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is carrier-cellphone unlocking obligatory now? And what about VOIP devices?

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quincy

Senior Member
I stopped buying carrier locked phones years ago. I also don't buy $1000 phones.

If the OP is looking for phones to use in Europe he can but unlocked Motorolas - my experience is that they are good phones and relatively inexpensive, especially compared to current "flagship" devices.
TMobile provides customers with a temporary unlock code if they will be traveling out of the country.
 

pickaname

Active Member
There's a charitable org for battered women that takes cellphone donations. I don't know if they have a way to unlock them, but in principle they have less leverage than a current or former customer of the carrier who locked the phone, so it makes sense to get them unlocked before donating.
 

quincy

Senior Member
There's a charitable org for battered women that takes cellphone donations. I don't know if they have a way to unlock them, but in principle they have less leverage than a current or former customer of the carrier who locked the phone, so it makes sense to get them unlocked before donating.
That is a good use for old cellphones and a good reason to have them unlocked.

There is also “Cell Phones for Soldiers” and “1Million Project,” among other charities, that accept cell phone donations.
 
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FlyingRon

Senior Member
He's not talking about current model anythings. The reason he's having problems is not for failure to comply with the law but because his stuff is so ancient that the carriers don't know how to deal with them. He bought one from Cingular? Cingular hasn't been known as Cingular for over a decade (they changed back to ATT in 2006).
 

quincy

Senior Member
He's not talking about current model anythings. The reason he's having problems is not for failure to comply with the law but because his stuff is so ancient that the carriers don't know how to deal with them. He bought one from Cingular? Cingular hasn't been known as Cingular for over a decade (they changed back to ATT in 2006).
These old phones can still be unlocked. But the carriers may not be able to do it.
 

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