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    Hi there. I purchased an "unlocked" off ebay. This was originally a t-mobile phone. I put my cingular sim card in and got nothing, I tried using a different cingular sim card and got nothing. The phone was listed as being unlocked and the seller stated many times it would work with the cingular network. In advanced settings under Sim card, it says "No Valid SIM card". Through all my searching I have read that more than likely that means it is not unlocked. I read also about using meppd to see more information, but I do not understand what the information means. It says:

    SIM: Disabled
    Network: Enabled
    Network Subset: Disabled
    Service Provider: Disabled
    Corporate: Disabled

    I'm beginning to lose hope, can anybody please tell me if this means my phone is or is not unlocked and what my next step should be?

    Thanks for any help you can give me

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    Re: Pearl is giving me real headaches

    I dont know for sure, but it sounds as it is not unlocked, or you got a bum phone.

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    Re: Pearl is giving me real headaches

    If network says enabled then it is locked
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    Re: Pearl is giving me real headaches

    you will need to pay to get it unlocked. or you might get lucky and get an unlock code from TMO. i definately think, since you tried both cingular cards (were they both ORANGE?). mine worked automatically...as soon as I put the SIM card in...same with hubbies UL pearl too...sorry! contact the ebay seller and see what he has to say...you were paying for an unlocked phone!

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    Re: Pearl is giving me real headaches

    yes, both are orange cingular cards. Oh well, I guess its locked, at least I know. Thanks for the replies. I will contact the ebay seller, and then probably purchase an unlock code if he can't help me.

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    Re: Pearl is giving me real headaches

    where do you live? there are many little "Shops" that will unlock it for 20 - 40 bucks... unless you can return it to the seller i guess thats what i would do...

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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~Can you try activating it with TMO to see what happens then cancel within 3 days ? Under 3 days you can't be held to ANY contract.

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    Re: Pearl is giving me real headaches

    Definitely sounds locked. That's the same error message my friend got trying to put a TMO card in a cingular phone.

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    Re: Pearl is giving me real headaches

    Yes, if Network = Enabled == Locked.

    Since it's a T-Mobile phone, you could have a friend who's on T-Mobile try to get you the unlock code. Just have them call CS and tell them they need their device unlocked. Give them the IMEI number of your LOCKED device and they should be able to provide it to your T-Mobile friend. Worked for me on a previous T-Mobile phone.

    Try that first. Doesn't hurt to try a couple times calling CS before you shell out $$ to get it unlocked.

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    Re: Pearl is giving me real headaches

    Don't they have to release the lock code by law now? Or has that changed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by golobayj
    Hi there. I purchased an "unlocked" off ebay. This was originally a t-mobile phone. I put my cingular sim card in and got nothing, I tried using a different cingular sim card and got nothing. The phone was listed as being unlocked and the seller stated many times it would work with the cingular network. In advanced settings under Sim card, it says "No Valid SIM card". Through all my searching I have read that more than likely that means it is not unlocked. I read also about using meppd to see more information, but I do not understand what the information means. It says:

    SIM: Disabled
    Network: Enabled
    Network Subset: Disabled
    Service Provider: Disabled
    Corporate: Disabled

    I'm beginning to lose hope, can anybody please tell me if this means my phone is or is not unlocked and what my next step should be?

    Thanks for any help you can give me
    Was in the same boat as you about a month ago;

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    gsmphonesource.com/

    Make sure you select the right option-there are two (the one that says T-Mobile Pearl)...

    Thanks Adam Roth (the guy who runs the site) I paid the $40 and it worked for me...good luck

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