Huawei E8231s-1 dongle is available in India by Airtel, Idea, and Tata Photon. Devices which are locked to Tata Photon carrier can be easily unlocked, but devices by Airtel and Idea come with customized firmware and without flashing the firmware, there is no option to unlock, as it has 0 attempts left to enter the code. Life carrier of Belarus is also providing this wingle, but comes with un-customized firmware and can be unlocked easily with correct code.
How to flash the firmware of Idea Huawei E8231s-1 Wingle of India?
1. Make sure your PC / laptop is connected with UPS because it will take approx 10 minutes in flashing the device.
2. Download Huawei E8231s-1 Firmware v22.618.01.02.910 and unzip it using WinRar.
3. Note down the IMEI and comment below with model and IMEI to get the firmware password.
4. Now, change the Idea SIM card with any another network provider SIM card.
5. Connect E8231s-1 to Windows PC. Disconnect internet and close the WebPage.
6. Now run the firmware update.
7. It will ask you password, use the code which you got in the comment.
8. Now proceed till the finish.
Now, you have successfully changed the firmware, now it will automatically open web page, if not then open the web page and browse for 192.168.8.1.
It will ask you 8 digit SIMLock / NCK / Unlock Code. Enter the code and wait for dancing around the room, because unlock code is not free, its
charge is only Rs. 300.
For international people, the charge is only 6 USD, which you can pay through PayPal button of this site.
Note: We have personally not tested this solution with Idea devices, so before making payment, check out the procedure first, then only pay.
Update: Above-mentioned procedure does not work with Idea and Airtel E8231 Wingle.