The Biggest Secret in Cellular Accessories

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It’s unfortunate but many service providers program their GSM phones in such a way that they won’t work with SIM cards from another. Let’s say Verizon Phones won’t work with another carrier. Unlocking your GSM Cell Phones means overwriting such programming. But what if your service provider minds? Not likely: besides some kind of stipulation in your contract that charges you with never altering your phone in any way whatsoever, it’s your phone; you own it. And even given such a clause you might still actually unlock your phone, as your provider makes money whether the phone is locked or unlocked. Besides, you probably wouldn’t unlock your phone anyway unless you were switching to another provider – in which case it doesn’t matter if the old one minds! Just be sure to keep any unlocking codes for future reference, as there has been at least one report of a provider relocking a phone – even though it wasn’t even one issued by that provider! (Note: If you haven’t guessed it by now, CDMA Cell Phones are excluded from this discussion.)

Now, carrying cases and belt clips rank among the most popular of cellular accessories, though some of them are from the Didn’t Know You Need It Department! But the most stupendous accessory of all is likely to have been overlooked because it’s from the Didn’t Even Know It Was An Accessory Department! That’s because it isn’t an object that goes with a phone but a service that’s performed on one. But this is more than a game of semantics: recall what it means to accessorize something. Doesn’t it involve somehow helping you to use that something better, basically enhancing your overall experience? Well, unlocking your phone, which is more an act than an accessory, will enhance your cellular experience better than any accessory! More than any carrying case or belt clip, unlocking your GSM cell phone is the ultimate in cellular accessories, in this sense: the one true must-have for all!

You can check whether your phone is already unlocked just by inserting another SIM card into it. Nokia phones are usually unlocked through codes that can be purchased very cheaply, but entering secret codes yourself is only one way to unlock a GSM phone. Many of the Motorola, BenQ-Siemens, and Sony Ericsson models will require a firmware rewrite, also known as reflashing their firmware. In such situations, the phone must be sent to a company that has the special hardware necessary to reprogram it. Not all companies can service all makes and models of cell phones, so make sure to first check and see whether your particular phone can be reflashed by that particular company.

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