I have two phones that are provided through T-mobile. My sim works only with one phone now. I use both phones for instead of hauling my charger with when gone for more than 12 hours. Instead of buying a second battery I use my old phone. My sim chip (with all my contacts saved) now only works in my old phone. I need a sim unlock code for a nokia 1600. and might as well get one for my razor. Both T-mobile. Charger at work, phone at home!. and my fully charged phone is useless.
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What does this mean in simple terms -
Mobile phone providers sell phones on a contract to pay off the phone cost so they lock the phone to their mobile network. When you put a sim in from another mobile network it gets locked by the phone. You have to either go back to the original mobile phone provider and ask if the phone can be unlocked or try your luck on the internet finding a unlocking web site (not sure these web sites will works or not )
If the sim came with the phone that is an American phone you need a sim for an African mobile phone network in your country or you need to contact the American mobile phone network provider to get the unlock code. The phone may be locked onto a particular USA mobile phone radio network and you would need to know what network it is locked to. There are web sites that offer to get the unlock code on the internet for mobiles locked on a particular mobile network but I have not had experience using them and do not know how successful they are to try and unlock a mobile from a particular mobile network. You will find this out when you change the sim card in the phone for a local African mobile phone provider in Africa
with an USA sim card and USA mobile network provider you will pay lots of money in Roaming charges which you would wish to avoid by using a local African mobile provider.
A local provider may be able to help you unlock the phone from the particular mobile network if it is locked on a USA mobile network.
There must be a mobile network provider in Africa that can work on your mobile phone type for it to work with that mobile network providers correct sim card.
Another source of problem could be if the phone has been reported as stolen the IMEI may not work due to being blacklisted and disabled.
The Vodafone SIM card will only work on the Vodafone mobile network. If you want to use different mobile provider then you need to purchase a new SIM card from that mobile provider.
If you intend to use your old mobile phone that was connected to Vodafone, then if this mobile phone is locked to Vodafone, then the new SIM card from a different mobile provider will not work in the old mobile phone unless it has been unlocked to allow you to use any SIM card/mobile provider.
If you need to unlock this mobile, then please leave me a comment so I can provide you with further information.
There are different codes for different service providers. Here are some of them.
For Sprint, Rogers, Bell or Verizon: Your mobile service provider may have set a locking code on your SIM
before you received your smartphone. In North America, the default
unlocking code is usually 1234 or 1111. You can try these
codes, or call your wireless service provider to find out the default
locking code they use. Enter the default unlocking code (PIN) and then
tap OK. If this doesn't work, contact your mobile service provider to
get the unlocking code (PIN) for your acount.
If you enter the unlocking code (PIN) incorrectly three times,
your SIM card will be blocked (not locked). If you see the "Unblock
Phone" screen instead of the "Unlock Phone" screen, your smartphone has
been blocked. You will need to contact your mobile service provider to
obtain the unblock code (PUK). Extra caution
If you enter the unblock code incorrectly ten times,
your SIM will be permanently disabled. This prevents thieves from
running up charges on your wireless account if your smartphone is
stolen. If your SIM is permanently disabled, contact your mobile
service provider to obtain a new SIM.
If none of these work then you will need to call your service provider. Best wishes...hope this helps.
If you want to unlock the phone to be free to all providers, go to a local phone shop and have the job done for $10 or so.
If instead you have the phone locked with PUK lock code, then call the Sim card provider or use a replacement SIM. Call sim card provider means that you need to call the phone company that branded the sim card inside the mobile (eg Tmobile, Orange AT&T etc.)
your friend's mobile phone might be sim-locked into a particular network only. T-mobile phones uses only sims that are T-mobile. If you inserted an ATT sim into a T-mobile phone, it is expected to react that way. That is also why, ATT told you to call T Mobile because it was not the responsibility of ATT if their sim won't work into a T-mobile phone (if that was really the case).
that was just a hint. the initial remedy would be is, insert a T-mobile sim into the T-mobile phone first and also confirm to your friend if it was a sim-locked phone.
subsidy codes are exclusively from the company. it's very, very, very (nth power) seldom that one can be provided online (w/c is safe and reliable). so please hope that either my suggestion would work or they will still provide the subsidy code because the case might be beyond the warranty requirements.
Hi, I forgot the lock code i set to my old nokia 6630. How can i
open my cel by overriding the lock code? i tried every lock code
combination i can recall but nothing worked. i tried to remove the sim
and transfered to other phone but it has no messages because i
remembered, i set my memory on the phone instead to the sim. im so
helpless.hope you can help me recover my lock code. thanks in advance!