12-01-2016 11:36 PM
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  1. Guytronic's Avatar
    tbh all you have to do is pay it off and ask for the unlock I've done it on my 520, 810, fierce xl..
    Thanks...
    I always pay for phones up front so that I own them out of the gate.
    As I said I will only purchase unlocked devices.
    11-09-2016 12:43 PM
  2. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Only ever tried one unlock from T-Mo and it went well. Paid off the device and asked for the code. Had it in my email after about 48 hours.
    11-09-2016 02:40 PM
  3. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I've never had any hassles with unlocking carrier-branded phones since President Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. With one stroke of his pen, he gave the Library of Congress a big, black middle finger and laid the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to waste. If ANY carrier gives you any grief, you let them know they are in violation of Federal law. Trust me, you'll have your code within 48 hours as RumoredNow mentioned above.
    11-09-2016 03:38 PM
  4. ttsoldier's Avatar
    tbh all you have to do is pay it off and ask for the unlock I've done it on my 520, 810, fierce xl..
    You sir, are giving me hope.
    11-09-2016 05:34 PM
  5. ttsoldier's Avatar
    Saw this on tmobiles' website:

    Unlock requirements
    We provide mobile device unlock codes free within two business days (or provide further information about timing) for eligible devices.
    *
    Device eligibility is determined as follows:
    The device must be a T-Mobile device.
    The device must not be reported to T-Mobile as lost, stolen, or blocked.
    The account associated with the device must not be canceled, and be in good standing.
    You have requested no more than two mobile device unlock codes per line of service in the last 12 months.
    The device must satisfy all the Postpaid or Pay in Advance (Prepaid) Unlocking terms outlined below.
    T-Mobile may request proof of purchase or additional information in its discretion and certain other exceptions may apply.
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    11-09-2016 06:10 PM
  6. IIDXholic's Avatar
    Yea Cricket is the only carrier people have problems with. T-Mobile is great,
    11-09-2016 10:08 PM
  7. editguy's Avatar
    Yea Cricket is the only carrier people have problems with. T-Mobile is great,
    Except that T-Mobile's policy is not as liberal as AT&T's unlocking policy. I'm a T-mo custome,r but it was very easy to unlock phones from AT&T, as long as you hadn't used them on and weren't a customer of AT&T. I got three L640's unlocked, no hassle at all.
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    11-10-2016 12:06 AM
  8. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    Saw this on tmobiles' website:

    The device must satisfy all the Postpaid or Pay in Advance (Prepaid) Unlocking terms outlined below.
    Do those terms outlined below include the phone having been active on T-Mobile for at least 40 days?
    11-10-2016 08:00 AM
  9. editguy's Avatar
    * From T-Mobile's website:

    Unlock requirements
    We provide mobile device unlock codes free within two business days (or provide further information about timing) for eligible devices.
    *
    Device eligibility is determined as follows:
    The device must be a T-Mobile device.
    The device must not be reported to T-Mobile as lost, stolen, or blocked.
    The account associated with the device must not be canceled, and be in good standing.
    You have requested no more than two mobile device unlock codes per line of service in the last 12 months.
    The device must satisfy all the Postpaid or Pay in Advance (Prepaid) Unlocking terms outlined below.
    T-Mobile may request proof of purchase or additional information in its discretion and certain other exceptions may apply.


    Unlock eligibility for monthly phones, tablets, and mobile Internet devices
    The device must have been active on the T-Mobile network for at least 40 days on the requesting line.
    If the device is financed using T-Mobiles Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) ,or if it's leased through JUMP! On Demand, all payments must be satisfied and the device must be paid in full.
    If the device is on an account that is under a service contract term, at least 18 consecutive monthly payments must have been made or the account must have migrated to Simple Choice no contract rate plan.
    If the device is associated with a canceled account, the account balance must be zero, including all pending charges.
    *
    Unlock eligibility for Pay in Advance (Prepaid) phones, tablets, and mobile Internet devices
    The device on the requesting line has been active for more than one year on the T-Mobile network.
    If the device has been active for less than one year on the requesting line, the Pay in Advance account associated with the device must have had more than $25 in refills for basic phones or $100 in refills for phones or tablets since device first use date. $100 in total refills is required for each device that is requested to be unlocked.
    11-10-2016 03:00 PM
  10. ttsoldier's Avatar
    Do those terms outlined below include the phone having been active on T-Mobile for at least 40 days?
    40 days of being active is if you're on monthly. I want to walk in the store, pay the full price, and request an unlock.
    11-10-2016 04:53 PM
  11. editguy's Avatar
    40 days of being active is if you're on monthly. I want to walk in the store, pay the full price, and request an unlock.
    From what I read there, there's no way to unlock it unless you're a T-Mobile customer and meet the terms described there. I hope for those of you that are not T-mo customers that I'm wrong, but I'm afraid I'm not.
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    11-10-2016 05:15 PM
  12. ttsoldier's Avatar
    From what I read there, there's no way to unlock it unless you're a T-Mobile customer and meet the terms described there. I hope for those of you that are not T-mo customers that I'm wrong, but I'm afraid I'm not.
    Say it ain't so!
    11-10-2016 05:25 PM
  13. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Yea Cricket is the only carrier people have problems with. T-Mobile is great,
    LOLOLOLOL and No. Unlocks are generally hard for most US carriers. AT&T seems to be the ONLY one doing it properly (as in fully compliant with the letter and spirit of the law).
    11-10-2016 06:41 PM
  14. tgp's Avatar
    AT&T seems to be the ONLY one doing it properly (as in fully compliant with the letter and spirit of the law).
    No, the only US carrier doing it properly is Verizon. They do not lock their phones at all. No unlocking necessary.
    11-10-2016 07:01 PM
  15. fatclue_98's Avatar
    No, the only US carrier doing it properly is Verizon. They do not lock their phones at all. No unlocking necessary.
    They don't do it because they're a "conglomerate with a heart" (shout out to Johnny Carson). The FCC requires them as part of an arrangement for VZW to acquire spectrum a few years ago. But while other carriers are more of a pain to unlock, they leave APN settings open for editing. Verizon locks them out requiring owners to edit registries or rooting. It's really a moot point in the US since President Obama signed the law wiping out the DMCA.

