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For those of you who have unlocked their phones before...

Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:16 pm

I see that Amazon is having a pretty amazing deal on Nokia 520 phones right now at $39.99.

Only problem, they're locked to AT&T and I'm Canadian, so I'll need to unlock it.

I know I'll be spending about $30 to unlock it, but for those of you who have unlocked a phone before, are there any good unlocking sites you can recommend? And yes, I have searched the forums, but I will admit, only 3 pages back and I didn't see any specific recommendations.

There are hundreds of sites when I google them and I don't want to be giving my cc number to just anyone...
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Re: For those of you who have unlocked their phones before..

Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:12 pm

Why don't you just ask AT&T? I think they will do it most the time. You may have to sign up for a prepaid plan for a month or something, i'm not sure, but I trust AT&T more than some other places.
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Re: For those of you who have unlocked their phones before..

Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:21 pm

A lot of people on forums have been saying that recently AT&T requires you to be a customer for 60 days (or something like) before they unlock it.
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Re: For those of you who have unlocked their phones before..

Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:27 pm

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A lot of people on forums have been saying that recently AT&T requires you to be a customer for 60 days (or something like) before they unlock it.


Eck. It's at least worth a shot? It does say you have to be a current AT/T customer, but doesn't say for how long.

https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/

edit: nevermind, it does say how long.

AT&T wrote:
Postpaid Phones and Tablets with a Service Commitment: Account has been active for at least sixty days and is in good standing (i.e., it has no past due amount or unpaid balance owed AT&T), and all contract obligations, including any Service Commitment, associated with the device to be unlocked have been fully satisfied.

Postpaid Phones and Tablets with no Service Commitment: Account has been active for at least sixty days and is in good standing (i.e., it has no past due amount or unpaid balance owed AT&T).

Prepaid / GoPhones: Device has been active for at least 6 months.


edit 2: I would still go into an Att if you can and try it. But you'd have to be in USA for that I suppose. I did find this site that looks be fairly well like on some Android forums.

http://www.cellunlocker.net/nokia-unlock.php

edit 3: lol sorry for the edits. Also this one, from multiple sources.

http://unlockthatphone.com/
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Re: For those of you who have unlocked their phones before..

Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:10 am

The quote from AT&T is for postpaid phone. The deal that the OP was referring to is a GoPhone, a prepaid plan. Don't know the time you have to wait before unlock. However, if you use a 3rd party unlock site you may not have an issue.
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Re: For those of you who have unlocked their phones before..

Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:49 am

Flying Fox wrote:
The quote from AT&T is for postpaid phone. The deal that the OP was referring to is a GoPhone, a prepaid plan. Don't know the time you have to wait before unlock. However, if you use a 3rd party unlock site you may not have an issue.


The quote from ATT includes prepaid/gophone: "Prepaid / GoPhones: Device has been active for at least 6 months."

It is the last line of what i took straight from their website. I forgive you though, it's late. ;)
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Re: For those of you who have unlocked their phones before..

Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:46 am

DancinJack wrote:
Flying Fox wrote:
The quote from AT&T is for postpaid phone. The deal that the OP was referring to is a GoPhone, a prepaid plan. Don't know the time you have to wait before unlock. However, if you use a 3rd party unlock site you may not have an issue.


The quote from ATT includes prepaid/gophone: "Prepaid / GoPhones: Device has been active for at least 6 months."

It is the last line of what i took straight from their website. I forgive you though, it's late. ;)

Which means it is not 60 days. I wonder if 3rd party sites can work around that, depending on whether the manufacture unlock codes are available to them.
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Re: For those of you who have unlocked their phones before..

Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:56 am

If you're not too worried about getting technical, you should be able to unlock it by just flashing to another vendor's firmware.
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Re: For those of you who have unlocked their phones before..

Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:17 am

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If you're not too worried about getting technical, you should be able to unlock it by just flashing to another vendor's firmware.

Hmm... this is not an Android phone? ;)
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Re: For those of you who have unlocked their phones before..

Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:41 pm

Flying Fox wrote:
Chrispy_ wrote:
If you're not too worried about getting technical, you should be able to unlock it by just flashing to another vendor's firmware.

Hmm... this is not an Android phone? ;)


Haha, yep. I haven't heard of any Windows firmware flashing. Although I did forcibly install my current Windows Phone 7.5 to 7.8 (since my carrier doesn't support Windows 7), I'd be hesitant to flash something that I don't have a back-up for.

Thanks DancinJack, I'll take a look at those sites you linked to.
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Re: For those of you who have unlocked their phones before..

Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:42 am

It doesn't hurt to walk into a AT&T store and asking to get it unlocked. All they can do is say no. You might get lucky and get a rep that will do it.
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