I bought a T-Mobile Blackberry 7100t last year partially because it is Quad Band and I could use it around the world. On my upcoming trip to Hong Kong, I decided that the time difference and the short three week trip meant that forwarding my calls to my Skype number and then unlocking the phone and getting a pre-paid SIM card from Orange in HK would be my best bet.
After a long chat with a representative from T-Mobile on Sunday, I made this determination and he processed my unlock request. Bless his heart.
So today I received my unlock instructions:
WARNING: Make sure Wireless Mode is turned off before proceeding with the following steps. Failure to do so may result in the device being damaged.
1. On the Home screen, click the Tools icon.
2. In the tools screen, select the Settings icon.
3. Scroll to SIM Card and select it. You should see the phone number and the SIM ID number.
4. Type 'meppd' to display the first five levels of SIM locking. T- Mobile uses network locking so the Network should display Active. All other states should display Disabled.
5. Type 'mepp2 'to display the dialog box asking for the unlock code.
Important: To type mepp2 in Step 5, the customer will need to ensure they are pressing the Alt key to get the 2 key to work (because the 2 is on the same key with letters T and Y, see image)
NOTE: You have 10 attempts to enter the correct code.
6. Press ENTER and reboot handheld.
I am completely at a loss as to why it is so difficult to use global devices globally. Especially with devices like the Blackberry which are Internet capable. Why wouldn't the Blackberry people send a message to my phone with the unlock code embedded in it and have me give permission for the code to do its magic?
Why do I have to do something potentially damaging to the phone?