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  1. #1
    Himanshu
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    Purchased a new, Cingular-branded, Sony-Ericsson z520a "unactivated"
    from Radio Shack.

    Put my Cingular SIM in from the old phone and it works fine. The phone
    was sent overseas and a local SIM was used there, and the phone keeps
    saying "Insert Smart Chip" - doesn't recognize the local SIM card at
    all. The phone is quad-band, and should work in that area.

    So now I'm wondering, does "unactivated" mean "unlocked" - or is the
    phone not unlocked yet?

    --
    Himanshu



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  2. #2
    Jack Zwick
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    Re: Does "unactivated" mean "unlocked?"

    In article <kxmzg.6128$L31.1902@trndny06>,
    Himanshu <gohel@babbage.csee.usf.eduXXX> wrote:

    > Purchased a new, Cingular-branded, Sony-Ericsson z520a "unactivated"
    > from Radio Shack.
    >
    > Put my Cingular SIM in from the old phone and it works fine. The phone
    > was sent overseas and a local SIM was used there, and the phone keeps
    > saying "Insert Smart Chip" - doesn't recognize the local SIM card at
    > all. The phone is quad-band, and should work in that area.
    >
    > So now I'm wondering, does "unactivated" mean "unlocked" - or is the
    > phone not unlocked yet?


    IF IT IS UNLOCKED IT SHOULD WORK WITH OTHER SIM. CINGULAR NOW ONLY SELLS
    LOCKED PHONES.



  3. #3
    John Navas
    Guest

    Re: Does "unactivated" mean "unlocked?"

    On Mon, 31 Jul 2006 12:17:20 GMT, Himanshu
    <gohel@babbage.csee.usf.eduXXX> wrote in <kxmzg.6128$L31.1902@trndny06>:

    >Purchased a new, Cingular-branded, Sony-Ericsson z520a "unactivated"
    >from Radio Shack.
    >
    >Put my Cingular SIM in from the old phone and it works fine. The phone
    >was sent overseas and a local SIM was used there, and the phone keeps
    >saying "Insert Smart Chip" - doesn't recognize the local SIM card at
    >all. The phone is quad-band, and should work in that area.
    >
    >So now I'm wondering, does "unactivated" mean "unlocked" - or is the
    >phone not unlocked yet?


    Not unlocked. Ask Cingular for the unlock code.

    --
    Best regards, FAQ FOR CINGULAR WIRELESS:
    John Navas <http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cingular_Wireless_FAQ>



  4. #4
    Himanshu
    Guest

    Re: Does "unactivated" mean "unlocked?"

    John Navas wrote:
    > On Mon, 31 Jul 2006 12:17:20 GMT, Himanshu wrote in <kxmzg.6128$L31.1902@trndny06>:
    >
    >> Purchased a new, Cingular-branded, Sony-Ericsson z520a "unactivated"
    >>from Radio Shack.
    >> Put my Cingular SIM in from the old phone and it works fine. The phone
    >> was sent overseas and a local SIM was used there, and the phone keeps
    >> saying "Insert Smart Chip" - doesn't recognize the local SIM card at
    >> all. The phone is quad-band, and should work in that area.
    >>
    >> So now I'm wondering, does "unactivated" mean "unlocked" - or is the
    >> phone not unlocked yet?

    >
    > Not unlocked. Ask Cingular for the unlock code.


    Thanks. I called them today and they will process the request for the
    unlock code.

    --
    Himanshu



  5. #5
    PC Medic
    Guest

    Re: Does "unactivated" mean "unlocked?"


    "Himanshu" <gohel@babbage.csee.usf.eduXXX> wrote in message
    news:kxmzg.6128$L31.1902@trndny06...
    > Purchased a new, Cingular-branded, Sony-Ericsson z520a "unactivated" from
    > Radio Shack.
    >
    > Put my Cingular SIM in from the old phone and it works fine. The phone
    > was sent overseas and a local SIM was used there, and the phone keeps
    > saying "Insert Smart Chip" - doesn't recognize the local SIM card at all.
    > The phone is quad-band, and should work in that area.
    >
    > So now I'm wondering, does "unactivated" mean "unlocked" - or is the phone
    > not unlocked yet?
    >
    > --
    > Himanshu


    I am assuming you purchased from one of your local Radio Shack stores that
    were closing due to the realignment. I purchased 3 SLVR's myself (couldn't
    pass them up at 70% off)
    Anyway they are 'unactivated', but branded Cingular phones.

    A visit to your local Cingular corporate store and they should be able to
    unlock them for you.





  6. #6
    John Navas
    Guest

    Re: Does "unactivated" mean "unlocked?"

    On Mon, 31 Jul 2006 20:08:49 -0400, "PC Medic" <pcmedic2@gmail.com>
    wrote in <lYwzg.2562$W93.2306@dukeread05>:

    >"Himanshu" <gohel@babbage.csee.usf.eduXXX> wrote in message
    >news:kxmzg.6128$L31.1902@trndny06...
    >> Purchased a new, Cingular-branded, Sony-Ericsson z520a "unactivated" from
    >> Radio Shack.
    >>
    >> Put my Cingular SIM in from the old phone and it works fine. The phone
    >> was sent overseas and a local SIM was used there, and the phone keeps
    >> saying "Insert Smart Chip" - doesn't recognize the local SIM card at all.
    >> The phone is quad-band, and should work in that area.
    >>
    >> So now I'm wondering, does "unactivated" mean "unlocked" - or is the phone
    >> not unlocked yet?


    >I am assuming you purchased from one of your local Radio Shack stores that
    >were closing due to the realignment. I purchased 3 SLVR's myself (couldn't
    >pass them up at 70% off)
    >Anyway they are 'unactivated', but branded Cingular phones.


