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What happens after I get my PUK code?

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Never attempt to unlock your free government cell phone by guessing your PUK code. Why not? Because if you enter the wrong PUK ten times, your SIM card will go into a permanent lock down state. (See April’s comment at the top of this article.)

That leads to a whole new series of problems. You’ll have to contact your service provider and request a brand new SIM card and you may be charged a substantial fee. Even worse for most people, you’ll be forced to live with a dead cell phone until your new SIM card arrives in the mail.


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