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  1. #1
    iceman
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    Hi,

    A friend has offered me his K600i which is on Orange.

    I'd like to get it unlocked so that I can use it with my 3 tariff.

    My question is this - can this be done? - would an unlocked K600i work on
    the 3 network?

    3 offer an SE K608i handset - does anyone know if this is identical to the
    K600i?

    Any advice much appreciated.

    Cheers

    iceman





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  2. #2
    iceman
    Guest

    Re: Possible to unlock K600i to use on 3 network (like K608i)?

    Thanks very much for your swift response Brian.

    So it really is that simple - get an Orange SE unlocked, put my 3 Sim in,
    and it'll work. Excellent.

    I thought that unlocking was a bit illegal? You're saying that if my mate
    phones Orange, just asks them to unlock it (maybe say he's got another
    network sim he wants to use sometimes?) that they'll do that without
    question?

    Have you seen 600s unlocked and being compatible on 3, or is it just that
    phones are getting more cross-network compatible these days?

    Cheers again

    iceman

    "Brian Morrison" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > iceman wrote:
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> A friend has offered me his K600i which is on Orange.
    >>
    >> I'd like to get it unlocked so that I can use it with my 3 tariff.
    >>
    >> My question is this - can this be done? - would an unlocked K600i work on
    >> the 3 network?

    >
    > Yes and yes. Your friend could get Orange to unlock it for 20 quid, they
    > no longer want the remainder of the contract paid off.
    >
    > 3rd parties can also unlock SE K series phones, ask your local
    > independents or look about on the web.
    >
    >>
    >> 3 offer an SE K608i handset - does anyone know if this is identical to
    >> the K600i?

    >
    > Except for the casing it is effectively identical, as is the V600i on
    > Vodafone.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Brian Morrison
    >
    > please observe reply-to address






  3. #3
    iceman
    Guest

    Re: Possible to unlock K600i to use on 3 network (like K608i)?

    Thanks very much indeed for your in-depth advice Brian.

    Based on this advice, I'll be taking up his offer.

    On a further note, what about the debranding services you see advertised -
    whereby it appears the software takes off all network-specific
    functionality, leaving the handset with plain generic software. Is
    debranding illegal, or contrary to T&Cs?

    I'd thought that if I DID take the 600 off him, I'd take the orange stuff
    off, but if it's got the 2.5G lock facility, maybe I'd leave it.

    iceman

    "Brian Morrison" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > iceman wrote:
    >> Thanks very much for your swift response Brian.
    >>
    >> So it really is that simple - get an Orange SE unlocked, put my 3 Sim in,
    >> and it'll work. Excellent.

    >
    > It is indeed.
    >
    >>
    >> I thought that unlocking was a bit illegal? You're saying that if my
    >> mate phones Orange, just asks them to unlock it (maybe say he's got
    >> another network sim he wants to use sometimes?) that they'll do that
    >> without question?

    >
    > Yes, no problem. Remove SP locks (subsidy protection) is perfectly legal
    > because the phone is the customer's property anyway. The only thing that
    > is illegal is changing the IMEI to *unblock* a stolen phone that has been
    > added to the networks' IMEI blacklist, this is punishable by up to 5 years
    > imprisonment.
    >
    >>
    >> Have you seen 600s unlocked and being compatible on 3, or is it just that
    >> phones are getting more cross-network compatible these days?

    >
    > They all have to be type approved to meet either the GSM of 3GPP specs, so
    > they are pretty compatible. There may be odd things that are set up
    > differently on each network, but in the main they cause little trouble.
    >
    > Since 3 is not a PCN network like Orange and T-Mobile, there really is
    > very little that will be a problem.
    >
    > You might even have an advantage in that the network mode (dual mode/GSM
    > only) will be controllable from the menus on a non-3 phone, so if you are
    > in dodgy coverage from 3's UMTS (3G) network you can lock to 2.5G to
    > prevent calls dropping when leaving 3's own coverage and incoming calls
    > maybe going to voicemail when you think you're in coverage. Just don't do
    > this all the time as 3 could have you for breaking Ts & Cs, apparently O2
    > really sting them for calls handled by O2's own network.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Brian Morrison
    >
    > please observe reply-to address






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