[HACK][ROOT] FREE SIM unlock for HTC First

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kpetrie77

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Thought I would share some information I wrote up on our site with you guys. The SIM unlock code on the HTC First is stored on mmcblk0p6 just it has been on several other HTC devices. However, in this case, it is not masked like it was on last year's HTC phones. So, if you have a rooted HTC First, all you need to do to get your unlock code is dd a copy of mmcblk0p6 and look at offset 00008939 in a hex editor to get the digits of your unlock code.

Instructions:
http://androidfannetwork.com/2013/05/13/free-sim-unlock-for-the-htc-first-facebook-phone/

Hope this saves someone a few bucks.

Update, this is an even easier way to pull the unlock code (root still required.)
Just picked up one of these for $150 on eBay- an excellent value. Anyway, just wanted to post a method you can run once rooted (or via recovery) w/o requiring anything except "adb":

Code:
adb shell su -c 'dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p6 skip=35129 count=8 bs=1 2>/dev/null ; echo'
 
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AngSanley

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i think im interested to buy HTC First that just $0.99 LOL, but I live in country that doesn't have AT&T, but I can buy from ebay and I'm afraid the unlock can't be done and the first is useless :D
 

edxmon

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Mar 20, 2011
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$.99 with an upgrade, usually they r running for about $199.00 on ebay still not bad

Sent from my HTC first using xda premium

Show me a First for $199? I got mine for $220 a month ago and I thought I got a good deal.

I see one for ~$180 but it has a bad IMEI, so it's unusable
 

kurt.hewett

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Does that mean I can use the HTC first on a different carrier?
I'm considering on getting one just to unlock and use with a prepaid t-mobile plan.
It seems like a great phone but why is it so underrated?
 

bruinhoo

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Does that mean I can use the HTC first on a different carrier?
I'm considering on getting one just to unlock and use with a prepaid t-mobile plan.
It seems like a great phone but why is it so underrated?

That is correct. You do need to compare the frequencies that the phone supports to make sure that you will get data, and at what speed (whether it be hspa/hspa+/LTE). Per this thread, it seems like it will only get high speed TMO data coverage in areas that have been refarmed to 1900MHz, with just EDGE coverage elsewhere.
 
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ccrowe3

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Dec 25, 2010
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This worked great for me. I used a Verizon SIM from an iPhone 5 with a nanoSIM adaptor. I was concerned that it wouldn't work since I wasn't prompted for a code while using the Sense ROM, but I restored to stock and I was prompted for my code and it was successful. I don't plan to use the phone with another carrier, but I prefer to have it unlocked for any unforeseen events.

Sent from my HTC first using xda app-developers app
 
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kancherlapraneeth

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Thought I would share some information I wrote up on our site with you guys. The SIM unlock code on the HTC First is stored on mmcblk0p6 just it has been on several other HTC devices. However, in this case, it is not masked like it was on last year's HTC phones. So, if you have a rooted HTC First, all you need to do to get your unlock code is dd a copy of mmcblk0p6 and look at offset 00008939 in a hex editor to get the digits of your unlock code.

Instructions:
http://androidfannetwork.com/2013/05/13/free-sim-unlock-for-the-htc-first-facebook-phone/

Hope this saves someone a few bucks.

great work. donated $$$ lol
 
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movielover76

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Jan 3, 2011
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OnePlus 7T
Thanks

This is great, worked perfectly.
I actually just got this phone, I needed a cheap but decent LTE phone and since I'm partial to non skinned AOSP phones, this was a perfect choice.

Very happy with it once I got rid of facebook's horrid UI.
 

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    Thought I would share some information I wrote up on our site with you guys. The SIM unlock code on the HTC First is stored on mmcblk0p6 just it has been on several other HTC devices. However, in this case, it is not masked like it was on last year's HTC phones. So, if you have a rooted HTC First, all you need to do to get your unlock code is dd a copy of mmcblk0p6 and look at offset 00008939 in a hex editor to get the digits of your unlock code.

    Instructions:
    http://androidfannetwork.com/2013/05/13/free-sim-unlock-for-the-htc-first-facebook-phone/

    Hope this saves someone a few bucks.

    Update, this is an even easier way to pull the unlock code (root still required.)
    Just picked up one of these for $150 on eBay- an excellent value. Anyway, just wanted to post a method you can run once rooted (or via recovery) w/o requiring anything except "adb":

    Code:
    adb shell su -c 'dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p6 skip=35129 count=8 bs=1 2>/dev/null ; echo'
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    Just picked up one of these for $150 on eBay- an excellent value. Anyway, just wanted to post a method you can run once rooted (or via recovery) w/o requiring anything except "adb":

    Code:
    adb shell su -c 'dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0p6 skip=35129 count=8 bs=1 2>/dev/null ; echo'
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    Does that mean I can use the HTC first on a different carrier?
    I'm considering on getting one just to unlock and use with a prepaid t-mobile plan.
    It seems like a great phone but why is it so underrated?

    That is correct. You do need to compare the frequencies that the phone supports to make sure that you will get data, and at what speed (whether it be hspa/hspa+/LTE). Per this thread, it seems like it will only get high speed TMO data coverage in areas that have been refarmed to 1900MHz, with just EDGE coverage elsewhere.
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    This worked great for me. I used a Verizon SIM from an iPhone 5 with a nanoSIM adaptor. I was concerned that it wouldn't work since I wasn't prompted for a code while using the Sense ROM, but I restored to stock and I was prompted for my code and it was successful. I don't plan to use the phone with another carrier, but I prefer to have it unlocked for any unforeseen events.

    Sent from my HTC first using xda app-developers app
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