1. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    Got the unlock code from T-Mobile for my wife's 4S. T-Mobile instructions always require a non-T-Mobile SIM BUT every T-Mobile Phone I have unlocked (521, 925, 635, 640...) I was able to find instructions for doing it with no SIM or with a T-Mobile SIM installed. I understand why T-Mobile doesn't publish that because it might prevent a few customers ever unlocking the phone but can someone point me to the way to unlock a T-Mobile 4S without a non-T-Mobile SIM? Not looking for how to get the code; I already have that.

    TIA
    05-25-2017 07:35 PM
  2. libra89's Avatar
    Got the unlock code from T-Mobile for my wife's 4S. T-Mobile instructions always require a non-T-Mobile SIM BUT every T-Mobile Phone I have unlocked (521, 925, 635, 640...) I was able to find instructions for doing it with no SIM or with a T-Mobile SIM installed. I understand why T-Mobile doesn't publish that because it might prevent a few customers ever unlocking the phone but can someone point me to the way to unlock a T-Mobile 4S without a non-T-Mobile SIM? Not looking for how to get the code; I already have that.

    TIA
    Do you have an extra sim from an AT&T 640? That's normally what I use.
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    05-25-2017 08:04 PM
  3. RumoredNow's Avatar
    @HoosierDaddy that dial ##7820# thing isn't working on my Idol 4S without a SIM, but will it work with the T-Mo SIM inserted?
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    05-25-2017 11:49 PM
  4. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    @HoosierDaddy that dial ##7820# thing isn't working on my Idol 4S without a SIM, but will it work with the T-Mo SIM inserted?
    I'll give it a try when she gets home from work.
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    05-26-2017 08:10 AM
  5. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    Do you have an extra sim from an AT&T 640? That's normally what I use.
    You know I probably do have one laying around that came with an AT&T 640. I bought a bunch to unlock and give away when they were $10 net ($79 but with $69 Office 365 licenses I could use).

    You're right that it doesn't have to be an active SIM. I hope I can find one. I may have tossed them since I didn't foresee any value.

    Thanks.

    Edit: I definitely have one. I just found one of those AT&T 640s in a sealed box. AT&T would give out the unlock code for new phones with just the IMEI which is printed on the box. If I don't find one of the SIMS from one of the 640s I gave away, I'll open the box and use the one in there (and unlock that AT&T phone with the code I got from them years ago.)
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    05-26-2017 08:14 AM
  6. libra89's Avatar
    You know I probably do have one laying around that came with an AT&T 640. I bought a bunch to unlock and give away when they were $10 net ($79 but with $69 Office 365 licenses I could use).

    You're right that it doesn't have to be an active SIM. I hope I can find one. I may have tossed them since I didn't foresee any value.

    Thanks.

    Edit: I definitely have one. I just found one of those AT&T 640s in a sealed box. AT&T would give out the unlock code for new phones with just the IMEI which is printed on the box. If I don't find one of the SIMS from one of the 640s I gave away, I'll open the box and use the one in there (and unlock that AT&T phone with the code I got from them years ago.)
    Yeah, it doesn't need to be active at all. I have never been an AT&T customer and it works out well to do the unlock.
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    05-26-2017 08:23 AM
  7. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    That didn't work. The AT&T SIM I have is the wrong size. So I'm still looking for a procedure to unlock with no SIM. I found a procedure posted by an unlocking service after you acquire an unlock code from them but nothing happens after I enter either of the sequence using the code I got from T-Mobile or when I press call at the end of each.

    1 - Start your Alcatel Idol 4s on WITHOUT ANY SIM CARD INSERTED
    2 - Enter the following sequence : *#0000*CODE#
    3 - To complete the unlocking process enter sequence : *#0001*CODE#

    I assume that's for the Android version and that's why it doesn't work unless the asterisks are meant to be like quotes and I'm not supposed to type those?
    05-30-2017 11:46 AM
  8. nate0's Avatar
    That didn't work. The AT&T SIM I have is the wrong size. So I'm still looking for a procedure to unlock with no SIM. I found a procedure posted by an unlocking service after you acquire an unlock code from them but nothing happens after I enter either of the sequence using the code I got from T-Mobile or when I press call at the end of each.

