1. viper151's Avatar
    Hi there,
    I want to buy a lumia 920 but in white. The phone is unfortunately branded (with whatever that means) but I don't think it's locked. I'm not sure though. From my experience with android it can be unlocked but branded or locked and branded. It can be both anyway. In my case here let's suppose it's branded but unlocked.

    So what are the advantages of unbranded over branded lumia 920 phones?
    Also is there a way to debrand should I want?
    02-06-2013 02:21 AM
  2. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Branded probably means it has the carrier i.e. Att on the phone near Nokia branding. Unbranded phones do not have the carrier logos.

    You can probably find unlocked carrier branded phones however unbranded phones are better because i think they tend to get updated fast than branded phones because if you have an unlocked branded phone the software upgrades still come from the carrier.
    02-06-2013 02:48 AM
  3. Huime's Avatar
    It seems branded or not is not your problem, but you must aware that branded is usually related but not equals to sim lock. And you should explicitly ask the seller if the phone is sim free.
    02-06-2013 04:22 AM
  4. viper151's Avatar
    Well my main concern here is not the simlock. I know it is sim free.
    I just wanted to know what more can a debranded phone offer. Why should I aim for one?

    also from what I see branded phones got portico faster than unbranded
    02-06-2013 04:44 AM
  5. camptime's Avatar
    Branded probably means it has the carrier i.e. Att on the phone near Nokia branding. Unbranded phones do not have the carrier logos.

    You can probably find unlocked carrier branded phones however unbranded phones are better because i think they tend to get updated fast than branded phones because if you have an unlocked branded phone the software upgrades still come from the carrier.
    It seams this has changed now, Branded phones have had the update for a few months in the USA, Unbranded are still waiting. Here in Asia we really need the update to fix the soft camera and a few bugs. Have no idea why the insist on holding out on us.
    02-06-2013 04:47 AM
  6. jiayit's Avatar
    For me, I'm based in Asia and in my country, it's ILLEGAL to sell locked phones. But my previous Lumia 820 was branded software wise, with a Telco splash screen during boot. The closest thing you'll get to physical branding is a sticker on the device that can be torn off.

    But there's really no difference. We still only get updates when our Telco pushes them. Unbranded devices are also usually the last few to get the updates, no idea why (in this case, it's scheduled for Feb-Mar Portico).
    02-06-2013 04:54 AM
  7. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Really an unbranded phone isn't that much different from a branded phone. It just has no carrier details on the phone.
    02-06-2013 09:54 AM
  8. inteller's Avatar
    For me, I'm based in Asia and in my country, it's ILLEGAL to sell locked phones. But my previous Lumia 820 was branded software wise, with a Telco splash screen during boot. The closest thing you'll get to physical branding is a sticker on the device that can be torn off.

    But there's really no difference. We still only get updates when our Telco pushes them. Unbranded devices are also usually the last few to get the updates, no idea why (in this case, it's scheduled for Feb-Mar Portico).
    no, unbranded devices are usually the first. Portico was an anomaly.
    02-06-2013 10:07 AM

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