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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

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    Yup, its by FCC standards.

    The carrier must give you the unlocking code for your phone.

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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    ok they can unlock the phone. but why would u want to?i mean i jut had bad experience with unlocked phones, cant send mms etc...

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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    I'd rather pay someone $100 or so to look up my phone info (I would imagine using data obtained under questionable circumstances) and give me an unlock code. There's a guy around here who does that and everyone seems to love him. *Much* better than getting your phone unlocked free!

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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    Quote Originally Posted by drmoze
    I'd rather pay someone $100 or so to look up my phone info (I would imagine using data obtained under questionable circumstances) and give me an unlock code. There's a guy around here who does that and everyone seems to love him. *Much* better than getting your phone unlocked free!
    is this a joke?, lol. You get an unlock code for free from your provider as well

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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    Couldn't find the right smiley, but it was dripping with sarcasm. I can't understand people singing praises of someone who charges an arm and a leg for providing something that carriers (at least in the US) are required to give you free. And I still wonder where these people get their "secret" info from. Doesn't seem to be on the up-and-up IMO.

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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    What Does "unlocking Your Phone" mean ? what do you get be unlocking the phone ??

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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    Unlocking your phone means you get unlimited use of the "search" button in this forum. $^)

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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    Quote Originally Posted by drmoze
    Couldn't find the right smiley, but it was dripping with sarcasm. I can't understand people singing praises of someone who charges an arm and a leg for providing something that carriers (at least in the US) are required to give you free. And I still wonder where these people get their "secret" info from. Doesn't seem to be on the up-and-up IMO.
    oh lol then, btw I tried to answer your thread on basic txt questions

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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    Quote Originally Posted by drmoze
    Unlocking your phone means you get unlimited use of the "search" button in this forum. $^)
    Ok, A Funny Guy...Thanks!!!

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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    hi 8604life, Unlocking your phone simply means that you can use it on ANY carrier, it's no longer locked to a specific carrier. For instance, I use an 8700c (c meaning cingular) on my Tmobile network.

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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    Quote Originally Posted by JadedBerry
    hi 8604life, Unlocking your phone simply means that you can use it on ANY carrier, it's no longer locked to a specific carrier. For instance, I use an 8700c (c meaning cingular) on my Tmobile network.

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    provided that the model is compatible with the carrier mind you. Don't everyone go buying pearls, unlocking them, and then trying to use a GSM device on sprint's CDMA =) Just to clarify
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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    Quote Originally Posted by JadedBerry
    hi 8604life, Unlocking your phone simply means that you can use it on ANY carrier, it's no longer locked to a specific carrier. For instance, I use an 8700c (c meaning cingular) on my Tmobile network.

    Hope this helps
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    Thanks For The info !

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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    Quote Originally Posted by Blondiexpl
    ok they can unlock the phone. but why would u want to?i mean i jut had bad experience with unlocked phones, cant send mms etc...
    That has nothing to do with unlocking -- you either had an unbramded phone or another carrier branded phone you were trying to use to send MMS, and it didn't have the right settings configured. I've used unlocked and/or unbranded phones with T-mo for a very long time, they all work 100% fine provided you punch in the right setup. With a "normal" T-Mobile branded phone all these settings are preconfigured for you, that's all.

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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    Quote Originally Posted by mikew
    The only catch is that your account must be active for 90 days before your request for the unlock code will be issued.
    I'm sure it works the same way with Cingular. I upgraded my phone from a previous phone and it puts another 2-years on my contract. Does that mean I have to wait 90 days from the day got my Pearl?
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    Re: Free unlocking from TMobile

    Quote Originally Posted by babaganoosh
    Yup, its by FCC standards.

    The carrier must give you the unlocking code for your phone.
    Not so fast there..... The law has been changed so that it is no longer illegal to unlock your phone that is locked by the carrier. The carrier can NOT prevent someone from unlocking their phone.

    However, the law does NOT state that the carrier MUST give you an unlocking code or that they have to help you unlock it.


    But a ruling by the U.S. Copyright Office that went into effect Monday now allows cell phone users to legally break the software "lock" placed on their cell phones and move their phones from one carrier to another.

    The ruling doesn't prevent cellular companies from locking a phone, but if a consumer unlocks it he wouldn't be in violation of copyright infringement rules, said Jennifer Granick, executive director of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society.

    Unlocking a phone requires entering codes or a special set of numbers, which a cellular company may or may not share with the user. Verizon Wireless doesn't lock its cell phones. T-Mobile will unlock a customer's phone 90 days after fulfillment of the contract. Sprint won't unlock phones because it believes customers already benefit from a Sprint-subsidized phones, said Travis Sowders, a spokesman for Sprint Nextel. Cingular will do it upon request but only when a contract expires or under specific conditions, said Mike Broom, a Cingular spokesman.
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