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Can the Merit be unlocked without subscribing to Net10. I can't get it to go into FTM mode by Volume down and Power buttons. Any suggestions,anyone?   Thanks

Offline oldretiredman

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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #1 » Published on:November 28, 2012, 03:05:03 PM

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What do you mean unlocked? Are you wanting to use it for a different carrier? If so which carrier. What are you trying to do in Factory Test Mode?
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #2 » Published on:November 28, 2012, 03:59:10 PM

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I want to unlock the Net10 Merit so I can use my AT&T Simm card from my Avail without having to spend $50.00 for one months service from Net10. ZI have my Avail unlocked and checked out with a T-Mobile simm. Purchased the Merit on Black Friday from Family Dollar store for $29.00 just to play with. Have flashed Stayboogy's Metro and Bluesteel roms and they work great.I was just trying to save the  $50.00 if there was a way to unlock the phone without subscribing to a service . As for as the FTM setting, I used the computer to unlock my Avail. Thought maybe I could do the same to the Merit,But can't get the Merit into the FTM mode. Used the volume down and power buttons same as the Avail ,but that doesn't work on the Merit.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #3 » Published on:November 29, 2012, 09:04:06 AM

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I have no way of testing  this but I think all you have to do is put in the correct APN settings & SIM then your good to go.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #4 » Published on:November 29, 2012, 09:32:19 AM

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Okay Kingmt01.Thank you. I'll give it a try.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #5 » Published on:November 29, 2012, 12:55:43 PM

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Kingmt01, Just installing AT&T APN did not work. Still get "invalid Simm Card" message. Thanks anyway for the suggestion.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #6 » Published on:November 29, 2012, 01:01:58 PM

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Tracfone makes it where you can't just insert any SIM card into their phones and their SIM card into any phone.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #7 » Published on:November 29, 2012, 01:32:26 PM

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I have swapped SIM cards a lot. I've had my SIM in several at&t phones so the SIM works I started buying the Net10 phones because they're normally cheaper & ST service because it is cheaper.

I have no benefit to try the other way. If I find a at&t card I'll give it a try.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #8 » Published on:November 29, 2012, 02:50:02 PM

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That's the issue with TracFone

While we can "unlock" the AT&T Avail & Straight Talk Merit to use whatever GSM sim you want, the TracFone version (of any Tracfone phone, usually) uses their own firmware and special sim where the sim is locked to a specific phone, and the phone can only use the Tracfone sim.

It makes unlocking a bit of a chore, if it is possible at all, even.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #9 » Published on:November 29, 2012, 08:51:49 PM

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The Straight Talk phone is a Tracfone. I have used a AT&T SIM in my Nokia Tracfone & I'm pretty sure I put on in my Merit. It is possible that the frameware has been updated since then. I bought the Net10 LG for my wife & put her ST SIM in it & just put in the correct APN settings. Had to put the right APN in for the ST Lg ones also tho. No idea why there settings won't work out of the box but I had no data until I put my own in.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #10 » Published on:December 05, 2012, 01:07:07 PM

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I got the chance to try a AT&T SIM in my LG & it is SIM locked. Still haven't tried this one.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #11 » Published on:December 08, 2012, 01:04:53 PM

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Is it possible to modify the Net10 Merit  Frameware to make it unlock or just copy the frameware from one that does unlock over to the Net10 Merit?
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #12 » Published on:December 09, 2012, 08:55:50 AM

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Good question. I'd like to see the answer.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #13 » Published on:December 09, 2012, 02:59:40 PM

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I copied my Avail framework folder and installed it on the Merit and it would not boot past the ZTE screen, so I don't think modifying parts of it would work either.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #14 » Published on:December 09, 2012, 07:16:03 PM

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Have you tried any other custum rom installs. Id try doing that n replacing the boot, rom, recovery, kernel, ect then try a known sim unlock method.

I dont have a merit/avail but I did a similar method on the htc rezound from verizion n now have it running on gsm.

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