mobile unlocking in Chennai

#1 Dec 3rd, 2007, 19:45
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Is it going to be a hassle to get my mobile unlocked in Chennai?
Was going to do it in London before I left, but I'm guessing it'll be cheaper and probably not much harder to get done out there.

I'll be buying a sim card out there anyway, so presumably I could get it unlocked at the same time as I'm doing this.

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#2 Dec 3rd, 2007, 21:41
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I guess you might meet quite a few people to whom the idea of a locked phone is pretty strange!

But there's a phone shop on every street almost, and I'm sure someone will have, or point you to, the expertise.
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Thank Nick,
Actually going from shop to shop explaining British mobile phone contracts while getting over jetlag is possibly more trouble than it's worth for the sake of saving 10 doing it before I go.
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Google unlock********** phone there is a way of doing it yourself free. Keep your 10 for cups of chai, a years worth in India
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Ten Quid? They used to do it for a fiver in East Ham Market. Where I saw one of my favourite notices. It went something like:
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Mobile Phone Fault diagnosis: free
If you want to watch: £5
If you want us to explain: £10
If you want to tell us how to do it: £50
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It's got harder I think, I've done it myself before with other phones, but I've got a w810i now and my conclusion after a fair amount of web searching is that it's not simple with this one.

Apparently you need a service cable (different from the supplied usb cable) which is going to cost 5-10 anyway. So going to a dodgy guy with a laptop probably makes sense.
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What network is the phone on ?

If it is on Virgin send them an email (after logging on to your account) and they will send you an unlock code (free) in a few days.

If it is locked to another network then you could try a local shop or if you are technically minded https://davinciteam.com/products.html
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T-mobile unfortunately - who want 30 to unlock it + a month long wait... which seems rather poor compared to just paying a shop 10 to do it instantly.
I am technically minded, but I've failed to find any solution that isn't going to cost me close to the price of getting someone to do it for me.
#9 Dec 9th, 2007, 03:49
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In case your local shop can't get it done then I recommend Electrowave in Periyamet.The thing is, I forgot the address but I do know it's on a lane that branches off from Vepery High Road. Its a few lanes directly behind the Periyamet Mosque.

Google maps: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=e...&t=h&z=18&om=1
Somewhere in those lanes behind that mosque
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Thanks - too late unfortunately, I got it done in Brixton in the end.
By a guy from Delhi funnily enough.
Bargained it down to 8 which isn't bad for here I suppose, will try not to think about how much cheaper it'd have been in India.
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unlocking a phone these days is very very easy, anyone can do it given the right information, Google is a very good resource for this Search phrase <Phone modelnumber> Unlock
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Originally Posted by hmm..whatcanthisbe View Post unlocking a phone these days is very very easy, anyone can do it given the right information, Google is a very good resource for this Search phrase <Phone modelnumber> Unlock
Its actually got harder over the last few years. Nokia BB5 handsets require expensive equipment (unless you have a dated BB5 handset for which the free unlocker was released by Dejan).

Yes Nokia handsets used to be very easy to unlock using simple unlock code calculators. Easiest phones to unlock I have found recently are Samsung handsets, you can download simple easy to use software to unlock most models.

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