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Motorola Droid Bionic

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February 28, 2013 6:46:57 AM

I would to use my droid Bionic phone that was a verizon contract phone, I bought out the contract now I would like to use the phone with either AT&T Straight Talk or one of the other pre-paid services. How can the phone be unlocked?
Thanks for your help

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February 28, 2013 3:55:54 PM

It is currently illegal to unlock a subsidised cell phone in the US. A subsidised phone is a phone that was puchased from a carrier (AT&T , Verizon , T-Mobile , Sprint) for a reduced price if you sign up for a 1 or 2 year contract. A cell phone or smartphone that cost $600 and can be purchased through a cell phone carrier for $199 and a 2 year contract is an example of a subsidised phone. Unlocking that type of phone is now illegal in the US.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/n [...] d=18319518

You can still purchase an unlocked phone or unlock your phone if you paid full price and it wasn't subsidised.
Because we cannot verify what type of phone you have and how you aquired it or verify your identity and whether or not you have a valid service contract with any of the cell phone carriers we do not want people asking for unlocking help and it is against the forum rules to do so.

You will need to go to your cell phone carrier and have them help you with unlocking and setting up an account.
March 7, 2013 11:53:17 AM

Thanks for the info, the phone would have been free had I went the full contract of 2 years, but because Verizon was screwing me around on the data usage it was cheaper to buy the contract out and pay full price for the phone, I paid them 600.88 to do this. I have the receipts to prove this. So because I own the phone out right I should be able to use it or do with it as I choose. Thanks again for the info
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