1. pararig33's Avatar
    Can someone please tell me the reasoning or why folks unlocks cell phones? Stuff I read it looks like it's not safe.
    10-29-09 09:28 AM
  2. RickyRoss10's Avatar
    It allows you to use a phone on a different carrier.

    For example:
    Buy a Verizon 9550 (CDMA device with a SIM card to use on GSM networks) > Unlock > Now you can use the 9550 on ATT or T-Mobile using the SIM card.
    10-29-09 10:18 AM
  3. MousePad's Avatar
    Now you can use the 9550 on ATT or T-Mobile using the SIM card.
    Not completely true. World phones sold in North America will NOT work with North American GSM networks. Only GSM networks elsewhere. This is due to the fact that the phone uses European GSM frequencies (900/1800) and not NA GSM frequencies (850/1900).

    But the principle stays the same otherwise.
    10-29-09 11:56 AM
  4. fumbalah's Avatar
    Not completely true. World phones sold in North America will NOT work with North American GSM networks. Only GSM networks elsewhere. This is due to the fact that the phone uses European GSM frequencies (900/1800) and not NA GSM frequencies (850/1900).

    But the principle stays the same otherwise.

    Except that the 9550 is a Quad Band Phone, and supports all frequencies. You can use the Storm2 on ATT/T-Mobile EDGE networks. Just like with the Storm1 Been show in plenty of the videos.
    10-29-09 02:20 PM
  5. MousePad's Avatar
    Aaaah! We're talking about the 9550 in the 8830WE forum, aren't we?

    You're probably right about the 9550 though
    10-29-09 04:39 PM
  6. Danieljbrown32's Avatar
    Yeah if a world phone QUAD band then you can unlock it and use it on a GSM carriar

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    10-29-09 11:28 PM
  7. ArmyRover's Avatar
    For me the reason to unlock was simple. I'm using the 8830 overseas and the sim card function was locked by my carrier, verizon.

    Now that it's unlocked I can use it with a local sim card and get minutes and a price that is greatly reduced compared to what verizon would probably charge me.

    It's nice to be able to call the states for a short conversation with my wife and daughter and not have to wait in line for a phone and actually be able to hear them clearly.

    I will add I have experienced no problems with the 8830 WE after unlocking.
    10-30-09 02:54 AM
  8. Ohm4's Avatar
    Plus if the phone is unlocked you make more money on eBay. I know people who unlock their phone or BlackBerry for that sole reason.
    10-30-09 03:28 AM
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