08-17-2009 01:18 PM
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08-17-2009 01:22 PM
Hi and Welcome to the Forums!
If you fail 10 times, your BB will be forever locked to Bell Mobility and will require significant action (not by you...it'll have to be sent somewhere) to get it unlocked.
Call them back and make them walk you through it -- that way, you will have them on the hook if it goes wrong, and then they will have to provide you a remedy. If you try yourself and it goes wrong, they may give you a fight concerning the remedy.
Good luck and let us know!
08-17-2009 01:28 PM
08-17-2009 01:36 PM
Interesting...they have given you two somewhat contradictory answers...
1) It cannot be unlocked since it's on a CDMA network (not accurate, btw)
2) They won't unlock it since they want to keep it on their network (a policy rather than a technology issue)
In both cases, I find myself wondering why on earth would they bother to give you the code?
So, have you challenged them based on this contradiction? BTW -- if they stick by number 2, then your "free" unlock option will not exist and you'll have to pay to get it done.
08-20-2009 01:03 AM - edited 08-20-2009 12:40 PM
Bell LIED to you! (love our consumer protection laws )
they lied to me too, what they gave you was the main unlock code to activate the phone, NOT the UNLOCK code to free your SIM card slot.
You will have to goto a 3rd party to buy the code, as Bell under no circumstances ever will be like Sprint or Verizon, who will unlock the sim card slot under special circumstances. Do a search, theres a few sources out there, and if you look hard enough you'll find the crack you crave at the right price
and yes, if you fail 10 times, you are royally pooched to ever unlock it.
I travel the USA and Canada with work and its nice now to have everything goin one phone with both of my providers, Bell and AT&T and switch with the same phone depending which country I am in.
I personally have no problem and understand why Bell would lock their phone to stop you from going to Rogers/Fido, but to insist that they rape you with their rates for the USA, thats a problem, and to refuse to unlock the Sim card even if you go overseas I dont understand.
09-20-2009 01:59 PM
I was just browsing the web and i came across this post so i joined the community just to clarify things, first off the blackberry tour can be unlocked to work on other GSM networks and HSPA networks, unfortunately even though it is CDMA as well in order to register it to a seperate provider such as TELUS they would have to add it to their inventory switch list and it is quite complicated and a lengthy process one of which hardly ever gets done. Second when you called BELL and asked for the "unlock code", they gave you just that the "unlock code/master reset" which is not the same as the MEP2 code. Difference is when a phone is on CDMA it requires an unlock code in order to go into the semi-lock options, whihc would then allow you to program your own phone in order to change your number and minor frequency changes. Unfortunately this number is useless, since in order to do an ESN change you would have to do the change through bell systems first and then use th eunlock code for the esn change, a process where GSM phones have us beat since all they do is swap sim cards.
Now the MEP2 code which they will not provide you with since most of the operators are idiots or dont have access to the systems, is a code linked to the serial number issued by blackberry, which once entered into the system you can remove the software lock on provider.
So basically after all that run around the "unlock code" is to do esn changes and basic programming, and the MEP2 code is what you would need to unlock the provider lock.