I have a brand new Nokia 1100 phone which came locked to Virgin. My friend said that he could unlock it so that I could use an O2 simcard in it or any other network except 3. Unfortunately, he entered the code or codes he was using too many times and now I am told that the phone is hard locked. Does this mean that it can never be unlocked now by any means or does it mean that it is blocked or barred and to unlock it in some other way would be illegal? I've contacted a couple of Mobile Phone shops and they have said that it is now permanently locked to Virgin with no chance of an unlock. I would appreciate some help and advice on this please.