Benefit of unlocking my cellphone

Discussion in 'Portable Devices & Gadgets' started by Heeter, May 27, 2010.

  1. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hi all,

    I use a HTC Dream, with Android 1.6 on it. Runs really well, and I use it to it's fullest extent (I think).

    A friend suggested that I get it unlocked.

    I asked him how that benefits me, he said that I can use it overseas. That's the best answer he could come up with.

    What is the benefit of unlocking my phone?

    There is an app on the android market that will unlock this phone for $12, wondering if that is the way to go?

    If unlocked, will I be able to update to Android ver2?

    I am tied down right now to a plan for 2 years, should I still unlock the phone?


    Thanks

    Heeter
     
  2. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    AFAIK unlocking a phone means you can the phone on any carrier. Not sure about the upgrade part, it will prob allow you to upgrade but it may re-lock the phone.

    From what you have stated I see no reason to unlock the phone.
     
  3. Xie

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    Unlocking will NOT allow you to upgrade if there is no ROM of v2.x for your Dream. Also don't confuse unlocking with rooting. ;) All and unlock does for you is allow you to change carriers, but in the US that is a bit tricky since we have 2 different technologies that aren't compatible.

    Also I would never pay to unlock, most unlocks can be had for free. :)

    -edit- for info on anything you wanna do w/ your Android phone I'd check out: xda-developers
     
  4. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Awesome, Thanks for your input guys,

    Didn't think that this would benefit me at all.

    What is rooted mean?


    Heeter
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2010
  5. Xie

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    rooted = have "root" access on your phone (same as "jailbreak" on an iPhone). It's the same as having "root" on *nix or "admin" on Windows. Gives you more control over what you can do.

    Why should you root your Dream/G1?
    -edit- Dream wiki
     
  6. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Great find, Xie

    Thanks a million,

    I think I will do that instead. I run quite a few opensuse workstations, I should of known what rooted meant. Oh well.

    Thanks again,

    Heeter