Originally Posted by fourtheye28
This basically states that anyone who owns a cell phone can unlock it and let it utilize any SIM card from any network.
So with that in mind, what are (if any) the benefits of unlocking a Cingular phone, other than being able to use any SIM card?
For me the main reason to unlock is for traveling to other countries (who have GSM). Roaming rates are quite high even if you have an international roaming plan. Talking more than 60 minutes from another country usually warrants buying a local sim (and calling cards if you really want to save a lot). I've used local sim cards in China, Italy, France and Canada and it's saved me a lot of $.
BTW, Cingular gave me the runaround and told me I needed to put a new carrier's sim card in first and the 8800 would ask me for the unlock code, which he gave me on the phone. I tried this and it didn't work. Screen simply said, "invalid sim card." So i called back and complained and the guy walked me through the process on the phone to unlock.