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Old 03-23-2011, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I am a novice to this and have seen "phone unlocked..." what does this mean?... what is unlocking... Assuming it is not somekind of password issue...
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Unlocking allows you to use a BlackBerry on another carrier's network - with the caveat being that it doesn't really play into the Sprint and Verizon world.

For example, you can unlock a T-Mobile BB and use it on AT&T, but you can't take a Sprint device and use it on Verizon. Verizon and Sprint don't allow "foreign" devices on their networks...

Hope that helps and doesn't confuse you more!
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another example for Canada:

I bought a Bold 9000 on the Rodgers network. I wanted to use it on Fido so I unlocked it so it can be used on Fido. It can also now be used on Bell if I wanted.
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When you but a BlackBerry from, for example AT&T, you get it at a subsidized price. A $450 BlackBerry at retail may only cost you $200. AT&T "locks" the subsidized device to their own network so you can't use it on another GSM network like T-Mobile. Unlocking it removes this AT&T-only restriction.

If you're a customer in good standing for a minimum of 3 months the carrier will usually give you the unique unlock code for your device for free. Otherwise you have to buy the code from an unlocking service. Rogers, I believe, no longer gives the code for free. Almost all other carriers still do.
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Like NJBlackBerry said, CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon don't lock their devices to their network at all. They simply refuse to allow a device they didn't sell themselves onto their network. A "gentleman's agreement" if you will between these carriers.

Bottom line: if it doesn't say "Sprint" on it, Sprint won't allow you to use it. Same for Verizon.
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Bottom line: if it doesn't say "Sprint" on it, Sprint won't allow you to use it. Same for Verizon.
Except for the iPhone. ;)
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Except for the iPhone. ;)
Oooooooh, low blow.
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