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Cheap phone from Carphone Warehouse unlocked?

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Cheap phone from Carphone Warehouse unlocked?

In 2009, I bought a cheap dual-band phone and SIM card from Carphone Warehouse for use on my trip to England. Now I'm traveling to another country that also uses the 900/1800 bands, and I'm curious if my phone is unlocked so that I can just buy a new SIM and reuse the phone. Does anyone know if the phones they sell are unlocked, or is there a way you can tell if a particular phone is unlocked (other than trying it with a different SIM)?

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RF

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1. Re: Cheap phone from Carphone Warehouse unlocked?

Yes they sell unlocked phones. We brought ours when we where there 2 weeks ago. If you want to check to see if it is unlocked turn the phone on and see if there company logo comes up. Then it is locked to that company

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2. Re: Cheap phone from Carphone Warehouse unlocked?

Logo or not makes no difference, they are all unlocked

http://selfhelp.carphonewarehouse.com/SelfHelp/request.do?view%28%29=c{ede583e0-1fa9-11df-4872-f20203001e3d}

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3. Re: Cheap phone from Carphone Warehouse unlocked?

Thanks for the responses.

Yes, I think they will have a logo or message from the current SIM whether or not they are locked. Mine says "Virgin Welcome!" when it boots, so I assume the SIM it came with is from Virgin.

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4. Re: Cheap phone from Carphone Warehouse unlocked?

Also, it's almost impossible to walk through London for very long before coming across a shop with "SIMs unlocked" in the window.

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7. Re: Cheap phone from Carphone Warehouse unlocked?

Almost all handsets supplied by CPW are unlocked and stay that way. Only the very occasional, new release, high-end, "exclusive to {insert name of Network}" devices may be locked.

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