The Samsung Omnia is a smart phone, featuring Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 with a TouchWiz 3.2-inch touch-screen. The Samsung Omnia uses a SIM card to store network preferences and subscriber data. In order for the Samsung Omnia to recognise a SIM card from another GSM wireless provider you must connect the Samsung Omnia to your computer using the USB cable to locate the IMSI number from the registry, then manually enter your IMSI number, existing mobile network key code into the phone to unlock your Samsung Omnia.
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Things you need
- Samsung Omnia USB cable
- Total Commander
Download "Total Commander" from the Freeware Pocket PC Website listed in the "References" section of this article and save it to the desktop of your computer. Connect the Samsung Omnia to your computer using the USB cable.
Right-click on the Total Commander installation file on your desktop and select "Copy" from the right-click menu. Open "My Computer," right-click on the Samsung Omnia device and select "Explore." Open the "StartUp" folder, right-click anywhere in the folder and select "Paste."
Disconnect the Samsung Omnia from your computer once the file transfer has completed. Turn the phone off and then back on. The Total Commander installation wizard will start automatically. Follow the installation wizard to finish installing Total Commander on the phone.
Open the "Total Commander" icon from the "Programs" menu of the Samsung Omnia. Once Total Commander is open, access the "Root" folder by selecting the ".." folder until you see a "//" folder. Expand the "//" folder and select the "HKCU" folder. Click "File" and then "Edit" from the Total Commander menu.
Open the "System," "State" and "Phone" folders in the Total Commander registry editor. Locate the "IMSI" registry entry in the "Phone" folder and write the IMSI number on a piece of paper. Exit Total Commander and return to the "Home" screen of your Samsung Omnia.
Enter "7465625638*#" into the Samsung Omnia using the keypad and press "Send." Enter only the last six digits of the IMSI number into "Network Key" dialogue window.
Enter your network key code into the "Network Key" dialogue window after entering the last six digits of your IMSI number and press the "OK" button. If you do not know the network key code, contact your wireless service provider and tell them you will be travelling overseas and need your Samsung Omnia unlocked, be sure to have your full IMSI number ready to provide to them.
Return to the "Home" screen of the Samsung Omnia, enter "*#7465625#" with they keypad and press the "Send" button. Enter your network key code into the "Network Lock" dialogue window and press "Ok" to return to the home screen.
Enter "#7465625638#" and press "Send" from the "Home" screen of the Samsung Omnia. Type your network key code once again and press "Ok" to return to the "Home" screen. The network lock, SIM lock and auto-network lock of your Samsung Omnia are now disabled.
Tips and warnings
- Do not edit the registry of your Samsung Omnia, this is unnecessary in order to unlock the phone.
- Unlocking your Samsung Omnia may violate the policy warranty of the phone and prevent you from being able to have the phone serviced by your network service provider.
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