    Sent from Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows via mTalk
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    11-10-2016 08:36 PM
  16. Guytronic's Avatar
    Sent from Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows via mTalk
    Love/Hate relationship I see :)
    Howz the phone you maniac?
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    11-10-2016 08:38 PM
  17. RumoredNow's Avatar
    No, the only US carrier doing it properly is Verizon. They do not lock their phones at all. No unlocking necessary.
    Except that they then hink around in the firmware and play hide the MMS APN.
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    11-10-2016 08:51 PM
  18. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Love/Hate relationship I see :)
    Howz the phone you maniac?
    It's nice to have a really good looking Windows Mobile phone that performs like, or better, than a 950.

    Sent from Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows via mTalk
    11-10-2016 08:56 PM
  19. tgp's Avatar
    They don't do it because they're a "conglomerate with a heart" (shout out to Johnny Carson). The FCC requires them as part of an arrangement for VZW to acquire spectrum a few years ago. But while other carriers are more of a pain to unlock, they leave APN settings open for editing. Verizon locks them out requiring owners to edit registries or rooting. It's really a moot point in the US since President Obama signed the law wiping out the DMCA.
    I said that tongue-in-cheek, expecting a response like this. A Windows Phone fan would not be a true-blue Windows Phone fan without a healthy dose of Verizon hatred.

    Part of the problem is that, according to our esteemed editor-in-chief Daniel Rubino, Microsoft does not have the expertise to make a CDMA phone. So there's that.

    But yes you are at least partially correct about the APNs. However, the lack of ability to create APNs for other carriers on a Verizon branded device is unique to Windows Phone. Verizon's iPhones are exactly the same as the factory unlocked iPhones, meaning that no APN creation is necessary. And on Verizon branded Android devices you most certainly can create APNs for other carriers.

    Except that they then hink around in the firmware and play hide the MMS APN.
    True. But see above...
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    11-10-2016 09:06 PM
  20. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Love/Hate relationship I see :)
    Talk about a love/hate relationship, I'm tearing myself apart watching D-Wade playing against the Heat in that hideous red Chicago uniform.

    Sent from Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows via mTalk
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    11-10-2016 09:13 PM
  21. fatclue_98's Avatar
    A Windows Phone fan would not be a true-blue Windows Phone fan without a healthy dose of Verizon hatred
    Oh I don't hate Verizon. I don't agree with all their business practices but in the end, their decision to grab some of that coveted low-end spectrum slightly ahead of the others was a boon to us consumers, especially for WinPho users. Without having to pay their exorbitant rates, those of us on GSM carriers were able to experience the Icon without getting the huge 1520. The Ativ SE (one of my personal all-time fave WP devices) became available to us as well as the M8 even though other carriers eventually picked it up.

    You're right that some, not all, VZW Androids have APN editing available. However, many of these same Androids can't get Mobile Hotspot working because the newer phones either don't have unlockable bootloaders or there are no custom recoveries available and thus, no rooting. With Windows, a simple reg edit to remove the "Entitlement Required" setting gets you Internet Sharing.
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    11-10-2016 10:24 PM
  22. IIDXholic's Avatar
    Touch. I never had a problem with T-Mobile, but then again I never have to unlock a phone every year. I unlocked a 925 from them and didn't have a problem, along with a 640. Didn't know they had a 2 phone cap


    LOLOLOLOL and No. Unlocks are generally hard for most US carriers. AT&T seems to be the ONLY one doing it properly (as in fully compliant with the letter and spirit of the law).
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    11-11-2016 11:14 AM
  23. Lumious's Avatar
    There is really no way to get this phone without being a T-Mobile customer or having a T-Mobile line. You cant just walk into the store (on ATT or cricket or whatever) buy the phone, unlock it, and leave. Unfortunately.
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    11-11-2016 12:08 PM
  24. nate0's Avatar
    There is really no way to get this phone without being a T-Mobile customer or having a T-Mobile line. You cant just walk into the store (on ATT or cricket or whatever) buy the phone, unlock it, and leave. Unfortunately.
    Yes. Hence the limited LTE bands supported and it being a carrier exclusive model. Good for T-mobile as they may pick up new accounts from it, but a downer for those who like this phone and are with another carrier. Best to wait and see what's in the pipeline...

    Sent from mTalk
    11-11-2016 12:32 PM
  25. Lumious's Avatar
    Yes. Hence the limited LTE bands supported and it being a carrier exclusive model. Good for T-mobile as they may pick up new accounts from it, but a downer for those who like this phone and are with another carrier. Best to wait and see what's in the pipeline...

    Sent from mTalk
    I can't believe this bull****t still goes on in 2016.
    libra89 likes this.
    11-11-2016 12:49 PM
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