Unlocking Cellphones

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by carbonmotion, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. carbonmotion macrumors 6502a

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    Hi, I'm in the middle of a 2 year cellphone contract and my cellphone got totally owned by a semi-truck (don't ask). Anyways, I need a new cellphone, but I don't want to buy one from the AT&T Wireless store at the stock price. The phone that I want is the Sony Ericsson T610. I heard I could go on ebay and buy an unlocked one or by one and unlock it myself... anyone with any experience on that?
     
  2. panphage macrumors 6502

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    I've got an at&t branded t637 laying around if you want it. I use it to charge the battery for my cingular-branded t637. How assinine is our cell phone industry? Totally.
     
  3. iceTrX macrumors regular

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    Your still going to need a SIM card for the phone, correct? Hopefully the semi didn't own your SIM card in your phone...
     
  4. carbonmotion thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No the simd card is fine i tested it by plugging it in to my bros T610 triband euro phone
     
  5. carbonmotion thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    anyone else want to sell me a sell phone? T610 or better?
     
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    I dont know about over there but you can buy unlocked phones on the net or take one to any local market and someone will unlock them for a fiver (£5).

    Try: www.expansys.com they ship to foreign lands.
     
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Firstly, buying a phone from ANY mobile service provider is a bad idea, as sometimes the have a special version of the original OS installed that locks out certain features (eg: maybe there's a feature they want you to pay extra, and if the phone's OS wasn't altered, you'd get that feature for free :eek: ). Plus they'd be locked. Just go to a place that sells mobile phones without a specific plan attached to it and grab a T610. It may cost you an extra $50 dollars, but at least you know you can use the original OS, untampered with and all. Unlocking the phone wouldn't provide you with the original OS.

    I have a Sony Ericcson K700i, and I bought it clean. :)
     
  9. carbonmotion thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    all u need is bluetooth from my alubook 15
     
  10. MacFan782040 macrumors 6502a

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    Just buy any unlocked phone on eBay that will take a SIM card. Pop your old SIM card into the new phone and your good to go. That's what I did for my ATT phone i got it on ebay
     
  11. carbonmotion thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Market Place here

    how does the market place here work? if I want to buy a phone from someone here is there some procedure or contract?
     
  12. SFVCyclone macrumors 6502a

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    That easy?

    Hey mac fan is it really that easy? i have the t637 and for some reason i cant send SMS messages and i took it to the cingular store and they told me it was actually the phone, and i do remember the lady just taking out the sim card and putting it on one of their phones and sending a text from that phone, damn i think i just answered the question my self.
     
  13. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Problem is it may not be just an extra $50.

    I am with Fido/Microcell (now owned by Rogers) in Canada, and I just bought a T610 to replace my T68i which was getting old and worn. I paid $75 for it. To buy it at the regular price would be $300 from Fido or even more for the unlocked version. Had I chosen to cancel my current account and start afresh, I could have picked it up for $25.

    The T610 is a nice phone but I would have maybe preferred the T637 if it were available cheaply... ah well.
     

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