Please do not waste time replying to this post if you don't know what this means.
I refuse to believe that all I can do is throw it away for scrap. But nowhere on this forum can I find a post from someone who successfully got a hard lock resolved by the phone manufacturer or the carrier, or anyone else for that matter.
I just spent 20 minutes on the phone with Sony Mobile support here in Sweden and not even they could tell me if it can be done.
What if a poorly trained authorized dealer rep accidentally hard locks a phone when attempting to code unlock it for a customer? Does it go in the bin for recycling? I don't think so.
I am prepared to eat the cost of getting it unlocked. Surely someone must have done this?