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Old July 21st 03, 03:38 AM
George Washington
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Default Unlocked/locked phones??

I have heard this term used so much, and after searching for it I still
cant understand it. What is the difference? From what I can tell a
unlocked phone is a phone that isn't being used for any particular
carrier, while a locked phone is one that is in service with a carrier,
like ATTWS. Are there codes or something you can do to unlock them?
Where can I buy an unlocked phone? And since Att, cingular and Tmobile
all use gsm, abeit at different frequencies, cant I just get a gsm phone
and put a att sim in it to use the phone?

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Old July 21st 03, 05:00 PM
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Now that your contract is up or you are going overseeas or whatever and it

is
time to use another carriers SIM (keep in mind that all the smarts is in

the
SIM), you can't.


So, according to ATTWS's view of things, if you accept their subsidy when
you originally acquire the phone, you are locked into them for life, eh?

That seems to be a high price to pay, just to save a couple of bucks . . .


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Old July 24th 03, 08:51 PM
Halogen8
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I have an application that will generate an unlock code for Nokia DCT-4
phones. Its totally free, and I've used it once so far, successfuly. I
dont know the rules about posting a small binary in the newsgroup so I wont
do it. Email me at halogen8 at hotmail dot com if you want it.



"George Washington" wrote in message
...
So it all is about the subsidy lock code? So how do you find out the
code? And does att want you to unlock the phones? I dont see how it is
fair that if I decide to switch to another crrier i have to get a new
phone.

pamfree (John S.) wrote in article
:

I have heard this term used so much, and after searching for it I still
cant understand it.


Let me see if I can't make it really simple for you.

Let's use AT&T WS as an example.

If you go into an AT&TWS store and buy a GSM phone, it works on AT&TWS.

ALL the
smarts that identify the phone to the system as your number etc..... is

in the
SIM.

Now that your contract is up or you are going overseeas or whatever and

it is
time to use another carriers SIM (keep in mind that all the smarts is in

the
SIM), you can't. When you put in another carriers SIM your phone says

that it
is locked, or askes you for a subsidy lock code or something depending

on the
carriers and the the phone.

So, you can't use that $299 phone that you like on another carrier.

Same scenario but with an unlocked phone - you simply change the SIM

from your
old AT&TWS SIM to the new carriers SIM and go on about your business. No
hassel.

Did that help?

--
John S.
e-mail responses to - john at kiana dot net


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Old March 13th 14, 06:43 AM
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Old July 4th 14, 10:27 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by George Washington View Post
I have heard this term used so much, and after searching for it I still cant understand it. What is the difference? From what I can tell a unlocked phone is a phone that isn't being used for any particular carrier, while a locked phone is one that is in service with a carrier, like ATTWS. Are there codes or something you can do to unlock them? Where can I buy an unlocked phone? And since Att, cingular and Tmobile all use gsm, abeit at different frequencies, cant I just get a gsm phone and put a att sim in it to use the phone? [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]
Hi what you said was exactly rite unlocked phone can be used with any GSM sim worldwide .Unlocked phone have high resale value ....Even though AT&T ,cingular,t-mobile all are gsm carrier they can't be used in a phone which is locked to any particular network without unlocking it .You can easily unlock your phone using sites like Unlocking4U.com they are providing unlock code for all mobile models at reliable cost ....
 




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