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Topic # 4349 6-Jul-2005 02:40
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Hi there...

My wife recently bought me a used LG 8130 mobile phone from the market.. (no charger, instructions, box etc..)
I bought a charger and 3G SIM card at it powered up perfect & full access to menus etc...

But there's no signal....

Is it blocked...?

If so, how can I unblock... Its a nice phone & ideal for my needs...

Please help....

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Reply # 16329 6-Jul-2005 09:36
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Perhaps thats why the phone was on sale at the market in the first place?

Does it seem to have -any- network connectivity at all???

Does the sim work in another handset?

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Reply # 16330 6-Jul-2005 09:58
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Could it be a stolen piece, and locked? I know Vodafone and other operators in the UK are now starting to inforce the application of the stolen mobile phones database.





 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 16331 6-Jul-2005 10:14
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The handset has a 3 PAYG SIM card that I took from my old phone, so I know that works..

I am of the gut feeling that the phone was stolen, hence market, cheap price, no box etc...

But is there any way round the blocking of the phone....

My wife paid our good money for it and I have in a way grown to like the phone very much (even if it doesnt serve its purpose in life)....

Any help in this area would be greatly appreciated....

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  Reply # 16332 6-Jul-2005 14:10
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There are ways around "blocked" GSM phones, however they are highly illegal and I personally will have nothing at all to do with it (even though I do have the tools required)

The LG 8130 is actually a "New" ARM based SonyEricsson hardware platform, for which thankfully (in my opinion, probably not in yours) there is currently no way of "hacking" these phones to bypass operator enforced blocking.

You only solution if you are really being blocked (Ring Vodafone and check, you'll need your IMEI number listed on the back of the phone under the battery) is to purchase a new phone. And find the person who sold you this one and give them a damn good bollocking.




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  Reply # 16333 6-Jul-2005 14:47

*#06# on any gsm handset i've ever used gives you your imei number

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  Reply # 16334 6-Jul-2005 15:25
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Yes of course, rather stupid of me.
The only reason the check the IMEI on the back of the phone is to compare it to what the phone reports with *#06#, if they differ you've been duped!

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