Learn how to bypass EE content lock in this following guide.
A few days ago it was brought to our attention via Twitter that the EE content lock was blocking our website.
Discovered two things today:
1. I still have @VodafoneUK “Content Control” activated
2. It inexplicably blocks @vpncompare
— Duncan Blair (@nimro) January 8, 2016
In a tweet from @nimro we discovered that when he tried to access our website for the first time he was blocked from doing so on his mobile EE internet connection.
After enquiring what reason was given it was clear that it doesn't specify but it's likely that our site is bundled under the same heading as a “proxy” site even though this is obviously a wrong classification.
So in an ironic twist I've decided to write a small guide on how you can bypass EE content lock without opting in or opting out of anything.
As @nimro informs us he didn't request any content lock on his service so this is something that has been forced upon him requiring him to opt-out if he wants to access content that EE deem unsuitable, ie; adult content, gambling and sites such as VPNCompare it seems.
How to bypass EE content lock
Content Lock, Content Control, Content Block or whatever other name it's given is annoying. If you didn't choose to enable it then chances are it has been thrust upon you by the powers that be.
Thankfully there is a way to bypass the EE content lock without contacting their customer support and requesting it be turned off, essentially labelling you a perv in the process as most blocked content is porn related.
To bypass the EE content lock you'll need to use a service called a VPN or to give it the full name a Virtual Private Network.
A VPN is a small tool that allows you to tunnel a connection to another location and access the internet via that other location. The bonus is that everything inside this tunnel is encrypted meaning no one knows what you're accessing.
All EE will see is an encrypted connection to a third party server and because they don't know what you're trying to access, be it VPNCompare, porn or whatever else they deem unsuitable then they're unable to throw up their big EE content lock page.
VPN services come as software for desktop or laptop computers and in app form for mobile devices like phones and tablets.
Where can I get a VPN service
If you're after bypassing the EE Content Lock then nearly all VPN providers will be suitable. Most offer software and apps making connection easy and simply connect and forget. While most VPN providers offer software some don't so make sure to check first.
You can connect to any country available on the VPN service but for speed purposes it's best to connect to a VPN server in the UK and while nearly every VPN provider offers UK connections just double check before signing up.
If like most people you don't have time to be researching VPN companies and just want to sign up then I've put a list of three tested and proven providers that we have not only reviewed but also made sure they are ideal for bypassing the EE content lock.
A VPN service should cost around US$10 per month which is roughly £6.50 but can be as cheap as US$6.50 (around £4.50) if you take a yearly package.
Just click one of their names to visit their site and sign up.
How to use the VPN to bypass EE content lock
Download either their software or app for your device.
Next you can connect to any location. For best speeds it is best to connect to a server in the UK.
Once connected you can simply leave the software or app running in the background and forget about it. Anything you do on the internet will now be encrypted so that EE cannot see what you're accessing. This not only means you bypass their content lock but also avoid EE traffic management policies.
There is nothing else you need to do. Take a look below at example video of the IPVanish software and as you can see it's incredibly easy to use.
Don't forget, all you need to do is sign up to one of the following three providers, install their software or app, connect and you're able to bypass the EE content lock with ease.