From the kiosk to the store, mobile phone unlocking is big business. With new phones going up in price, secondhand phones are commonplace – and often need unlocking to get going.
As with any business, it can be hard to know where to start. MobiCode have worked with hundreds of mobile unlocking companies and have been part of their first steps into business. Here’s what you’ll need to tick off your list to start:
Get your paperwork in order
As with any business, you’ll need to make sure that you’ve covered all your bases before you get started. Register your business with Companies House, be sure to cover yourself with the insurances you might need, and speak to an accountant. It’s best to have a strong foundation before you do anything else!
Find a space
The beauty of a mobile phone unlocking business is that it can work for almost any space. Kiosks, storefronts, even working from home. Find a good spot that can get some foot traffic, doesn’t have much competition and has the space you’ll need to carry out your business activities.
Choose your method
Option 1: Cables
*By using cables and a computer, you can unlock a IMEI phone unlock codes (sources). For each device type and network, you’ll need an individual cable type. You will need a computer and to purchase unlocking software and phone drivers to process each type of device. Cables are an older method for unlocking, which can require more equipment and further technical knowledge than the alternative of codes.
Option 2: Codes
*Devices can also be unlocked with a code. This is by far the most frequently used way to unlock a phone as it is reliable and efficient. A code is gained by either directly purchasing it from a network, or by using a phone unlocking platform like MobiCode. Platforms are a way to cut the costs of the code itself, which usually carries an individual cost. It also saves the time of waiting for the code to arrive, which can be up to 12 hours, applying it to the device, and risking it failing to unlock the phone. It’s always important to only download trusted platforms, as unknown software can carry malware. It’s important to bear in mind that some providers have exclusive unlocking partners, such as Vodafone and MobiCode.
Both methods are permanent, effective and professional, carrying no risk to the device. Codes tend to be used more frequently, with the addition of mobile unlocking software such as MobiUNLOCK eliminating the time and cost issues that can be carried with it.
Whichever method you choose, it’s important that you can deliver the service to the best of your ability. Take advantage of the training materials that come with any software you choose and make sure to do plenty of research.
How can your customers know that you’re in business if they’ve never heard of you? It’s time to get on social media, set yourself up with a website, consider offers and partnerships with other businesses in your area.
With a strong foundation, an effective unlocking method, the knowledge you need and word spreading, you’re on your way to your very own professional mobile phone unlocking business.
If you’re hoping to start a mobile unlocking business, speak to MobiCode. With the support of a complete, cost-effective mobile unlocking software, you’ll be able to start your business on the right foot.