How to Unlock your 3G Internet Modem

Are you using a 3G modem that has been locked and you will like to be using it with any other SIM card of other networks? Well, you can easily unlock it and turn it to a Universal 3G Modem. Further in this post, you will read about all you need to know, how you can unlock and how you can get the unlocking softwares.

Most 3G modems including MTN Fastlink, Glo 3G Dongle, Zain Data card are all locked to the network of their providers. This really sucks… If for example you are using MTN Fastlink modem and there is network problem, you will not be able to access the internet at all because you will not be able to use any other SIM card with your modem.

With many softwares out there, you can now unlock your 3G modem, which eventually turns it to a Universal modem. This will enable you to use the modem with any network you want, hence, it will save you the headache of thinking of how to get money to buy modems of other internet providers. If you want to be making money unlocking modems phones and modems for people, then, you can any of the Modem unlocker but if you just want to unlock your own modem, you can do this also.

So, How Do you Unlock?

Whenever you want to unlock any modem, just input the IMEI number of the modem into the IMEI tab on the software and then click on ‘calculate code’. It will automatically generate the ‘Unlock Code’ and ‘Flash Code’. Copy the 8 digit unlock code on a notepad. The next thing to do is, insert any other network SIM card e.g. Etisalat SIM into your modem e.g. MTN modem, and plug in your modem into your PC USB port.

You will be asked to enter your unlock code simply because you are using a different SIM from the modem. Enter the unlock code that was generated by the Huawei Modem Unlocker and your modem will be unlocked automatically.

To browse the internet with that different SIM e.g Etisalat SIM on MTN modem, you will need to create a profile for Etisalat internet settings on your MTN modem. To do this, click on ‘Tools’, followed by ‘Options’, then click on ‘Profile management’ and click on ‘New’. Input the Etisalat internet settings as written below.

Profile Name: Etisalat

APN: etisalat
Access Number: *99#
User Name and Password: You can leave them blank (empty)

After typing in the settings above, click on ‘save’ or ‘ok’. Go back to the initial page that comes up when you click on the modem icon on your PC desktop. Select the name you used in saving the Etisalat settings, then click on connect. You should be browSing with your Etisalat SIMon MTN modem now.

Please note, the description above is not for you to browse for free! You will need to load your SIM card with enough credit before you can successfully browse the internet. Also note that you don’t need internet connections to unlock modems.

These are the settings for othe GSM networks.

Profile Name: GLO

Access Number: *99#
APN: glogwap OR glosecure
PASSWORD: wap OR gprs
USERNAME: wap OR gprs

Profile Name: MTN

Access Number: *99#

Profile Name: Airtel

Access Number: *99#
User Name: internet
Password: internet

Once again, the settings above are used for normal network operation, they are not free browsing settings or codes. What I am after here is to ensure your Hauwei USB modem either MTN, GLO, ETISALAT or ZAIN browses with any other network.

Please note: To use another SIM on another modem e.g. using MTN SIM on GLO Modem, you would need to load the SIM with enough credit on your mobile phone before inserting it into the Modem. After you do that, you can subscribe for any data plan you want to use.

To know which data plan and what code to use, please go through the link below;

For MTN -

For GLO -

If you want me to help you unlock your 3G internet modem, please use the comment form provided further below. If you do not use the comment form on my blog (, I might not be able to do it for you.


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Originally posted 2011-09-19 13:00:06.


  1. promise Nelly

    July 20, 2014 at 20:17

    please i have a ghana mtn pocket internet modern, and i want to use it here in nigeria but it says only special Sim/Usim can be used on it, please what do i need to do.
    the IMEI number is 861862007776918

    • Admin

      July 20, 2014 at 20:26

      Hi Nelly, did it give you the name of the special sim/usim that can be used on it? If no, then I guess it can only be used for Ghana’s MTN. You may need to call MTN customer service number for clarification first.

  2. Seun

    July 16, 2014 at 10:39

    Please i need your help , Please i want you to help me unlock my mtn modem , it’s a black modem …
    zte MF667
    Imei : 356181043381399

    Please help me unlock it ..God bless you

    • Admin

      July 16, 2014 at 16:20

      Your unlock code is 795877760929

  3. Teshan

    July 15, 2014 at 04:03

    here is my emi 868988019397667 plz can you help me to find my unlock code soon

  4. James Douglas

    June 24, 2014 at 16:07

    What of glo netpro modem

    • Adesoji

      June 25, 2014 at 03:22

      What do you want to do with it?

  5. Christine

    June 14, 2014 at 13:36

    Hi. Pls help. My etisalat modem IMEI is 862591017101176. Thank u

  6. Maxwell Adu

    June 12, 2014 at 16:54

    hello, please i want you to help open my Airtel Modem. Imei 867612005659432 thank you

  7. nonso george

    June 1, 2014 at 00:54

    hello, please i want you to help open my Mtn Modem. Imei 356181043612801… thank you

  8. francis hopeson

    May 26, 2014 at 23:02

    Hi, please help me with my MTN modem unlock code. My IMEI is 86060400496907. Model is 173u-1. S/N is XVA4CA1161326956

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