05-21-10 12:00 PM
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  1. mi_canuck's Avatar
    I'm assuming it will be possible to have the GSM/UMTS side of the 9650 unlocked. I've always has GSM phones and got SIM unlocks from the carrier. I don't expect as much from Sprint though. And yes, I realise the GSM portion would only be 3G in Europe (2100 MHz), and only Edge here in the US (AT&T, T-Mo). My question is more for traveling abroad and having options for local SIMs.

    What would be the best means to have the GSM portion of the 9650 unlocked - assuming it's possible (dunno how locked down Sprint has the 9650)


    cheers
    05-19-10 01:56 PM
  2. Mystic205's Avatar
    first get your 9650, then simply call cs to get it unlocked... sprint does not do the whole locked phones thing but the 9630 was locked by default so likely is the 9650 ..
    05-19-10 02:02 PM
  3. ceb's Avatar
    Actually, most Sprint 9630's were unlocked out of the box.
    05-19-10 02:06 PM
  4. Mystic205's Avatar
    sorry, but you are mistaken.....

    sprint was not aware that the early 9630 were locked and in fact did not even have an inhouse process to provide the unlock code.. since all prior world phones were unlocked at source by the manf.. if you go check the sprint forums from july/aug you will see this to be the case...

    Actually, most Sprint 9630's were unlocked out of the box.
    05-19-10 02:10 PM
  5. mi_canuck's Avatar
    So which is it? Sprint world phone unlocked out of the box or not??
    05-19-10 02:46 PM
  6. Mystic205's Avatar
    just call cs.. its a free call..lol
    ..
    mine showed up today... less than 24hrs from ordering to delivery!!
    05-19-10 03:31 PM
  7. rendrop's Avatar
    i thought the gsm side could also be used in asia?
    05-19-10 03:34 PM
  8. dLo GSR's Avatar
    if all fails you can just pay 5 bucks from one of the unlock vendors on this forum.
    05-19-10 04:08 PM
  9. mi_canuck's Avatar
    just call cs.. its a free call..lol
    ..
    mine showed up today... less than 24hrs from ordering to delivery!!
    I hope I get mine as quickly - would be tomorrow if can get as quickly as you did!

    (I'll call them after I get it...)
    05-19-10 04:16 PM
  10. mi_canuck's Avatar
    i thought the gsm side could also be used in asia?
    It can be used anywhere that has UMTS (GSM 3G) on 2100MHz band. So if parts of Asia use 2100, then yes. And also anywhere in the world on EDGE (850/900/1800/1900).
    05-19-10 04:19 PM
  11. SirGodLess's Avatar
    What about verizon, if you call them to unlock will they be as nice? or tell you no?
    05-19-10 06:01 PM
  12. LRB's Avatar
    sorry, but you are mistaken.....

    sprint was not aware that the early 9630 were locked and in fact did not even have an inhouse process to provide the unlock code.. since all prior world phones were unlocked at source by the manf.. if you go check the sprint forums from july/aug you will see this to be the case...

    So....how does one know if their 9650 sim is locked or unlocked?
    05-19-10 06:05 PM
  13. dLo GSR's Avatar
    What about verizon, if you call them to unlock will they be as nice? or tell you no?
    from my experience getting the Tour unlocked, they are not. I wasn't able to get any unlock codes from them; luckily i won a code to unlock through one of CB's contests.
    05-19-10 08:41 PM
  14. BrennB's Avatar
    I had no problems getting an unlock code from Sprint with my Tour. Just have to contact the international help line and state you are planning to visit outside the US and they set up the code. Simple and quick. Deal is to contact international services.
    05-19-10 08:49 PM
  15. sj-performance's Avatar
    So....how does one know if their 9650 sim is locked or unlocked?
    OPTIONS>ADVANCED OPTIONS>SIM CARD> TYPE MEPD ON YOUR KEYBOARD....look at where is says "network"...if it says "disabled" its unlocked...if it says "enabled" its locked
    05-19-10 09:18 PM
  16. LRB's Avatar
    OPTIONS>ADVANCED OPTIONS>SIM CARD> TYPE MEPD ON YOUR KEYBOARD....look at where is says "network"...if it says "disabled" its unlocked...if it says "enabled" its locked
    after options>advanced options>sim card, without typing anything this phone says "sim card: security disabled" and the next line says "id: big long number"

    typing mepd doesn't give any results

    Does that mean it's unlocked?
    05-19-10 09:25 PM
  17. BrennB's Avatar
    yeah but I knew this from unlocking my tour... however, when I get to the sim screen on the Bold and the MEPD I get nothing.. no response at all.
    after options>advanced options>sim card, without typing anything this phone says "sim card: security disabled" and the next line says "id: big long number"

    typing mepd doesn't give any results

    Does that mean it's unlocked?
    Same here, we should be getting a screen that has several status lines.
    05-19-10 09:25 PM
  18. LRB's Avatar
    Under manage network connections>mobile network options>network technology there are gsm/umts, 1xev, and global options. If this is set for gsm/umts, then network mode pops up with 3g&2g and mobile network gives me different networks, including tmo and att and a gazillion others that look foreign.

    It sounds like me the Bold is ready to travel, even if it's just across the street to Tmo
    Last edited by LRB; 05-19-10 at 09:51 PM.
    05-19-10 09:42 PM
  19. capp81's Avatar
    type MEPD as capital letters and it should work.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    05-19-10 10:11 PM
  20. BrennB's Avatar
    yep worked!

    And since everything says "disabled" that means unlocked.
    05-19-10 10:14 PM
  21. LRB's Avatar
    Same here. All caps MEPD gives a slew of disabled stuff.
    05-19-10 10:15 PM
  22. experiment 626's Avatar
    So has anyone unlocked their 9650's GSM side and tried out a T-Mobile or AT&T SIM card yet?
    05-20-10 12:49 AM
  23. 312's Avatar
    9650s come unlocked. You can use T-Mobile or AT&T, but you'll only get EDGE.
    05-20-10 12:52 AM
  24. Mystic205's Avatar
    yes and yes

    a TMO pre-paid sim..so no data.. but at least l left myself a message from another number on the same phone...lol


    So has anyone unlocked their 9650's GSM side and tried out a T-Mobile or AT&T SIM card yet?
    Last edited by mystic205; 05-20-10 at 03:53 PM.
    05-20-10 03:51 PM
  25. mikeplus1's Avatar
    Under manage network connections>mobile network options>network technology there are gsm/umts, 1xev, and global options. If this is set for gsm/umts, then network mode pops up with 3g&2g and mobile network gives me different networks, including tmo and att and a gazillion others that look foreign.

    It sounds like me the Bold is ready to travel, even if it's just across the street to Tmo
    The Tour 9630 does the same thing and gives the list of 3g&2g networks. Typing MEPD in caps from the SIM Card menu will give the same results and show Security Disabled meaning that it is unlocked.
    05-20-10 05:32 PM
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