What is “unlocking a phone”? Why is it so popular?

Question by Dean: What is “ a ”? Why is it so ?
Tomorrow i am going to get a new blackberry and i have just heard of this “unlocking” thing.
i heard that it works on almost all phones

what is unlocking a phone?
what are the advantages/ disadvantages?
what will happen if you unlock your phone?
and why do soo many people want to do it?

Best answer:

Answer by Taylor
what are you talking about ?
are you talking about how your phone locks and you need to hit OK or type in a code so you can use it?
all that does is keep you from butt dialing people.

nothing special.

edit-
oh nvm.
apparently im an airhead.
ive never heard of what the other people are talking about.
haha my baddd.

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4 Responses to “What is “unlocking a phone”? Why is it so popular?”

  1. Ana July 23, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    unlocking a phone is being able to put other sim cards from other companies instead of the phones company into the phone
    example : the iphone is att but if I unlocked it i could use t mobile in it
    if you unlock your phone the only thing that will change is that you can change your sim card otherwise nothing else will change !!

  2. James C July 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    Unlocking a phone just allows you to use it with other service providers, such as using the iPhone with T-Mobile instead of AT&T. There are no real advantages or disadvantages to unlocking it, it’s just useful if a phone you like is offered by a different company than your service provider.

  3. Natalie Prince July 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Basically. You have it unlocked and you can use ANY sim from ANY network it that phone.

    Its good when friends and family are on a more cheaper better network than you, and changing the sim can make your calls and txts a tad cheaper.

    Down fall about this, If your phone gets damaged and you need it repaired if it hasn’t got the Original sim card or they know that it has been unlocked/ tampered with they might not fix it for you. unless you have a cover plan.

    Its a nifty little thing to have though. 🙂

  4. Jonathan July 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    Unlocked means its had the carrier registry number typed into the phone. A phone without this number will not work on any other network other than the one its registered to. Most phones can be unlocked and as long as the carrier its being transferred to is a compatible system for the phone it can be registered on the new network.

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