04-19-2012, 12:42 AM
| | Re: is sim code unlock and international unlock the same thing?
On Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:33:33 +0000 (UTC), Mike S. quoted bob:
>> One of the question they asked is whether I need a sim unlock code or I want
>> to use the phone outside usa.
>> Aren't they both the same thing?
Not at all (see below).
>> ... Meaning if I want to use it outside usa, I
>> need it unlocked, and if it is unlocked, I can use it outside usa.
If you want to use it *economically* outside usa, you want to use a local
SIM card in it, and for that you need it unlocked. But you can use it
outside the usa *uneconomically*, as Todd points out, wherever T-Mo has
roaming agreements in place.
And if it's unlocked, you can use it anywhere -- outside *or* inside usa --
with anyone's SIM card.
Typically, T-Mo's phones as first set up for use on a new account are
restricted to *domestic* calling only. No calls abroad (except maybe to
Canada), and no use *while* abroad (except maybe in Canada).
It's an easy matter for a telephone CS rep to toggle the appropriate bit in
your account settings to allow (i) calls abroad or (ii) calls while abroad.
That accounts for the "use it outside usa" question.
The "need it unlocked" question is quite independent of the "use it outside
usa" question, from the CS rep's perspective (which bit do I toggle?), as
you can now easily see :-) .
HTH. Cheers, -- tlvp
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