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2012-01-17 07:00 PM
Bell Unlocking

A while back I read that Bell would unlock a paid off contract iphone4, for about $50-75. Has anyone actually done that ?? If so, what was the experience like ?? Any problems ??

2011-02-22 07:29 PM
RaymondR "Just an update to my previous post now that we've had the first bill. There appears to be no adverse effects from the phone constantly showing 'roaming' even though we're using it locally on the SaskTel network. So, it must be that the LG's personalized Roger's code thinks that it's roaming when it's not on a Rogers network. And it doesn't seem to affect the SaskTel billing (basic Talk and Text plan) "

I am trying to get my LG Eve to work on Sasktel's network and so far the only thing that happens is I get a message "Your SIM card does not allow a connection to this network".

Can you tell me what your settings are or who you had to talk to in order to get it to work?
I have already unlocked the phone. Sasktel was baffled. Help?
2011-02-09 10:18 PM
IanR Just an update to my previous post now that we've had the first bill. There appears to be no adverse effects from the phone constantly showing 'roaming' even though we're using it locally on the SaskTel network. So, it must be that the LG's personalized Roger's code thinks that it's roaming when it's not on a Rogers network. And it doesn't seem to affect the SaskTel billing (basic Talk and Text plan)
2011-01-07 09:19 PM
Unlocked phone now showing 'roaming'

We recently unlocked my wife's LG Eve ...which had been on Rogers .. and moved to SaskTel. The phone works fine but constantly shows as 'roaming' even though we've used the phone's mobile network settings to SaskTel. I don't know if it is constantly roaming or maybe this is just what Rogers programmed the phone to do when it's not connected to Rogers. Does anyone else's unlocked phone do this? If it really is constantly roaming, is there any downside? She just uses the phone and texting functions .. no data plan. We don't have our first bill yet and hate to get a big surprise.
2011-01-01 01:09 PM
Nighthawk 1 Couldn't figure out how to edit my post....I did receive everything (a little late).
2010-12-31 11:55 AM
Nighthawk 1 Well I went online to what I thought was a reputable unlocking site. Supposed to email the instructions in 1-12 hours. Nothing arrived. Sent emails, no response. The more I went through the website I kicked myself, links that don't go anywhere. I've sent several emails and heard nothing. I did pay with Paypal so now am wondering what is the best method for recovering the money (it wasn't alot--under $20). Go through mastercard or start the dispute resolution with paypal?
2010-12-19 11:47 AM
wally434 I think you may have received some incorrect information. I just purchased a SpeakOut phone too and it is locked to their network. A Rogers simcard may work in it (same network), but that is about it.
2010-12-15 07:46 PM
Unlocked Free Phone

I just got a free phone and they told me it's unlocked. It was at 7-Eleven - they have a SpeakOut wireless promo where you get a free Nokia 1661 when you buy $100 in airtime. I got it as a Xmas gift for my Mom because there's no contract and no system access fees. I think the minutes will last her a long time, but I can always buy more for her birthday. I thought this was a fantastic deal. Since it's unlocked, she should be able to buy a SIM card in the US when she makes her annual trek to Phoenix.
2010-11-25 11:01 AM
1945 Thanks for the info.

At those rates, Wind probably makes sense. I travel to St. John's a couple of times a year and don't do any heavy talking. My current Bell plan costs .10 per minute for LD. It's the US where they kill you - I believe it works out to about $2 per minute for roaming on another network. In St. John's it's still Bell - but not in Boston. And data roaming on a BB is whole other universe.

I'll go hang around the Wind website for a bit and see what I can find.
2010-11-25 10:42 AM
recneps77 Re: SIM
Rogers will probably charge for it.
If you're lucky, you might get one free.. who knows? Depends what they think they can get out of you

Re: Wind/Mobilicity
I'm with wind and if I go somewhere outside the home zone that has rogers coverage, it's only 25c a min (no LD charges, a min is a min anywhere in canada). And your home minutes/plan aren't used up when you use away minutes.

Pretty sure you'll be paying 35+/min just in long distance with rogers unless you're calling a number local to where you physically are. (and you lose minutes off your plan)

Just something to keep in mind.

For example, my father went to alberta last month.
He could call home for 25c a minute.
Had he been with rogers it would be 35c/min for his 5 minute call, and he'd lose 5 minutes off of his rogers plan.

And US roaming (if you don't get a tmobile SIM) is 25c/min too. So unless you're doing a lot of talking stateside, it's probably not even worth getting a tmo sim if you use wind.
2010-11-25 09:28 AM
Unlocked GSM phone ?

I've been following this thread with interest.

I currently have a Bell BB - CDMA so no SIM card. If I take it to the US, it will immediately start roaming - probably on Sprint. I also have a BB 8830 World Edition - also Bell, but it has a SIM card. As I understand it, SIM card or no SIM card, this beast will also switch to Global Roaming mode if in the US.

I was thinking of getting a GSM phone - unlocked - and using a Rogers SIM card here, and a T-Mobile SIM card in the US. T-Mobile sell theirs for $6 and for that matter will supply an unlock code if you are taking one of their phones out of the country.

Has anyone had experience with this kind of setup ? I would consider Wind or Mobilicity but their "local" coverage is severely limited. Even if it would work on T-Mobile's network it looks like any travel within Canada also triggers roaming charges.

Is Rogers likely to supply a SIM card if asked ? Am I dreaming in Technicolor here?
2010-11-11 12:20 PM
Francois Caron The banks get you with interest and service charges.

On buying a GSM phone overseas and finding out it doesn't work here. That happened to me, but I was expecting it. The phone only cost me twenty bucks (they now cost less than ten bucks). I already knew the chances it would be a quad-band phone at that price were pretty much zero. But the positive experience did encourage me to pay $300 for a Nokia 6500 Slide that WAS a Quad-band phone, and which worked perfectly on Fido once I was back home.

It's funny. In Europe, most service providers will mail you free SIM cards to your home upon request. Over here, you sometimes have to struggle to get the Canadian carriers to sell you a SIM -- if they even call it a SIM at all.
2010-11-08 10:33 PM
high_octane But if your bank asked for $5 for a chip debit card you would laugh
2010-11-06 08:45 PM
North_of_Calgary A Bell SIM is $5. Bought mine from the Source. Handed the guy a fiver and a quarter for the GST and I was outa-there to activate online.
2010-11-04 04:21 PM
Originally Posted by JamesK View Post
You got took. They're about $10, IIRC.
Could have been $10 I don't remember. It should be free.
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