1. WeezyF's Avatar
    what does it mean when people say can such and such phone be unlocked just a newb question
    01-29-09 02:35 PM
  2. xliderider's Avatar
    Only applies to GSM phones, you have a CDMA phone/carrier so it doesn't apply.

    Unlocking basically "unlocks" the phone from a carrier, so you could then take an unlocked phone from another carrier and use it on your carrier or the other way around by swapping the sim card. CDMA phones do not have sim cards, unless they are world phones with both CDMA and GSM radios built in.

    Again, Alltel is CDMA so you can't buy an unlocked GSM phone and use it on Alltel/Verizon/Sprint/Bell/Telus etc.
    01-29-09 02:40 PM
  3. lordnordeth's Avatar
    CDMA's can be unlocked as well, trust me, I have one.
    A SOC Lock (System Operation Code Lock) is a unique (usually 5 digit) code number that carriers use to ID phones on their network, and restrict it to activation their network only...if you know how to bypass this, and have the SOC code, you can "unlock" the phone and activate it on another carriers network. It is a LOT harder to do on CDMA, but it CAN be done.
    01-29-09 04:35 PM