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Old 04-18-2007, 01:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I Copy this paragraph from a member on the Pinstack Forum--
"DMCA Exemptions Allow You to Unlock Cell Phones
11.28.06--Computer programs in the form of firmware that enable wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telephone communication network, when circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of lawfully connecting to a wireless telephone communication network."


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?

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Old 04-18-2007, 11:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Other than being able to use it with any sim card having your phone unlocked can increase the resale value of it as well
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just out of curiosity, why would a person want to unlock a CDMA phone?

I hear that the major advantages to unlocking are being able to switch carriers/SIM cards.

Since CDMA phones don't use a SIM card...

Could I purchase a Sprint BB, unlock it, and use on Verizon? If so, what technical advantages would that be?

I am speaking specifically of the 8830. If I were to wait to purchase Sprint's and "unlock" it, what would that do for me?

With Sprint's version of the 8830, there are more active GMS frequencies. Does this mean I could use the Sprint 8830 on Cingular? If so, why would someone do that? How does a SIM card play into this situation?
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You can't unlock a CDMA phone. There's nothing to unlock -- it's only applicable to GSM devices.

Most CDMA carriers won't allow devices from other CDMA carriers either.

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You can't unlock a CDMA phone. There's nothing to unlock -- it's only applicable to GSM devices.

Most CDMA carriers won't allow devices from other CDMA carriers either.
Yet another reason to why GSM is superior. There may be technical reasons why a case could be made that CDMA is better, but if users can't access the technology as they choose then it isn't really better.
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True but I will say EV-DO speeds on my co-workers 8703 leave my sad EDGE connectivity in the dust...
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Yet another reason to why GSM is superior. There may be technical reasons why a case could be made that CDMA is better, but if users can't access the technology as they choose then it isn't really better.
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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.
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Ok, aside from international travel and roaming rates, what benefits does having an unlocked phone provide? Or is that simply it?
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Higher resale value...
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That's it? Ugh. I was hoping unlocking it would give me super secret-agent powers.

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Old 05-01-2007, 06:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ha ha ha ha.... Nope sorry....
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Being a member of this forum gives you the Super Secret-Agent powers.
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:50 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Except you used your mod powers to take mine away....

Can I have them back now??? I promise (ya right) to be good!!!
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