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Samsung Galaxy S Unlock Codes Are In Your Phone!

I can name so many reasons why you would want to unlock your phone. Higher resale value, no more ridiculous roaming fees from our lovely Canadian carriers and freedom to switch between carriers just to name a few.

Now usually, manufacturers lock your phone to the carrier you buy it from and keep your unlock codes somewhere on their servers. This time, Samsung decided they’re gonna keep that unlock code right inside your very own phone. You didn’t think the guys at XDA-Developers wouldn’t let that one slip by did you Sammy?

Now mind you, getting to that code isn’t a one click process but it just takes digging around a little bit. Hey, it sure beats paying $30 for someone else to do it for you or even worse, getting scammed out of your money. And if you’re worried about losing that precious warranty, they’ve also got a way for you to lock it right back up like nothing ever happened.

So if you own a Galaxy S and are feeling a little adventurous on this glorious Monday, go ahead and give it a shot. By the way, WIND’s 3G will work perfectly on the Vibrant after you unlock so now you’ve got yourself a sweet phone that works on pretty much any carrier with 3G, at least here in Canada. Info and all the instructions are right in the source link below.

Update: Looks like the Bell I9000 (our Canadian Vibrant) won’t work with WIND’s 3G even after the unlock. [Thanks, CMS!]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2HH566ODCV37VQAALDARBU4XAY CMS

    Where did you hear that the Bell Vibrant would work on Wind 3G? To my knowledge the *only* Galaxy S with AWS bands is the T-Mobile Vibrant.

  • 3ti3nn3

    Can you guys confirm that the bands of the Galaxy S would make it fully working on Rogers network? I'm having a hard time finding a definitive answer…

  • Tric_101

    Yes the Bell Samsung S will work on Rogers i'm using mine on Rogers rate now.. it will also work on Fido and Telus too.

  • http://www.oval.ca Orion

    Two questions:

    1. How does this get rid of roaming fees exactly?

    2. If you only have one carrier for this phone in your region is unlocking it still worth it?

    Thanks!

  • http://bassdrop.ca/sarcastro Sarcastro

    Unlocking a phone just allows you to use the phone with a different carrier, it will not get rid of roaming fees… the only exception to that would be if you had multiple sim cards with different carriers in different cities and swapped sim cards whenever you travelled to those cities.

    I don't fully understand the second question… one carrier 'for this phone'… that's the entire point of unlocking a phone, to be able to use it with whatever carrier you please (ie. if you get a locked phone from Bell, it can only be used with Bell… once it's unlocked you can put a Rogers sim card in it and use it with Rogers.)

    If there's only one carrier in your area, or if your phone is locked to the carrier you plan on staying with, there's probably little point in unlocking it unless you're planning to sell it as it'll increase the resale value.

  • http://bassdrop.ca/sarcastro Sarcastro

    Oh, I just noticed the article does, in fact, state no more roaming fees… I'm inclined to think that's false, but I'd love to be proven wrong :P

  • http://twitter.com/pedram13 Pedram Abarham

    I think you might be right about this one. I didn't do all my homework and just kind of spoke out of turn, i'll edit.

  • http://www.oval.ca Orion

    I don't have Telus, Bell, Fido or Wind etc. in my area. Just Rogers and a local carrier that has a deal with Rogers. :P

    I guess the only reason I'd want an unlocked phone would be if Rogers isn't already offering it (eg. Nexus 1)…

  • Ryan

    Hey Pedram I've been looking online for informations about unlocking an android phone and this is the best article I came across… As you mentioned in your article that there are scams out there in terms of unlocking android phones hence the reason I am doing homework… Is there a way for me to unlock my own android phone? Or is it only based on unlock codes? What would be the best method to unlock an android phone and if it's via a website which website would you recommend (so that I don't get scammed)? Sorry for all the questions i'm new at this.

    Thanks

  • Ryan

    Hey Pedram I've been looking online for informations about unlocking an android phone and this is the best article I came across… As you mentioned in your article that there are scams out there in terms of unlocking android phones hence the reason I am doing homework… Is there a way for me to unlock my own android phone? Or is it only based on unlock codes? What would be the best method to unlock an android phone and if it's via a website which website would you recommend (so that I don't get scammed)? Sorry for all the questions i'm new at this.

    Thanks

  • Bill

    My sympathies go out to you for only being able to use Rogers. I'd rather sell my soul…

  • aj
  • http://twitter.com/pedram13 Pedram Abarham

    It would really depend on which Android phone you have. There are some phones that you might be able to unlock yourself, this is where I'd check for that: http://forum.xda-developers.com/
    And I personally prefer local phone stores that unlock your phone since you can test it out right after with a different carrier's SIM, check craigslist. and if that's not possible, i've never got unlocking done through a website but maybe you can ask in our very own forums and someone might know? :-)
    http://www.androidincanada.ca/forums/

  • Ryan

    Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/pedram13 Pedram Abarham

    Thanks! looks like XDA updated their forum post to include these easier methods covered in the video.

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  • Chrissy_chevy

    I bought the samsung galaxy but never could get 3g i took it back to the store but they couldnt figure out wat the prob was. Can someone ols help we..can only use my internet in wifi areas!!