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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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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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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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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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 used ...
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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 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 ...
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Using non-Verizon SIM on Motorola XT912 Verizon phone

I am living in India and my uncle gave me a brand new Motorola DROID RAZR XT912 Verizon phone, but I have inserted a non-Verizon SIM and there is no signal and I got the following error message: "This ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Will flashing CyanogenMod reset the status of SIM lock on Nexus S?

I have Samsung Google Nexus S (SIM unlocked) on Android KitKat. I am planning to install CyanogenMod 11 on it. The question is, will upgrading to CyanogenMod lock my SIM? Will I have to unlock it ...