your Blackberry’s IMEI (Serial Number).
The Cable Unlock Software is an exclusive unlock software offered by UnlockBase. Before you download the software, please check if your Blackberry is one of our supported models for this unlock process.
You will receive an email from UnlockBase and it will contain the link from where you can download the Cable Unlock Software (it’s unique for each customer) and all the instructions to guide you all the way.
Download the software.
Right click on the icon and run as administrator.
On the LICENSE box, please paste the License Number we have given you via email.
Wait for LICENSE INFO details to load.
Click on NEXT-TUTORIAL. You will see this on the lowest portion of the box.
You will now see a new screen which has instructions. Please follow as stated.
Connect USB Cable To Phone and PC.
Phone can be with or without battery
Install Blackberry USB drivers.
Click on NEXT-DIRECT UNLOCK.
Wait for it to load.
Once the unlock is done you will see a message at the bottom that says: Blackberry Blackberry (model number) UNLOCK—– END!
This means that your phone is now successfully unlocked!
3. Get Your Permanent Sim Unlock Code
Your unlock code will be your key to having freedom over your choice of carrier. With UnlockBase, you can get your code in an instant and this one time process guarantees a permanent SIM unlock for your Blackberry phone. If you’re ready to purchase your code, please follow these steps:
Accept Terms and Conditions, and click Proceed to Checkout.
Before you can proceed on entering the code, we will be sending you our Eligibility Requirements page and you have to tick on the checkboxes if you already did all the pre-unlock requirements (which we will discuss later) and if you agree on all that’s stated therein.
This is our guarantee that should the unlikely event that your phone will not be successfully unlocked using our code, we will provide you a refund. It is your protection and our guarantee.
Once you submit this back to us, it means you confirm your order and we will then send you the corresponding unlock code/s.
Turn off phone
Carefully remove back cover and battery
Insert a non-accepted SIM card
Go to Settings
Go to Security and Privacy
Go to SIM card
Tap Unlock Network
Enter Network Unlock Code (You will see how many attempts there are left to enter unlock code)
You should see “Network Code Entered Successfully“
Congratulations! Your Blackberry phone is now successfully SIM unlocked!
Eligibility Requirements vary per phone model and manufacturer, so if you are unlocking two different Blackberry phones they will each have a unique unlock process and pre-unlock requirements. Please follow the added instructions diligently.
There are four common requirements on all phones (manufacturers). These are also just a few of the major reasons why our unlock codes don’t work.
4 Instances That The Unlock Code Doesn’t Work
1. When Your Phone Is Running A Custom OS
If your phone is running a custom OS it means that it is not using the original/stock ROM or operating system that Blackberry had officially installed in it.
If you are not the first owner of the phone, you can check this via the Settings.
Although Blackberry developed its own software, there are certain models which are running on Android. So, if your Blackberry is running Android, you need to check whether it is still using the stock Android OS or not. A few of the most common custom Android ROM/ OS developers are Cyanogen, XDA, etc.
2. When Your Phone Is Hardlocked
If your phone is hardlocked, it means that you have zero unlock attempts. It is probably because you have entered the unlock code wrong too many times or the last owner of the phone did.
Unfortunately, we cannot unlock hardlocked phones using an unlock key. Before you confirm your order, you will be given an instruction on how to check the remaining unlock attempts on your phone (it varies per Blackberry model). Please diligently do so.
3. When Your Phone Has A Mobile Device Unlock App Installed
If you unfortunately, mislooked this app and confirmed your order for an unlock code, then it will not be unlocked. We will not be able to provide you a refund for this, though.
4. When Your Phone Is Blacklisted
A Blacklisted phone is a phone that is either reported lost or stolen by the owner or by the mobility/telco service provider. Your service provider will put your phone on a blacklist if the device is under a postpaid contract and was not paid in full or if there’s an unpaid balance.
If that’s the case, you will not be able to use your phone to any network. A Blacklisted phone cannot be used with any carrier in your country.
Although, we can safely assume we can unlock a Blacklisted phone, you will not be able to use it as a phone anyway, so why unlock it?
Why Choose UnlockBase
UnlockBase is an expert in this industry. We have over eight thousand reviews from customers all over the world and we have an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars! Let me give you a few reasons why our customers love us:
✔ 24/7 Email and Chat Support
✔ Easy and convenient unlock process
✔ Fast turnaround times
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If you still haven’t gotten yourself a new phone or if you are looking for a cheap steal, then MetroPCS has got something for you. ZTE Avid 4 is out in MetroPCS and just like its brothers in the ZTE family, it is mid-ranged price and a perfect budget phone for anyone who wants value for money more than fancy brands or flagships.