    GSM phones don't get activated, only GSM SIMs.

    >A visit to your local Cingular corporate store and they should be able to
    >unlock them for you.


    Not in a store -- contact Cingular Customer Care.

    --
    Best regards, FAQ FOR CINGULAR WIRELESS:
    John Navas <http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cingular_Wireless_FAQ>



  7. #7
    Jack Zwick
    Guest

    Re: Does "unactivated" mean "unlocked?"

    In article <LUwzg.23582$RI1.8685@trndny04>,
    Himanshu <gohel@babbage.csee.usf.eduXXX> wrote:

    > John Navas wrote:
    > > On Mon, 31 Jul 2006 12:17:20 GMT, Himanshu wrote in
    > > <kxmzg.6128$L31.1902@trndny06>:
    > >
    > >> Purchased a new, Cingular-branded, Sony-Ericsson z520a "unactivated"
    > >>from Radio Shack.
    > >> Put my Cingular SIM in from the old phone and it works fine. The phone
    > >> was sent overseas and a local SIM was used there, and the phone keeps
    > >> saying "Insert Smart Chip" - doesn't recognize the local SIM card at
    > >> all. The phone is quad-band, and should work in that area.
    > >>
    > >> So now I'm wondering, does "unactivated" mean "unlocked" - or is the
    > >> phone not unlocked yet?

    > >
    > > Not unlocked. Ask Cingular for the unlock code.

    >
    > Thanks. I called them today and they will process the request for the
    > unlock code.


    If its a new phone likely in 3 weeks you'll get a letter stating they
    decline to unlock.



  8. #8
    Himanshu
    Guest

    Re: Does "unactivated" mean "unlocked?"

    Jack Zwick wrote:
    > In article <LUwzg.23582$RI1.8685@trndny04>,
    > Himanshu <gohel@babbage.csee.usf.eduXXX> wrote:
    >
    >> John Navas wrote:
    >>> On Mon, 31 Jul 2006 12:17:20 GMT, Himanshu wrote in
    >>> <kxmzg.6128$L31.1902@trndny06>:
    >>>
    >>>> Purchased a new, Cingular-branded, Sony-Ericsson z520a "unactivated"
    >>> >from Radio Shack.
    >>>> Put my Cingular SIM in from the old phone and it works fine. The phone
    >>>> was sent overseas and a local SIM was used there, and the phone keeps
    >>>> saying "Insert Smart Chip" - doesn't recognize the local SIM card at
    >>>> all. The phone is quad-band, and should work in that area.
    >>>>
    >>>> So now I'm wondering, does "unactivated" mean "unlocked" - or is the
    >>>> phone not unlocked yet?
    >>> Not unlocked. Ask Cingular for the unlock code.

    >> Thanks. I called them today and they will process the request for the
    >> unlock code.

    >
    > If its a new phone likely in 3 weeks you'll get a letter stating they
    > decline to unlock.


    Thank you all for your replies. I got unlock codes for both z520a
    phones by calling Cingular customer support in just one day, even though
    the rep told me it could take upto 5 to 7 business days.

    --
    Himanshu



  9. #9
    Jack Zwick
    Guest

    Re: Does "unactivated" mean "unlocked?"

    In article <nLUzg.3539$Th2.561@trndny02>,
    Himanshu <gohel@babbage.csee.usf.eduXXX> wrote:

    > Jack Zwick wrote:
    > > In article <LUwzg.23582$RI1.8685@trndny04>,
    > > Himanshu <gohel@babbage.csee.usf.eduXXX> wrote:
    > >
    > >> John Navas wrote:
    > >>> On Mon, 31 Jul 2006 12:17:20 GMT, Himanshu wrote in
    > >>> <kxmzg.6128$L31.1902@trndny06>:
    > >>>
    > >>>> Purchased a new, Cingular-branded, Sony-Ericsson z520a "unactivated"
    > >>> >from Radio Shack.
    > >>>> Put my Cingular SIM in from the old phone and it works fine. The phone
    > >>>> was sent overseas and a local SIM was used there, and the phone keeps
    > >>>> saying "Insert Smart Chip" - doesn't recognize the local SIM card at
    > >>>> all. The phone is quad-band, and should work in that area.
    > >>>>
    > >>>> So now I'm wondering, does "unactivated" mean "unlocked" - or is the
    > >>>> phone not unlocked yet?
    > >>> Not unlocked. Ask Cingular for the unlock code.
    > >> Thanks. I called them today and they will process the request for the
    > >> unlock code.

    > >
    > > If its a new phone likely in 3 weeks you'll get a letter stating they
    > > decline to unlock.

    >
    > Thank you all for your replies. I got unlock codes for both z520a
    > phones by calling Cingular customer support in just one day, even though
    > the rep told me it could take upto 5 to 7 business days.


    EXCELLENT RESULT. Although with a new invention (Computer), they should
    be able to instantly provide unlock code.

    Or if they so readily give out the unlock code now, why even lock the
    phone, especially if many customers will now no longer get
    discount/subsidy on their phone.



  10. #10
    John Navas
    Guest

    Re: Does "unactivated" mean "unlocked?"

    On Wed, 02 Aug 2006 13:01:32 GMT, Jack Zwick <jackzwick@yahoo.com> wrote
    in <jackzwick-C567E2.08015502082006@newsclstr02.news.prodigy.com>:

    >Or if they so readily give out the unlock code now, why even lock the
    >phone, especially if many customers will now no longer get
    >discount/subsidy on their phone.


    Most new customers do get the subsidy/discount.

    --
    Best regards, FAQ FOR CINGULAR WIRELESS:
    John Navas <http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cingular_Wireless_FAQ>



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