I know there is some connection between Fido and Rogers.
Can I put my Rogers sim card in a Fido phone and have it work with the Rogers network & account?
fido and rogers although owned by the same company, still own different IMSI numbers from Industry Canada, and post aquisition still kept the two imsis as is. fido phones will only acept a fido sim, rogers phones will only accept a rogers sim.
you can easily unlock the fido phone and then it will not only accept a rogers sim, but any other carriers sim too
On phone unlocking....
I have had very good experience with "Mobile In Canada" for unlocking (I have no relation to them other than as a satisfied customer).
All done by email/ecommerce. You pay and send the IMEI of your phone (sorta like its global GSM serial number) and they send back the appropriate unlocking code. $20 flat fee for Rogers and Fido phones.
I needed the unlocking (which worked perfectly on my Xperia X10) so that I could use SIM cards from other countries while traveling.
I happen to also believe that when the contract that subsidized your phone expires, your cellphone company should release the unlocking codes because you've repaid the subsidy through three years of billing. But none of the Canadian (or, for that matter, American) telcos are doing that. Rogers would score plenty of customer satisfaction points by doing this, IMO -- it's zero cost to them and customers aren't going to switch carriers just because they've unlocked their three-year-old phone (and can get a new subsidized one anywhere).
I understand the logic behind locking a phone for the duration of the contract. But there is no logic to refusing to unlock phones after the subsidy is repaid. That's just customer-hostile policy IMO, and all the mainstream carriers engage in it.
In any case... even when subsidized, it's your phone.
I believe T-Mobile will unlock your phone for free if you are a customer and you meet the eligibility criteria, this is what I've read from other posts (that it's at no charge, which touches on your point about having paid for the phone or part of it by using a minimum amount of services from the carrier). http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-1588
actually it does work without unlocking. i did it with my samsug focus. and ppl on other forums already know that Roger phones work on Fido without unlocking. I think they tell us thta we must unlock our phones to do this is so it turns us off from buying off contract and then using fido for cheaper plans. Cause if everyone did this, roger would lose a lot of money.
i recently made a post on another thread here talking about this.
And here's the source to prove that many ppl already know that roger phones work on fido without unlocking. Plus you save money too. altho roger would be losing money...
Ok, maybe it's only the Samsung Focus then. But all Samsung Focus will work with fido without unlocking. I posted a link to another forum and everyone on that thread has the focus and use it with fido without unlocking. The link is on my first reply, i beleive thats 2 posst above this.
Sorry about that. However, I did ask Roger, and Fido, specifically about the Samsung Focus, and they did tell me that it won't work unless unlocked. Maybe roger and fido employees should be informed about this so that future customers that wish to buy a samsung focus and use it on fido wont have to waste money to unlocked it.
You can unlock your phone using unlock code. You can get the unlock code at very low cost. All the best mate.
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i have a chatter chip im trying to put in my lg365 phone and it seems to be locked can some one help me