Unlocked vs. Locked cell phones

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  1. AbuJadenDO

    AbuJadenDO Soon2beOB
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    I coulda swore I knew my stuff when it came to technology but now that i keep hearing cell phones in terms of locked vs. unlocked, i feel like i've been trapped in a cave for a while.

    anybody know what the heck that all means?
     
  2. Jon Snow

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    Cell phone companies often lock their phones to only work with their SIM cards (they contain your info and identify the phone to the appropriate network). If you switch the SIM card out with one from another carrier and the phone is locked, it will ask for a subsidy lock code. Generally the cell phone compay will not give it to you. It is a way to keep you from switching to another service provider. However, there are many ways to unlock a phone.
     
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    so u unlock via software, hardware, or slamming it against the ground?
     
  4. Stroganoff

    Stroganoff Never give up.
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    heh, either a password or new ROM version or something (in phones that support this). you can buy a bunch of unlocked cell phones from online stores. they're full price usually, since they're not part of package deals.

    all in the name of profit.
     
  5. Southpawz

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    You can also walk into a cell phone shop and ask them to unlock it.
    For a fee of course.
     
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    i would add that for the majority of Nokia mobiles, you can actually get the unlock codes for free (just googling is enough). then you simply input the code when the phone asks for it. with some of the newer ones (6680, N90, N70, etc), people still have yet to figure out the codes...
     
  7. DW3843

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    blow on it like a Nintendo game
     

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