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Old Apr 18th, 2005, 08:13 AM
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www.unlockme.co.uk...there is a forum there. Enter the phone's imei# and the carrier to which it is locked and within an hour you will have the unlocking code.
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Old Apr 18th, 2005, 01:44 PM
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First I'm going to try an alternate SIM one more time, just in case I put it in upside down or something.

Then I'm going to look at the 'free' service for unlocking (above post). If that leaves me feeling flummoxed, then I will resort to the $4 website for the unlock code (www.mobileliberation.com)
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Old Apr 18th, 2005, 02:43 PM
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Try this URL for the Mobal site - it shows only $29 for the phone - as of a few minutes ago.

http://www.mobalrental.com/gsm/hands...&p=sim&cc=3410

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Old Apr 18th, 2005, 04:13 PM
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I brought the phone to a T-Mobile store in Germany and they said, "Oh, it's a T-Mobile SIM, I'm sure ours will work." They inserted the new card, turned it on, and it was fine. Later I was also able to add "time" to the phone with scratch off PINS much like prepaid phone cards, in euro increments starting at something like 15 euros.

As I said, I was VERY pleased with the phone, and when I call my son in Germany on it, it's as clear as a bell!
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Old Apr 18th, 2005, 08:02 PM
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FLJudi:

WOW.

I wish you hadn't posted this!! (it makes me feel bad.)

I just checked the Mobal website and this is the same exact phone I ordered last Wednesday for $49. It's quite a deal. I just hope the phone really works when I get to Europe.
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Old Apr 19th, 2005, 08:13 AM
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I just got one too! Even if I can't unlock it easily, it's just too good a deal
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Old Apr 20th, 2005, 02:08 PM
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Travelnut. Did you try your mobile phone again with another SIM?

I was curious to the results.
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Old Apr 20th, 2005, 02:29 PM
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Yes, it is 'locked' - the message was "Invalid Sim".

I bought a code from mobileliberation.com but haven't tried entering it yet.
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Old Apr 20th, 2005, 02:37 PM
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Please keep me posted. My brother gave me a phone to use on my upcoming trip, but I thought it might be a good idea to get the $29 Nokia from Mobal for future use.
Thank you.
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 06:28 AM
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OK- flummoxed once again.
I got an unlock code from Mobileliberation.com for the Mobal Nokia 3410.
I took the SIM card out, then powered on the phone.
I entered the code as instructed, #pw+11111111111+1# (fake number).
Supposedly, the second I hit the last # the phone was supposed to respond with a message, either "code error" or "restriction off".
However, NOTHING happened. No response, good or bad, just an open screen.
I keyed in the code one more time (so 2x so far), and again, no response.
So then I put in my T-Mobile SIM, and the screen said "SIM not valid". AARGH.

I am a very literal person - was I to press any other key following the last # ?
Is it possible the T-Mobile SIM is not usable in this phone, but I'll be able to use a France SIM later on?

I'm asking you guys all my questions before I try talking to Mobileliberation. Let me know what you think. Thank you!
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 06:34 AM
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Did you enter the p, w correctly...not the p, w on the key board but rather they come up after hitting the * key several times....did you enter all the digits...should get some kind of message...
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 06:45 AM
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I hit the # sign, then used * for the pw+ (I was able to see the letters/characters pw+ on the screen as I pushed the *).
Then I pushed each number of the code, ending with the **1# (+1#)

So what I keyed would be:
#*** **** ** 1111111111 **1#
(without the spaces)

The display does not retain all the numbers/characters - as I key each one in, it briefly displays then disappears, so there's no opportunity to check what was keyed. My reading says that the # is the last thing to key or push and a response should immediately follow (so no need to press "Send" or anything like that).
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 11:01 AM
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I think I did it!! I got my phone yesterday. Took the big leap today. I entered the code and a message popped up so quickly saying something like phone was not restricted. It was so fast I couldn't really take it all in.

However when I put in my nextel chip it says sim not valid, but isn't it because this phone cannot be used here since it is only those 2 bands. Nextel, mu carrier has no international stuff.

Next question, the battery charger that came with this phone will not work in US because of diferent current??? 240V
or not???

