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Re: International Cell Phones [Re: Peter Jones] #354730
10/15/09 07:19 PM
10/15/09 07:19 PM
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Sal777 Offline
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A lot of very useful information here - but my head is spinning. Question I didn't see addressed (and apologize if it is). .

What about a T-Mobile phone that no longer has a contract? (ie hasn't been used in months - no service attached to it) Would it now be 'unlocked'? How can I tell?

Re: International Cell Phones [Re: Sal777] #354733
10/15/09 07:40 PM
10/15/09 07:40 PM
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new haven, ct,usa
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One way would be to put a SIM card in from a different carrier (AT&T) and see if it turns on and you can dial a number. If so its unlocked. My guess is that it isn't I think the software is part of the operating system of the phone and needs a code to unlock it. Should be able to call T_Mobile and have them give you the code.

Re: International Cell Phones [Re: ron] #354735
10/15/09 07:45 PM
10/15/09 07:45 PM
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I agree. T-Mobile should help as they don't have anything to lose, but in my experience phone companies don't go out of their way to be helpful. Prepare for a battle. Almost certainly no-one else can unlock the phone, so unless T-Mobile do it it will become an expensive paperweight.

Re: International Cell Phones [Re: Peter Jones] #354736
10/15/09 07:47 PM
10/15/09 07:47 PM
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I routinely buy all my cell phones unlocked from . They have virtually all phones unlocked and some of the older models are very cheap.

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Re: International Cell Phones [Re: CaptOneIron] #354831
10/16/09 06:44 PM
10/16/09 06:44 PM
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I appologize if this has been addressed already, but...why not just buy a cheap phone in San Pedro and let it expire whan you leave and sign up again when you come back? I have a freind that looks after our phones when we leave for the summer and I buy a bunch of $2.00 phone cards so he can fire them up every 89 (they expire after 90 days) days. It is very cheap and with my freind looking after my phones I don't loose my number. I do email him and tell him to put a card in when it is due. Plus, every one back home has my Belizean numbers so I am never out of touch. I used to use a GSM phone but it was costing me $150.00 US every month that I was there. That is a WHACK more than buying a phone in Belize. We have bought 2 new phones so I even have a cheaper Smart phone that I can give you if you want it?

Re: International Cell Phones [Re: Freezer] #354833
10/16/09 07:06 PM
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Peter Jones Offline
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So long as you can trust your friend to do what he promises, not a lot wrong with that. Does mean you won't have a phone until after you've arrived, so you can't phone from the airport to say you're coming.

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