Following many pm's, debranding still seems to baffle many members, so I have adapted this quick guide using bits, and pieces from elsewhere on the net to try and break it down what exactly is debranding.
What Is Debranding ? (Debranding & Unlocking are completely different procedures)
De-branding basically means removing the firmware set by the operator, and replacing it with the manufacturers original firmware. Hence converting your phone to the full spec as it was intended by the manufacturer. (the way it should be)
Why Debrand Your N95?
Once your mobile has been de-branded, you will notice all the menu systems are clearer, un-restricted, and often faster too. The process will also install the latest firmware to date, which will hold improvements on your old firmware. This often removes any software faults & bugs that your phone previously had. Also some network firmware's prevent you uploading ringtones & pictures via cable, or manually setting your internet homepage, debranding enables you to do this. For example the Orange and other networks prevent voip calls on the N95, installing the generic firmware activates this facility.
How Does It Work ?
The product code is used by Nokia when you use their Nokia Firmware update service to determine which firmware and language packs should be loaded into your phone. By changing the product code of your N95 via NSS (Nemesis Service Suite) to that of the same model, but to one belonging to a non network branded version, NSU (Nokia Software Updater) will load the firmware for that phone instead, when you update your N95handset.
You may also change the languages in your phone in the same way, by changing the product code of your N95 to that of one supplied in a different country or region, NSU will then load the firmware and languages from that region onto your phone. Re-installing your current firmware also completes the same, for example, your running V30, and you want to change the language on your N95, all you do, is change the product code via NSS, then reinstall your current firmware using NSU.
Can I update? (Online product code check to see if new firmware is available).
Downloading Nokia Software Updater (NSU)
Nemesis Service Suite (NSS)
N95-1 & N95-2 Product codes, and NSS Guide
Updating your firmware made easier
Unlocking an handset is a completely different process to debranding, and is often confused with debranding, with many people thinking that, because they have debranded, thus removing all operator branding, the phone becomes unlocked, this is not the case..
A SIM lock, simlock, network lock or subsidy lock — not to be confused with PIN or PUK code — is a capability built-in to GSM phones by mobile phone manufacturers. Network providers use this capability to restrict the use of these phones to specific countries and network providers. Currently, phones can be locked to accept only SIM cards from one or more of the following:
* Countries (the phone will work in one country, but not another)
* Network/Service providers (e.g. AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile, Vodafone, etc.)
* SIM types (i.e. only specific SIM cards can be used with the phone).
In most countries, most mobile phones are shipped with country and/or network provider locks. In addition, these locked phones tend to have firmware installed on them which is specific to the network provider. For example, if you have a Vodafone or Telstra branded phone in Australia, it displays the relevant logo and may only support features provided by that network (e.g. Vodafone Live!). This firmware is installed by the service provider and is separate from the locking mechanism.
You can unlock most mobile phones to work with any GSM, such as O2 or Orange (in the UK) but the phone may still display the original branding and may not support features of your new carrier. Most phones can be unbranded as mentioned above by uploading a different firmware version, a procedure recommended for advanced users only, so please do your homework before carrying out this following the guides within these forums.
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