My Droid3 is subsidy locked. Any way around this?

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    Greetings,

    After ordering an international SIM card, I popped it in my phone and it asked for a PIN. The PIN that came from the card didn't work, so I called the company I bought the card from. They told me to enter the PIN 10 times until I was prompted for the PUK. Silly me, I followed their instructions.

    Now my phone is subsidy locked, because it really wanted the unlock code from Verizon, not the PIN for the SIM.

    I got the unlock code from Verizon, but it's pretty useless now that the phone is subsidy locked. After spending several hours on the phone with Verizon support, they eventually gave up and told me to call Motorola. Motorola sent me back to Verizon.

    Is there any way around this? Any way to get my Droid3 to "forget" that I typed in the wrong code 10 times?

    I found these instructions but they look pretty sketchy. Plus, I'm not sure if they'd work on the D3.
    UNLOCK 2 WORLD: Motorola XT860 4G ... "Phone Is Subsidy Locked, Please Contact Service Provider" Done

    FYI, this phone is currently not activated on Verizon's network. Among the many things I tried while on the phone with Verizon support: we tried activating it, but it still gave the subsidy lock screen when I entered the unlock code.

    Thanks much,
    Jaime

    PS... I also tried leaving on the "subsidy locked" screen without pressing "dismiss" for several hours, because Verizon said it might automagically re-prompt for the unlock code, and it might work after that, but the "subsidy locked" screen never reverted back to the prompt for the unlock code.
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    probably will not fix, but i would, wipe data, and flash .xml stock rom recovery file.
    if phone is on system version
    2.3.4/5.7.906 you can only use
    5.7.906 .xml (VRZ_XT862_5.5.1_84_D3G-66_M2-10_1FF_01a.xml.zip) with rsd lite
    Official .906 1_click sbf .exe [03-28-2013]
    .906 1-click-sbf.exe + tools [06-01-2012]

    if system version
    2.3.4/5.6.890
    you can use the options above or
    5.6.890.xml (VRZ_XT862_5.5.1_84_D3G-55_1FF_01.xml.zip) with rsd lite
    5.5.959.xml
    can't say for sure if that will help, but it will not hurt

    edit: also should read
    Guide - Band Unlock XT862 for T-mobile/ATT
    maybe something in there that will help
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    Thank you so much for the information. Very thorough, very helpful.

    Could trouble with a few more questions please?

    After reading through that topic you linked to, I found little tidbits on page 25 that their method wouldn't take a phone out of "hard lock". So I'm going to try your suggestion for flashing a stock recovery ROM, which seems much simpler.

    I assume wiping the data will remove my contacts. Is there an easy way for me to backup/retrieve them? That's not a show-stopper, but would be handy. I can copy/restore the rest of my files easily enough.

    Also, does this mean my phone will be "rooted", or will it still be "stock"?
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    wiping data will wipe everything except sd card, unless you choose
    Preferred method and select erase sd card

    Import / Export Contacts to SD Card - DROID X by Motorola
    verify that contacts are backed up/ synced
    backup texts and call log with sms backup +

    also could root before, then you can
    1. MOTOFAIL “Droid 4”
    2. Install/Use Droid 3 Bootstrap or Safestrap v3
    a. backup apps with titanium backup, or rom toolbox
    Open Titanium Backup and press the "Options" hard-key. Then press "Batch." Run the Backup all User Apps tool and wait for the process to complete.
    b. backup texts and call log with sms backup +
    c. Bookmark Backup Open "Backup Bookmarks" and backup your browser bookmarks.
    d. verify that contacts are backed up/ synced or Import / Export Contacts to SD Card
    e. Make a Nandroid Backup

    flashing a .xml/sbf does not root the phone
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    Thanks again for such prompt and thorough info. This is really a huge help.

    I'm too scared to root... so I'll go with manually backing up my contacts and taking whatever else I want off the phone first.


    Once again, I have another question, if you don't mind:

    My version is 2.3.4, but the build is 5.5.1_84_D3G-66_M2-10, which corresponds to exactly with the stock ROMs you said was my only choice if I had build 5.7.906. Is that the one I should use?
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    yes
    5.7.906 is system version, of course 2.3.4 is android version
    normally with motorola phones it's the system version referred to because is easier to remember

    ___________________________890___________________906
    System Version____________5.6.890.XT862_________5.7.906.XT862
    Kernel version_____________2.6.35.7-g790a33c______2.6.35.7-g5fa4155
    Build number______________5.5.1_84_D3G_55_______5.5.1_84_D3G-66_M2-10

    edit:
    both are android 2.3.4
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    because of the locked bootoader, motorola phones are almost unbrickable
    if you delete, change, or flash something and phone will not boot correctly, just flash the .xml, and phone is back to stock.
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    You should find the XT883 stock rom. Its a chinese stock 2.3.4 rom that will fix that issue so that way you can run GSM and CDMA, I did this when I went to Afghanistan for my tour overseas.

    Sent from my XT894 using Tapatalk 2
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