How to unlock Middle East and North Africa SIM Locked Mobile Phones

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Last Monday I bought a Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus in Extra Store here in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I plan to give it to my niece as a gift, it costs cheap for only 399 Saudi Riyals. When I arrived at home, I was planning to tuck it on my cabinet when I see the sticker: “Middle East and North Africam SIM Card Only”.

So I checked on Google and found out a simple trick: Use a local sim and call the destination country where you will bring the mobile phone, for five (5) minutes. In this case, local sim used is STC (Saudi) and destination country called was SMART (Philippines).

I called a friend in the Philippines and just to be sure I called her a total 7 minutes. Afterwards, i turned off the mobile phone and inserted my roaming sim. Viola, unlocked for free!

I hope this helps, especially for expatriates that want to bring mobile phones in their home country. Mind you, this trick also works for other countries like Bangladesh (my co-worker bought Samsung J7 Prime and called Bangladesh prior his vacation), India, Pakistan or practically anywhere.

This trick works most of the time. Just follow the steps. To those afraid that they “cannot return” the phone to seller, please be reminded that you bought the phone, even if you dont do a thing to it, most sellers dont accept returns. If you are really that afraid, then just send the box unopened and let the receiver in your country look for a phone technician to unlock it (and it is expensive!!!)

16 thoughts on “How to unlock Middle East and North Africa SIM Locked Mobile Phones

  1. Hi..is this really works? I have samsung j7 prime now and it says also that only middle east and african sim can be used..i will be back to philippines this nov and i dont know if our sim there will work

  2. Hi. Does this trick work with S8? I have bought yesterday and I am afraid if I open the box, I might not be able to return it to the seller. Anybody tried doing it? Thanks.

    • its already been tried, hence this tutorial.

      all samsung phones sold in KSA is SIM-locked to middle east and north africa. you cant change it. you will need to open the box and use a KSA simcard and call to your home country for 5 minutes. Or you can ask your dealer for a SIM unlock code. that way you dont have to open your box, but your receiver in home country must enter the valid sim unlock code before they can use it. otherwise its blocked, you bring it to cellphone technician and pay a good price.

  3. Yesterday I bought one Samsung Galaxy note 8 in KSA, but after I went home only noted that’s it’s mentioned on top of the box that the sim which can be used are only Middle East an North American Sim, since I am sending this phone to Sri Lanka, will it be a issue or can I change from the same dealer with requesting for a change with a SIM which I can use in Sri Lanka too. kindly advise

    • all samsung phones sold in KSA is SIM-locked to middle east and north africa. you cant change it. you will need to open the box and use a KSA simcard and call to SriLanka for 5 minutes. Or you can ask your dealer for a SIM unlock code. that way you dont have to open your box, but your receiver in sri lanka must enter the valid sim unlock code before they can use it. otherwise its blocked.

    • hi, if the phone is locked in MENA (middle east/north africa) so you have to insert local sim of MENA country you are located.
      then for example you want to use the phone for pakistan, so you need to call pakistan number. after that you can use any sim because it will be unlocked.

  4. Hello please answer i bought samsung galaxy s8+ but i saw in the case of my phone “Middle east and noth african sim card only”And im from Turkey we have only 3 days in saudi arabia please help is that works ?

    • yes. use local sim (stc / zain / mobily) and call to turkey number for 5 minutes or to be sure make it 10 minutes. call means you need to call and talk to turkey one time. not only ring and hang up.

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