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Progress report for free unlock?

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vodafone told me they had to contact huawei for unlock code and it could take up to 2 weeks.

I didn't believe them but what do I know.

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Davidoff,

Tell them you know a bunch of peoople who have had it done at different stores for free and it only took 5 ninutes to do.

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on the face of it, very impressive that a bunch of market traders have achieved better security of their IP than e.g. movie studios, and with something presumably much easier to replicate (a keygen is much smaller than a movie). Unless they are in collusion with the phone makers or someone close to them.. which has me wondering why carries haven't asked the government to investigate that. Doesn't add up, must be something here i'm missing. Perhaps just not enough money involved for anyone to care?

They are not necessarily market traders but legitimate businesses providing a service that is perfectly legal. What exactly is there to investigate. What evidence is there that they are acting illegally.

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They are not necessarily market traders but legitimate businesses providing a service that is perfectly legal. What exactly is there to investigate. What evidence is there that they are acting illegally.

Now you are implying that market traders aren't legitimate businesses lol

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i think fr0do hit nail on head - question then is why the carriers haven't negotiated exclusivity on unlock codes with the mnfr.. perhaps no phone mnfr will agree to this and the carrier has no choice but to compete with whoever, simple as that. perhaps its illegal in the UK to have a monopoly on unlock codes.

so we're going with "the keygen stays secure with huawei, businesses are paying for access to a secure website that generates codes and is run by huawei or its subsidiary"? this sound right?

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vodafone told me they had to contact huawei for unlock code and it could take up to 2 weeks.

I didn't believe them but what do I know.

They said this to me too.

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Now you are implying that market traders aren't legitimate businesses lol

Now I reread my comment it does seem that way. However, that is not what I meant and was just a poor choice of words.

I'm very sorry if any market traders are reading this. :blush:

i think fr0do hit nail on head - question then is why the carriers haven't negotiated exclusivity on unlock codes with the mnfr.. perhaps no phone mnfr will agree to this and the carrier has no choice but to compete with whoever, simple as that. perhaps its illegal in the UK to have a monopoly on unlock codes.

so we're going with "the keygen stays secure with huawei, businesses are paying for access to a secure website that generates codes and is run by huawei or its subsidiary"? this sound right?

Yeah, I think we'll go with that.

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first phone went back due to hardware failure.2nd phone unlocked for free at Vodafone shop.I asked if I could get a free unlock if I bought a phone and they said yes as long as its on our system which it was.

I was prepared to leave and try elsewhere if they had said no after reading about all the free unlocks.

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In case someone wants to try reverse engineering and find an algorithm for unlock, here are 3 codes and the corresponding IMEI's they originated from:

EDIT: removed the IMEI's as instructed

As you can see only the last 5 digits change in the IMEI.

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<p style="text-align: center">In case someone wants to try reverse engineering and find an algorithm for unlock, here are 3 codes and the corresponding IMEI&amp;#39;s they originated from:<br />

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EDIT: removed the IMEIss as instructed

As you can see only the last 5 digits change in the IMEI.</p>

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@Maximus9 You do know that posting your IMEI in a public forum is a bad idea. It's a breach of your privacy and others might abuse it.

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Yeah you shouldnt post your IMEI online. Some idiot could give the IMEI to the police and block your phone.

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In case someone wants to try reverse engineering and find an algorithm for unlock, here are 3 codes and the corresponding IMEI's they originated from:

EDIT: removed the IMEI's as instructed

As you can see only the last 5 digits change in the IMEI.

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Very interesting thread. After reading all, i cant get why it´s so difficult to find an unlock generator for this phone.

Someone told me about free unlock SGS3 generator, so i could not believe it when i found it, even free at play.google !!

Can you understand this? :blink:

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Very interesting thread. After reading all, i cant get why it´s so difficult to find an unlock generator for this phone.

Someone told me about free unlock SGS3 generator, so i could not believe it when i found it, even free at play.google !!

Can you understand this?

My understanding is that it depends on the type of unlock code the manufacturer uses. Some, especially older phones, use an algorithm to compute the unlock code from the IMEI code which means that an unlock generator can be used to obtain the unlock codes. However with some phones (I think newer ones) the unlock code is completely random and is kept in a database held by the manufacturer which cross references the IMEI code to the unlock code. If this system is employed then an unlock generator will not work and you have to go to the manufacturer to obtain the unlock code.

This is my understanding anyway. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Yeah you shouldnt post your IMEI online. Some idiot could give the IMEI to the police and block your phone.

In case someone does this, isn't there a way to unblock it? I mean, call Vodafone, since I do have proof of purchase?

Seems very easy to be abused in this way, doesn't the police requires proof of ownership at least from the person to calls to block it?

Also, seems this is not done by the police, but by the network operator, am I wrong?

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