Unlock the V3i
First, the ability to unlock a phone is protected in the United States under the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act. As of 2006 the U.S Copyright Office allowed this exception because
in their words: "The underlying activity sought to be performed by the owner of the handset is
to allow the handset to do what it was manufactured to do - lawfully connect to any carrier.
This is a noninfringing activity by the user...The purpose of the software lock appears to be
limited to restricting the owner's use of the mobile handset to support a business model, rather
than to protect access to a copyrighted work itself."
If interested you can download this document from the U.S. Copyright Office, and begin reading starting at Page 42, Paragraph 5.
There is quite a bit of misunderstanding about what really unlocks a locked phone and why you should even bother to unlock a phone in the first place. I'm going to get a little long winded here so bare with me...
A locked phone is one that will only operate on one particular network, like Cingular. A service provider does this to make it harder for people to leave their network for better service with someone else's network like T-Mobile. They know you love your phone too much to actually buy another one just to go somewhere else for service, so they got you.
Why do you want to unlock your phone in the first place? Many do it just because they can I guess and have no real use for it being unlocked. You would unlock a phone to switch networks and keep the same phone, or if you plan to travel out of the country and don't want to pay international roaming charges.
With an unlocked phone you can go to sites like Cellular Abroad or In Touch Smart Cards or Telestial and buy international SIMs. Or you can just buy them when you arrive in country and make your phone calls at much cheaper, local rates.
There are many monster packs and other files that are labeled as unlocked. All this means is that if your phone is already unlocked, then flashing it or flexing it with these files won't relock it.
There is no monster pack or any other flashable or flexable file that will unlock a locked phone, period.
How do you determine if your V3i is locked? A simple test with a SIM on a different network will confirm if your phone is locked. A locked phone will ask for a password to override the subsidy lock. Once you unlock a phone the subsidy password screen will go away and the phone will log onto any network it can communicate with (in our case GSM networks).
This is what a locked V3i displays if you try
to use a SIM not on your provider's network.
Ok, now lets discuss other methods of unlocking a phone. I would first call
my service provider and try to get the unlock code from them for free.
You bought your phone from them and you pay them every month for service, it is
the least they can do and should do for you in return. Some providers make
you wait 90 days after starting an account with them before they will do this.
Sometimes they just won't give you the code.
From this point on all I'm going to say is search the Internet and you'll quickly drown in a sea of choices in your quest for an unlocked phone. You could also try local mom and pop type cell phone stores for help. I am going to take a moment here to bash a couple companies whose products I've tried and was unhappy with and felt I'd been completely ripped off by. The "Smart Clip" was a piece of shit and the morons who run the company are the most unhelpful people you will ever come across. They just want your money and want you to go away. And it shows! The Ultima Box is the biggest joke of a tool I've ever seen.
Also note, when you buy equipment like this, that there ARE NO REFUNDS. This is scary considering these devices sell for $200 and up. BUYER BEWARE!
I would next try to do the test point procedure myself, without the help of an online unlocking site. There is a thread on the MotoX forums that a reader wrote about their experience unlocking their phone. It worked for them, it may work for you. You will need to disassemble your phone though to do this.
There is also a thread here which discuses the unlocking process for a V3x which it claims are similar to the V3i using a test point procedure.
GSMServer.com has two images for the test point procedure and these instructions for unlocking the V3i via a testpoint.
1. Disassemble the phone.
2. Connect USB cable (phone to computer).
3. Connect test point to a ground wire.
4. Insert battery into phone.
5. Press "Search" button in SmartMOTO program.
6. SmartMOTO should discover a "S Blank Neptune LTE", "S Blank Paragon POG", "S Blank Rainbow POG" or a "S Blank Neptune LTE2" device.
7. Disconnect the test point from the ground wire.
8. The phone is now ready for flashing or other repairing procedures.
Here is the alternate image for the test point procedure.
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