Phones often ship with a SIM lock that ensures they can only be used with a single carrier. Unlocking a phone allows it to be used with any carrier.

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Data works on my phone, internet doesn't?

I recently unlocked my Android phone for an international move, and got a local SIM card. Currently, all 'data' functions are working in apps - Tango, Facebook, Google search, etc. However, the ...
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Does having CWM mean bootloader is unlocked?

I flashed CWM using Rom Manager. Does this mean that my Galaxy S4 bootloader is unlocked? I'm using Samsung Galaxy S4 (SGH-I337M) (Canadian Telus)
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SIM lock question

I intend to buy a new sim-unlocked at&t LG G2. So I want to know is there a possibility that an update will ever relock it again? Am I free to root it and install custom roms without relock ...
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Xperia Miro fastboot wont work

I've been following the official sony's unlockbootloader tutorial and I'm stuck on a problem that I cant seem to fix. To use my unlock code, I have to Turn off the device Connect the usb cable ...
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Which IMEI number should I use to unlock my Motorola DROID 2 GLOBAL (A956) IMEI or IMEI SV?

I recently bought an unlock code from Cell Unlocker.NET to unlock a Motorola DROID 2 GLOBAL which was locked to the Verizon Wireless network. Navigating to the about phone section Menu - > ...
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How can I unlock my HTC One V locked by 3 (UK Carrier, www.three.co.uk)?

I have a HTC One V which is provided by 3 (www.three.co.uk) under contract. I recently bought a Nexus 4 from Google Play because of the price drop, and I'm using my 3 SIM in the Nexus which is ...
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Need help in unlocking LG G2 LS980ZVC, running on KitKat

I am looking for a working link to a tutorial explaining how to globally unlock LG G2 LS980 (Android Version 4.4.2, Software Version LS980ZVC). I tried several, but can't unlock the phone. Most ...
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How can I remove the SIM lock from my Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G T-Mobile?

I got an Galaxy S Blaze 4G as a gift from USA. The phone is locked and did not accept any SIM card in my country (just for T-mobile). Instead it ask for a unlock code. Ts there any software way to ...
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Network Unlock Code vs SIM Unlock PIN [closed]

I bought an unlock code from http://www.unlockcode4u.com because my phone was asking for it (Enter PIN Code) I got the code and it does not work. Actually only allow me to enter 4 digits. Now this ...
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Network SIM unlock code not working

I paid to get an unlock code for my Samsung Galaxy S4 Active SGH-I537 locked to AT&T. I have tried to enter the unlock code given when the phone boots with my other carrier SIM card inserted, but ...
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Mobile network not available on unlocked Active

I purchased a "new" unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 Active SGH-I537 phone on E-Bay. Everything works fine except when I use the phone with my local carrier SIM card. When I insert the SIM card and turn on ...
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Will resetting my unlocked phone to factory settings lock it again?

I have an unlocked G1 that is freaking out on me in various ways. If I "restore factory settings" am I going to wind up locking it?
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Will a Factory Reset on an unlocked Samsung S2 4G T989 from T-Mobile relock the phone?

I have a Samsung S2 4G T989 from T-Mobile which is unlocked. It is currently using ion Indian carrier. I want to Factory Reset it. Will it be locked again after performing a reset? I don't have any ...
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How to unlock Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-R530?

Can anyone tell me if the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE model SCH-R530 can use any other non-contract carriers besides U.S. Cellular? I have searched, and I am getting frustrated with trying to find a way to ...
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Htc one m7 International not recognized in adb mode

I have an htc one m7 running bootloader hboot 1.56. I unlocked the bootloader via htcdev.com The bootloader now shows Unlocked My phone is recognized in adb when the phone is turned on. But when i go ...
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Will upgrading a SIM-unlocked device re-lock it?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 T999. When I got it, it was locked to T-Mobile. I needed to unlock it, as I am not in America. I wanted to know if I perform an upgrade to Android 4.4.2, will my phone be ...
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How can you find which carrier a Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) is locked to?

