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Jademonkey 06-03-2004 12:09 AM

Unlocking Cell Phones
Can anyone tell me what the point of unlocking a cell phone is?
I have heard it mentioned a few times, but havent been able to figure out what it actually does.

bmwboy88 06-03-2004 12:23 AM

From what I know, unlocking the cell phone allows you to use a phone with different carrier. Don't quote me on this but this is what I was told.

Can anyone verify???

rollee 06-03-2004 12:26 AM

unlocking enables you to use a GSM phone on different networks.
for example, if you buy a phone from fido, that phone cannot be used with rogers even they both are gsm. if you travel, you may buy those 'pay per use' gsm cards and enable your cell phone to be used in a foreign system. the point is all about money, if you have to roam with fido say in hong kong, then fido makes $$$$, but if you put in a local HK GSM card and use the local network there, fido makes $0 and you save $$$$.
more info @:

an unlocked cell phone holds higher value especially in the used market or buying new from ebay etc.
there are a few places in toronto whom specialises in this. locking refers the limitation imposed by the cell company to restrict a gsm cell phone only be used under their network.
gsm is the global standard to mobile communications, in canada it is fido and rogers. in the US it is att, t-mobile and cingular. changing phones is as easy as changing batteries, slip in the gsm sim card and you are up and running. no programming necessary on your part, system instantly recognises your phone number. thats why people use may different phones and can change them as many times as they wish.
on another note, it is only in north america that there exist these 'locked' phones, everywhere in the world GSM phones are never locked.

Ryousuke 06-03-2004 01:20 AM

bongo wireless they are located in markham they will unlock anything you want the only problem is a bit pricey.

Jademonkey 06-03-2004 01:53 AM

So if I unlocked my Rogers GSM phone, could I then use it to signup to the new fido unlimited plan?

BlitzSix 06-03-2004 02:04 AM


T.Dot_E30 06-03-2004 02:05 AM


Originally posted by Jademonkey
So if I unlocked my Rogers GSM phone, could I then use it to signup to the new fido unlimited plan?
Yup, thats the point of it. All u do is put in the fido sim card when its unlocked.

lots of ppl are switching to fido, i think i will soon

burnhard88 06-03-2004 02:07 AM

ooo... sounds interesting... has caught my attention... never heard of this before...


Jademonkey 06-03-2004 02:26 AM

Sorry for all the questions, I just have one more. Could I just go into a fido store and say I wanted to sign up to the unlimited plan, and they wouldnt ask any questions about the phone?

rollee 06-03-2004 02:44 AM

fido will either sell you one of their 'locked' phones or give you a cheapo/shitty one for free if you commit to a term plan.
most of us do not like this idea at all.
another thing what model of phone do you have from rogers? if it is one of those cheaper /low end models it is not worth your while to get it unlocked. i like bongo wireless they are very good but i agree a bit pricey, but if you are dealing with a $400 odd phone then it is worth the while. rollee

Jademonkey 06-03-2004 03:02 AM

I have the Motorola t720i on rogers. If I cannot get Fido to use that phone, then I will just wait until my plan is up with rogers, and go buy a new phone.

NOTORIOUS VR 08-11-2012 09:28 PM

The don't care if you bring your own phone... Also Since Rogers owns Fido, you might be able to use it on the Fido network without having to unlock it. Just food for thought.

If you like the phone you have, it's generally $10-20 to unlock it with a service online... worth it if the phone is decent and you don't want to get stuck in a 3 year commitment. Of course if you're looking for a better phone signing a 3 year will be the only way to get the phone cheap.

Axxe 08-12-2012 05:46 PM

8-year thread revival. Nice move spambot.

miniama 09-21-2012 05:36 AM


Originally Posted by Jademonkey (Post 399605)
Can anyone tell me what the point of unlocking a cell phone is?
I have heard it mentioned a few times, but havent been able to figure out what it actually does.

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