What is a locked phone?

July 18th, 2012

Question: What is a locked phone?

Since handsets are heavily subsidised and represent a significant portion of the value of the contract. As an industry standard, they are typically locked to the network. Some phones can be unlocked and used with other networks. However, if you are under contract this usually considered a breach of contract.

We recommend against doing this as the phone may not work as well without the original network settings. And you may find yourself liable for penalties according to the terms of your contract.

Also other meaning for Locked Phone and Unlocked Phones.

Definition Locked / Unlocked. iPhone and Most mobile phones that you purchase from any network such as O2, Three and Lebara.  Where a ‘locked’ mobile phone has been restricted by software by the network provider. In order to be used only with that single network or carrier. Locked mobile phones are usually GSM phones that use a SIM card – hence the use of the term ‘SIMlock‘.

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