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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

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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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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #15 » Published on:December 09, 2012, 07:58:56 PM

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SIM unlock has to do with the actual hardware. ROM's are solely software.

Basically, an "unlock code" changes a setting in the (for want of a better word) 'bios' for the phone. A rom changes the operating system. As you can see, they don't interact.

Changing the rom will not unlock this phone.

There IS a way to do it. Just Google "Z990 unlock v1.0.0B29". This changes the actual firmware of the phone.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #16 » Published on:December 09, 2012, 11:15:12 PM

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I have tried three different roms. The only unlock method I know is the way I unlocked my Avail,but the phone has to be in FTM mode.Can't get the Merit in FTM mode.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #17 » Published on:December 10, 2012, 06:24:43 AM

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You are right

I was thinking Avail

Sorry. Most things work "both ways", but the Net10 has really messed with the Z990 firmware to plug "holes" that the other 2 phones have.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #18 » Published on:December 17, 2012, 06:06:10 PM

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the st e71 was the only phone that i know shiped unlocked and can be used in att and tmblie phones by just changing the setting think it was a slip by st its posted in a lot of places just look up how to run st on an i phone, im not shore but if you buy the shim for your one phone it is an open sim
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #19 » Published on:December 17, 2012, 06:11:04 PM

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The SIMs can be used in other phones. It is the phone that is locked to ether ST or Net10 SIMs. The E5 worked with AT&T SIMs also.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #20 » Published on:December 22, 2012, 03:40:57 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?
There is a site out there that talks about carrier unlocking the Avail using FTM....http://www.gsmreloaded.com/f92/zte-z990-successfully-unlock-see-inside-15330.html

and I also found this for the avail... http://www.modaco.com/topic/351886-zte-z990-avail-howtos/

I am in the same boat.  One, I don't have access to a windows PC, Im on Linux (Ubuntu) I have a atom powered netbook with no dvd drive and not willining to install windows (and had a heck of a time trying to run an install to an external usb drive to make windows work in my world)

So, I wonder, I have my fone rooted (thanx jcase),
 is there someway to get into the works and change the carrier/unlock it through the android terminal emulator or back to the ADB to get into the tracfone/net10 firmware and change something?????

I have another SIM from a ATT service reseller (company is called Life Wireless and the sim is labeled PURE GSM) I signed up for Lifeline (free govt cellphone) and first I was with Tracfones Safelink but found out they wouldnt do my Net10 Merit with the Safelink account, so I signed up for this other service and just got the sim and it wont take it. Goes right to a grey screen says invalid sim and shows a button onscreen for a emergency call......
I know that the lifeline service is just simple fone/text- no data and thats fine I have wifi at home. I mostly wanted it for the GPS and the cam when Im out and about. I had a cheap Chinese epad (wondermedia 8505 PanImage) that I am using Tipstir's rom on but 1.6 sucked and when I saw this fone on sale for 29 bucks at Thanxgiving time I snatched it up.

I am really interested in using Phyduexs rom because of having a SD swap but I wanna make sure I can use the fone for more than a android "ipod touch" mini tablet lol
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #21 » Published on:December 23, 2012, 08:17:03 AM

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They are not married like Direct TV does. The SIM is assigned to a phone so if the phone it's turned off without telling them another IMEI that the SIM will be used in they turn it off also.
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #22 » Published on:December 23, 2012, 10:33:06 PM

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There is another option I am considering. There is a company called FreedomPop http://www.freedompop.com/

They do free/monthly/as-you-go wifi. For mobile you lease/buy the Photon or a stick. Photon is a hotspot, can connect multiple machines. Stick just works on one at a time. Currently they only use Clear towers, but will be adding Sprint in 2013.

The home page doesn't mention their other programs, just the new home units. Found their FAQ on either Twitter or FB, they have active accounts on both: http://www.freedompop.com/support.htm#faq

Apparently the Photons won't work on Sprint, so not sure if they will be replacing them or not. Currently you give a $89 deposit for those, after a year it is yours.

For those who are mostly around wifi, this could be an option for those in-between times. At least I hope so ;-)
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #23 » Published on:December 24, 2012, 06:31:46 PM

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I am gonna try one of those unlocking sims and see how that works... prolly not but it was only 5 bux  so I'll report my efforts
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Re: Unlocking the Merit without subscribing to Net10

« Reply #24 » Published on:December 29, 2012, 07:28:10 PM

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For anyone still interested in this thread I found this thread http://forum.gsmhosting.com/vbb/f272/zte-z990-direct-unlock-supported-world-first-again-1401660/

Still if the z990 needs FTM to unlock and z990g has no FTM Id say it would take turning the merit into an avail with a complete firmware flash.

When I ran Phydeux's rom (I am gonna assume he developed on an avail) It came up a z990 not a z990g in the system settings)
So maybe.....
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