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What is a PUK code?

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PUK code stands for PIN unlock key. It is normally an eight-digit code that is assigned to SIM cards. PUK codes are required when users lock themselves out of their mobile phones by entering incorrect passwords too many times. After entering the code, the user can designate a new PIN.

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What is a PUK code?
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Mobile phone service providers can provide the PUK code. Some companies refer to it as the PUC code, which stands for PIN unlock code and has the same purpose.

If the PUK code is entered incorrectly too many times, the SIM permanently locks. Consequently, the user must purchase a new SIM card.

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    Unlocking a PUK (personal unblocking key) on AT&T mobile phones is initiated through member AT&T accounts. A mobile phone’s SIM card unlocks after three consecutive PIN entries. Once locked, a user must procure the device’s PUK code to re-activate the AT&T device’s SIM card.

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    What is the Alcatel PUK code?

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    How do you unlock a Nokia phone with a PUK code?

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    How can you unlock a SIM card with a PUK code?

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