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Old June 28th 04, 01:13 AM
Tranic
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Default Fido phones come locked???

I'm looking into purchasing an ericsson phone through FIDO. I'm
concerned about whether or not they modify their phones with SIM or
service provider locks. I'd like to not have to buy a data cable and
pay to have the locks removed if i ever decide to move over to another
provider.

Thanks in advance
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Old June 28th 04, 04:09 AM
repatch
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All Fido phones are locked.

In fact almost all North American providers lock every phone they sell.
TTYL

On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 00:13:40 +0000, Tranic
wrote:

I'm looking into purchasing an ericsson phone through FIDO. I'm
concerned about whether or not they modify their phones with SIM or
service provider locks. I'd like to not have to buy a data cable and
pay to have the locks removed if i ever decide to move over to another
provider.

Thanks in advance


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Old June 28th 04, 06:59 AM
Alan Cheung
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On Sun, 27 Jun 2004 19:59:49 -0700, Joseph wrote:

On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 00:13:40 GMT, Tranic wrote:

I'm looking into purchasing an ericsson phone through FIDO. I'm
concerned about whether or not they modify their phones with SIM or
service provider locks. I'd like to not have to buy a data cable and
pay to have the locks removed if i ever decide to move over to another
provider.


Fido locks all their phones.

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Don't know if that's true, a couple months ago when I went and exchange my
Nokia 7210 for another one, I got an unlocked phone. I was surprise when I
inserted a Rogers SIM card into the 7210 and it worked.

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Old June 28th 04, 07:31 AM
Cellular Unlocker
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OTC (over the counter) exchange handsets (the kind you get when you trade in
a defective phone) are refurbished phones. They often have remnants of
their previous users on them; a friend of mine traded in his VTech phone and
found himself with a whole second set of contacts which were already on the
phone. Your phone was probably unlocked by its previous owner, and never
re-locked.

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"Alan Cheung" wrote in message
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On Sun, 27 Jun 2004 19:59:49 -0700, Joseph wrote:

On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 00:13:40 GMT, Tranic wrote:

I'm looking into purchasing an ericsson phone through FIDO. I'm
concerned about whether or not they modify their phones with SIM or
service provider locks. I'd like to not have to buy a data cable and
pay to have the locks removed if i ever decide to move over to another
provider.


Fido locks all their phones.

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Don't know if that's true, a couple months ago when I went and exchange my
Nokia 7210 for another one, I got an unlocked phone. I was surprise when I
inserted a Rogers SIM card into the 7210 and it worked.



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Old June 28th 04, 12:13 PM
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Actually, Fido's been hit and miss. I remember that the first 'world'
phone they sold, the motorola l7089, came unlocked. The Ericsson T28
or T39 that they sold, some batches were locked and some were not. Of
late though, it seems that all of their handsets have been locked. If
you're unsure, you can always ask to borrow a buddy's Rogers card to
test, as someone suggested they did.

If the phone you buy is locked and you don't want to buy a cable and
try to find sofware and go through the hassle of figuring it out, you
can usually find an asian shop in most larger cities that's willing to
unlock it for 20-30 dollars.

With the prices they've started charging for the phones now (it
appears the days of the subsidy are long gone, at least if you don't
plan on signing up for 2 years - and let's face it, no one knows if
this company is going to be around for that long with their spotty
financial history), you'd be better served browsing froogle or yahoo
shopping for deals on unlocked phones. The prices, even after
currency conversion and shipping, often come out to less than or about
the same price that Fido charges, but it comes unlocked.

Just a few suggestions. I hope they help.


Alan Cheung wrote in message ...
On Sun, 27 Jun 2004 19:59:49 -0700, Joseph wrote:

On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 00:13:40 GMT, Tranic wrote:

I'm looking into purchasing an ericsson phone through FIDO. I'm
concerned about whether or not they modify their phones with SIM or
service provider locks. I'd like to not have to buy a data cable and
pay to have the locks removed if i ever decide to move over to another
provider.


Fido locks all their phones.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
remove NONO from .NONOcom to reply


Don't know if that's true, a couple months ago when I went and exchange my
Nokia 7210 for another one, I got an unlocked phone. I was surprise when I
inserted a Rogers SIM card into the 7210 and it worked.

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Old June 28th 04, 01:51 PM
Jim Poon
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Fido like all GSM service providers lock their phones. There are
exceptions like where Cingular didn't lock their Treo 600's (not sure
if they still sell them unlocked) and Rogers didn't lock their
Tungsten W (their Tungsten-W is still unlocked).



Alan Cheung wrote in message ...
On Sun, 27 Jun 2004 19:59:49 -0700, Joseph wrote:

On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 00:13:40 GMT, Tranic wrote:

I'm looking into purchasing an ericsson phone through FIDO. I'm
concerned about whether or not they modify their phones with SIM or
service provider locks. I'd like to not have to buy a data cable and
pay to have the locks removed if i ever decide to move over to another
provider.


Fido locks all their phones.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
remove NONO from .NONOcom to reply


Don't know if that's true, a couple months ago when I went and exchange my
Nokia 7210 for another one, I got an unlocked phone. I was surprise when I
inserted a Rogers SIM card into the 7210 and it worked.

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Old June 28th 04, 07:27 PM
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Tranic wrote in
:

I'm looking into purchasing an ericsson phone through FIDO. I'm
concerned about whether or not they modify their phones with SIM or
service provider locks. I'd like to not have to buy a data cable and
pay to have the locks removed if i ever decide to move over to another
provider.



there's a reason why the price of phones from cellphone companies are
hundreds of dollars cheaper than list price. it's because they are
subsidised by the wireless company, and therefore they lock the phone for
at least two years.
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Old June 28th 04, 10:03 PM
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In article ,
Good Man wrote:

there's a reason why the price of phones from cellphone companies are
hundreds of dollars cheaper than list price. it's because they are
subsidised by the wireless company, and therefore they lock the phone for
at least two years.


It will cost you $250 to get a Fido cell phone unlocked. (I just asked
them.)

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Old June 29th 04, 04:57 AM
Seymour Butts
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Steven Fisher wrote in alt.cellular.fido:

It will cost you $250 to get a Fido cell phone unlocked. (I just asked
them.)


There are cheaper ways than going through Fido.


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Old June 29th 04, 08:30 AM
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Fido like all GSM service providers lock their phones. There are
exceptions like where Cingular didn't lock their Treo 600's (not sure
if they still sell them unlocked) and Rogers didn't lock their
Tungsten W (their Tungsten-W is still unlocked).



This is getting off the topic but not all the GSM
providers in the world lock their phones. None of
the providers in Finland do it because of laws
there. In other places, phones purchased with a
contract are unlocked (as they should be).
 




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