Samsung has established a history of storing SIM unlock codes in the firmware with their previous Galaxy S series of smartphones, which lead to an app being released to automate the process. The new Galaxy S II continues along that line, with a new app released today that searches through the nv_data.bin, decrypts the code, and reveals it, allowing the use of the device on other networks.
The app is created by well known XDA developer Chainfire, and is available from the Android market under the name “
For those technically-inclined who wish to know the exact unlocking process or attempt it manually, a thread by Odia outlines the entire process. Root access, a hex editor, and the android SDK is required for the manual method, which is also linked below.