Hey guys, so I would first like to thank you for this great opportunity to review on these boards.
Now to start my first “column”, I will begin with WHY one should unlock their device, and what it means to “Unlock” your device.
Firstly, many carriers use the term of a “locked phone”, referring to the SIM status, this mean which providers SIM card is allowed to access the device for calling, texting etc.
Carriers lock their phones, mainly because they offer the devices at greatly reduced prices, called a subsidy price – they assume the balance of the phone will be paid over the term of the contract (2yrs, 3yrs). So a locked phone can only be used with them (that carrier).
Unlocking the device, simply means to remove the SIM restriction and this will allow any SIM card to be used on the device.
This in general will also increase the resale value, for example a locked AT&T blackberry may sell for $350 to an AT&T customer, meanwhile unlocked can be sold to anyone (Rogers or T-Mobile customer) for extra $50 or so…
As well, of course the fact that I’d the device is unlocked you may use it on any carrier, so while on vacation in Greece, you can use Vodaphone or Cosmote and save on roaming fees.
So, since this is a BerryReview, I will instruct how to check if your berry is locked or unlocked:
Go to advanced options, SIM card, type mepd (meppd on a pearl) you won’t see as you type – a hidden menu will open displaying locks status – if Network says disabled its unlocked, if it says Active its locked
To help you with unlocking your Berry we have hooked up with HorizonWireless to offer you $5 off all unlocking fees. Just go www.horizonwirelessonline.com and use the discount code – breview – and save $5.00 off the current special prices.
Thanks, and stay tuned to more…