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American Tracfone Motorola C139 in Europe

I have a Motorola C139 (tracfone) purchased in the States and was told I could use it in Europe if I replaced the phone card. I have unlocked the phone and placed a new card in from the european country in which I am now. Still can not get it to accept the SIM. What to do?

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  • ciliegia May 20, 2008

    it just states that SIM is not valid. As to was unlocked from the start, but I checked it within the parameters of the unit.

  • ciliegia May 20, 2008

    btw..the unlock feature is within the SIM APP.

  • ciliegia May 20, 2008

    I am in Italy. The big question...can this phone be used in Italy? It was purchased in the US.

  • Mike C
    Mike C May 11, 2010

    How did you 'unlock' your phone?  If it is properly unlocked, it should work fine.  What error message - if any - is showing?



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I have a Motorola C139 phone that I purchased in Italy. The display and text is in Italian but I would like to change it to English. How would I do this.

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I suspect that we are talking at cross purposes. Each SIm has the facility to lock/unlock; that is a security feature. Airtime providers also lock their phones, though, and that - I fear - is what you have here.

Which country are you in and which Airtime provider's SIM have you purchased? Has the SIM been activated?

I have dealt with most UK Airtime providers, Vodafone in Italy, Greece and Cyprus, plus Movistar in Spain.

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    Mike C May 21, 2008

    Most certainly. You can but one here: and Motorola has an Italian site at

    What do you mean by you unlocked the phone in SIM APP? To unlock a Motorola phone, you need an eight digit 'Subsidy Password' which can only be gleaned from Motorola: they keep a database of all subsidy passwords, as there is no algorithm to calculate the code as with some other manufacturers. From where/whom did you get your code?

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    Mike C May 21, 2008

    Oops. Ignore last sentence: just noticed that you said it was unlocked from the start. Are you SURE about that, though? When I bought mine, it was locked to Cingular (and still is, because AT&T won't give me the subsidy password as I am no longer 'live' and never had a contract with them for the minimum period of six months).



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Along with signing up for minutes, TracFone's service requires that you re-establish a service contract as well.

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