The phone comes at a bargain price of $39USD (*after all discount and rebates) without contract and you can easily pick one from any MetroPCS stores near you. If this phone doesn’t convince you enough or if you are looking for more options you can take a look at these MetroPCS Phones of 2017 Under $100USD.
You’ll be amazed how far your one hundred bucks is going to get you, but for now, let’s take a look at what ZTE Avid 4 has got to offer by comparing it to other phones in the budget phone department.
13MP rear autofocus w/ LED flash camera and 5MP wide-angle LED flash
8MP autofocus main camera+2MP front camera
5MP autofocus rear camera + 2MP front camera
Up to 32GB
Up to 128GB
Up to 128GB
23.5GB user-available memory
3.5GB available user memory
10.9GB user available memory
ZTE Avid 4 isn’t a show-stopper type because it doesn’t have a glossy glass front and back cover, but what it boasts instead is a big 5” screen with an FWVGA display. It does look like a mini ZTE Blade Z Max, standing at 6”, which you can get at a meager *$99 (after all discount and rebate offers).
It is 4G LTE enabled which runs perfectly on the fast MetroPCS network. The biggest caveat on this specific model is that it comes only in one color – BLACK. On the other hand, if you are fan of headsets, this phone will not disappoint you because it has a 3.5mm headphone jack sitting at the top.
Unlike most mid-range phones, this ZTE Avid 4 doesn’t have any fingerprint sensors for security so you’ll have to stick with the basic password or pin to lock your phone.
The ZTE Avid 4 also has a clean and spacious dock that gives you the basic apps and features like most Android devices. It’s running on Ice Cream Sandwich and it has 1.1GHz Quad Core Processor, so you can consider that it is fast, interactive, and smooth when using multiple apps at the same time.
The phone’s Settings is organized just like any stock Android. It has 32GB ROM and 2GB RAM which gives a pretty decent amount of storage for all your pictures and a seamless music and video streaming, and mobile gaming. The internal memory is unfortunately not expandable via MicroSD Card but only up to 32GB.
The phone is also pretty straightforward to use – that is if you are used to using Android.
Camera and Battery Life
The battery life in the ZTE Avid 4 is pretty disappointing because it only has an average of 9 hours talk time from its 2520mAh battery. And compared to the ZTE Blade Z Max it does come almost half the battery life because it has a whopping 4080mAh and can handle up to 31 hours of talk time.
You can use its USB port to charge it or in transferring data from your phone to your computer or vise versa.
This phone isn’t really the best in the mid-range camera department but it prides a few features that you might also like. It has a 5MP autofocus main camera. You can take videos in Panorama mode and you can also take photos while recording a video at the same time.
Other than this, the camera on this one is pretty average and wouldn’t stand out in the tight mid-range or budget phone competition. It is not even on par with other ZTE released mid-range phones. However, considering the price, it surely is a bang for the buck.
The ZTE Avid 4 wouldn’t really stand out compared to its other ZTE brothers nor to other mid-range phones out there. Nonetheless, considering its specs and features, we can safely assume that it does more for its price tag.
Want to Unlock Your ZTE Avid 4?
An unlocked ZTE Avid 4 phone is a good gift for yourself or for a friend. It could serve as your budget back up phone or you can give it to someone who is using a different network or maybe living in a different country.
UnlockBase can unlock your ZTE Avid 4 phone in a fast, easy, and convenient way. You wouldn’t have to break the bank or send your phone over to get it unlocked. If you’re ready to unlock your ZTE Avid 4 now, you can go here.
Your IMEI will be used for us to calculate the unlock code. An unlock code is uniquely assigned to its corresponding IMEI and can’t be used with other IMEI.
Settings > About Phone > Status > Serial Number > IMEI
2. Order An Unlock Code
Your unlock code will be your key to having freedom over your choice of carrier. With UnlockBase you can get your code with a breeze, just follow the instructions and fill in the necessary information.
Accept Terms and Conditions, and click Proceed to Checkout.
3. Confirm Your Order
Before you confirm your order you will have to check you follow our Eligibility Requirements. This ensures that you will receive a refund in the event that your phone was not successfully unlocked. These are set of pre-unlock guidelines to ensure your phone will be unlocked successfully.
Note: Eligibility Requirements vary per phone model and manufacturer.
