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[Q] Is Flashing the same as a Sim unlock?

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Default [Q] Is Flashing the same as a Sim unlock?

recently changed service providers and wanted to use my moto x but its sim locked to the carrier. i looked around on the forums and the method of buying a unlock code just seems to risky, I wouldn't mind flashing my phone if it would get me what i wanted. i don't like the phone i got with the service but i'm not on contract anymore. so would flashing the phone get me past the sim lock or would it still be there afterwards?
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If you are not under contract then call that carrier for the unlock. Which carrier out of curiosity.

You can't flash past the Sim lock far as I am aware

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If it's gsm, you can't flash to a different provider. Sim unlock is the only way to use it on other carriers. If it's Verizon, even though it's cdma, it should be gsm unlocked already if you moved to gsm. If it's Sprint you should be able to flash it to another cdma carrier.

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