Posts Tagged ‘unlock’

Getting a smartphone unlocked can often be a cumbersome process, and with traditional software and SIM interposer methods becoming rarer and more difficult to undertake, many looking to use their device on different carrier networks are left with a basically unusable device. However, a landmark decision has been reached between five of the United States’ major carriers in an effort to bring a standardized system of unlocking mobile devices.

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Jailbreaking and unlocking our smartphones and tablets may be something that those in civilized countries take for granted, but that doesn’t mean that everyone has the same luxury. Those in the United States for example currently find themselves in a situation where unlocking a smartphone is illegal, as is jailbreaking a tablet. Oddly, jailbreaking a smartphone is not. Who thinks these things up?

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For some reason unbeknown to the overwhelming majority of Samsung users, the Korean company decided to beset its Galaxy Note 3 with a region lock, but thanks, as ever, to the tireless and dedicated work of the folks over at XDA-Developers, a workaround is at hand. It does require root access, but provided you’re okay with that, this is easily the simplest, cheapest, and most effective way of bypassing Samsung’s restrictions. Details, as well as all of the relevant download information, can be found after the break!

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Having a network locked device can really hamper how you use it, especially if the network isn’t of your choice. While most of the times, the operator in question would let you unlock your device for a small fee, not everyone might be that lucky. Imagine a scenario where you’re travelling abroad and want to use another network’s SIM card, only to discover that you cannot thanks to a carrier lock. Unlocking can really save you from quite a few hassles and tight spots.

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One of the perceived downsides of the smartphone industry is the monopolization of devices through carrier locking. At point of sale and when you sign up to a contract with a carrier, it’s understandable, but thereafter, getting a handset unlocked can be a trying, if not impossible process. If you want to check whether your device is unlocked for use on any network, a nifty online service completely has your back, and not only is the website incredibly easy to use, but if you’re on Android, there’s also an app available to download over at the Google Play Store. More details after the break.

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If you live in the United States and have signed a contract with a major phone carrier, chances are that your device is permanently locked into your network, stopping you from switching networks long after your contract has expired. A new petition calling for legalizing phone unlocking has been officially endorsed by the White House, following a decision by the Library of Congress late last year to make the practice illegal.

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One of the biggest hindrances with buying a top-of-the-line smartphone, is the premium price that you have to pay for it. There are usually two ways of how high-end phones are sold; either you pay the full price to the manufacturer and get an unlocked device, whereby getting the freedom to go with whatever network fancies you. Or, you may opt to buy the phone through a wireless carrier, where you pay a much subsidized rate for a big trade-off: getting stuck with that carrier for the term of your contract. In the latter case, the carrier pays the full price to the manufacturer but sells you the device at a much lower rate, and in turn, locks down the smartphone to their network, so you cannot use a SIM card from another network just like that. That’s a generally agreeable rule for most users.

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Apple’s iPhone 5 launch has to be considered a great success, despite initial launch sales figures falling somewhat short of expectation. The Cupertino company’s ability to sell the device was naturally hindered by yield constraints, and with Foxconn struggling to churn out the numbers required by Apple, Tim Cook’s company had to place limitations on how many unlocked devices individual customers could grab at any one time.

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Ultrasn0w fixer has been updated for support on those running the marginally-tweaked iOS 6.0.1, released by Apple a few days ago. So those of you looking to maintain the carrier unlock you’ve treasured for so long can now do so on the very latest firmware.

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There are plenty of dev-teams and individual enthusiasts spending the majority of their time looking for new loopholes and gaps missed by Apple’s security team, and as well as often highlighting potential threats to users, the work is also done for the purpose of jailbreaking and unlocking.

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The 4.3” One S is HTC’s mid-end offering of their One series of smartphones. It hasn’t been as favorably reviewed as its stellar bigger 4.7” brother because of its Pentile display compared to the Super LCD display on the One X. Still, those who looked past the display got in for a very nice experience. The One S offers fast performance, the next-to-latest version of Android and reasonably good battery life.

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One of the biggest reasons why people jailbreak their iPhone is to get it unlocked for use on unauthorized wireless networks. Although there are other unlocking solutions available, Ultrasn0w is the de-facto standard when it comes down to it because of one very simple reason: it’s stupid-easy to unlock an iPhone with it (unlike Gevey SIM), At least for an iPhone with a supported baseband.

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