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    • melbury
    • By melbury 10th Jan 18, 5:17 PM
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    So frustrated, I could scream.......
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:17 PM
    So frustrated, I could scream....... 10th Jan 18 at 5:17 PM
    Following on from my previous post:

    I contacted Virgin Mobile about getting an unlocking code, which the did provide. They said I need to put in the sim card from my new provider and then put in the unlocking code. Tried about a dozen times, but just get the message SIM not valid

    Phoned Virgin three times and went through the whole thing with three different people who just kept repeating themselves and in the end said it must be a problem with the sim card and I should contact 02.

    Went on chat with 02 and they said I need to put in the unlocking code with the old Virgin sim card still in the phone.

    Well I have done this a few times and absolutely get no message or guidance whatsoever. If I press the main button it just tries to call the unlock number, which of course doesn't work.

    PLEASE has anyone successfully managed to unlock an old Nokia 1100 from Virgin Mobile? What am I doing wrong?
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    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 10th Jan 18, 5:30 PM
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    • #2
    • 10th Jan 18, 5:30 PM
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    VM are correct O2 not so. Why would the phone need an unlock code for the network it's locked too?

    Do you have a special attachement to a 15 year old phone?
    • melbury
    • By melbury 10th Jan 18, 5:38 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:38 PM
    VM are correct O2 not so. Why would the phone need an unlock code for the network it's locked too?

    Do you have a special attachement to a 15 year old phone?
    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    Yes, I am very fond of it and also know how to use it

    Also there is nothing wrong with the phone, it does exactly what I want it to. Why is everything so complicated?

    They gave me this 15 digit number but it doesn't seem to work.
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    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 10th Jan 18, 5:40 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:40 PM
    I'm surprised to has allowed about 15 -20 attempts, most phone lock themselves after a few and then require a PUK code.
    • d123
    • By d123 10th Jan 18, 5:40 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:40 PM
    You only get 3 attempts iirc.

    This is the procedure (and some dim memory says Virgin used the +7 code as well, but it’s so long ago I may be wrong and it could be +1).

    Oh, and these instructions are correct, the code is entered with no SIM card in the phone.

    Nokia 1100 unlocking instructions

    Warning : Do not enter any wrong unlock codes on your Nokia 1100 mobile phones. If you enter over a certain amount of wrong unlock codes on your Nokia 1100 mobile phone, your phone may get permanently locked and sometimes become unusable.

    1 - Switch on your Nokia 1100 without any sim card.
    2 - Don't bother as to what is displayed on your Nokia 1100.
    3 - Compose #pw+CODE+1#.
    4 - The Nokia 1100 would then display the message "SIM Restriction Off" and will be unlocked!

    Note :For Nokia 1100 mobile phones locked to the network Fido or Rogers in Canada follow these instructions :
    1 - Switch on your Nokia 1100 without any sim card.
    2 - Don't bother as to what is displayed on your Nokia 1100.
    3 - Compose #pw+CODE+7#.
    4 - The Nokia 1100 would then display the message "SIM Restriction Off" and will be unlocked!

    The letter p appears if you press the button star(*) three times quickly
    The letter w appears if you press the button star(*) four times quickly
    The symbol + appears if you press the button star(*) two times quickly
    The CODE you need to enter is the unique unlock code for your Nokia 1100
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    • d123
    • By d123 10th Jan 18, 5:43 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:43 PM
    I'm surprised to has allowed about 15 -20 attempts, most phone lock themselves after a few and then require a PUK code.
    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    That would only apply to incorrect PIN entry, after locking out the network code the phone simply ignores any further input and needs to be reset with a master code (from Nokia) or unlocking software iirc.
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    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 10th Jan 18, 5:46 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:46 PM
    I realise that thought it also applied to network locks maybe I am wrong.
    • melbury
    • By melbury 10th Jan 18, 5:48 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:48 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:48 PM
    You only get 3 attempts iirc.

    This is the procedure (and some dim memory says Virgin used the +7 code as well, but itís so long ago I may be wrong and it could be +1).

    Oh, and these instructions are correct, the code is entered with no SIM card in the phone.
    Originally posted by d123
    Tried this but no luck. It won't let me put in anything except numbers - letters and # etc don't work.

    Just says"insert sim"

    Thanks anyway.
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    • d123
    • By d123 10th Jan 18, 6:11 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 6:11 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 6:11 PM
    Tried this but no luck. It won't let me put in anything except numbers - letters and # etc don't work.

    Just says"insert sim"

    Thanks anyway.
    Originally posted by melbury
    It definitely works as per the instructions, did you read how the p and w are entered?

    Remember, NO simcard in the phone...

    I presume you’ve used up all your attempts.

    All the old Nokia’s of that time unlocked with the #pw+ method.
    Last edited by d123; 10-01-2018 at 6:14 PM.
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    • melbury
    • By melbury 10th Jan 18, 7:05 PM
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    It definitely works as per the instructions, did you read how the p and w are entered?

    Remember, NO simcard in the phone...

    I presume youíve used up all your attempts.

    All the old Nokiaís of that time unlocked with the #pw+ method.
    Originally posted by d123
    My OH managed to type it all in, but then it just says "code error."

    The number is definitely the one given to me by Virgin. Do you actually have to type in the +?

