How to SIM unlock the LG V40 ThinQ

Launched back in second half of 2018, the LG G7 ThinQ was LG’s flagship smartphone for the second half of the year. Similar to the LG G7 ThinQ, the LG V40 ThinQ also came with similar high-end specs, which included the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. It also marked the second phone in LG’s V-series that does not come with the secondary display, instead opting for a floating bar.
For those who are still holding onto their LG V40 and aren’t planning on upgrading it anytime soon and would love the freedom of being able to use it on any carrier they wish, here are some options that you can check out (free and paid) to unlock your LG V40 ThinQ handset.
Getting the unlock code from your carrier for free
If you’d rather not pay to unlock the SIM card on your LG V40, you can approach your carrier and see if they will be able to do it for you. There will be several criteria that you, as a customer, will need to meet in order for your carrier to proceed with your request.
To qualify for a free SIM unlock:

The device needs to have been paid off in full. For those who bought the phone on a repayment/installment plan, you might be out of luck.
You will also need to have owned the device for at least 60-90 days.
You must be in good standing with your carrier, which usually involves you having a good track record when it comes to paying your bills, and making sure you have no outstanding bills that haven’t been paid.

Request your free LG V40 SIM unlock code:

Launch the Phone app on your handset and dial *#06#.
This will reveal your phone’s IMEI number
Write the IMEI number down somewhere easily accessible as you will need to provide this to your carrier later
Call your carrier’s customer service hotline and request for your SIM unlock code
You will then be asked to provide the service rep with your LG V40 ThinQ’s IMEI number
Wait 2-5 days for your SIM unlock code which should arrive in your email associated with your account with your carrier.
Once you’ve received your code, swap out the current SIM card for another SIM.
You will be prompted to enter the SIM unlock code.
Enter it and your phone should now be unlocked and free to use with any carrier or any SIM card.

Purchase your LG V40 SIM unlock code

For those who would rather not wait for 1-2 years until they finish off paying their repayment plans to their carrier, not to worry because there are options that you can check out to unlock the SIM on your phone, but we should point out that this is a paid option:

Launch the Phone app on your handset and dial *#06#.
This will reveal your phone’s IMEI number
Write the IMEI number down somewhere easily accessible as you will need to
Visit Android SIM Unlock’s website.
Select your LG V40 ThinQ model and the carrier you bought the phone from.
Enter your device’s IMEI number.
Enter your payment and contact information to complete the checkout process.
Upon successfully making payment, you should receive the SIM unlock code for your LG V40 ThinQ in under an hour.
Once you’ve received your code, swap out the current SIM card for another SIM.
You will be prompted to enter the SIM unlock code.
Enter it and your phone should now be unlocked and free to use with any carrier or any SIM card.

T-Mobile LG V40 SIM unlock
We want to point out that the method above only works for those who bought their phone through carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. For those who bought their phones from T-Mobile, the process will be different, but it will still be quite straightforward and easy.

Launch the Phone app on your handset and dial *#06#.
This will reveal your phone’s IMEI number
Write the IMEI number down somewhere easily accessible as you will need to
Visit Android SIM Unlock’s T-Mobile page and enter LG V40 ThinQ’s IMEI number
Enter your payment and contact information to complete the checkout process.
Upon successfully making the payment, you should receive the SIM unlock code for your LG V40 ThinQ in the next 1-3 days.
Once you’ve received your code, enter it into the T-Mobile Device Unlock app to unlock your phone’s SIM
Tap Continue > Permanent Unlock to SIM unlock your LG V40 ThinQ
Your device will need to be rebooted in order to complete the process
You should now be able to swap out the current SIM card for another SIM.

Whichever of the methods you choose from above, the end result should be the same and you will soon be the proud owner of a fully unlocked LG V40 ThinQ. One of the upsides of having an unlocked handset is that you now get to use it with different carriers. For example, if you travel overseas quite frequently and would like to avoid data roaming charges, having your SIM unlocked means you’ll be able to use it with local telcos, saving you a bunch of money in the process.

OnePlus 7 Pro camera samples have already made their way online

OnePlus will be officially announcing their OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro (and maybe the 5G model) in the coming weeks. We have to say that out of the two models, we are excited for the OnePlus 7 Pro because it feels like for the first time ever, OnePlus seems to be taking photography more seriously than before with the use of a triple lens camera design.
We suppose this can’t be helped given the stiff competition from Samsung, Huawei, and Oppo, but the question is, how good will the company’s efforts be? Thanks to the folks at WIRED, they managed to get their hands on an early production model of the upcoming handset and took several photos, testing out the camera in the process, namely the new 3x zoom lens.
Image credit – Andrew Williams/WIRED
Now based on WIRED’s initial testing, they found that while the 3x zoom lens on the OnePlus 7 Pro was an upgrade over the 2x zoom that was offered on previous models, it still seems to lack details and actually has more noise when compared to competing handsets like the Huawei P30 Pro. Interestingly enough, OnePlus imaging director Simon Liu seems to acknowledge that they might not be able to beat the competition.
“I think we have a shot at competing with the first tier phones. I don’t think we can beat them, but the imaging world is always subjective.”
We should point out that the model that WIRED managed to review is a pre-production model. This means that there is a chance the final model could be tweaked further (and maybe even for the better), so don’t take these image samples as being final.
Source: WIRED

This could be our first look at the foldable Motorola Razr smartphone

2019 is definitely the year of the foldable smartphone. We’ve seen Samsung and Huawei come forward with foldable handsets of their own, and to our surprise, it was rumored that Motorola could be working on a similar device with the revival of their iconic Razr flip phone, except designed with a more modern twist.
Now thanks to a series of renders posted on Slashleaks, it seems that we could have gotten our first look at what the upcoming phone could look like. As expected, the phone seems to very closely resemble the Razr when folded shut and is in line with an earlier discovered patent.
It does have a huge lip at the bottom that sticks out quite a bit, suggesting that the phone is meant to be kept closed when not in use. This is versus the other foldable phones from Samsung and Huawei which are still very much like smartphones, except when unfolded they are transformed into tablet-like devices.

