[kwlug-disc] Android: rooting and carrier locking

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Thu Aug 9 15:15:30 EDT 2012


The Balkanization by carriers is intentional, and they use spectrum as an
excuse to lobby government regulations.
On Aug 9, 2012 3:07 PM, "Chamunks Arkturus" <chamunks at gmail.com> wrote:

> The only issue is the only devices that support the wind network are wind
> phones or the band mentioned earlier in this conversation and these phones
> support the rest of the networks but any phone that comes from any of the
> other carriers should not support the wind network.  They really seem to
> hate wind's pricepoint.
>
> On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM, Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca> wrote:
>
>> On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 1:18 PM, Adam Glauser <adamglauser at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>>> On Aug 9, 2012 12:22 PM, "unsolicited" <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > On 08/09/2012 11:01 AM, Colin K wrote:
>>> >>
>>> >> sorry i didnt catch that other sentence.  All nexus line products do
>>> not
>>> >> have carrier locks.
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > And are purchased directly from Google, or from a local carrier
>>> storefront?
>>>
>>> I purchased the Samsung Galaxy Nexus from Bell. They told me it was
>>> unlocked, I haven't confirmed this yet.
>>>
>> I have a "Bell" Galaxy Nexus, and confirmed the device is unlocked by
>> using a Rogers SIM from the office.
>>
>>> Rogers and Wind reps told me they sell it unlocked as well.
>>>
>> The only Galaxy Nexus users who are locked-in are those that got the
>> phone from Verizon and Sprint as those devices use LTE & CDMA. The Sprint
>> version apparently has a SIM slot, but it is not user accessible (plus
>> you'd have to find another LTE/CDMA provider that provides SIM cards, which
>> there are roughly none).
>>
>> The GSM/HSPA+ version (which is what you get directly from Google, or via
>> Bell/Rogers/Telus and their other labels) is unlocked. Plus, they don't
>> come with any bundled carrier junk.
>>
>> --
>> Chris Irwin
>> <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
>>
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