Unlocking the HTC one GSM

Has any one been able to unlock the Ting HTC one (GSM side) either officially or unofficially. I travel to India a lot and with out an unlocked GSM part it is absolutely useless. Currently debating between Google HTC One vs Ting HTC one ... (Ting has black color version so that is a plus :) )

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  • Officially, no. We haven't heard from anyone who has been able to hack it, so this might bring up some interesting results! Let's hope someone has some insight.

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  • Thanks for the update ... it might have been previously discussed but what is stopping TING as a provider to get GSM unlocked version of HTC one... earlier they were sprint branded devices, so i could understand that but now looks like you have 'TING version' of those that are different from sprint... I cannot see why HTC would care and potentially you could charge a small premium / fee if that feature costs a more.

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  • We can't get the GSM version because we still use Sprint's®* network, and Sprint®* is CDMA. Even our Ting version is an offshoot of the Sprint®* version; for the foreseeable future, GSM devices will not work on Ting.

    *Sprint is a trademark of Sprint.

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  • Murthy, 

    I own a Sprint HTC One, not on Ting, and have recently performed a new unlock method to get the SIM card unlocked for GSM networks. I cannot say how well it will work in India, or how it well it will work at all, but I was able to receive T-Mobile signal with my T-Mobile SIM card in it. Here is what needs to be done:

     

    • You must root your device, after unlocking the Bootloader from www.htcdev.com. You will have to search around on YouTube, or on XDA-Developers to find further instructions.

     

    • Set up your device (mainly need a Google account on there) and download the Android Terminal Emulator from the Play Store.

     

    • Open the Terminal Emulator app and type in the following, without the quotations (each line is a new line of commands in the Terminal:

     

    "su"

    "am start com.redbend.vdmc/com.htc.omadm.test.TestMainActivity"

     

    • A menu should then open up. Tap on "API".

    • You will then be in another menu, so you have to scroll to the bottom and you will see "sim lock"--Tap on that, and it should stay highlighted for a short amount of time. Then just reset your device with your GSM SIM in it.

    • Once you've booted up, open the dialer and type in: *#*#4636#*#* and in the menu, tap on "Phone Information".

    • You can then change your preferred network type in that screen towards the bottom. 

    • Once you've changed that, go back to your home screen and then enter your Settings.

    • Go to Mobile Data, and tap on the "Preferred Network" in that menu to change to GSM. Then back in that Network Settings menu you were just in, there should be an option to search for available networks.

     

    Hopefully this helps a little... Good luck.

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  • Thanks for your input andrew ! Just when I was about to place the order for Google edition... You made my weekend a lot complicated :)

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  • Murthy,

    If you go this route please post your results.  I travel to Taiwan a lot and am currently using my Motorola Photon 4G (Sprint BYOD).  I'm looking for a new phone upgrade, but have to have GSM.

     

    thanks,

    dave

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  • Any updates on unlocking an HTC One for GSM use abroad?

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  • Hey Sean,

    As of right now, we've been able to confirm the use of voice internationally on GSM networks for both HTC One and S4. Data, however, won't connect.

    We're still looking into getting that piece of the puzzle solved, and we hope to have an update soon.

    My apologies for the "ongoingness."

    This is a pretty new initiative for Sprint®* and Sprint®* phones, and it's turned out to be a bit more complicated than originally expected.

    *Sprint is a trademark of Sprint.

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  • Rob,

    Thanks for the reply.  I want to make sure I understand you correctly.  You're saying I can bring a Ting HTC One over to--say--Switzerland and pop a Swiss SIM card into it and have voice calling capabilities?  Or are you saying a Ting HTC One would have the ability to roam on GSM networks in Switzerland?  (Also, what about texting?)  Thanks!

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  • Sean,

    In Canada, we were able to get voice and SMS working with a third-party Canadian SIM (both Rogers and Telus for anyone interested). I expect you'll see the exact same results in in Switzerland with native Swiss carriers.

    For this to work, however, there are at least three essential steps that must be completed.

    1) Contact us so we can get the phone unlocked at Sprint®*

    2) Complete an over-the-air update (like a Profile Update) once the the unlock has been processed (we'll let you know)

    3) Put the phone in GSM mode with the foreign SIM inserted, and dial/SMS away!

    *Sprint is a trademark of Sprint.

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  • This is great news as I want to switch to Ting but would like a phone that I could use at least to make calls internationally (especially in China).  My question is what are the restrictions for getting a phone unlocked?  Do I have to be with Ting for a certain amount of time?

    On a somewhat related note, I noticed that there are no HTC One's listed right now.  Is it just temporarily out of stock?

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  • Is the dual sim version of HTC One compatible with ting?  Would like to switch this month.

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  • Paul, at this point, at this time, there aren't any outside versions of the HTC One that can be brought in to Ting.  The only one that will work is the kind that Ting sells directly.  But as Rob Lake is describing, they have been able to get the SIM slot working in it.

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  • I am here to confirm the HTC one that I bought on Ting works aboard.

    I had to make a request to Ting for them to sim unlock my phone over the air. Some data got pushed to my device shortly after. However, it didn't work with my friend's AT&T and T-mobile sim card, as I was trying to confirm the device was indeed sim unlocked.

    Ting assured me the device will work oversea. And they are right! I was able to receive GSM data in China.

    Ting has an awesome customer service. My only regret is why not switch to Ting earlier.

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  • I know this is an old post, but .... My HTC One is Ting bought and I requested an International Unlock from Ting. This took approximately 2-weeks as the request was forwarded to Sprint. The GSM sim and data worked great on Roshan network in afghanistan; both voice and data were setup by the Roshan sales person. 

    My recent adventure with my phone is unlocking the SIM for domestic carriers since the recent law changed to require mobile service agreements to sell unlocked phones. Unfortunately, Sprint is being difficult and won't offer "participating" phones until 2016 -that means every phone prior to January 2016 will be locked. 

    The process that Andrew lists is slightly outdated as HTC has since released updates to "fix" sim unlocking; sim unlocking is a pretty involved process but thankfully it is a software "fix". XDA forums provide a lot of needed information, but in summary you need:

    1. HTCDEV as stated above to unlock bootloader; enable developer options goto settings>about>software information>more>tap "build number" 7 times. Go back and select Developer Options>Enable USB debugging
    2. From google Play store download TWRP2 as recovery software-can also be installed manually with ADB
    3. From Google Play store download and install SuperSU
    4. download on your computer Team Venom ViperOne6.7 (at the time of this writing) custom firmware copy to phone over USB-boot into TWRP to install; Hold vol-down&power. MAKE SURE you make backup from TWRP before you Install the new ROM.
    5. download Google's SKD or other source with ADB (Android Debug Bridge)
    6. Download "firewater" to gain "S-OFF"; uses ADB to copy to phone and run on phone
    7. When in bootloader you see *unlocked* and "S-OFF" (will also see *tampered*)THEN you can download from Play store: Sprint HTCONE SimUnlock Helper. This will say "failed OS needs Sense" when opened. Just ignore and tap the back button, and tap the start button, scroll all the way to bottom of next menu (takes 1 min to open) and tap "Sim Unlock" 

    NOW the sim is unlocked you can use Andrew's info above to use the new GSM SIM card for domestic use. If the *tampered* flag bothers you or you need warranty, there are stock firmware you can reload also available from XDA developers to remove these flags, but sim unlock will be permanent

     

    Tested sucessfully with Walmart's Family Mobile (T-Mobile)

     

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