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    cchall
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    Hi- new to forum and need some help
    I have a motorola 720 that I got from Verizon. I recently upgraded to a new telephone. My son doesn't have Verizon service. He recently damaged his cell phone beyond repair and I would like to give him mine. I have read some stuff here about "unlocked" phones etc. He mentioned to me that he didn't think he could use my phone because it would be "locked". Can someone explain to me what this means. It seems ridiculous that a perfectly good phone can't be used by someone else. How do people sell their phones to others? Forgive the ignorance .
    Thanks for any help. (I have asked him to email me his provider)
    cchall


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    cchall
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    just found out his provider is cingular



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    Take it to a local phone shop, ask them to unlock it for you. What is unlocking? When a wireless service provider sells you a phone they make sure that you will not be able to switch easily to another provider. They make the phone useable only on their network by putting a sim card restriction lock on the phone. Unlocking a phone means that the restriction lock is removed so you can use your phone with any providers sim card. So, if you have an AT&T phone you can use it with Cingular, T-Mobile, and any other GSM service that uses a sim card. This is very beneficial if you like the phone you already have and don't want to re-enter all your phone book and other settings. Like I said, take it to a local phone shop that does this unlock service, it typically doesn't cost more than $10.00



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    To add on to the previous post, your Verizon phone will not work on Cingular's network. Cingular is GSM, and Verizon is CDMA. Even if your Verizon phone was unlocked it would not be compatible with Cingular.

    If you want to unlock any phones, try this: http://www.cellphonehacks.com/viewto...t=sx66&start=0



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    can cingular phones be unlocked for sprint?



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    Quote Originally Posted by caliente
    can cingular phones be unlocked for sprint?
    gsm phone will not work on cdma
    jerry



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    that really sucks. guess i'll just keep waiting for sprint to come out with some decent phones then.



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    thanks for the response. I guess my son will have to get his own phone; too bad when I have a perfectly good one. I guess I will keep it in reserve in case something happens to mine.
    ch



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    Quote Originally Posted by cchall
    Hi- new to forum and need some help
    I have a motorola 720 that I got from Verizon. I recently upgraded to a new telephone. My son doesn't have Verizon service. He recently damaged his cell phone beyond repair and I would like to give him mine. I have read some stuff here about "unlocked" phones etc. He mentioned to me that he didn't think he could use my phone because it would be "locked". Can someone explain to me what this means. It seems ridiculous that a perfectly good phone can't be used by someone else. How do people sell their phones to others? Forgive the ignorance .
    Thanks for any help. (I have asked him to email me his provider)
    cchall
    hi! there's is no way you can activate verizon phone to cingular service provider. verizon is cdma service provider and don't use sim card, and cingular is gsm service provider. two totally diff service provider and each phone is lock to each network. verizon phone can be use to sprint but not on at&t cingular and T-mo, these service provider use sim card. unlock phone is good if you have a gsm provider (at&t, Cingular, t-mo) gsm is what the whole world using now. if you have unlock phone and go to any where in the world, all you have to do is buy a local sim to that country that you going to and put it to your phone and your ready to go. let say your in t-mo right now and you don't like t-mo anymore. you can always buy a sim of any provider and put it to your phone and your ready to go.



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