Then, can I put my 02 sim back in and use the phone with that sim as soon as I get to Paris to contact apt. owner, then buy a French SIM for further use.
If I keep the phone turned off until I get there will it still have power for me to make one phone call before I charge the battery. I am sorry if these are completely dumb questions.

I am so thankful and amazed that I got this far with your excellent help.


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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 11:09 AM
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 11:34 AM
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Hi, ggnga:

I got the phone last week. I am no techno-expert. Just the opposite. But I did charge the battery. When the phone is delivered the battery has no charge at all. The phone comes with a converter and plug adaptor for both US plugs and European plugs. Look in the box. It should be there.

If you are not familiar with convertors and/or adaptors, maybe you can find someone to help. It's sort of like putting together a puzzle. One adaptor says "for use in the US". The other says "for use in Europe". (Or words to that effect.) The pieces don't slide in easily. Once you find the right configuration, you sort of have to push hard to get them to fit.

After you figure out how to configure the converter, adaptor, and charger, you can charge the battery...even in the US. On the right side of the screen, you will see a dotted line that indicates the phone is charging.

I charged mine last Friday and have left the phone on since then because I WANT to run the battery down. If you run it down a couple of times it will eventually hold the charge better...at least that's what I've been told and what the user directions say.

So I charged it last Friday and have left it on ever since. Today is Thursday and it is just running down.

So, you CAN charge the phone in the US and you will be able to make a phone call as soon as you get to Paris. Although my personal recommendation would be to buy some chocolate croissants first. THEN make your phone call.
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 11:58 AM
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Nextel, to the best of my knowledge, is not a GSM carrier so their chip will probably not work in a gsm only phone. If you got the message restriction lifted or something to that effect, the phone is now unlocked.

If you only have a 240 converter, go out and buy a nokia auto adapter in Target and also an AC/auto adapter. This later gizmo plugs into US electrical outlets (also works on 240 but comes with US plugs), insert the auto charger and you can charge the phone. With simply an adapter plug, you won't need a current converter, the same set up will work in Europe. Or if you intend only to use the phone in Europe, take the auto adapter and charge the phone in your car. Or go to www.cellphoneshop.net and you can buy Nokia US chargers for about $3....lots of ways to deal with this since the phone is a nokia.
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 02:00 PM
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Travelnut. I am keeping my fingers crossed. How are you doing with the phone?
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 02:09 PM
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I've written above a few posts that I tried entering my unlock code, but I got no response - neither a "code error" nor a "SIM unlocked" or whatever. I tried 2x - you can't try but 5 times or so, don't want to keep entering it.

Question - could it be that the phone is unlocked or did unlock w/code, and it's my T-mobile SIM that is the reason it still says "SIM not valid". I bought the dual-band, no US band on it. If no one knows or has experienced this, then I guess I'll try calling Mobileliberation for their ideas...(I'll be offline for a week or so, will have to continue this in May).
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 02:38 PM
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ggnga - maybe you can help me.

1. When you entered the unlock code for your Mobal Nokia, did you have a SIM in the phone during that process?

2. after you keyed in the code and pressed #, did you press any other button, ie. 'ok' or 'enter' or 'send' ?
Or did you press # and the response was immediately displayed?
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 03:53 PM
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OK, after reading this thread AGAIN, and surfing the net for 2 hours, I am thinking that I won't know if the phone is unlocked until I get a non-US SIM card.

1. This message implies that:
Author: Carmen
Date: 04/17/2005, 10:27 pm
suntravler: if you got the $49 phone, it is a dual band that will work in many countries, but not in the U.S. If your Cingular SIM card is for the U.S., then that would explain why it won't work. I am trying to decide whether to buy one of the Mobal cell phones (either dual or tri-band) or go the eBay route, so I will be anxious to hear more replies from Fodorites who have experience with using these phones with other SIM cards.

2. Those of us who have inserted a US-based SIM are getting "SIM not valid" or similar, not "phone restricted" or such. T-Mobile, Nextel and Cingular were all mentioned above with same results.

3. Those who said their phone arrived unlocked had taken the phone ot Europe and switched to a European SIM, ie. "Postal" in Germany.

So I'll just wait until our Paris visit in September and check it out there.
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