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Topic # 93414 21-Nov-2011 10:25
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contacted Vodafone and put me to Brightpoint, then they say they will charge me $30+gst. after that i found this from Vodafone's website.
http://www.vodafone.co.nz/help/unlocking-your-mobile.jsp

I though all of the phones in NZ are unlocked. Any ideas, guys? 

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  Reply # 547752 21-Nov-2011 10:39
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It's probably not a NZ Blackberry if it's locked.

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  Reply # 547755 21-Nov-2011 10:40
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There was a brief period where they did lock them.

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  Reply # 547756 21-Nov-2011 10:40
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Some Blackberrry handsets were SIM locked

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  Reply # 547758 21-Nov-2011 10:43
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My work once upon a time issued the Blackberry and back in the day I think Vodafone did lock it (like it was the one and only thing they started locking before they decided not to lock phones).

I tried putting a 2degrees sim into the other day and it wouldn't connect - found out it was network locked.

If you can wait 24 hours go here and get it unlocked for free: http://freemyblackberry.com/ - that's what I did - works perfectly.

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  Reply # 547764 21-Nov-2011 10:55
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I stand corrected, sorry seannz.



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Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 547782 21-Nov-2011 11:34
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Thanks, minigopher17. I will try the link you gave to me.

The device was from Vodafone NZ. When I put an oversea sim card in there the other day, it requested the Blackberry MEP Code. I don't know if MEP code is the code to lock the network.

Cheers.

Sean



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  Reply # 547783 21-Nov-2011 11:34
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muppet: I stand corrected, sorry seannz.


not a problem. 

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  Reply # 547807 21-Nov-2011 12:25
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seannz: Thanks, minigopher17. I will try the link you gave to me.

The device was from Vodafone NZ. When I put an oversea sim card in there the other day, it requested the Blackberry MEP Code. I don't know if MEP code is the code to lock the network.

Cheers.

Sean


Yes it is. I think the reason theyre locked is something to do with other sim cards messing with the service books. I have no idea if this is true or not, it's just what I've heard.

You will have similar issues with imported blackberry handsets that have been unlocked, apparently it's a bit of a mission to get BIS etc working on them because the PIN defaults back to the original carrier. Again this is just what I've heard, I could be wrong.

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  Reply # 547820 21-Nov-2011 12:43
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My newly unlocked Blackberry running on 2degrees does have some data access, like Google Maps, Twitter, LinkedIn, but the web browser icon has disappeared and Facebook won't work - definitely something to do with no BIS service books for the 2degrees network.

I don't believe it'll mess up anything with the phone - calls and texts work just fine for me.

But, yes, it was probably originally locked to protect people from going why doesn't data work when I put a different sim card in because they don't understand the Blackberry way.

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