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Registered: ‎10-20-2008
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What does locked vs unlocked mean, and...?

And might some of these problems people are referencing be due to their buying an unlocked one?

 

And what are the advantages, if any, of getting a locked vs unlocked one?

 

Thanks.

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My Device: Passport • Z30 • Z10 • Torch9850 • Playbook
My Carrier: Verizon

Re: What does locked vs unlocked mean, and...?

There is no issue other than whether you want to deploy the device on a carrier other than the one for which it is branded... i.e., buying from AT&T and using on T-Mobile. The advantage is simply choice. As long as you keep it on the correct network (CDMA=CDMA, and GSM=GSM) you will be fine. For instance, a Verizon device (CDMA) can not be used on a GSM network (in the US) except in Europe and some other Asian nations.

 

Using an unlocked device will never present a problem.



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