I bought a S3 and it came locked to an unknown carrier. All the unlock services require the information of which carrier the phone is locked to give me an unlock code. So, how can I find that out?
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Droid Mini in France with local SIM card?

I have a Droid Mini bought in America with Verizon that I'd like to be able to use in France. It's supposedly one of their "Global Ready" phones, so using it here should be as simple as getting a new ...
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Is it possible to unlock my Samsung Galaxy 3(GT-i5801)?

I moved to another country and absent-mindedly bought a SIM card for my GT-i5801 (from Orange UK) Now it's asking for a network lock code. I have searched the net and everything points to me going to ...
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Where Are The Sim-Lock Settings Stored on an android phone?

After getting more involved with the "aftermarket" community I have this question that's been on my mind for a while now. Since rooting and flashing a custom rom on an android phone doesn't give one ...
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Changing carriers and sims - how do I know if the new network will work?

My family is considering switching to T-Mobile, and I would like to bring my current Droid 4 with me. I have already stopped by a local T-Mobile store to see if their sim would work. The phone ...
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How can I remove the SIM lock from a Samsung Galaxy S?

I bought one from bell Canada, and I can't put in a SIM card from any other service provider. Does anyone know how to unlock this phone?
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Why can't the Sprint HTC One use GSM ROMs?

Everywhere I've looked, I've found that the HTC One physical hardware (USA) is the same regardless of the carrier--all models of the USA phone containing both CDMA and GSM radios. If this is the ...
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Problems with a linsay f-10hd cosmos locked [duplicate]

so I have this tablet linsay f-10hd Specs 10.1 " 0S: 4.04 Google Android CPU: 1.5 Ghz CORTEX A-8 1 GB RAM 4 GB Hard Drive Internal Memory Web CameraBuilt in 3-D acceleration, 3-D Effect 2160 P HD ...
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Can an encrypted Android phone be unlocked with an USB drive some way?

I want a fast way to login to the system without entering difficult credentials. If the usb key is not present there won't be the ability to decrypt the system ... Some 2-factor solution without NFC ...
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Can the Nexus 7 LTE connect to 3G networks?

Is it possible to connect to 3G networks with the Nexus 7 LTE? Is it possible with an unlocked device or only with limited networks or standards? I've tried to Google it but no one seems to have ...
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Locked out with no service!

I was fiddling with the lock your SIM card features and locked it, but the password I used now will not open it, and it is locked with no service, screen says screen is PUK locked and is asking for ...
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Can I use my bootloader-locked phone with a different network?

I just bought an Xperia Z and the bootloader is locked. Do I need to unlock it in order to run it on a new SIM card and can I switch to Virgin? It's OK if I can't: I will just buy a Bell SIM for $10, ...
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Determing SIM/network/carrier lock status in software

Is there a way to determine if a Galaxy S3 (i747, running 4.1 JB, stock ROM, but with root) is currently carrier locked in software (i.e. without needing to obtain and insert a different network's ...
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Is there a free way of unlocking an Android phone from a particular network?

I bought a cheap Android handset for development and it is an exclusive to a particular network. I would like to unlock it so I can use an existing SIM card from another network. I've done some ...
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Samsung Galaxy: Unlock gone haywire

I applied the procedure to unlock a Samsung Galaxy S3 on a Samsung Galaxy Express I437. It went through smoothly, and but the phone was not unlocked. Instead, it gives me the error message "Phone ...
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How can I unlock my Samsung Galaxy Ace?

I have just purchased a Galaxy Ace locked to a specific carrier. I was wondering if it is possible to unlock the phone for free without having to pay for it?
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Orange HTC Hero Unlock problems

Orange being the unhelpful company that it is, can't unlock phones in the shop. This was unfortunate as I was going overseas, but no matter, I called the helpline, and then was told it'll take three ...
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Can you use the Nexus 4 without a SIM card?

