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  1. #1
    tim
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    Hi,
    i just bought this phone on a contract with T-Mobile and it seems to be
    locked to the T-Mobile network;

    why do they lock the phone when i bought it on a contract?
    Can it be unlocked?
    can i change the software and install support for other languages, my friend
    has the same phone on Vodafone and it supports Arabic menus and text. can
    this be done?

    is there a software program that will do that for me over IR or Bluetooth?

    thank you very much in advance





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  2. #2
    Streetwise
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    Re: SE-T610 and T-Mobile Question

    Because it is on a contract, you cannot use it on another
    network..........well you can, but you will need to know someone who has
    the expertise.

    Here in Oz you can pay approx. $85 to have it unlocked before expiry of
    contract, depending on phone model and network operator.

    cheers



    "tim" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    | Hi,
    | i just bought this phone on a contract with T-Mobile and it seems to be
    | locked to the T-Mobile network;
    |
    | why do they lock the phone when i bought it on a contract?
    | Can it be unlocked?
    | can i change the software and install support for other languages, my
    friend
    | has the same phone on Vodafone and it supports Arabic menus and text. can
    | this be done?
    |
    | is there a software program that will do that for me over IR or Bluetooth?
    |
    | thank you very much in advance
    |
    |




  3. #3
    Dimpled Chad
    Guest

    Re: SE-T610 and T-Mobile Question

    On Sat, 17 Jan 2004 20:05:42 GMT, tim opined:

    > Hi,
    > i just bought this phone on a contract with T-Mobile and it seems to be
    > locked to the T-Mobile network;
    >
    > why do they lock the phone when i bought it on a contract?
    > Can it be unlocked?


    Assuming this is TMo in the US, I've heard/read that after 90 days, you can
    contact them and they will unlock it for you. Or, you can find someone and
    pay them to do it for you, or you can get the material you need and try to do
    it yourself. You might void your warrantee with TMo if you unlock it in any
    way other than through them.

    > can i change the software and install support for other languages, my
    > friend has the same phone on Vodafone and it supports Arabic menus and
    > text. can this be done?


    After the phone is unlocked, I believe you can flash different software,
    again, once you find the source for it. I'd check out the forums at
    www.howardforums.com

    >
    > is there a software program that will do that for me over IR or
    > Bluetooth?


    I think it requires a special cable. But, again, this is all just from what
    I've read. I've no first hand knowledge on any of this.

    Good luck
    Chad

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  4. #4
    Ben Measures
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    Re: SE-T610 and T-Mobile Question

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    | why do they lock the phone when i bought it on a contract?
    Because the "contract" is kinda buy now, pay later. You get the phone
    cheaper if you promise to pay them monthly for a year.

    | Can it be unlocked?
    Yes it can. After the contract has expired you can ask them for the
    unlock code (which only they know). You can get it unlocked via "other"
    means but at around £30 is it really worth it?

    | can i change the software and install support for other languages
    I think you can phone SonyEricsson and ask for a firmware flash to get
    arabic (english french and german are already there) or chinese, etc,
    but as its not covered in warrantee they will charge you for it. As a
    side benefit, the phone gets unlocked, heh.
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  5. #5
    tim
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    Re: SE-T610 and T-Mobile Question

    Thank you very much indeed for your replies guys. i'm really greatful.
    especially to "Ben Measures" thanks a lot


    "Ben Measures" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
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    > tim wrote:
    > | why do they lock the phone when i bought it on a contract?
    > Because the "contract" is kinda buy now, pay later. You get the phone
    > cheaper if you promise to pay them monthly for a year.
    >
    > | Can it be unlocked?
    > Yes it can. After the contract has expired you can ask them for the
    > unlock code (which only they know). You can get it unlocked via "other"
    > means but at around £30 is it really worth it?
    >
    > | can i change the software and install support for other languages
    > I think you can phone SonyEricsson and ask for a firmware flash to get
    > arabic (english french and german are already there) or chinese, etc,
    > but as its not covered in warrantee they will charge you for it. As a
    > side benefit, the phone gets unlocked, heh.
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  6. #6
    Carl.
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    Re: SE-T610 and T-Mobile Question

    I don't know about other locations, but in the US T-Mobile does not make you
    wait for the contract to end. Officially 90 days into it, but supposedly
    they will do it earlier.

    "tim" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Thank you very much indeed for your replies guys. i'm really greatful.
    > especially to "Ben Measures" thanks a lot
    >
    >
    > "Ben Measures" <saint_abroadremove[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
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    > > tim wrote:
    > > | why do they lock the phone when i bought it on a contract?
    > > Because the "contract" is kinda buy now, pay later. You get the phone
    > > cheaper if you promise to pay them monthly for a year.
    > >
    > > | Can it be unlocked?
    > > Yes it can. After the contract has expired you can ask them for the
    > > unlock code (which only they know). You can get it unlocked via "other"
    > > means but at around £30 is it really worth it?
    > >
    > > | can i change the software and install support for other languages
    > > I think you can phone SonyEricsson and ask for a firmware flash to get
    > > arabic (english french and german are already there) or chinese, etc,
    > > but as its not covered in warrantee they will charge you for it. As a
    > > side benefit, the phone gets unlocked, heh.
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  7. #7
    tim
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    Re: SE-T610 and T-Mobile Question

    Just to clarify that i'm actually in the UK

    "tim" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hi,
    > i just bought this phone on a contract with T-Mobile and it seems to be
    > locked to the T-Mobile network;
    >
    > why do they lock the phone when i bought it on a contract?
    > Can it be unlocked?
    > can i change the software and install support for other languages, my

    friend
    > has the same phone on Vodafone and it supports Arabic menus and text. can
    > this be done?
    >
    > is there a software program that will do that for me over IR or Bluetooth?
    >
    > thank you very much in advance
    >
    >






  8. #8

    Re: SE-T610 and T-Mobile Question

    "tim" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Just to clarify that i'm actually in the UK
    >


    Depends where you purchased (I'm assuming you bought from T-M Retail, CS, or
    the web).

    If you went to CPW for example, you would have got yourself an unlocked
    unbranded 610.

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    Part of the UKtm family.



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