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Can Z2 be stuck with one service provider e.g. SIM lock or bootloader not unlockable

20th August 2014, 05:25 AM |#1  
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Hi everyone. I'm planning on buying Xperia Z2. I'm in Canada and the cheapest price I found is $700 at a Bell Mobility dealer. Since Bell probably wants people to buy their service, is there anything I should know for example is there a way Bell could lock it up? If I buy it outright from Bell and want to use it with Rogers, is this a problem, for example would I have to pay to get the phone unlocked? Thanks in advance.

EDIT: are there any other downsides of buying it from a carrier, for example would the boot loader not be able to be unlocked?
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20th August 2014, 05:45 AM |#2  
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Hi everyone. I'm planning on buying Xperia Z2. I'm in Canada and the cheapest price I found is $700 at a Bell Mobility dealer. Since Bell probably wants people to buy their service, is there anything I should know for example is there a way Bell could lock it up? If I buy it outright from Bell and want to use it with Rogers, is this a problem, for example would I have to pay to get the phone unlocked? Thanks in advance.

EDIT: are there any other downsides of buying it from a carrier, for example would the boot loader not be able to be unlocked?

buying from a carrier almost always has downsides, %99 of the time,

downsides being non unlockable bootloader
(rare) not sim unlockable
sim locked
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buying from a carrier almost always has downsides, %99 of the time,

downsides being non unlockable bootloader
(rare) not sim unlockable
sim locked

but is there any place I can buy from that gaurantees an unlockable bootloader?
20th August 2014, 08:37 AM |#4  
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Anywhere that stocks simfree/factory unlocked Z2's.
20th August 2014, 12:29 PM |#5  
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Can you not buy through 3rd party, but still with network subsidy? In UK there are many such vendors who partner up with the network but sell what are essentially SIM free, therefore sim unlocked, phones.
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but is there any place I can buy from that gaurantees an unlockable bootloader?

Buying from the Sony store is unlock-able bootloader.

Another downside to carrier supplied devices is the bloatware!
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