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    Moto Droid 3: Unlock Global Mode VZW

    I have been using this Motorola D3 for about 3 months now. Despite the initial TERRIBLE TERRIBLE battery life, after having rooted the phone and slid down the cpu as much as possible, it manages to make it through some days of light use without me running to the charger.

    My question is if there is a way to unlock the sim card block that verizon has put on it without paying them $30. Not to mention, I am not a contracted member, so cannot even get a vzw rep. to speak with me on the phone. My Motorola Droid 2 I believe has the ability to unblock the sim block by changing the voltage kernel. I have yet to overclock either phone, but do have the voltage kernels for both, so I am wondering if replacing this kernel would also unblock the sim card so that I can use the global function of the phone. I am traveling to Europe in a week and need to figure this out as fast as possible. Somebody with more knowledge then I do please help!!!

    HardWare: Moto Droid 3
    System Version: 5.7.894XT862.verizon.en.us
    Software: MavRom v1.1 on version 2.3.4
    Baseband Version N_03.18.29P
    ERI version 5
    PRL version 52526
    CR 5.0.2.6

    Out of the box the phone had a bad overheating problem localized in the battery compartment. Stock motoblur and all ROMS available had freezing issues and would regularly double type fragments of things I'd already typed. Since sliding down the CPU, freezing issues have gone to a minimum. No overhearting, 10x the battery life. I am mainly concerned with unblocking the pin, but also am having connectivity problems via the usb cord (as of just now). It's just reading the usb port on 2 laptops as a charger. I've also tried 2 data type B data cords. It looks as if I will have to tackle this problem before I can change the voltage kernel now anyways. Any helpful thoughts, comments, input appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    You prob already did this but did you make sure it wasn't on charge only mode?

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    I am not sure what mode it is in because it won't bring down the drop down menu on the android device. The battery indicator simply changes to charging like it would if you plugged it into a wall outlet. I did try it with and without usb debugging enabled, both on my laptop running win7x64 as well as my old laptop running XPx86. Got the same results in both cases
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    I have also tried wiping the rom and restoring it to how it was 2 weeks ago. Same results. This is very odd. If anyone else has dealt with this before feel free to leave a link to the general discussion. Also, to triple verify it's the D3 malfunctioning, my D2 connects fine on both laptops with both cables
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    If you're not a contracted Verizon customer, how exactly are you using your phone now? I may be missing something, but is the phone active (can make calls, get 3g)? If you have a global phone with Verizon and it's active for at least 90 days, they will give you the unlock code so that you can use the phone abroad.

    How did you get your phone?

    For what it's worth, I never had any of the problems you're having with my Droid 3. Could you have returned it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimmy549 View Post
    If you're not a contracted Verizon customer, how exactly are you using your phone now? I may be missing something, but is the phone active (can make calls, get 3g)? If you have a global phone with Verizon and it's active for at least 90 days, they will give you the unlock code so that you can use the phone abroad.

    How did you get your phone?

    For what it's worth, I never had any of the problems you're having with my Droid 3. Could you have returned it?


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    I bought the phone off of Ebay from a verizon customer a month after they had gotten it from their upgrade. I am currently attached to a company called page plus cellular. They rent out space on verizon towards and their service runs off of verizon phones. Anywhere in the US I am fine with the CDMA limitation, because there are plenty of choices, PagePlus I believe to be the best available at the moment.

    However, I am traveling to Europe for an extended period of time and need the gsm to be functional. The usb has always worked fine before. I am curious if the Maverick Beta Rom may have already unlocked the SIM card block by removing the bloatware that controls it, but this is untested and I am trying to make sure it works before I spend the money on the SIM card and Service. I am being as descriptive as possible in every aspect, please advise.
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    PS - please do not suggest I contact the ebay seller to call verizon. I have already tried that. Verizon told them that "they don't unlock SIM cards". I am suspect if they actually called the global line or the regular and how hard they pushed for the code (I offered to pay the $30), but all the same the seller has gotten their positive rating and will no longer be of assistance to me unfortunately
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmaroni View Post
    I am not sure what mode it is in because it won't bring down the drop down menu on the android device. The battery indicator simply changes to charging like it would if you plugged it into a wall outlet. I did try it with and without usb debugging enabled, both on my laptop running win7x64 as well as my old laptop running XPx86. Got the same results in both cases
    I had the same issue with the usb cable. I tried 3 different ones and would not connect to the pc. You have to get the factory motorola cable. That is what Verizon tech support stated. I got a motorola cable from ebay and problem solved.
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    I've not seen anything about Maverick ROM being able to unlock the D3 SIM card. As far as I know, the only way to do that is to call Verizon and ask for the unlock code, which requires having a global phone that's been active through Verizon for 90 days or more.

    I'll keep looking into it, but I really don't think that ROM has the ability to unblock GSM for this phone. Awesome if it does, but I think more people would've noticed by now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimmy549 View Post
    I've not seen anything about Maverick ROM being able to unlock the D3 SIM card. As far as I know, the only way to do that is to call Verizon and ask for the unlock code, which requires having a global phone that's been active through Verizon for 90 days or more.

    I'll keep looking into it, but I really don't think that ROM has the ability to unblock GSM for this phone. Awesome if it does, but I think more people would've noticed by now.


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    Okay, fair enough. But in the case of the D2 the replacement kernel (generally for overclocking) also served to UnBlock the sim card. I have the replacement kernel and overclock files on hand and have not had a chance to install due to a new usb connectivity issue. May have to unroot and send it in on warranty. It's not the ROM, have also tried it under the Stock ROM (de-odexed version). In any case, it treats my usb port as a charger plug................ very annoying.
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