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Unlocking service for BlackBerry Classic

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Unlocking service for BlackBerry Classic

Anyone know of a cheap service to unlock a BackBerry Classic. I believe it's locked to Rogers but not 100% sure. Thanks in advance.
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Have you asked Rogers to unlock the phone?

You can also try eBay but you'll need to know who it is locked to before buying an unlock code.
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Yes I tried contacting Rogers but apparently now they only unlock phones that were purchased on your own Rogers' account.
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To find the carrier, try a son card from Telus/Koodo/Public Mobile, Bell/Virgin/Lucky, and Rogers. If you do not get a message to enter a network unlock code with a particular sim installed, that's the carrier. If you don't get a message at all, the phone is unlocked.
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audit13 wrote: To find the carrier, try a son card from Telus/Koodo/Public Mobile, Bell/Virgin/Lucky, and Rogers. If you get a message to enter a network unlock code with a particular sim installed, that's the carrier. If you don't get a message at all, the phone is unlocked.
No... if you stick in a SIM card and get a network unlock code message, it means the phone is locked but NOT to that particular SIM carrier. It is locked to another carrier which isn't the SIM card which you've inserted into the phone. I'm not sure if carriers have changed how they lock their phones BUT you will need a SIM card from every single Canadian carrier to know which carrier it is locked with if you're using a SIM card to check if the phone is locked.

Even though Rogers owns Fido, you can't just stick a Rogers SIM into a Fido locked phone and have it work (likewise you can't stick a Fido SIM into a Rogers locked phone and have it work).
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CrazeeGhost wrote: Anyone know of a cheap service to unlock a BackBerry Classic. I believe it's locked to Rogers but not 100% sure. Thanks in advance.
I used to get my BlackBerrys unlocked before Canadian carriers were required to unlock phones for free at http://www.mobileincanada.com/

They sometimes have deals so depending on how urgent you are to get your phone unlocked, you can wait for one of their deals.

Also, please be aware that when you attempt to unlock a phone, you only have a certain number of attempts to enter the code. I believe it is a value of 3 (or maybe 5). Once you reach the limit and if the phone isn't unlocked by then, the phone is permanently locked to that carrier.
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Just try calling again. Sometimes you get a shitty rep no matter the carrier.

CrazeeGhost wrote: Yes I tried contacting Rogers but apparently now they only unlock phones that were purchased on your own Rogers' account.
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lmcjipo wrote: No... if you stick in a SIM card and get a network unlock code message, it means the phone is locked but NOT to that particular SIM carrier. It is locked to another carrier which isn't the SIM card which you've inserted into the phone. I'm not sure if carriers have changed how they lock their phones BUT you will need a SIM card from every single Canadian carrier to know which carrier it is locked with if you're using a SIM card to check if the phone is locked.

Even though Rogers owns Fido, you can't just stick a Rogers SIM into a Fido locked phone and have it work (likewise you can't stick a Fido SIM into a Rogers locked phone and have it work).
I meant to say if you do not get a message...

I know that a Fido sim will not work in a Rogers iPhone and vice versa. I don't know about the BlackBerry.
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Thanks for the responses everyone!

Tried Rogers twice now but no dice. Going to try http://www.mobileincanada.com/
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CrazeeGhost wrote: Thanks for the responses everyone!

Tried Rogers twice now but no dice. Going to try http://www.mobileincanada.com/
Just remember that once they email you the code and the instructions, when you are entering in the unlock code, verify the number on your screen BEFORE clicking on Enter/OK/Next since this will use up one of your attempts to unlock the device (and as mentioned, you only have a limited amount of unlock attempts before the phone permanently locks with that carrier).

If it doesn't work and you've verified the code, the next attempt you make should be to video record you entering the code into the device since you will need to send this to Mobile In Canada to get a refund for the unlock code that they emailed you (this will use up your 2nd attempt).

You can also just record your first attempt so you don't have to do a second attempt to prove that the code doesn't work.

I don't remember the exact number of unlock attempts you get before the phone permanently locks with the carrier but it is a limited number and I believe it is around 5. If you are not the original owner of the phone, it is always possible that you don't have any unlock attempts left on the phone if the previous owner already tried to do this with invalid codes.
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lmcjipo wrote: Just remember that once they email you the code and the instructions, when you are entering in the unlock code, verify the number on your screen BEFORE clicking on Enter/OK/Next since this will use up one of your attempts to unlock the device (and as mentioned, you only have a limited amount of unlock attempts before the phone permanently locks with that carrier).

If it doesn't work and you've verified the code, the next attempt you make should be to video record you entering the code into the device since you will need to send this to Mobile In Canada to get a refund for the unlock code that they emailed you (this will use up your 2nd attempt).

You can also just record your first attempt so you don't have to do a second attempt to prove that the code doesn't work.

I don't remember the exact number of unlock attempts you get before the phone permanently locks with the carrier but it is a limited number and I believe it is around 5. If you are not the original owner of the phone, it is always possible that you don't have any unlock attempts left on the phone if the previous owner already tried to do this with invalid codes.
You have 10 attempts to unlock the phone with the code - but only try up until 5 to be safe.

As previously mentioned, get some old sims from Rogers\Telus\Bell & pop them in. If you get the message "SIM not provisioned" - means it is the right carrier.

ebay is the cheapest - BB unlock codes should be around $3 - $5.....

And folks talking about sub-brands - the older BBs don't care.

You can stick a Rogers sim or Fido sim - the BB will work (if the BB is locked to Rogers)

Which is why I mentioned only taking Rogers\Bell & Telus sims.....the sub-brands (Fido\Virgin Mobile & Koodo) will work respectively.

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Thanks! I will keep these things in mind. Still got all 10 attempts remaining :-)
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ji2o0k wrote: You can stick a Rogers sim or Fido sim - the BB will work (if the BB is locked to Rogers)

Which is why I mentioned only taking Rogers\Bell & Telus sims.....the sub-brands (Fido\Virgin Mobile & Koodo) will work respectively.
That's not the case. I've had Rogers locked phones that don't work with a Fido SIM and vice versa.

There are 2 types of locks.

One will lock it so that the carrier's SIM needs to be in the phone and the other type of lock will allow the sub-brands to work. It has been my experience that carriers lock it based on it requiring their SIM card and their sub-brands will not work. I've experienced this with a Fido iPhone, a Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9700, a Rogers BlackBerry Q10, a Rogers Treo 600, Rogers Treo 650, Rogers Treo 680, Rogers Sony-Ericsson w300i, Rogers Sony-Ericsson c510, Rogers Nokia N95, etc. where the Fido sub-brand didn't work or in the case of of the Rogers phone until I unlocked it and the Fido iPhone didn't work with a Rogers SIM.

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