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It is the phone itself. SIM cards are peculiar to GSM phones. There are other types that do not use a SIM card. The SIM card carries information that is specific to the subscriber. All phones have operating software. Some of the software is common to all phones, regardless of who the carrier is. Some portions of the programming are reserved for the carrier. An example of this would be the banner the user sees when the phone is powering up, but there is a lot of programming that is transparent to the user, which is protected by the lock.

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Q: When a phone is unlocked is it the card or the phone that is unlocked?
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