Vodafone issue N95 unlocking tutorial for Lumia 710 - FAIL!
OK! I unbelievably got my Lumia 710 unlock code from Vodafone with 8 hours (yes! I said 8 hours). GREAT!!
...until you try to put the code in the phone. The code issued uses an old Symbian style code starting with #pw+, however it is impossible to enter the pw+ symbols using the WP7 dialpad. And just make sure it is more difficult than ever they link to an N95 unlocking tutorial.
- entering the code with the dial pad - no joy
- creating a contact with the unlock code as part of their details - no joy
- only entering the numerical parts of the code - no joy
No luck with these so I sent Vodafone email request to sort it out so I will keep you posted as to what's happening. That said, I'm not convinced they'll come back with anything as this seems to have been going on since December looking at some of the Nokia forums.
I tried putting in another network's SIM to trigger the 8 digit pin unlock prompt but strangely nothing happened. So either the Lumia 710 was shipped unlocked (again something I'd heard on the forums and a wasted £20) or the BT SIM card I used is accepted by the Vodafone networks as BT is an MVNO piggy-backing Vodafone.
I suspect the unlock codes issued are incorrect so trying to uses another more featured dialpad from the WP7 marketplace to enter the code would probably be pointless.
I suppose it's a question of sittingg this one out until WP7 - Vodafone - Nokia sort this out and start issuing 8 digit unlock codes.