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can carriers block phones on Android

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Cave, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Cave

    Cave Newbie
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    I never had Android before I have always had IPhones and I know that on iPhones you need to jailbreak and install ultra snow

    If you can do it is it easy thanks

  2. Slug

    Slug Check six!
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    What exactly do you want to do, unlock the phone to work on other networks?
  3. Goreygirl

    Goreygirl Android Enthusiast

    In general carriers lock branded phones to branded sims but you should be easily able to get the phone unblocked by the carrier themselves (normally for a small fee) or from a phone repair shop.
  4. Cave

    Cave Newbie
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    Well im not paying the contact so basically I get the phone for free
    I know it's illegal but I have done this before and the phone has been remotely cut off by the Carrier so that it will not accept any Sim card at all just said emergency call only
  5. Goreygirl

    Goreygirl Android Enthusiast

    Ah.. in those circumstances it's registered as a stolen phone and is de-activated (based on IMEI number) by the carrier so that the phone is unusable to the person now trying to use the phone.

    No way around that I'm afraid and in theory if you get the phone as part as a contract deal you don't legally own the phone until the end of the contract; it's essentially a hire purchase arrangement. This is to try and reduce theft (of all sorts) and I must say I was glad that no-one got the benefit when I had a phone stolen from my bag last year (very professional hustle job by a gang as I was getting on a bus in London).
  6. Cave

    Cave Newbie
    Thread Starter

    But with IPhones they cantget cut off
    Just jail break them is there no sort of jailbreak available for Android
  7. Goreygirl

    Goreygirl Android Enthusiast

    We're not allowed give advice on potentially illegal activities on this forum I'm afraid.
  8. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants

    There's nothing illegal about unlocking a phone.
  9. DaSchmarotzer

    DaSchmarotzer Blame it on me

    I'm pretty sure the phone is flagged as stolen and he's talking about changing the IMEI.

    When the OP says "I know it's illegal", it's usually a good time to close the thread. ;)
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