    1 - Start your Alcatel Idol 4s on WITHOUT ANY SIM CARD INSERTED
    2 - Enter the following sequence : *#0000*CODE#
    3 - To complete the unlocking process enter sequence : *#0001*CODE#

    I assume that's for the Android version and that's why it doesn't work unless the asterisks are meant to be like quotes and I'm not supposed to type those?
    Since the sim is useless cut it down. But if you do be careful you do not get it stuck. Otherwise borrow a sim?? So close yet so far away....
    06-02-2017 02:52 AM
  9. rjcs123's Avatar
    good afternoon. How to get the unlock code? I need a code for my alcatel and I have not found a payment service.

    Regards!
    06-04-2017 04:06 PM
  10. nick popplewell's Avatar
    Hello,I also need to get a unlock code,where do I get it? Please
    06-09-2017 04:04 AM
  11. nate0's Avatar
    Hello,I also need to get a unlock code,where do I get it? Please
    It is a gamble if you do not own a T-Mobile account that is up to date and in good standing.

    You probably will not find much resource on the WC forums. You might have better luck asking around the XDA forums or maybe on ebay.
    06-09-2017 04:28 AM
  12. nick popplewell's Avatar
    Hello,i have a locked idol 4s and tmobile said I can get a sim card from them and put $100 on it and then they would give me the unlock code and they also gave me the name of a unlock service,releasemycode.com,it cost $17.99 and that was Friday,they said 1-7 days,including weekends,I'm still waiting,so if it works ill keep ya posted
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    06-21-2017 02:21 AM
  13. nick popplewell's Avatar
    They couldn't get their supplier to respond to emails and finally after 5 days they gave me a refund,so i tried another website that guaranteed to get my phone unlocked in hrs,about 2 hrs later I received a email saying sorry blahblahblah couldn't do it and they gave me my money back,so i guess I'm gonna have to give T-Mobile $100 for it,and that sucks,i don't understand what the problem is
    06-27-2017 09:44 AM
  14. aleunge's Avatar
    They couldn't get their supplier to respond to emails and finally after 5 days they gave me a refund,so i tried another website that guaranteed to get my phone unlocked in hrs,about 2 hrs later I received a email saying sorry blahblahblah couldn't do it and they gave me my money back,so i guess I'm gonna have to give T-Mobile $100 for it,and that sucks,i don't understand what the problem is
    Thanks for the update Nick. I'm in the same boat, looking for an unlocking service. Sucks since mine was unlocked before sending it in for repairs. Now I've got it locked after speaker repairs. No one seems to be able to unlock these except for TMO.
    07-14-2017 09:11 PM
  15. nick popplewell's Avatar
    (aleunge)forgot to quote,im always messing up; You mean it was unlocked and prior to getting repairs made and then it was locked when you got it back? Man,WTH!!!?Look here man,idk about you but I would be raising Hades my friend,hel! Nah,totally unacceptable,who did the repair and what's the reason for locking it? But yeah,seems like Tmo is the only ones that can unlock em,I know a place or two that's unlocked several other types of phones no problem,but not Tmobile,I wish I had never bought it,have a goodin
    07-15-2017 02:35 AM
  16. aleunge's Avatar
    (aleunge)forgot to quote,im always messing up; You mean it was unlocked and prior to getting repairs made and then it was locked when you got it back? Man,WTH!!!?Look here man,idk about you but I would be raising Hades my friend,hel! Nah,totally unacceptable,who did the repair and what's the reason for locking it? But yeah,seems like Tmo is the only ones that can unlock em,I know a place or two that's unlocked several other types of phones no problem,but not Tmobile,I wish I had never bought it,have a goodin
    Yeah man. I even left a note in with the repairs telling them mine is unlocked and any replacements would also need to be unlocked since I'm not with T-Mobile. It wasn't even a replacement and it's still relocked. I'm contacting them to see if there's anything that can be done, but others have had the same experience with getting a locked phone back so I'm not hopeful. I won't be getting another Alcatel phone with this kind of service though. With so many choices out there, why shoot myself in the foot...
    07-15-2017 04:14 AM

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