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    Unlocking Verizon Note 2 to work with T Mobile?!?

    Just wondering if anyone knows if it can be done.

    Sadly I am on the latest MJ9 firmware which I believe complicates things quite a bit!

    Thanks in advance!
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    I don't believe it will work, because T-Mobile is a GSM network and Verizon uses that CDMA equipment. Did you check with T-Mobile to see if it could be done?



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    I do not believe the firmware is the issue. As UltraDroid said, the issue is with the network types. Unless things have changed in the last few years, GSM phones usually can only be unlocked to work on other GSM networks. T-Mobile phones once unlocked can work on AT&T and vice versa, but not on Sprint or Verizon.
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    Hi DesertRatBiggs,

    I think it is possible. As far as I can tell, all Note II phones (at least in the U.S.) have both LTE/CDMA and GSM/UMTS cell radios. Want proof? Go the the Android System menu to: More networks > Mobile networks > Network mode and you'll see that either option is available. Therefore, I think our phones have the hardware for both.

    The problem is the software/firmware. And I suspect that you need to install the T-Mobile version of the Note II Android ROM on your phone, thereby transforming it into a T-Mobile Note II.

    Will the model number of your phone cause a problem (it will probably still be identified to the cell network as a "SCH-I605" which is the Verizon model)? I don't know. But the best advice may be what UltraDroid suggested: Ask T-Mobile.

    If that doesn't work, then consider trading or selling your Verizon Note II for a T-Mobile Note II. T-Mobile may be willing to do the swap. If not, there is probably still a good market for used Note II phones on eBay.

    Kind regards, FirstLight
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    Thanks guys. I'll definitely have to do some more legwork.

    I think though that my best bet is trading for a tmobile note 2.

    I still welcome any insight anyone else may have. Thanks again!!
    VZW Samsung Galaxy Note II - Alliance ROM
    Working perfectly on a T Mobile Plan!!

    Previous Devices:
    Kindle Fire | Droid Charge | Motorola Droid X | Blackberry Curve | iPhone 3G... ya know, been there done that!!

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