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I'm in the middle of swapping from Orange (pay monthly) to Virgin media (sim only pay monthly)....and guess what....all is not going smoothly......

To start with I wanted to take both mine and the misses phone numbers from orange to virgin......no problem..they sent me the PAC code through the post within a week....great...:)

The next step is the code for the Handset to unlock them so we can put the virgin sim in..etc....sort of ok....got the unlocking code for my phone and all is well. Handset unlocked and virgin sim in ...number transferred and away we go.....:)

Now the trouble begins......where's the unlocking code for the samsung handset....????

After numerous calls and a couple of emails...the news to date is that orange can't supply me with the code because samsung haven't got it!!!

Are they having a laugh....:mad: ....of the many thousands of handsets they have made, whats the chances the one for our handset as gone walkies...:mad: :mad:

I can feel a letter to OFCOM comin on.....

Has anyone else had a similar problem....:confused:
 
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The system should be flawless.

Unfortunately the scumbag networks have broken it on purpose.

:rolleyes:


Unlock codes for handsets are normally generated on the fly
by tapping the IMEI number into a program.

They are lying.
 

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The system should be flawless.

Unfortunately the scumbag networks have broken it on purpose.

:rolleyes:


Unlock codes for handsets are normally generated on the fly
by tapping the IMEI number into a program.

They are lying.
Thats what I thought.....i was tempted to just pay £10 to a guy in the local shopping centre and be done with it...:rolleyes:
 

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Unlock codes for handsets are normally generated on the fly by tapping the IMEI number into a program.
Normally, but not always. Some of the newer phones cannot be unlocked by a third party using such a program. I had a phone which could only be unlocked by removing part of the motherboard and doing some soldering! However, if the phone came from Orange, they are supposed to retain the unlock code for it. What's more, they are legally obliged to give it to you, if requested.

I never understood the point of locking phones on contract anyway. I mean, if you're paying a monthly fee and then decide to use a different SIM from an alternative provider, you're still going to have to continue to pay the monthly fee until the contract ends. So, why lock it?
 

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UPdate on the unlocking code......

Went to stall in the local shopping centre and for £9.99 the handset was unlocked within 5 minutes... :)

Had to phone orange for a new PAC code which they gave me over the phone this time.... and the transfer went through pretty smoothly...
 

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Nice work bradders;)
 
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£10 is still a bit of a con. It cost nothing.


SFR gave me the unlock code for the LG Viewty I got
6 months ago, gratis.


Anyone want an LG Viewty?
 

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I've been with O2 since they were Cellnet back in about '96. Never received a phone from them with a simlock.

I've avoided Vodaphone, Orange etc purely because they make it as hard as possible to do what you've described - getting PAC codes on their own is often hard to impossible and there is no excuse for locking any phone for any reason IMHO. It just comes down to company greed.

Besides, I want the phone the way the manufacturer intended, not the way Vodaphone/Orange decided to cripple it for their own ends :)

I do feel for you though, my brief move to 3 and back was really, truely painful.
 
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