Orange accounts are being closed down. I asked EE, who took over these
accounts, for unlock codes for some old Orange Nokia handsets.
I received unlock codes for two handsets but was told Nokia don't have an
unlock code for the third.
All these handsets were supplied by Orange on various contracts.
Where do I stand? Do Orange/EE have any obligation to provide these codes?
Are they under any duty to provide a replacement unlocked handset?
This was one of the reasons I won't ever consider a locked handset again.
About 3 years ago I tried to set our son up with a quickie get-me-out-of-
trouble phone, and out of 11 old handsets that all worked, not a single
one could be used.
The one which infuriated me most was an Orange £4.95 alcatel that they
wanted £40 to unlock to take an EE SIM.
I also discovered a lot of unlock sites are shite.
From memory most contract phones are unlocked anyway. Not that I care. My
last phone was direct from WileyFox - unlocked and damn good value (their
appalling customer service is what did for them). 4 years on and it's a
testament to how little has changed that I don't need a new one to do
anymore for me ... this suits me fine.
Can't remember the last time I bought a phone that was locked. Mind you
I don't change them every 5 minutes like some people seem to. I only
bought my current one (Samsung S5 mini) because my old one (S4 mini)
died on me.
The two Nokia 6310i's I have as standbys have been faultless for the
last 15 years and are still on the original batteries too.
Ria in Aberdeen
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On Sat, 16 Mar 2019 06:13:37 +0000, Chronos wrote:
Well, yes. I have countless spaffing invitations to "register" which I
couldn't because their "web site" was so shit. Part of the offer when I
bought mine was a free case if you registered before a certain date.
Needless to say, I never saw it.
But it's a nice phone. Which - unless my basic research is badly skewed -
was a bargain at £130 even now - 4 years on. The only feature it lacks -
and it's not a biggie - is NFC.
Ah, you lucky bugger, you got a Swift, which really is a good device
despite the brand and the 720p resolution. I went for the Storm, which
was probably missing "shit" as a prefix. Dying LEDs, a magnetometer too
close to a power rail, a charge port that absolutely refuses to fast
charge under any circumstances, including using the supplied cable,
the inability to power on after complete battery exhaustion, the list
Its saving grace is compatibility with LineageOS and the fact it still
works, albeit with the caveats above. I really rue the decision to throw
in with a Shenzhen generic masquerading as a British brand. A Moto
would have been a far better choice.
That said, I do have one thing to thank Wileyfox for: Thanks to this
experience, I have resisted the temptation to buy a Nokia solely on the
past reputation of the brand. This is not your dad's Nokia.
Your grandeur passes, and your pageantry,
Your lordships pass, your kingdoms pass; and Time
On Sun, 17 Mar 2019 23:08:20 +0000, Chronos wrote:
I fitted a magnetic coupler to my port so it doesn't get any mechanical
stress. It's the single cheapest "upgrade" we should all apply to our
phones to ensure they last the 5-6 years they will probably be OK for.
I think you'll find that they are required to provide unlock
codes, on demans. at the end of the contract.
If the phone wasn't supplied - allegedly at a discounted price
- whether on a contract or tied to PAYG, it shouldn't be
locked in the first place!
WE only buy SIM free phones these days but when I wanted my
phone unlocked, I went to place advertising the service and
they unlocked it for a fiver.
When my wife wanted her phone unlocked, I found the unlock
code online and got it for free!
Fortunately the phone is a DCT4 for which you can get an automated
unlock code free on line.
If you look at the GiffGaff page
it will do it for you.
If the decoder gives you several codes usually numbered 1-7 it is only
code 5 that you need to enter to network unlock it. Once unlocked it
does not forget. However if it has a SP logo at start-up, unlocking will
not remove it.
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