As for the specs of the device, we have heard that the phone could be packing a 6.2-inch 2142×876 display and could also have a secondary display on the outside. Oddly enough, the chipset of choice has been rumored to be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 and might be paired with 4-6GB of RAM. We would have thought that Motorola might prefer using the Snapdragon 855, but then again these are rumors so they’re probably best taken with a grain of salt.
Also based on the renders, assuming they’re accurate, it seems like the phone could only feature a single rear-facing camera. Perhaps Motorola is hoping that with its basic features, they can keep costs down (Samsung and Huawei’s foldable smartphones are priced starting at the $2,000 mark). There is no word on when Motorola might be officially announcing the handset, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled.
Source: Slashleaks

5 New Android Apps to check out this week (APR 30, 2019)

The Google Play store is full of awesome apps that can help you with tasks or simply help you take a break and relax with an engaging game. But how do you know what ones you should try? We can help you with that! Every week, we will share awesome new apps that we think you will enjoy. The highlights from this week include a fitness app, an app for your kids, and a social podcast app.
Take a look at the list below to find the perfect new app for you this week.
Peloton Digital

Description: Total body workouts and more: introducing Peloton Digital. Redefine your fitness routine at home or on the go with a membership to Peloton Digital. Take one of 15+ daily live studio classes taught by elite NYC instructors, or choose from thousands of on-demand classes, with new classes added every single day. Join inspiring and motivating workouts from anywhere, including cycling, running, bootcamp, outdoor, floor, yoga and more via your Android phone or tablet.

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: Yes
Rating: 4.4/5
Installs: 100,000+

Install Peloton Digital
Swoot – Podcasts with friends

Description: Swoot is the podcast app where you get to see what your friends are listening to. Whether you’re new to podcasts or a long time listener, Swoot is the best way to discover podcasts you love and share them with friends.

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: No
Rating: 4.6/5
Installs: 1,000+

Install Swoot
 Download Navi

Description: Download Navi is a free and open-source download manager. Features: Free and Open Source software (FOSS), Material Design, Multiple themes (Light, Dark, Black), Android TV support, Chrome OS support, Pause and resume downloads, Simultaneous downloads (default 3)

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: No
Rating: 4.2/5
Installs: 5,000+

Install Download Navi
Splash and Bubbles for Parents

Description: SPLASH AND BUBBLES FOR PARENTS is an app that provides families with conversation starters, videos, and activities to explore ocean science together. Developed in collaboration with early childhood and marine biology experts, the app can be used as a second-screen experience while watching the PBS KIDS series SPLASH AND BUBBLES. When synced with a SPLASH AND BUBBLES episode, the app provides information about relevant animals, environments, and science themes.

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: No
Rating: New
Installs: New

Install Splash and Bubbles for Parents 
unrd

Description: Experience stories told through someone else’s phone. Unrd gives you access to a fictional character’s phone and lets you live their life through their messages. Receive real time messages, videos, photos, voice notes and even visit a character’s social profiles. Unrd has something for everyone: the edge of your seat thrillers, hide behind your sofa horror, gripping crime, and exciting romance.

Price: Free
In-app Purchases: Yes
Rating: 4.4/5
Installs: 100,000+

Install Unrd

Microsoft will soon let you receive Android notifications on your computer

Last year, Microsoft announced an app called Your Phone. The idea behind the app is that it will help connect iOS and Android devices to Windows 10 computers, where it allowed users to send text messages directly from their PC, and also to sync up photos taken by your mobile device with your computer.
If you weren’t too impressed with the initial offering, you’ll be pleased to learn that Microsoft has recently announced an update to the app that will now allow users to receive Android notifications directly on their computer. According to the company:
“Stop reaching for your phone to check your notifications. Boost your focus and productivity by seeing your phone’s notifications on your PC. You are in control and manage which apps you want to receive notifications from. Dismiss a notification on one device and it goes away on the other.”
We should point out that this feature only lets users receive notifications from their phone on their PC. This more or less means that you won’t need to keep reaching for your phone to see the latest notification, which lets you decide if certain notifications are worth tending to or not.

That being said, there are already several mobile apps that already have desktop counterparts and vice versa. For the most part, this means that desktop notifications for certain apps have long been available, but the update to the Your Phone app could help make it a more rounded experience with other Android notifications.
At the moment the feature is only available for those who are taking part in the Windows Insider program, so if you’re not part of it, you’ll just have to wait for the main release like everyone else.
Source: Microsoft

DEAL: Huawei Mate 20 Pro is now enjoying a 23% discount

Launched in 2018, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro was one of the most-talked-about smartphones ever. This was namely due to the fact that it came with a pretty impressive camera system that gave more established companies, such as Samsung, a run for their money. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly the cheapest phone either, at least until now.
For those who are interested in owning the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the handset’s price has been cut to an all-time low of $689. Given that the handset was launched with a price of $899, this means that you’ll be saving yourself about $200 for what was an excellently-reviewed handset.
We should point out that the model offered is the international variant of the phone in emerald green with 128GB of storage. This means that the phone does not have warranty in the US, and that it is only compatible with GSM networks, so those of you on Sprint or Verizon will be out of luck, but if you’re on AT&T or T-Mobile, you should not have any issues using it. So if you’d like to get your hands on the phone at a bargain price, head on over to Amazon’s website.
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