    Does the 15 digit unlock number only let you have three attempts then? Virgin did not tell me this.
    Last edited by melbury; 10-01-2018 at 7:37 PM.
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    • d123
    • By d123 10th Jan 18, 8:15 PM
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    My OH managed to type it all in, but then it just says "code error."

    The number is definitely the one given to me by Virgin. Do you actually have to type in the +?

    Does the 15 digit unlock number only let you have three attempts then? Virgin did not tell me this.
    Originally posted by melbury
    Yes, you must include the +1# on the end, it requires the whole string to work.

    So, example, #pw+12345678910+1#

    And, yes, there is a finite number, I haven’t dealt with such old phones for well over 10 years so don’t remember exactly. I think it was 3, but it may have been 5.

    Edit

    Here’s a more detailed description.

    General Information about your Nokia 1100 unlock code

    When you receive your email with your unique Nokia 1100 unlocking codes, you may see there's actually more than one code.

    Depending on your model you may receive two codes for newer phones or seven codes for older Nokia models
    (Please see below for some examples)
    If you receive a code without the #pw+ at the beginning or EG +1# at the end, then you need to add this to the code before you enter it.
    For example, if you receive 418636523456123, then the code is actually #pw+418636523456123+1# (Should normally be +1# on the end).


    PLEASE NOTE

    WHEN ENTERING A CODE, be very carefull, Nokia models only allow 3 attempts to enter a code, after this they will lock themselves.
    When you enter a code and it returns an error code, STOP and contact us, making a note of the error exact message. If you continue it will affect your chances of a refund.
    However it is worth trying to use your new SIM as some phones can falsly report a 'Code Error'

    How to enter your Nokia unlocking code

    Use the * (Star) Key to get the p w and + characters.

    Press * key 3 times for p
    Press * key 4 times for w
    Press * key 2 times for +
    Last edited by d123; 10-01-2018 at 8:17 PM.
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    • melbury
    • By melbury 10th Jan 18, 9:01 PM
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    Yes, you must include the +1# on the end, it requires the whole string to work.

    So, example, #pw+12345678910+1#

    And, yes, there is a finite number, I havenít dealt with such old phones for well over 10 years so donít remember exactly. I think it was 3, but it may have been 5.

    Edit

    Hereís a more detailed description.
    Originally posted by d123
    Many thanks for your detailed reply.

    I have definitely locked it then So should I contact Virgin again and request another unlock code, would that work?
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    • simax
    • By simax 10th Jan 18, 9:21 PM
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    If you’ve used up those attempts then the only way to unlock it is by sending it to the network to unlock, which of its Virgin you may as well sling it in the bin (or stay with Virgin).....
    I say it as it is - you may not like that but what would you prefer? A string of false platitudes that are no help whatsoever just to make you feel better? If my advice has helped, please press the Thanks button over here ----------------V. Cheers
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 10th Jan 18, 9:25 PM
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    I suspect you may be better biting the bullet and buying a new handset.
    • d123
    • By d123 10th Jan 18, 10:27 PM
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    If you’ve used up those attempts then the only way to unlock it is by sending it to the network to unlock, which of its Virgin you may as well sling it in the bin (or stay with Virgin).....
    Originally posted by simax
    When did the networks ever have unlocking equipment?

    It would officially need to be sent to (the old) Nokia for service. The OP could try their local unlocker/repair phone shop, if they still have their older software like the JAF Box they could reset and unlock it.

    Problem is, to spend £10 to unlock a 15 year old phone that probably isn’t even worth £10 seems like a bit of a waste of money...

    The modern equivalent would cost £4.99 plus a topup.

    https://www.carphonewarehouse.com/home/products/nokia/105-2017.html#!colour=blue&dealType=pg
    Last edited by d123; 10-01-2018 at 10:29 PM.
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    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 11th Jan 18, 3:28 AM
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    Originally posted by d123
    And that, being from CPW, would almost certainly come unlocked to avoid this in the future.
    • d123
    • By d123 11th Jan 18, 10:54 AM
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    And that, being from CPW, would almost certainly come unlocked to avoid this in the future.
    Originally posted by pmduk
    Thatís why I chose CPW as the example
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    • boatman
    • By boatman 11th Jan 18, 1:06 PM
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    Melbury, was there something wrong with the 3310 you bought?
    • melbury
    • By melbury 11th Jan 18, 8:43 PM
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    Melbury, was there something wrong with the 3310 you bought?
    Originally posted by boatman
    No nothing at all, but it was my husband's Christmas present

    I should have bought myself one at the same time for £19.99, absolute bargain
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    • melbury
    • By melbury 11th Jan 18, 8:45 PM
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    When did the networks ever have unlocking equipment?

    It would officially need to be sent to (the old) Nokia for service. The OP could try their local unlocker/repair phone shop, if they still have their older software like the JAF Box they could reset and unlock it.

    Problem is, to spend £10 to unlock a 15 year old phone that probably isnít even worth £10 seems like a bit of a waste of money...

    The modern equivalent would cost £4.99 plus a topup.

    https://www.carphonewarehouse.com/home/products/nokia/105-2017.html#!colour=blue&dealType=pg
    Originally posted by d123
    Actually that looks a very nice little phone, so will look into that further.

    I know I am just being stupid, but I am really very fond of my little Nokia 1100, it still works perfectly and did you know, it is the worlds best selling handset
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