Unlock Codes For A HTC Advantage X7500: Inside Knowledge
The HTC Advantage X7500, also known as the HTC Athena, was a smartphone released in 2007 that runs on the Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC operating system. It has a five inch display screen and a full QWERTY keyboard that flips out for use. The T-Mobile edition of the phone was released under the name T-Mobile Ameo.
Although the HTC Advantage X7500 is a GSM phone, it is shipped with a SIM lock preventing you from being able to use your phone with carriers other than the one from which you purchased it. So why unlock a cell phone, especially if you’re happy with your current carrier?
If you are travelling out of country, you’ll need to unlock the cell phone to be able to use it with a GSM carrier in your destination country. Unlocking a cell phone also increases the resale value of the phone.
Some people may worry, why unlock a cell phone if it could damage the phone? There is no risk to your phone by unlocking it. You’re merely restoring the phone to its factory settings, before HTC added a SIM lock at the request of the carrier. Unlocking a cell phone does not void the warranty, and the phone remains unlocked even if HTC rolls out a new version of software to the phone.
Your carrier may be willing to give you the unlock codes for free. Otherwise, in order to get valid codes, you will need to purchase the unlock codes from a code supplier. You simply provide the code supplier with the make and model of your cell phone, along with its IMEI number. Note that the IMEI on your phone’s label is 15 digits, but if you request the IMEI from your HTC Advantage X7500, it will give you a 17-digit number. Use the first 15 digits of the 17-digit number.
You will also need to buy a SIM card that is associated with a phone carrier other than the one which is your phone carrier, but those are inexpensive and easily purchased at any cell phone store.
Once you receive the new SIM card and unlock code, you don’t need anything else to be able to unlock your HTC Advantage X7500. Simply follow these steps.
1. Power off your phone.
2. Remove your existing SIM card, and replace it with the new SIM card for a carrier other than the one which is your current carrier.
3. Power on your phone.
4. The phone asks you for your SIM network unlock PIN.
5. Simply enter the unlock code you were given.
After successfully unlocking your phone, you will be able to use your HTC Advantage X7500 with any GSM carrier.