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How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 3:29 pm

Hello Everyone, I need some geniuses here.

I got this phone from the gym that had been in the L&F drawer for like 2-3 months. My sister works for Cingular and ran the ESN number and found that it was no longer registered to anybody, or that nobody had called to report it missing. So I charged it up and was going to have my sister program it for my number. But there is a lock code set by the previous owner. Since I have no way of contacting the previous owner, there is a lock code which pretty much renders this phone useless. I was wanting to ask if there is ANY way I can override the current Lock Codes and Security Codes, because when I turn the phone on, I try the default codes and nothing works meaning somebody has programmed a new code in the phone. HELP PLEASE!!!!

I know there are a bunch of Cell phone geniuses.

The phone is a MOTOROLA 120t model phone for CINGULAR WIRELESS.
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acidradio
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 3:48 pm

While it's cool to find a phone, don't fret over a Mot 120t! Before you try to even deal with this phone, is it even compatible with a service that you already subscribe to or have ready access to? If I'm not mistaken, the 120t is a TDMA model, which is essentially on its way out. Cingular, along with just about every other TDMA provider, is migrating everything from TDMA to GSM. Do you already have TDMA service with Cingular? If not, the phone won't do you a lot of good.
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panam330
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 4:00 pm

At Cingular, the 120t is a TDMA phone. If you don't already have a TDMA plan, you can't get one, rendering the mobile useless. If you had a TDMA contract from long ago, you can use the 120t, as long as you don't switch your plan. My father is a "grandfathered" customer and Cingular (used to be CellularOne), and has been since nearly the beginning, when they had those damned box/briefcase-sized phones. It's still in our basement. They let him keep his TDMA plan, but come mid-2005, it will be mandatory to switch to a GSM plan.
As for the lock code thing, I believe you can have the phone taken to Cingular to have them wipe it out, or restore the original factory settings. If that fails, and you really want a 120t, I've got an old one around here somewhere, and I'll send it to you if I can find it.
Email me at wcd726@yahoo.com if you'd like the phone, and I'll see what I can do  Smile.
 
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 4:07 pm

Mobile phones are evil.

They might not be the root of all evil on this godforsaken world, but they are close to it.
I suggest we build a gigantic bonfire, and purify by this pyre all those evil devices. Let's add to the purification those evil men and women who blacken their soul (have they any less) by devicing those evil aplliances.

Cheers,

707

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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 4:15 pm

Let's remind us how many cellphones you have in your possession, you 707cmfool Big grin

(hint = I have roughly the same number of pics)

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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 4:43 pm

Thanks guys for all the replies. I already have the phone, so I don't need another one. I do still have my TDMA service, (Will have GSM in December, but I need a TDMA phone until then, which I have). I will try to take it to Cingular.

Thanks guys.
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 7:24 pm

It's amazing, that although massive spread of cell phones is a phenomena of the last "globalization" decade or so, yet there are three(?) different systems completely incompatible with each other. Much of South America has this iDEN standard, US runs 1900MHz GSM...
 
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 7:29 pm

L410Turbolet - I think its not so much three incompatible systems, it more like one global system (GSM) and two incompatible systems. Still, you can get phones that work with all 3 (Quadri-band phones) but they're very expensive.

P.S. 707CMF - I agree, mobile phones are the sputum of Beelzebub and should be banned from public places, like smoking.
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 8:06 pm

JG, yes GSM has taken the lion share of the markets in the 90'.
The frequency bands used by various systems is not related to the mode of the system but to the spectrum allocated in each country. (CDMA on 450MHz will start soon in Europe, reusing the spectrum initially allocated to the Scandinavian-born NMT system).
Integrating 3 frequency bands (900/1800/1900) in a cellphone is quite common nowadays, but mixing three different modes is not.
The day it exists it will be a tri-mode cellphone, not tri-band.
 
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Fri Aug 06, 2004 8:10 pm

BR715, the provider of the SIM card (Cingular) has the required PUK (PIN unlock code) in its database.
 
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Sat Aug 07, 2004 1:32 am

Iakobos: TDMA phones in N. America do not use SIM cards, so it's not as easy as it looks. One more selling point for the mass conversion from TDMA to GSM...
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Sat Aug 07, 2004 4:20 am

Sorry Acidradio, my mistake.
So, if the identification is controlled directly by the system, the principle probably remains valid but they can do it directly, without your intervention.
 
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Sat Aug 07, 2004 8:41 am

I still have to do that with my V600 Motorola, I think that there are places all over that do it, but go to the no name guy who will do it for like 30 bucks, rather then have Motorola do it for like 200 bucks
 
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Sat Aug 07, 2004 9:08 am

Have a look on EBay too. Sometimes there are unlocking services that advertise there, or sell the means to do it yourself.

(I want a new phone...my Samsung is looking a bit outdated now. Got my eye on a Bluetooth Motorola or Sony Ericsson this time for a change)
Lead me not into temptation, I can find my own way there...
 
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Sat Aug 07, 2004 1:04 pm

Yes Whitehatter, the V600 from Motorola is a bluetooh phone, its metal but its a bit on the heavy side, but all in all great phone.
 
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RE: How Can I Unlock My Phone?

Sat Aug 07, 2004 1:39 pm

I looked at the V600 last week when I got a new phone at Cingular. I didn't really need the capability of the Bluetooth, so I just got the V400. Excellent phone, except the volume is still very low, even when it's on it's highest volume. The two phones are nearly identical, if you leave out the Bluetooth thing. Also, the V600 is $100 more than the V400, which sells for $199 minus the rebate if you got it before August 1st.

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