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Is Nexus One on T-Mobile Unlockable???

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Desmondo, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. Desmondo

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    Hi guys,

    I am completely new to the whole Android platform and I hope it is ok to ask this question here on this forum.

    I am on the iPhone but am planning on switching to an Android phone. For now, I was thinking of the Nexus One. I can get a T-Mobile version through a friend who works at T-Mobile without paying anything I think but I am not a T-Mobile customer.

    So, I wanted to see if this phone can be unlocked to be used on AT&T.

    I saw information on the internet about UNLOCKING YOUR BOOTLOADER but I am not sure if this is the same thing as Unlocking a phone to be used on a different network.

    I'd appreciate if someone can enlighten me on this matter.

    Thnx in advance,

    Desmondo
     

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    i read on some forums that all nexus ones are already unlocked
     
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    Well, there are 2 versions of this phone. U can either buy it unlocked for $500+ or get it from T-Mobile with a 2 year contract for $180 or something but I just assumed that the T-Mobile version of the phone is simply locked to be used on T-Mobile only.

    Am I mistaken?

    Seems like you are using a N1 with at&t. Where did u get yours?

    Thnx
     
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    There are actually 3 versions of the phone (well 3 currently available). The Tmobile unlocked for $530, the Tmobile subsidized for $180, and the ATT 3g compatible for $530. The two tmobile phones are identical the only difference being the subsidized phone includes a sim card and you have to sign a 2 year contract.

    So you can use a tmobile nexus one on the att network by just inserting your ATT sim card, the downfall is you cannot use 3g on ATT only EDGE. This is a hardware limitation and the reason google released the 3g ATT version.

    edit. unlocking your bootloader allows you to install custom roms, doesn't have to do w/ the carrier.
     
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    Ok, this makes more sense now. Yes you are right on the 3 versions. I've completely forgot about the new at&t 3G capable version of the phone.

    I don't have the 3g plan with at&t anyway, so to me it wouldn't make a difference. Currently, I just use the wi-fi.

    If I was to go with the at&t version, should I just get the HTC desire instead?

    Any suggestions?
     
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