1. periwinklemoon's Avatar
    So I'm browsing eBay, and see I see all the smartphones listed, and I will admit even with having a Storm I still lust after the Bold a bit. But VZW won't have a version for awhile and can't switch carriers due to coverage issues.

    But I became curious because so many say "unlocked" and list carriers the phone will work on and some of those carriers don't offer that particular phone.

    I don't understand fully how it works, and am also wondering if it's kosher with the carriers? (Such as someone using an unlocked Storm on AT&T, or an unlocked Bold on VZW).

    Would someone be kind enough to explain this process to me?

    02-01-09 12:16 PM
  2. carter17's Avatar
    Its for gsm carriers u get an unlocked phone and it will work on another carrier's towers. But vzw is a cdma and the storm can be used on att. But a bold will not work on vzw as far as I know

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    02-01-09 12:20 PM
  3. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    Unlocking a phone serves 3 purposes.

    1) It allows the phone to be used on any GSM carrier network.
    That would be phones that use a SIM card (AT&T, TMobile, etc)

    2) When traveling abroad, you can purchase a SIM card in your
    destination and avoid international roaming charges.

    3) Should you decide to sell the phone you increase your pool
    of potential buyers as the GSM carrier is not a factor.
    You can also command a higher selling price for an unlocked phone.

    A straight up CDMA phone (VZW, Sprint) cannot be unlocked as
    there is no SIM card.

    The 8830 World Edition and the Storm can have the GSM side
    unlocked and as long as the GSM band is available it will work.

    As far as the carriers go, they do not care.
    Last edited by amazinglygraceless; 02-01-09 at 12:49 PM.
    02-01-09 12:22 PM
  4. periwinklemoon's Avatar
    Great explanations, thanks!
    It's been bugging me, never knew what unlocked meant.

    Thought of one more question, how do they get those phones unlocked? By buying/putting an unlocked SIM card in it, or does the phone's original carrier have to unlock it?
    02-01-09 12:43 PM
  5. amazinglygraceless's Avatar
    Easiest way (and free) is to simply call your carrier and ask for
    the unlock code. I have never paid anyone for a code for any
    of the 5 phones that I have unlocked over the course of time.
    02-01-09 12:47 PM
  6. periwinklemoon's Avatar
    Thanks, I will tuck all this away for future reference!

    Sometimes posting in my phone appropriate forums requires bracing oneself for just about anything. This has been a refreshing change of pace over here!

    Thanks for being informative, helpful and pleasant!
    02-01-09 01:23 PM