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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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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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?
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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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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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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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unlocked device vs. unlocked bootloader

I've always thought that if a device is unlocked it means that it works with different carriers. If the device bootloader is unlocked, then does this mean the device will automatically work with ...
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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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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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Unlocking Android phone immediately after reboot

I have an Android phone (version 5.1.1) with cyanogenmod (version 12.1). And after rebooting I cannot immediately unlock my phone. If I try to unlock my screen (lock style = pattern) immediately after ...
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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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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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How to use phone calls without code?

My friends and family need to use my cellphone regulary, it doesnt bother me, because some of them cant have a cell but still need one just in case...the problem is that i dont want them to have ...
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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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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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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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Network unlock code not working

I have bought a used Motorola Defy (MB525), rooted, running CyanogenMod 9 (ICS 4.0.4). It is locked to work with only a specific carrier. I bought an unlock code, and unaware to this the previous ...
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Will Samsung Galaxy Nexus i9250 work with Indian SIM Cards? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I use my device on a different carrier? I understand that Samsung has stated they will not launch Samsung Galaxy Nexus i9250 in India and hence am planning to buy it ...
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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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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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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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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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How does SIM unlocking work under the hood?

I know what SIM unlocking is and how to do it, but my question is how does SIM unlocking work under the hood? What is actually going on that prevents me from just popping another carriers SIM in there?...
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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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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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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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adb sideload does not transfer data

Just to clarify, it's my first time trying to unlock and root my phone, so I'm not very knowledgeable in this matter. I basically followed the steps to unlock the bootloader. Everything worked ...
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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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Is a device Unlock Code required when changing providers?

So... I just switched from AT&T to Cricket Wireless. They gave me a new SIM, and AT&T gave me an Unlock Code. I have an Android Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket S2. I use Cricket Wireless. I put in ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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Will flashing other region's ROM unlock GT-I9515?

I bought a Samsung S4 GT-I9515 from Saudi Arabia. But returning to my country found that this phone is locked and I don not know of any unlock code. It is also not possible to contact the seller in ...
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Does installing CyanogenMod lock device's network?

today after almost one year using the stock Android version on my Xperia Mini (ST15i, I was on Gingerbread) I decided to flash an official CyanogenMod ROM (CM7). So I first unlocked the bootloader of ...
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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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Used code bought on internet to unlock Galaxy S3 from 3 UK to O2-UK. Will rooting the device harm it?

My Galaxy S3 was locked to 3-UK when I got it. So I used a code I bought on the internet to unlock it. When buying the code the form asked which network I wanted to unlock the handset for. I said ...
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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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Samsung I9300 - Network unlock fails

I recently flashed a custom ROM on my Samsung I9300. Everything is working fine, except I have to enter a 'SIM network unlock PIN'. I assume, that this is not the usual 4-digit PIN code. If I enter ...
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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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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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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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How can I tell if my phone is locked?

Thanks to a helpful commenter at a previous question, I now know that Starting February 11, 2015, All Four Major US Carriers Will Let You SIM Unlock Your Phone. But that just raises another question: ...
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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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Can I unlock my Razr M (Verizon) for international use?

I have a Verizon Razr M that was given to me for free. It's a Verizon model, but it has never seen a network. (I use it as an WiFI android iPod touch for now) I know about CDMA/GSM/4G and all that. ...
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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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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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Will my phone still be unlocked after I install CyanogenMod?

I've recently unlocked my phone so that it can work with any SIM card, and I want to install CyanogenMod. What I'm wondering is, since CyanogenMod is going to wipe most of the data on the phone, is ...
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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)