There is a difference between upgrading the firmware and unlocking a phone.
There is also a difference between an IMEI unlock and a hardware lock.
The K800i released by the 3 Network comes with a free UNLOCK CODE. This code will unlock the phone via IMEI (the phone's unique network identification).
Your brother probably has obtained a phone by 3 or another cellular provider that offered the free unlock code.
According to the report I read it is not yet possible to directly unlock the phone via cable.
Timmy mentioned that there are about 4-5 locks that can be activated, the IMEI lock being the easiest to unlock. Japanese phones unfortunatelly do not utilize IMEI unlocking and hence it is more difficult to unlock the SHARP 904SH via cable then to buy an unlocked K800i (both use the same chip DB2020).
I just can't stop looking at this very attractive cell. phone! I can't wait till it get released on the market!
-Great Size (Fu..C all small inconvinient stupid Sony and some new Nokia phones!!!!!)
-FANTASTIC SCREAN!!! (300.000 PIXELS!!! VGA!!!)
BYE, BYE, BYE -Sony Ericsson!!!!
BYE, BYE, BYE -New Stupidly designed Nokia phones!!!! We are tired of sissy looking phones!!!!
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re Harlekkin: "The K800i (same chip) is currently upgradable but NOT YET unlockable"
what you mean by that? My bro is using it in the USA
If it were true the firmware + unlock would be available. At this stage there are no real success stories as the developers are still working on getting into the chip (DB2020).
If this phone should be unlocked over the next few months you will definatelly know about it, until then don't believe any reports unless you can see the evidence!
Apparently this one is a bit tougher to crack and the reports I have read from Timmy were not all that positive. Definatelly not impossible, but it might take longer than people would hope for.
The K800i (same chip) is currently upgradable but NOT YET unlockable. So we'll wait...
A thought for everyone:
Yes this phone is AWESOME, but think twice before buying even the cheaper LOCKED version. Even if unlocked, you will only be able to use the most basic functions, do not hope for any 3G/GPRS services or any other network dependant features.
If the screen, camera and mp3 player is all you're after, then go for it!
sharp 904sh is I telephone of much quality to see if they put the o09pción to him of which 3d to mini sd can be unloaded the games and that it is possible to be seen while sd to complete screen is recorded in the video and without icons and that can be renombrar and be ordered and be created folders in the video sd a greeting
Are you worried that your 904 has eaten your USIM hahahaha, The Battery, battery and sim card all come out again. Dont worry.
This might be a weird question but, after i put the battery in for the sharp 904, can i take the back case part out again? i can't seem to open it T_T
@Timmy - Nearchat
Near Chat is easy to navigate even if it's in japanese, me and aznboi128 met up to test it and we made it work w/o any effort.
You will have to flash this phone with a tool, its not as simple as just changing it, the country code meens nothing about the firmware.
The EU Firmware is EU.046
Hi, i have 1 Jp 903SH. do u know how to change the country code? i wan load the uk version. anyone able help?
I feel that gsm arena has always had a strong bias towards "big brand" phones like Nokia, Motorola and SE....I wonder why they never review phones produced by manufacturers like Sharp, Toshiba and Panasonic...they may not have as big of a repertoire, but that doesn't make them less worthy of attention.....and to be honest, i find the reviews here way too lenient...never seen a strong criticism in any of the reviews....hahaha I feel this post is going to be erased soon...anyway just voicing my opinions
Hey I've got the toshiba 904T but something occured when i broke up the contract with vodafone. I had just unlocked the SIMlock and I was happy that I could use it in my country but.. it seems that I cannot hear any music.. I was wondering if someone knew the answer.. please mail me firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow I just read from the Sharp website that the 904sh can also record videos up to VGA resolution....nicely done again Sharp!
This is such a kick-ass phone! But from what I've read around the net they aren't going to release it in europe at all. I'm hoping someone unlocks it. The manga viewer option is cool on the japanese version..
Also you cannot update the firmware unless you are in Japan,
- Software Update
We recomend that you stay in a good place with good reception while executing software update, Continue?
- Please Wait
- Cannot Connect, Please try again later
It cannot do it without Vodafone Japan firmware.