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riahc3 10-05-2010 11:02 PM

Will unbranding my phone, unlock it too?
Im going to unbrand a Nokia N97 so I can flash the latest firmware and get rid of all the "crap" installed by my providor but Im wondering, when I do this, is the phone unlocked as well so it can accept any SIM card? If not, (I imagine this question is asked billions of times) is there any way to do it thru a software (eg. free) method?

N/A 11-05-2010 05:18 AM

A firmware update (any version) will have no effect whatsoever on the SIMlock (operator locking of the phone to just the operator's SIM cards).

nottmbantam 11-05-2010 05:54 AM

Ditto re the above reply - de-branding it will NOT unlock it. If you are in the UK, you can contact your operator for an unlock code for a fee, usually around 20gbp, but you can of course search Google ( or your preferred search engine ! ) for a free unlock code.

Operator provided unlock codes are specific to the phone IMEI number, so will only work with your phone. IMHO, this is safest method.

Once unlocked, then de-brand to get the latest FW update. There is post on this forum somewhere which provides all the N97 Product Codes. As you will be aware, de-branding the phone voids any warranty.

VanDread 15-05-2010 11:17 PM

Will unbranding my phone unlock it too
link not working and membar say good post what is this bro

riahc3 21-05-2010 03:05 PM


Originally Posted by nottmbantam (Post 465577)
you can of course search Google ( or your preferred search engine ! ) for a free unlock code.

Ive searched for a free unlock method on Google but can't come up with anything solid. Maybe Im using incorrect keywords.

Could you please help out? Thanks :)

Flip95 21-05-2010 05:01 PM

You get what you pay for with a free unlock service ...
IMO, I wouldn't touch any of the "free" services - ring your opperator, and pay the money.

... and for future reference (if you're in the UK), get your phone from carphone warehouse - they are supplied unbranded and not locked to any carrier.

If you're not comfortable debranding yourself, use these guys.

(I'm not associated in any way, I've used them a few times without any issue)

You may be able to debrand (i.e. apply the latest nokia firmware) without changing your product code by using a program called "Phoenix".

If you find a version on the internet, use with caution. I killed an N70 with it - and sent it to the above people to fix.

podapo 28-07-2012 05:59 AM

Unbranding a Nokia N97 won't unlock it from network restriction. You have to unlock it separately. The best way to unlock a mobile is to unlock using unlock code. You can get the unlock code from te network provider itself. In any case if you didn't get the unlock code from your network provider, you can get the unlock code from any other reliable third party service. For example, You can get the unlock code from at affordable cost. all the best mate.

SDK 15-10-2012 09:27 AM

Sorry I can not quite understand this question, you said I unlock the phone is also a solution to take someone else

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