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The Moto G Phone, £135 yet decent smart phone.

Orang Utan

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Unlock?
Eh?
Why does a new phone need unlocking?
I'm already under contract, so surely i just need a sim free phone?
 

LeslieB

Banned
Banned
Unlock?
Eh?
Why does a new phone need unlocking?
I'm already under contract, so surely i just need a sim free phone?
A sim free phone won't need unlocking. The example posted above isn't sim free, so will rquire unlocking for anything other than the Tesco Mobile network.

If you want a simple, safe option, the phone is available sim free here, obviously it is more expensive. Buy Sim Free Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen.4G Mobile Phone - Black at Argos.co.uk - Your Online Shop for SIM free phones.
 

Orang Utan

knows how to use the three shells
Ah OK, thought only stolen phones needed to be unlocked, hence all those dodgy signs in markets claiming they can unlock your phone
 

Throbbing Angel

Gabba Gabba-pentin
Most phones are sold locked to a network in order that they recoup monies from you in either contract or PAYG charges- you are locked to their network.

Unlocked phones generally cost more which is why the unlocked examples in this thread are £20ish more that the Tesco Direct one I linked to.

I bought my Moto E from Tesco for £60 when it was on offer when the phone was costing more everywhere else, unlocked it for £2 after getting a code from eBay - now I can use any SIM card in it.
It is very common and quite easy to do.

You don't need a SIM free (unlocked) phone if you're staying with Three, you just need a phone that can use a Three SIM card. Why spend the extra £20?

As LeslieB says, though, getting your phone from Argos is the safe, simple option. But is more costly.


Are you choosing the E rather than a G because someone else is paying?
 

Orang Utan

knows how to use the three shells
Why spend the extra £20?




Are you choosing the E rather than a G because someone else is paying?
How do you get a SIM free 3 locked phone then?
And yes, it's for my birthday from my mum, so can't ask for a phone that costs more than about £70 really. Even £70 is a stretch
 

Throbbing Angel

Gabba Gabba-pentin
You can use any phone that is locked to Three, or any SIM free phone - people refer to 'SIM free' as 'unlocked' and the terms are used interchangeably.

As long as the phone can handle 3G/4G, you'll be fine.
 

Orang Utan

knows how to use the three shells
So if I want to save £20, how do I go about getting a locked phone? (also consider that an old lady will be ordering it off the internet)
 

Throbbing Angel

Gabba Gabba-pentin
So if I want to save £20, how do I go about getting a locked phone? (also consider that an old lady will be ordering it off the internet)
  • buy phone
  • go on eBay and search on Motorola Moto E unlock 2nd generation - lots of sellers
  • pick a seller with good feedback
  • provide them with the info they need to generate your unlock code (usually just the make/model and IMEI)
  • pay them - usually £2 or less
  • wait for code to arrive (up to 24 hours sometimes - I bought mine as I went to bed and it was ready when I woke up 8 hours later)
  • follow instructions with the code
Doing this will very probably invalidate your warranty I'm told - how Tesco can tell I have no idea. I had no cause to use my warranty in the 12 months anyway so it wasn't an issue for me.

This seller gives the instructions in the listing if you want to look first- I am not recommending this seller or the listed item


You don't sound comfortable with this I gather OU?
 

Orang Utan

knows how to use the three shells
Nope. Not at all. Needs to be legit.
Will just send the Tesco link to ma.
Cheers for the advice though
 

Orang Utan

knows how to use the three shells
Got a Tesco locked phone in the end.
About to unlock it by eBay but a quick question.
I have a lot of music on my old phone. Will I be able to access it without my sim card in? Could I carry on using it as a music player?
 

heinous seamus

til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee
Dropped my phone one time too many last night and the screen cracked. Does the warranty cover cracked screens?
 

Almor

Well-Known Member
Dropped my phone one time too many last night and the screen cracked. Does the warranty cover cracked screens?
From my argument with Motorola support
""According to Motorola terms and conditions physical or liquid damage will not cover under warranty."

So, probably not unless there's a specific warranty for gorilla glass?

:(

You could try contacting their customer support if you fancy an argument but I don't have a link to it on the phone

:)
 
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