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Finally off my 3 year contract with Bell and with new wireless code.. Bell will still charge $50 to unlock. after calling in (40 minute wait and transfer) they will call you back in 3 days. call back done @7.30 pm on 3rd day. rep confirmed $50 charge even though we stated we've been with you for 3 years + and can unlock online for half that price. she said nothing she can do. Thanked her and said goodbye... unlocked online and will be off to a new carrier (orange). sad to give up my 6 G plan for 80$ but paying half that for 5 Gb is more appealing.. sorry for the rant. please help to continue this topic.

Notes: A service provider that provides a locked device to the customer as part of a contract must
for subsidized devices: unlock the device, or give the customer the means to unlock the device, upon request, at the rate specified by the service provider, no later than 90 calendar days after the contract start date.
for unsubsidized devices: unlock the device, or give the customer the means to unlock the device, at the rate specified by the service provider, upon request..
Device Unlocking Fee: $50
 

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Of course you can get it done cheaper online! Carriers aren't going to charge the same as a third-party service as they're all about making a profit!
 

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Bell sometimes provides the unlock code for free on their web site. Just log in to your account and go to the devices page. The unlock code is there for my phone. Then just find instructions on how to unlock your phone.
 

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I don't see anything on the site for unlocking... mind you, I bought an S5 last December and when I tried to register the IMEI the site told me "your current plan is not compatible with that device, please pick a new plan"... um, nope. So as far as the Bell website knows, I'm still using my SGS3. BUT - my account also shows that I am now eligible for an upgrade (I bought my S5 outright).
 

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eBay has something called "Universal Turbo Sim Unlock Card" that I'd never seen before. It's a thin card you insert into your phone instead of using an unlock code. Sells for less than they sell unlock codes (but of course takes longer to ship from China).

Anyone ever heard of these? My wife's contract is up in February and I'm already starting to think along these lines.
 

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My rant is after 5 years and buying a Note 4 outright there is no loyalty... i was with them for before but went to Fido and after rogers bought them and changed my plan i went back to bell... Bell who calls me weekly to offer me deals to change my contract, or give a me "new " phone at twice the current plan. ( we have 2 cell phones on bell. again i get a loyalty call today.. and i said thanks but no thanks.. my phone was unlocked online and i'm moving on. Let them charge (whatever they want ) to unlock but people need to know there are cheaper options and if asking gets you nothing then they deserve to get as little as they can.

p.s. i got chocolates from Bell today. other half did not not.
 

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i agree.. why there should be any loyalty when there is a choice or lack thereof at times... i like that Wind has cheaper plans but coverage is a big issue at the moment.
 

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I am a couple days away from unlocking my Bell cell phone and switching to Public Mobile. I already have the unlock code I purchased online as well as a new SIM card from Public Mobile. My question is, after removing the Bell SIM card and unlocking the phone with the code, will it still work on the Bell network if I decide to put the Bell SIM card back in? And what if I had gone a step further and already connected to the Public Mobile network and got the phone working on that network?
Thx in advance :)
 

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I believe once it is unlocked it will work on any compatible network as long as you have a proper SIM and a paid account with the exception of calling 911 which I believe all phones must be able to access regardless of whether they have a paid account. Someone can correct me if I am wrong on either point.
 

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LONsat is correct. The most you might have to do is manually configure APN settings so that data will work, but sometimes phones will get that info automatically as well.
 

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I've done this as well. The phone should remain fully functional with Bell after being unlocked. BGY11 brings up a good point about APN settings. Bell data should still work but APN settings will likely need to be reconfigured after switching to Public Mobile.
 

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I've switched SIM cards many times when travelling internationally and never had an issue. Just pop the SIM in and you're good to go. Never had to fuss with settings at all. Everything, talk, text, data, all work. I use an iPhone
 

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This was with Android and Rogers network. Don't know if it was the O/S or the network but data settings needed fixing.
 

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Thanks everyone. I will look in my phone to see if I can record any APN settings. Its an Android. The tech support guy at CellUnlocker.net told me the phone will still work on Bell after unlocking.

On a side note, i am happy that I am now able to send email using my phone. I have a small business and my company email server is provided by the web hosting firm that hosts my website. I use the built-in email app in the Android phone and everything was fine until about 6 months ago. I suddenly could not send email from the phone but could receive. I contacted tech support at the host and they gave me a few options for configuring email connection such as port numbers and security settings such as SSL. Nothing worked. Finally, the other day, I installed a different email app and set up the connection, it somehow decided to use Port 465 for the outgoing email server, and it worked. I went back to the standard email app I was using before and entered Port 465. Success! However, enabling SSL security still doesn't work, I had to set it "no security" to allow it to work. I still wonder if that problem is with Bell's data network or the hosts servers....
 

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Any new APN settings needed should be supplied by the new phone plan vendor. They may be on their web site or available elsewhere.

Web email apps should have defaults for most popular email services. I've seen settings change occasionally due to increased security for Gmail, etc. If it's a work or personal email server then they will likely need to be entered. If the email agent doesn't have default setting for Bell, then Bell should provide them. I've noticed that cellular providers like Bell sometimes lack security protocols such as SSL. That's not an issue if they use other means to provide a secure connection to their email servers. It would be nice if they allowed SSL though.
 

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I've switched SIM cards many times when travelling internationally and never had an issue. Just pop the SIM in and you're good to go. Never had to fuss with settings at all. Everything, talk, text, data, all work. I use an iPhone
iPhones are the exception to this rule as the phone will pick the carrier apn settings based on the sim card inserted, but Normally phones only have the APN of the carrier it was sold by/branded to installed. so for example, a phone from Fido will have the Fido data APN's. Even tho the phone is unlocked and will gladly accept and work with a BELL sim card, the BELL data APN's must be manually entered. There are rare occasions where some phone vendors make one model for all cell phone providers and the phone installs the APN based on the sim card installed, so if this happens do not expect ALL phones to behave this way, this is only an exception to the rule because they want to avoid installing multiple firmwares for each carrier.

In my case, my old fido phone, I factory reset it, put in my Bell sim card, and installed the Bell APN's on it and it now works on the Bell LTE data.
 
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