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    Unlocked phones vs Phones from Carrier

    So as i am reading up on the bold 9700 i am wondering. What is the difference between the version you get from the store (in this case Tmobile) vs an Unlocked TMobile branded phone?

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    only difference is the unlocked can be used with any wireless carrier, just pop in the SIM and your good to go. unlocked phones are better when you wanna sell your phone and if you travel to avoid roaming chargers
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    While an unlocked GSM will work with any GSM carrier, you might not get 3G. For example, TMO uses a different 3G frequency which it is not compatible with the other GSM carriers.

    From what I have seen so far, the 9700 for TMO has their specific frequency combination. It will work on ATT, Rogers, etc, but only at EDGE speeds. ATT/Rogers devices, with their 3G frequency combination will only work on EDGE with TMO.

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    Make sure you look at your warranty options with an unlocked phone from a 3rd party retailer.
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    Thanks alot guys! Great help

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    TMO should provide you with the unlock code, IIRC. I wouldn't place any additional value in an unlocked versus locked unit unless you're not in good standing with TMO. Even then, unlock codes are typically inexpensive and easy to get.

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    Another difference will be the price, unlocked is more expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by briareus
    TMO should provide you with the unlock code, IIRC. I wouldn't place any additional value in an unlocked versus locked unit unless you're not in good standing with TMO. Even then, unlock codes are typically inexpensive and easy to get.

    So getting a tmobile one and they should provide an unlock code which would have the same affect?

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    But you need to be a customer in good standign for some set period of time, I think. They aren't going to sell you a device and turn around and give you an unlock code for the heck of it.

    Most require at least 90 days, some 6 months of service and on time bill payment.

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    And UMA (voice over WiFi) may be an issue when using an unlocked device.

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