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Question about cellphones...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by jarheadk5, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. jarheadk5

    jarheadk5 1/2 ton status

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    Can a cellphone from one provider (let's say Verizon) be used on another provider's network (T-Mobile) if I have a current T-Mobile SIM card?
     
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    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    last i know is no it cant. but i could be wrong . i would like to know also thanks.
     
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    depends on the phone.
     
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    T mobile and ATT/Cingular use GSM and require SIM cards, any phone that fits those criteria will work. Also the phone has to be unlocked for use with your preferred carrier.
     
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    Dont know about the others but, with Verizon it has to be a Verizon phone.
     
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    Verizon doesn't use SIM cards, so a Verizon phone can't be used with any service provider that uses SIM cards. If both providers you're swapping phones from use SIM cards, it will work, but only if the phone is "unlocked". You can find software to "unlock" it on the internet, or I believe you can send it off to be "unlocked". BTW, I think unlocking them is uhh, illegal, but oh well.
     
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    As long as the phone is "UNLOCKED" , then maybe.
     
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    Ive had a Altel phone converted to Verizon. But like it was stated Verizon is on a defferent system the T-moble.... You need to look for a SIM Card Phone, that is GSM..... What did you find that's on the Verizon System?
     
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    Jeeez, I had managed to forget I asked about this...

    We're on T-Mobile and are happy with our service and plans. My wife's not real happy with the selection of phones that they have, though. She feels Verizon and Cingular have much "cooler" phones to choose from.

    So what's this "unlocking" thing? Hardware or software deal? Why are they locked to begin with?
     
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    Go get an Unlocked GPRS phone and put your T-Mobile SIM card in it.
    Locking the phone is a software thing that the GPRS guys do just so that you have to buy thier phone. It is legal to have an unlocked phone, and in some cases you can even talk the counter guys (Cingular or T-Mobile) into unlocking it for you....rare though.
     
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    I tried that once readymix, and the guy looked at me like i was insane.
     
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    he was dick then. they can do it.
     
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    Beacuse the US carriiers are idiots. They think that by locking the phones you won't leave them. Another attempt at trying to hold on to that rope that is going to break anyway.
    The GSM technology was developed with open carriers in mind. You buy a phone, and then pick a carrier. When you sign up with that carrier, you put their SIM card in. You don't like the carrier, you go to another, remove the old carriers sim card, and put the new carriers sim card in. Very simple. This is the way it works in all of Asia & Europe for the most part. This locking GSM phone thing is a US only thing, and is BS.
    As far as I know, unlocking it is not illegal. Might be different laws in different states though, I don't know for sure. What I do know, is one should have the right to use the GSM technology as it was intended.
     
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    Exactly
     
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    That's exactly how it was in Italy when I was there.

    OK, so an unlocked phone isn't gonna get me "cloned" or anything like the old days, right? I should be safe if I can find a seller of unlocked GSM phones, either in person or on eBay?
     

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