4. Unlock Your Phone
If you have already received your unlock code/s, please follow this process:
Insert a non-accepted SIM card
Wait for phone to prompt “SIM Network Unlock PIN”
Enter the corresponding Unlock Code you received from us
Unlocking your HTC phone? Don’t know where to start or what to do? Well, you’ve reached the right place. Here at UnlockBase we will provide you the unlocking service you need and walk you through the process of doing it.
IMEI (Clean) (Dial *#06#; Go to Settings > About > Phone Identity)
Non-accepted SIM card
SIM Unlock Code (except for T-Mobile and MetroPCS)
Here’s how you find the IMEI on an HTC:
All three of these requirements are readily available for you. If you don’t know your phone’s locked-to carrier because you got it online or it is second-hand, you can check the back cover of your phone and look for a logo of a carrier.
How Do I Get An Unlock Code?
Here at UnlockBase, we’ve created an easy, step-by-step process that lets you order for a code with a breeze. Here’s how:
Enter your phone’s IMEI, your email address, tick the box for Terms and Conditions, and click Proceed to Checkout.
You will receive our email about the Eligibility Requirements.
Read Eligibility Requirements and tick the boxes.
You will receive your SIM Unlock Code from us through an email in an instant!
How Much Is An Unlock Code?
This depends on the brand and the type of service, but for HTC phones your order will be as low as $4.90USD and up to $16.90USD. You can check out our Wholesale Unlocking Page for more information.
I Have My Code, Now What?
If you already have a code, then you can now proceed to the actual unlock process. Ready? Here’s how we go from here:
Insert a non-accepted SIM card to your phone. (If you need to remove battery to do this, turn off your phone properly)
Turn your phone on and wait for your phone to prompt for “SIM Unlock PIN”, “PIN”, “SIM PIN”, etc. No matter how it looks, it’s asking for the same thing which is the SIM Unlock Code.
Enter the Unlock Code.
Press “OK” or “Enter”.
Your phone is now unlocked!
Here’s a Sample Video of Unlocking an HTC Phone (HTC HD7S):
The unlock process should be easy as that, it’s not rocket science. Just be sure to put the code correctly the first time.
What If It Doesn’t Work?
In the unlikely event that the code we provided you doesn’t work, we will provide you refund. We will base the refund on the Eligibility Requirements that you have agreed on before you have confirmed your order. The Eligibility Requirements will be your protection and our guarantee for refund.
The Eligibility Requirements will depend per brand/unlock method, but here’s what it generally asks for:
✔ Make sure your phone is not running on a Custom OS (e.g Cyanogen, Avatar). If your phone is running on Custom OS, please flash the original software back because the unlock code will not work.
✔ Make sure to check the “Code Entry Instructions” of the specific model of your phone before completing your order.
✔ Make sure your phone is GSM and not a CDMA. If your previous carrier is Verizon, Sprint, BoostMobile, Tracfone, etc or any network using a CDMA type of network, you will not be able to use the unlock code, and this case there will be no refund. Also make sure your phone is compatible to the network of your new carrier.
✔ Do not confirm your order if your phone has a Device Unlock App installed, even if you find a way to enter an unlock code. The code will never work with a Device Unlock App, and as mentioned earlier, there’s an entirely different unlock process for this.
✔ We don’t support or help you set up APN Settings (Internet/Data), and our service only covers unlocking your phone. If you don’t know how to do this, you can call your new carrier to help you set it up.
✔ Blacklisted and reported lost or stolen phones will still be unlocked but will be unusable because it will not be able to connect to a network. We don’t provide refund if in case your phone is unable to connect to a network after being unlocked because of this reason.
✔ We will not be able to cancel your order after you hit “Accept” because all orders are done digitally with no shipping, and all orders are considered final. Although there’s a delivery time of *1-48 hours (depending on the cellphone brand and carrier) your unlock order is now submitted to our suppliers. We will also not be able to refund you because of a reasonable delay from our supplier’s end. Also, the code you have ordered will be of use specifically for the IMEI you have provided us.
If your phone was unsuccessfully unlocked beyond these reasons, we will be able to process you a refund. You can also film the entire process of your phone’s unsuccessful unlock so we can speed up the refund process.
Why Choose UnlockBase?
UnlockBase had been in this business for over a decade, and we’ve unlocked over 8 million phones ever since 2004. We have the fastest turn around times and you don’t need to send your phones to unlock it permanently. Aside from these, here are a few more reasons why our customers come back:
✔ We match competitor pricing. Show us competitor offer and we’d gladly match that!
✔ We have an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 review ratings from over 8,900 reviews.
✔ Money-back guarantee. If we can’t unlock it, you’ll have your money back.
