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#832816 - 22nd Oct 2013 9:09am Unlocking mobile phone questions
Patchthedog Offline
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Registered: 10th Jul 2011
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I know nothing about unlocking
1)I have seen some shops offer this service,is it illgit?
2)Will I lose all my pictures on my phone?
3)If it's unlocked does this mean I can just buy a monthly or pay as you go sim?
thanks

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#832818 - 22nd Oct 2013 9:48am Re: Unlocking mobile phone questions [Re: Patchthedog]
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Originally Posted By: Patchthedog
I know nothing about unlocking
1)I have seen some shops offer this service,is it illgit?
2)Will I lose all my pictures on my phone?
3)If it's unlocked does this mean I can just buy a monthly or pay as you go sim?
thanks


1. Unlocking is completely legal (you are just removing the SIM locks so a phone can be used on any network)
Unblocking is illegal (changing IMEI numbers so that phones that have been reported lost/missing/stolen will work again)

2. It depends on the phone, some just need a code entering, others need the entire software on the phone changing.

3. If it's unlocked (and not blocked by the networks) then you can use any other SIM, although THREE SIM cards don't always work as some need a different voltage, and only work in 3G phones not 2G ones.

Hope this helps.

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#832848 - 22nd Oct 2013 1:32pm Re: Unlocking mobile phone questions [Re: Patchthedog]
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I had a sony experia unlocked and it didn't work with my new sim (my old one still worked though)

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#832958 - 23rd Oct 2013 8:45am Re: Unlocking mobile phone questions [Re: mikeeb]
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Originally Posted By: mikeeb
I had a sony experia unlocked and it didn't work with my new sim (my old one still worked though)


Unless your new sim was a THREE sim then it's possible your phone wasn't unlocked, or wasn't done properly.

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#833336 - 25th Oct 2013 11:00am Re: Unlocking mobile phone questions [Re: Patchthedog]
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Well it was on orange, unblocked it and the new virgin SIM did not work, tried my mates T-Mobile SIM and that worked in it

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#833359 - 25th Oct 2013 1:33pm Re: Unlocking mobile phone questions [Re: Patchthedog]
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If a phone is on Orange then a T-Mobile sim will work in it without it being unlocked, as they are now one company, EE.

If the phone was locked to Orange then the Virgin sim wouldn't work in it, however if it was locked to T-Mobile it would, as Virgin piggyback on the T-Mobile network.

Hope that makes sense.

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#833517 - 26th Oct 2013 12:33am Re: Unlocking mobile phone questions [Re: Patchthedog]
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correct Dr
now it makes sense
how did I miss that?

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