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Unlocking an Orange SPV C500 for free

Update: I've been told this method doesn't really work any more. It's been 4 years since I wrote this page, so I can't say I'm terribly surprised. If anyone does find a newer working method, let me know and I'll update this page.


There seem to be a number of companies attempting to charge lots of money to unlock these phones, but thanks to the fantastic guys at spv-developers it's free, and pretty straightforward.

Here's what I needed to do:

Requirements

How to unlock the phone

  1. Connect the phone to your computer, and verify ActiveSync connects ok.
  2. Download regeditSTG.zip and copy to the phone using ActiveSync. Make sure you use the zip file - the .exe alone will not properly work, and the phone can handle zip files natively.
  3. Using the File Manager (Start, more, more, accessories, file manager on my phone) navigate to the directory you saved the file to, open the .zip file, and run the regedit.exe file inside.
  4. To "application unlock" the phone, change the following registry values:

    In: HKLM/Security/Policies/Policies

    Change 00001001 from current value to 1

    Change 00001005 from current value to 40

  5. Turn the phone off and back on.

  6. Download spv-services.zip to your PC, and unzip.
  7. Copy the cert.cab file over to your phone, find it using File Manager, and let it run the cert.cab file. This will install an app signing certificate that the next step relies on.
  8. Run the SPVServices.exe file on your PC - it will communicate with your phone via activesync. Please note that this file connects to a remote server to do the unlocking calculations, so requires an internet connection. I also found that it doesn't work properly if you have IE7 (beta 2 in my case) installed. Rolling back to IE6 made the application work properly. Hopefully this will be resolved in a future release.
  9. Finally, test the phone with your non-orange SIM card.

I hope this page helps some people unlock their phones for free without being ripped off by some of the online sellers. I didn't create any of the tools used to do this, so many thanks to the skilled individuals who did.


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