I recently had occasion to want to unlock a phone after a contract had run out, and luckily for me it was a Nokia phone. I found a very useful site Unlockme.co.uk which has lots of info on how to unlock mobile phones, but it only covers Nokia phones. I was even able to unlock mine at home without any cables by just downloading some free software and following the instructions.
Without something like this, you'd have to pay a fair amount to someone to unlock your phone for you, and usually you'd have to take your mobile in to a shop somewhere (there are online services that will do it for you, but they only cover a limited range of phones). (Unlockme.co.uk do however accept donations.)
All this is to me a very good reason to get Nokia phones, and even though my recently purchased Gmail-capable Nokia 7710 smartphone was supplied already unlocked, I am probably going to stick with Nokia in future. Bye bye Sony Ericsson!
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