✔ Simple and straightforward unlock instructions. No need to flash with CUSTOM ROM/OS.
✔ 24/7 reliable chat and email support who are real humans and not robots with canned messages.
✔ Secure payment systems.
✔ Fast turn around times. You can even get your code in an instant.
✔ You can use your phone with any sim from any carrier all over the world. Roam with freedom!
Unlocking a Motorola is fairly easy. You don’t need to have a higher level of technical savviness to get this done right the first time. Here’s what you need to remember:
1. Jot down your phone’s IMEI or serial number. You can get this by simply dialing *#06# on your phone. You can also get this by going to your phone’ Settings. Just hit About Phone> IMEI.
2. Know your phone’s tied-up carrier. If you’re owning a second-hand device, ask the previous owner which carrier it was first connected. If you bought it online and can’t get ahold of the first owner, you can take a look at the box or at the back cover of the phone for you to check for the carrier. Also, upon the phone’s boot up you will also probably see the logo of the carrier before or after the logo of the brand.
3. Before unlocking your phone, make sure that your phone is compatible with the carrier’s network. Some networks run CDMA and some networks run GSM. Ask your carrier to know this. We will not refund you if your phone’s issue is incompatibility.
4. Make sure your phone still has remaining unlock attempts. To know this, you can try to insert a different/non-accepted carrier SIM in your phone and wait for it to boot up. Once the screen is already boot up you will see a screen prompt asking for a “SIM Unlock PIN” or “Enter Special Code“. In case your phone is not prompting for any of these keywords this is probably because your phone is already “Hard Locked“.
If you are seeing:
“Contact Service Provider”
“Wait before enter special Code”
It could be probably because you have tried entering the wrong code multiple times and it’s not letting you to enter any code anymore. If this is the case you can wait for a day or two for it to refresh. Once it’s fully refreshed, you can see the prompt for the unlock code again. Otherwise, your phone is probably already hard locked.
If you however, proceed on your order without confirming its unlock eligibility you will not be able to get a refund. We cannot unlock hard locked phones, although we are sure that the code we have created will definitely work had your phone allowed you to enter the unlock code.
5. If you are ready to unlock your phone, you can now proceed to the UnlockBase Motorola Unlock page. Choose your phone’s model number from among the list and then you will routed to another page. Enter your phone’s IMEI and the necessary information to proceed.
6. Wait for our email confirming your order. It will also include the details and the turnaround time for us to create the unlock code and send it to you. It will also include the Refund Eligibility Requirements page which will be the contract agreement before you confirm your order. Make sure to read all the instructions first before ticking the boxes.
9. Your phone’s hardware warranty will not be voided if you are going to unlock it with us. The process that we do is the recommended process by your hardware manufacturer. We will not modify your phone’s software in any way, we are merely just removing the lock that came from your carrier.
How To Unlock Your Motorola Phone
If you already received the code from us, please read and follow all instructions carefully. You will be given a set of codes, so please enter the exact code your phone is looking for.
This video will give you a similar process on how to unlock your Motorola phone:
Insert a non-accepted SIM to your phone.
Turn your phone ON. Wait for it to fully boot up.
Your phone will prompt for a “Sim Unlock Pin” or “Enter Special Code”.
Enter the code we sent you.
Wait for phone to load home screen. Signal bars will start showing up.
If you need to restart your phone, restart it to refresh.
Your phone is now unlocked!
Why Unlock With Us?
UnlockBase is one of the pioneers in this industry, growing ever since 2004. More than our tenurity in this industry, here are a few reasons why we continue to be the best:
✔ We have 24/7 chat and email support that can cater your questions at any time of the day.
✔ We provide the easiest unlock methods, no matter the brand, no matter your phone’s carrier. You don’t need to ship your phone to get it unlocked.
✔ No need to flash your phone with any software. Your phone will never lose its manufacturer warranty. Our unlock method is the recommended unlock by both carriers and manufacturers.
✔ You can use your phone with any carrier all over the world. You will not be locked with one single sim for the rest of your life.
✔ We have a review rating of 4.9 out of 5 in over 8,000 reviews.
✔ We have secure payment systems.
✔ We will offer you a refund if all requirements are met. 100% customer protection.
✔ We have the fastest turnaround times. No more long waits. You can get your code in an instant.
✔ We work with many suppliers and manufacturers all over the world. No matter where you are, you can reach us.
✔ We match competitor pricing. We offer the best pricing for unlocking your phone. Retail or single unlock orders unlock starts at $4.90.