I currently have an iPod Touch, I want to buy the Nexus 4, but don't want to get a plan (SIM Card) for a while. Will the device work like an iPod Touch/ Wifi capable, but no access to data away from ...
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How to remove network lock samsung galaxy s advance

Title says it all. I have been scouting the net for the past day and a half and haven't found a way to remove/unlock the network lock on my SGS Advance. It is already rooted. I have tried those SGS ...
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Samsung s3 Unlock

I bought a Samsung phone, on the T-Mobile carrier in the US. I went to India last week, and got my unlock code from T-Mobile. My India-Vodafone SIM is working fine, except for the internet. I have ...
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How to unlock a G1

Yes, I got the G1 the day it was launched in the UK. Swapped it for HTC Desire when that was launched. Now have a Galaxy S4. Anyway, I moved away from T-Mobile without removing the G1's network lock ...
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zte turkcell maxiplus 5 sim lock after flashing custom rom

I have a ZTE phone, that I installed a CWM recovery. After that I tried to install a custom rom.... After many problems I managed to flash the official rom from ZTE site by using their online update ...
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Will my device get locked again after update?

I've bought samsung captivate glide I-927 from eBay. It is locked with at&t by default, so seller unlocked device for me and it is working fine. It comes with Gingerbread 2.3.5 and I found that ...
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Will my phone will get locked after upgrading to Jelly Bean? [duplicate]

My phone is Docomo Samsung Galaxy S2. The default network is Docomo but I unlocked it by giving it to a shop I want to upgrade it to Jelly Bean will it be lock again? How can I upgrade it ?
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How do I unlock an Optimus T? Is there a “vanilla” firmware I can use?

I'm an experienced iOS developer, and I just bought my first Android phone, used, on eBay. The phone is carrier locked and I'm looking to swap in my iPhone SIM card. (I have an adapter.) The phone is ...
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How to unlock a “network sim” in order to use a Android phone?

I got an old Android phone (HTC MyTouch) from someone in the States. The phone says "T-Mobile" on the top. I put in my O2 SIM chip (Germany), turned it on, typed in the SIM, but then it asks me to ...
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Does unlocking a phone from a Network allow manufacturer updates?

I am having a major problem with Three network not pushing the latest 1.29 update for my HTC One X phone. If i get them to unlock it will that enable me to download the update that HTC have released ...
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Help samsung home pin

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini. Sometimes when I go to enter my PIN, if I touch anywhere on the screen i.e. on my screen saver, any of the numbers, or go, it just inputs "0" in the entry box. How can ...
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What is the unlock code for Motorola Droid Pro?

I brought my Motorola Droid Pro back from the USA to Switzerland. It has never been actively on any network, as i bought it through Amazon as a "spare phone" on a Verizon network. I never activated ...
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Verizon HTC Incredible 2 [duplicate]

Will rooting my HTC Incredible 2 allow me to switch carriers ? If not does anyone have any information on how to unlock my phone from Verizon ??
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Why can't all rooted phones be unlocked?

I enjoy modding my phone with custom roms, kernel patches, and custom bootloaders. I know that the bootloader/recovery can be overwritten, as can pretty much any partition that exists on the phone. ...
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Unlocking HTC HD2 and installing Android

I have HTC HD with Windows Mobile 6.5 installed and it is locked with Vodafone (Germany). If I want to install Android on it, do I have to unlock it first? Or it will be automatically unlocked in the ...
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How can I configure an unlocked HTC Sensation XE for 3g connectivity in USA?

I bought this phone in India and brought it home to USA. In India I had no issues in connecting to 3G network but after coming back to USA I am no longer able to connect to 3G network (AT&T). I ...
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Will flashing re-lock my unlocked phone [duplicate]

I bought an unlocked android phone at Amazon and it works perfectly. This phone in particular doesn't have any OS updates I could do (Motorola Defy), so basically I am stock with Froyo unless I flash ...