| | 03-04-11, 10:46 AM Thread Author #1
Do I need a Verizon SIM card to unlock?
I've been through the FAQ and didn't find an answer there, so here's hoping I'm not repeating something.
My Mother-in-law recently gave us her 8830 WE because she decided she wanted to change to something else. As we're about to head off to Greece for a few weeks, we decided to unlock the phone and use a European SIM card to allow for cheap calls while we're away. Only problem is the unlocking process.
The phone was purchased through a plan with Verizon, and even though the contract was up, Verizon insisted that the only person who could get it unlocked was my MIL, the original purchaser. So we dropped it off back to her, she jumped through a few more hoops with Verizon, and then got back to me with the appropriate MEP code and one more glitch not mentioned in the FAQ - Verizon claimed that you can only unlock the phone if it has a Verizon SIM card already in it. The phone didn't have any SIM card at all when it was given to us, and my MIL said she never had one.
Now why would I want to go out and get a Verizon SIM card just to unlock the phone? Can anyone clarify whether this is correct or not, and what the process is? I've checked Youtube, and there seems to be a myriad approaches to the issue.
To make matters even more confusing, I called the local Verizon store to try and source the requisite SIM card, and they said that stores don't sell them. They only come with the phone if its a global version like the 8830WE. Well as I said, it doesn't have one on board, so how am I supposed to access this mysterious Verizon SIM card in order to unlock it, as per the instructions from Verizon?
If the deactivation process can work with just any old SIM card installed, I do have one sitting around from AT & T that may or may not still be active. The one we're going to use for the international calls isn't due to arrive for another week or so.
Thanks in advance....Tim