Hi all. I've just returned to Britain after living in Japan for a few years. It turns out though that the evil company I had my phone contract with (softbank) won't in any way play ball with unlocking phones so they can be reused, despite the fact I fully paid for it when I first started my contract and I own it. Which sucks. I like my iphone 5, I don't want to switch to android (had one before, wasn't as good) and getting a new iphone seems a bit stupid when I already have one (albeit one I can't really use). It seems nobody is able to truly unlock my phone (except for some very dubious claims from internet companies/scammers) so I seem to be a bit stuck.... Or am I? Could there be a way around the lock? I've read about two different products. 1: a dual sim case. Some sources seem to suggest that this will let me use a locked phone with a British sim. Others suggest it has to be a unlocked phone. I don't really need dual sims as I'm not planning on going abroad any time soon and have no need of multiple numbers. But if it lets me use my phone.....anyone? 2: a r-card. Apparently you can somehow piggy back a sim into your phone with this and it will work? I'm unsure as to how this works, the poor English on their website confuses me. Does it actually unlock my phone once and then it works normally with the sim directly inserted or is it something I keep permanently in the phone to make it work with an unauthorised sim? How does it work?- it messes with the initial boot up checks in some way? Has anyone tried one? Any advice on this is welcome. Particularly if anyone has any experience with a softbank phone. Googling for ways to kill the softbankness is a depressing experience with page after page of forum posts saying it is impossible and scammers offering to do it.