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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Does Unlocking bootloader affect network lock?

Will the bootloader unlock procedure as shown on the HTC Dev website affect my network lock? I have an HTC Aria, which was originally SIM locked, but I got unlocked from a shop. Now, since I'm ...
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Samsung Galaxy Gio network menu

I have a problem with my galaxy gio. It has a network lock (I think) and I've tried to unlock it. The problem is that I have the unlock code but the phone doesn't ask for it. It is there a menu or a ...
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set another CDMA operator in a verizon wireless galaxy tab

Got a galaxy tab 7 SCHI800BKV verizon wireless tab. It has no rim/sim port. Question is if I root the device will it be possible to set my country's CDMA operator in the device? Thanks for your help. ...
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How to port a SIM card to an Android phone

The procedure for porting a SIM card from a pay-as-you-go phone to an iPhone 4 is well documented (example 1, example 2, config tool for iOS 5). This is a nice option for people mostly on WiFi who use ...
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Do custom ROMs like CyanogenMod modify your bootloader?

Does a custom ROM like CyanogenMod come with their own bootloader or does it just overwrite the /boot kernel and /system? Does the bootloader take responsibility to lock your SIM card on a carrier? ...
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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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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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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 to unlock a Motorola Photon 4G for other carriers?

I won a Motorola Photon 4G. They are tied to Sprint, which is CDMA, but it is a world phone, which means it supports GSM and uses a SIM card. I was reading that there may be an unlock code to allow it ...
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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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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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I it necessary to SIM unlock my Samsung Galaxy S2 to use a custom ROM?

I want to upgrade my Galaxy S II to Android 2.3.5, and my provider only has 2.3.3. So I have to use a ROM from samfirmware.com. Do I have to SIM unlock my phone before installing one of these ROMs? Do ...
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Unlocked Galaxy i7500, Reset Will Remove it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will resetting my unlocked phone to factory settings lock it again? I just purchased and unlocked a Samsung Galaxy i7500 using FastGSM's system. (It cost $20 and it's ...
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I cancelled SIM unlock and now I cannot unlock the device

When I inserted SIM card into my phone I tapped the "cancel" button, assuming that it would be possible to unlock it later. But I fear that my assumption was wrong. The device is a Sony Ericsson ...
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Unlocking Xperia x10 using a jacket

I have passed the limits for attempting passcode / sim code. Someone has advised me that I should use a jacket to unlock the phone (Xperia X10a) Where do I get the jacket from? Also, will the jacket ...
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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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Motorola Motoroi South Korea o South Africa change over

I have a Motorola Motoroi XT720 that I bought in South Korea. My service provider is SK Telecom. When I insert my South African sim card (Service provider Vodacom, and using the phone while in South ...
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Unlocking an HTC HD2 after installing android

I recently bought an HD2, which originally runs Win6.5. But currently has a very modern version of Android installed. Is it necessary to re-install the original OS in order to unlock the phone?
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Can an unlocked Nexus One without a carrier be used as a standalone device?

I'm interested in playing around with the new open android open accessory development kits but don't want to pay a monthly fee for having a cell-phone. If I buy the Nexus One/S unlocked and forgo ...
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Unlocking an Xperia X10

I have bought a used Xperia X10 for development. It is locked to a network provider, and I need to unlock it. It does not show an option for a passcode or unlock code. Is there any other way to ...
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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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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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Does rooting a device and installing a custom ROM SIM unlock it as well?

I'm a bit confused about this topic. I have a T-Mobile myTouch 3G which I've recently replaced with a Nexus One so it's kind of standing there. I was contemplating rooting the myTouch and installing ...
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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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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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Android and sim-lock

I'd like to know if android phones are sim-locked. Given that they are open-source and have community images it should be 'tricky' to sim-lock one but I prefere to ask. Also - do I need to unlock if ...
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What is the difference between jailbreaking and unlocking an Android? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc Is either possible, legal, contractually legit and does either damage the phone?