Phones often ship with a SIM lock that ensures they can only be used with a single carrier. Unlocking a phone allows it to be used on different carriers. This tag is not for developer-unlocking (the process of deploying custom applications to the phone.)

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Do user need to unlock the phone in order to install xap files?

From this article - http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile/chevronwp7-unlocks-windows-phone-7-handsets-easily/, I notice that user will need to use unlocker such as chevronwp7 to unlock their windows ...
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Can you explain “unlock” “jailbreak” “custom ROM” etc? And how to do it?

These terms are thrown around by power users in all the phone forums and this forum is no exception. It's rarer to find an explanation of what the various terms signify. Do "jailbreak" "unlock", ...
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unable to developer-unlock htc radar

I can't unlock my htc radar, the error message I was getting is: unable to communicate to the phone. Please check that the phone is connected with a USB cable and launch the zune software. I ...
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WP7 phone not detected by computer

I have an LG E900 WP7 which was locked to orange UK network. I recently had the phone 'unlocked' to other networks (done by a phone shop) which I believe was done via the MFG app tool so I could go ...
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How can I carrier unlock my windows phone device?

If you have carrier unlocked (not developer unlock) a Windows Phone, how did you do it and how long after the phone's release were you able to do it. I have succesfully carrier unlocked an htc ...
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What is the difference between rooting, unlocking, and custom ROMs?

In this answer it was mentioned that the process of rooting is different from unlocking or using custom ROMs. What are the differences between these processes (and any other potentially related ...