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No more locked phones!

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guy312 wrote:
Jul 9th, 2017 3:17 pm
Just to clarify, when a phone is carrier unlocked, something has to be done on the carrier side? An unlock code alone is not enough to unlock a phone? Thinking about iPhone's in particular.

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iPhones don't have unlock codes. Apple maintains a database of locked/unlocked phones, and when you unlock with the carrier they just update the status in Apple's database (which is why it's more expensive for/harder to find 3rd party unlocks - it's easier to track who did the unlock against the carrier's wishes).
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hvwozq wrote:
Jul 7th, 2017 10:26 pm
TELUS shows the device currently being used.
Interesting. Definitely different on Fido. My device was listed as an Android phone, despite the fact I had been using various iPhones for years, and even had iPhone Visual Voicemail set active on the account. iPhone VVM is totally useless for Android phones of course.

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BTW, I just ordered a refurbished Fido iPhone SE for my mother-in-law from Orchard. Orchard's pricing for a 32 GB Fido-locked "Like New" iPhone SE was the same as their pricing for a 16 GB unlocked "Very Good" iPhone SE. An unlocked "Like New" 16 GB iPhone SE would have been $40 more.

I will call in to let Fido know it's on their system when she starts using it. Hopefully in December, we'll be able to get it unlocked for free. By that time, it will have been over four months on their system - good timing.
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Not sure if this question has been asked ...

If you had bought a phone from 1 carrier (say koodo), then use it with another carrier (say rogers).
Then come Dec 1, by when the carriers are required to provide you a free unlock code to unlock your phone.

My question is, in the scenario described above, should you contact koodo or rogers to obtain the free unlock code for your phone which you had originally bought from koodo but had been using with a rogers plan?

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ValueHunter999 wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 12:06 pm
Not sure if this question has been asked ...

If you had bought a phone from 1 carrier (say koodo), then use it with another carrier (say rogers).
Then come Dec 1, by when the carriers are required to provide you a free unlock code to unlock your phone.

My question is, in the scenario described above, should you contact koodo or rogers to obtain the free unlock code for your phone which you had originally bought from koodo but had been using with a rogers plan?

TIA
The unlock will come from the carrier with whom the phone was obtained from.
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WorldIRC wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 12:35 pm
The unlock will come from the carrier with whom the phone was obtained from.
thanks!
just to be sure ... i should contact the carrier from whom the phone was purchase even though at that time, i am no longer their customer ... ? (as i m using the phone with another carrier ... )
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ValueHunter999 wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 12:06 pm
If you had bought a phone from 1 carrier (say koodo), then use it with another carrier (say rogers).
Then come Dec 1, by when the carriers are required to provide you a free unlock code to unlock your phone.

My question is, in the scenario described above, should you contact koodo or rogers to obtain the free unlock code for your phone which you had originally bought from koodo but had been using with a rogers plan?

TIA
To use a Koodo phone on Rogers, the phone should have been already unlocked.

All phoned sold by Koodo after Dec 1st would be unlocked.
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tk1000 wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 1:24 pm
To use a Koodo phone on Rogers, the phone should have been already unlocked.

All phoned sold by Koodo after Dec 1st would be unlocked.
Except for phones with flex activation, where they lock to the first sim used in the phone. In which case even though it was purchased from Koodo, it's now locked to Rogers. This is a really weird one.
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tk1000 wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 1:24 pm
To use a Koodo phone on Rogers, the phone should have been already unlocked.

All phoned sold by Koodo after Dec 1st would be unlocked.
Ok, you got me there ...

Using Rogers was a bad example, but I do have phone bought from koodo which i m using with telus right now without being unlocked.
(i plan to unlock the phone in dec and may use it with roger ...)

I just want to know, by dec 1, should i contact koodo to get the unlock code even though i am no longer a koodo customer at that time.
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ValueHunter999 wrote:
Aug 9th, 2017 1:19 pm
thanks!
just to be sure ... i should contact the carrier from whom the phone was purchase even though at that time, i am no longer their customer ... ? (as i m using the phone with another carrier ... )
Correct as your new carrier will not have your IMEI or the corresponding code in their database.
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If I buy a locked phone now from someone how can I get unlocked for free since I am not the customer of the original carrier
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Looks like at least Rogers has already started to increase monthly fees to compensate for free unlocks in Dec. All 10GB plans are increasing by $10 and all plans ranging from 2-6 GB will increase by $5. Effective this Tuesday in Ontario.
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hey_dude1643 wrote:
Oct 9th, 2017 1:26 am
Looks like at least Rogers has already started to increase monthly fees to compensate for free unlocks in Dec. All 10GB plans are increasing by $10 and all plans ranging from 2-6 GB will increase by $5. Effective this Tuesday in Ontario.
They'll use any excuse to raise prices, they're making money hand over fist already. Locking actually costs the wireless companies money because they need to order modified phones from the manufacturer or lock the phones themselves, simply not doing it will save them a small amount per phone unless they were using flex locking which doesn't really add cost. The only people really losing out here are the phone unlocking companies, although the idea that it might increase the price of prepaid phones is valid, although the providers can compensate for increased prices with activation credits I guess. For people who can afford to buy devices flat out or on a tab-style plan (and that seems to cover almost everyone posting here) this is only good news.
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hey_dude1643 wrote:
Oct 9th, 2017 1:26 am
Looks like at least Rogers has already started to increase monthly fees to compensate for free unlocks in Dec. All 10GB plans are increasing by $10 and all plans ranging from 2-6 GB will increase by $5. Effective this Tuesday in Ontario.
Ironically, if a monthly prices go up by $5 for someone, that's $60 a year, which I think is in the range of some unlocking fees, but now instead of paying that fee once during the ownership/lifetime of that particular phone, it's every year.
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Flunk wrote:
Oct 16th, 2017 9:32 am
They'll use any excuse to raise prices, they're making money hand over fist already. Locking actually costs the wireless companies money because they need to order modified phones from the manufacturer or lock the phones themselves, simply not doing it will save them a small amount per phone unless they were using flex locking which doesn't really add cost. The only people really losing out here are the phone unlocking companies, although the idea that it might increase the price of prepaid phones is valid, although the providers can compensate for increased prices with activation credits I guess. For people who can afford to buy devices flat out or on a tab-style plan (and that seems to cover almost everyone posting here) this is only good news.
Quite the definition of "racketeering": charging to solve a non-existent problem that was caused by themselves locking the phones in the first place.
The myth on the Internet is that Canadians are nice people. Those people who say this just haven't been on RFD.
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Visited a Rogers store (Eaton Centre) and was told they will only unlock a phone if a customer explicitly asks for free come Dec 1st. Pretty misleading IMO.

Also, you all should check out the business plans - if you are able to switch over they are cheaper and the phone contract prices are cheaper too; couple that with port in credits of up to $300

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