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Another United Mobile SIM question.

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Perhaps someone (XYZ?) can help me here. I feel embarrassed to ask this august body, as I'm probably doing something obviously stupid, as usual.

I ordered two United Mobile SIMs for our upcoming Paris trip, and installed them in a couple of Motorola V190s I got on eBay. I went through the activation ritual, but can't get the phones to call out.

The phones work, in that they light up, etc., but when I hit "Send", I get a screen that says, "Message Not Allowed". I wait to be disconnected, and to get the ring back, but that never happens. It just sits there until it goes dark. I thought it was just that I was inputting the wrong international code, and I tried all possible combinations; +, 00, 01, 011, etc.

I tried calling one Motorola phone from the other, I tried my home and U.S. cell numbers, and a few overseas friends. No go.

Then I tried calling the new phones from my own Verizon cell phone, using the prefix 011, that Verizon requires for international calls, and both of the new ones rang, so the phones must be functional.

I have sent an email to United Mobile, but have not had any feedback.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

:-(

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