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What does unlocking my phone do?


I want to unlock my phone and my sons from koodo..and get a pay as you go from another cell phone carrier because my husband's plan will be suspended as if Friday and I can't open my own plan until my photo ID card comes in..what happens to all my contact numbers and photos that I have ony phone will I lose everything ? I don't have alot of knowledge when it comes to cell phones and how to make sure I don't lose those things...Please Help someone????

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Unlocking just makes it so you can use any sim card. You will lose nothing although you should always back up in case anything happens. You can use google drive or aSD card or move to a computer. Be sure to unlock from eBay or any other third party unlocker that's got good reviews if android as it'll be cheaper. You could also just get your own prepaid plan with Koodo without a problem so there is no need to unlock unless there's a plan that better fits your needs / budget elsewhere.
Goran wrote:

Unlocking just makes it so you can use any sim card. You will lose nothing although you should al...

I want to be able to use my phone after my ex husband's plan with koodo is suspended or cut off since he cant make the promised payments..
The rep said it's the only way to keep my phone going..so does that mean once unlocked and with a new carrier on pay as you go that my phone will still be able to use and koodo can't stop me from using it?
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Goran wrote:

Unlocking just makes it so you can use any sim card. You will lose nothing although you should al...

As far as I recall, unlocking a phone does not prevent it from being blacklisted. You may wish to be prepared to replace it with a fresh phone, should it become blacklisted.
Goran wrote:

Unlocking just makes it so you can use any sim card. You will lose nothing although you should al...

From what a koodo rep said ifbits unlocked I can use a pay as you go from someone else..it's the only way to use it due to I can not open my own plan ..
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Goran wrote:

Unlocking just makes it so you can use any sim card. You will lose nothing although you should al...

As Goran said earlier, you can use Koodo' s pre-paid service without needing to unlock the phones. Switching to another provider would not prevent the phone from being blacklisted, and it cease working on that network.
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If you do not need it right now, I'd wait until December to unlock it for free! Also, unlocking is pretty useful when travelling if not... I don't see the use unless you want to change phone companies.
Robert wrote:

If you do not need it right now, I'd wait until December to unlock it for free! Also, unlocking i...

What happens in December ?
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Robert wrote:

If you do not need it right now, I'd wait until December to unlock it for free! Also, unlocking i...

That was last December in which the crtc made it free to unlock your phone.
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I think OP needs her phones unlocked ASAP. Waiting until December 1st is not advisable.
The LG Nexus should already be unlocked. The Motorola is $2-5 to unlock on eBay. If you don't want to order the code online, go to one of those cellphone accessories kiosks in shopping malls and pay them ~$30 for the code. If you have a friend with a smartphone and PayPal/eBay account, get them to buy the code online and pay them back the pocket change.
Once Koodo blocks the phone from its network for non-payment, once unlocked, it should work on Bell/Rogers/Virgin/Fido/Chatr, but not on TELUS/Koodo/Public. For it to be blacklisted, it'd have to be declared as lost or stolen.
To the Mobile Masters and Koodo staff: I am not encouraging any activity that would deliberately put Koodo/TELUS at a financial loss on this thread. We understand that OP owns the phones (no remaining tab), her ex-husband hasn't paid the Koodo account to his name (and we can't expect OP to pay the Koodo account) and therefore OP's phones will be collections-blocked from the TELUS/Koodo network. Although it's unfortunate that OP's ex-husband's Koodo account hasn't been managed properly and is now in the rears, OP who owns these phones is interested in activating prepaid service which she will pay for with her own money, and sadly will not be able to use her phones on the Koodo/TELUS network.
Now OP's ex-husband will also lose his number, not be able to subscribe to wireless service with TELUS/Koodo (and if they're in AB/BC, probably won't be able to subscribe to TELUS wireline service, either), and will take a hit on his credit score. It is never recommended to leave a balance with a carrier left unpaid.
Hi everyone, a follow-up question here. I have a Koodo phone that I can get unlocked. But once I get it unlocked, can I continue to use the Koodo service on the same phone? Does unlocking interfere with the current Koodo services in any way, while it makes the phone usable with other companies? 
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archi wrote:

Hi everyone, a follow-up question here. I have a Koodo phone that I can get unlocked. But once I ...

No, it simply allows your phone to be used with other carriers. You wont notice anything different.

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