Sweet! Unlocked my girls GS3 and my Note II, both on T-mo. Tested and confirmed with Vodafone Sim Card. Thank you OP!!! Saved me the hassle of calling T-mobile and asking them to do it. Plus it's more fun this way anyway
Does this mean I can use it outside the coutry w/o paying for any extra service fees?
You have to pay for service no matter where you go, but if you go to another country, rather than being forced to use your AT&T SIM card, which will charge you international roaming, you can buy a prepaid SIM card from the country you are traveling to. You would have to switch the SIM cards and then you can use your unlocked phone on the international service plan.
What does "GSM' mean in the original post? I have a Galaxy sII.
GSM refers to use "Global System for Mobile communications". This is for devices that use SIM cards, specifically AT&T and T-Mobile devices in the US, and almost all devices every else in the world.
As for the S2, this will not work on it, but if you look at the bottom of this post, I explain how you should be able to unlock your phone.
anyone, would it invalidate warranty?
Already answered, no.
Can i purchase SIII from best buy now and try unlocking it ? Does this mean i don't have to wait for prices of unlocked phone to go down - Kindly guide
If you buy it with AT&T or T-Mobile, you could unlock it, but you would still be signed up for a 2-yr contract for the voice and data service.
In my case, I will be traveling overseas next month and wondering if I can gift this to someone. Not sure if I have to pay early termination fee ($325) for AT&T even if the phone gets unlocked
Unlocking the phone deals ONLY with the phone, not with your service. You will still have the service and you will still either have to pay the monthly fees or pay the early termination fee, whether you have the phone or not. The phone is yours. You can give it to whoever you want, but if you want people to use it overseas, it will have to be unlocked and they will have to use their own SIM card. You will also need to remove and keep your AT&T SIM card to use in another phone (which you will have to get) or will have to cancel your AT&T service and pay the ETF.
i have Tmobile S3 and it's doesn't work? so i guess its work only on AT&T
Make sure you are dialing with the first " * ".
How does this work for those of us who got s3 , for .96c , by signing a 2yr contract? Unlock phone and get outa contract , keep the phone ?
Was that for AT&T or T-Mobile? Those are the only carriers this will work for. Unlocking the phone does NOTHING to the contract. The contract is for service, it has nothing to do with the phone. You could sell the phone and you'd still have to pay your voice and data service.
Unlocking the phone only makes it possible for you to use the phone on other GSM networks, i.e. AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers, basically all international networks, provided you have a SIM card for those networks (either with a monthly service or prepaid system).
Your phone is yours, it has nothing to do with the service. You are still under contract to use the service for 2 yrs.
does this work for s3 verizon? or only work for s3 att and tmobile. anyone has s3 verizon, tried the unlocked step from OP and confirmed it will work yet?
I have a Verizon S3 and dialed the number but it told me to hang up and call 161. Any help?
So what happens if you unlock Sprint Galaxy S3, any benefit?
This works ONLY for GSM phones, i.e. phones on AT&T, T-Mobile, or most international carrier. This will NOT work on CDMA/TDMA phones, specifically phones from Verizon or Sprint.
"Unlocking" means SIM unlocking, and since those services don't use SIM cards, they are not involved. As far as I know, you can use CDMA phones on other CDMA networks, but you would have to register the ID and pay some sort of phone change fee (but I'm not completely sure of this).
do i need an att sim card? because i just called with the number code and it was unable to request it. i did not even go through any stepts
I tried it on my galaxy note 2 with AT&T and got the same message.
note 2 w att
Again, makes sure you are dialing with the " * " at the beginning of the number.
Did anyone try it with S2?
It doesn't work on the S2, but if you've had your phone for something like 90 days or 6 months (not sure which) with service on your GSM carrier, you can call them up and say you are going overseas and need to unlock your phone for use there. They should give you the SIM unlock code for your phone, which you would need to put in when you insert another network's SIM into your phone. If they try and say "you could use our service internationally" or something like that, just keep pressing that you may go to areas that don't have coverage and need other options. They should/will give it to you.
This goes with anyone who bought their phone from the service they are currently using. I've even heard of people doing this with the iPhone.
so if my ATT S3 phone is already rooted, i need to restore it to stock ROM and then use this fix to unlock it? Can I re-root it after unlock? would I lose the unlock? i hate losing the root.
Yeah, you'd need to restore, then unlock, then root. It shouldn't be affected by rooting, as per other people's experience, but I haven't done it, so I can't say for sure.
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"Inna ma'al ousri yousra"(94:6) - "Verily in any hardship there is ease."
no benefit of unlocking your shitty verizon/sprint phones man. If you guys went for cdma road, you should know better than this.
Anyway, who really went for att on this s3 & note 2 anyway? It's so expensive since beginning. These phones are mostly for data internet. It's not cheap on att data. How much do you guys pay when sign up for your att s3 plan?
no benefit of unlocking your shitty verizon/sprint phones man. if you guys went for CDMA road, you should know better than this.
anyway, who really went for ATT on this S3 & Note 2 anyway? it's so expensive since beginning. these phones are mostly for data internet. it's not cheap on ATT data. how much do you guys pay when sign up for your ATT S3 plan?
not too expensive considering the rollover minutes and 23% discount from work(premier account). I pay $90 each month for two s3s on family plan. 2gig data each.
Maybe a stupid question but my phone does have a slot for a SIM card, it has a Verizon SIM card in it. But I guess this is a CDMA card?
SIM cards are not CDMA. CDMA refers to the voice service. Your SIM card is used exclusively for Verizon 4G wireless data, not for calling. It is possible that your phone may already work on GSM networks, if you were to swap SIMs with AT&T or T-Mobile, but I can't confirm this. You may even need some sort of soft hack to make this happen.
why do i need to restore? rooting is not like using diff romz.
I have no idea man. I didn't write the code for the service menu (samsung) or for the unlock (xda-devs), so I don't know what this unlock entails. My guess would be that something in the rooting process changes the service menus or disables some of them. Have you tried it? Obviously, try the unlock before anything else, but what others have said is that they needed to restore their phones from the root, and then unlock them, but its possible they were using different roms and just referred to rooted as opposed to rooted & flashed.
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