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nickname_changed
07-16-2005, 04:59 AM
About 6 months ago I bought a Nokia 3200. About 3 months ago I washed my jeans. When I took my jeans out of the washing machine, I saw my phone was in the pockets. Needless to say it didn't work when I turned it on.

I left it to dry out for a long time, and now it's finally working again. It turns on, but it asks me to enter an unlock code (I'm using the same SIM card I used originally with it, so I know that's not the problem). I've entered all combinations of 123456 I can think of after searching the internet, but to no avail.

Does anyone know how I can reset the silly thing to start using it again? I'm getting sick of using my old 3310.

cboard_member
07-16-2005, 06:44 AM
You should be able to contact your service provider and they'll give you an unlock code - I've had to do it a couple of times.

I'm using the ol' 3310 too :).

Other than that I can't think of anything else.
Try this though:

http://unlock.nokiafree.org/

cboard_member
07-16-2005, 06:45 AM
Oh I just remembered you can't get into your phone? The above post wasn't much use then. Sorry. :(

Govtcheez
07-16-2005, 07:21 AM
Go to a cell phone shop; they should be able to do it for you.

cboard_member
07-16-2005, 07:58 AM
I never thought of that. Cell phone shop people are cool.


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Why do you call mobiles 'cell phones' in the USA? I gather it's to do with their size? Just wondering.
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Govtcheez
07-16-2005, 09:11 AM
According to this (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=cell), cellphone was from 1984. It doesn't say whether it's the book (I've never read it) or the year, though.

I would have assumed that it's from the power cell/battery, but I'm probably wrong. You've got me.

mrafcho001
07-16-2005, 10:05 AM
BRUTE FORCE IT!!!!

lol

cboard_member
07-16-2005, 10:06 AM
Lol.

Acidentally drop it. Several times.

B0bDole
07-16-2005, 11:33 AM
n : a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections (cells), each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver

cboard_member
07-16-2005, 11:56 AM
Ahh I see. So us europeans have a more non-technical reasoning for it's name.

B0bDole
07-16-2005, 12:14 PM
cellular phone and mobile phone are interchangable, here in the US they were firts called Car phones because they were only present in vehicles like limos because of the power consumption and antenna needs. My guess is the people of the US call it a cell phone instead of mobile phone is because cell is shorter (we are pretty lazy).

cboard_member
07-16-2005, 12:20 PM
I never knew that [the car part, not the lazyness] it's pretty interesting. Was it soon after that phones were attached to big cinder block sized batteries?

B0bDole
07-16-2005, 02:08 PM
>Was it soon after that phones were attached to big cinder block sized batteries?

The phones with the external battery in a purse like thing was around the same time as the "car phones" the first all in one sort of modern like cell phone was the huge one that is seen in Night of the Roxberry

RobR
07-16-2005, 02:30 PM
n : a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections (cells), each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver

Yep. IIRC each transitter is pretty low-power and covers about 1km radius. The clever part is the software that handles passing you over to the next cell when you're travelling around. On a long journey you'll travel through hundreds of cells and be handed between them (assuming your phone is switched on) so that at all times the system knows precisely which cell to route any call made to your phone.

Cool stuff.

edit>> Oh, and AFAIK the original car phones weren't cell phones (as the infrastructure wasn't there) but radio-phones. Big powerful transmitters, hence in car only.

B0bDole
07-16-2005, 02:46 PM
>radio-phones. Big powerful transmitters

thats what modern cell phones are, they were bigger and a lot more powerfull because the towers were hard to come by.

Govtcheez
07-16-2005, 03:35 PM
that is seen in Night of the Roxberry
I'm sorry, I can't let this slide. Everyone knows that the most notable appearance (repeat, even) was in Saved by the Bell. :)

B0bDole
07-16-2005, 04:42 PM
ahhh, I totally forgot about that... I use to watch that show all the time too! ::smacks forehead::

nickname_changed
07-16-2005, 07:22 PM
Go to a cell phone shop; they should be able to do it for you.

Thanks Govt., I'll go in and do that today.

I've never had any luck with phones. I also had a Sony Ericsson T230, and as I was typing a message on it one day it froze. It's never worked again since, it just starts up and freezes again. Maybe I shouldn't bother fixing this one since I'll just break it again.

RobR
07-17-2005, 11:49 AM
>radio-phones. Big powerful transmitters

thats what modern cell phones are, they were bigger and a lot more powerfull because the towers were hard to come by.

Nope. Different technology.