Unlock a Lumia Phone without a Different SIM

Unlike other smartphones, Nokia has made unlocking the SIM card slot on their phones a little easier than other phone manufacturers. Unlocking a phone’s SIM card slot is important if you want to use your phone with another carrier when you travel or want to switch to a different network (for any number of reasons) without buying a new phone. Otherwise, if you haven’t unlocked your phone or didn’t buy it factory unlocked, you’ll have to buy another phone while traveling or you’ll be forced to get another phone when you switch networks. Making sure your current phone is SIM-unlocked will allow it to be usable on compatible networks.

If you have one of Microsoft’s Lumia smartphones, you can SIM-unlock your phone in three steps once you have the unlock code from your the carrier (which can be requested from them after a few months of service) or can be bought online from a third party for a fee.

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Reflection: Nonfiction Writing

My ability to write in the nonfiction genre–whether it’s a creative flash piece, a commentary, or a fieldwork project–has improved greatly in the past few months. Studying how both famous authors (such as George Orwell and Tom Wolfe) and lesser known authors (such as Lillian Ross and Michael Winerip), use literary techniques to heighten their observations and research has allowed me to experiment and develop my own creative voice.

Using these literary techniques and writing nonfiction outside of an academic tone and purpose–especially during my senior year–has been both refreshing and useful. I’ve enjoyed writing for purposes that weren’t tied to proving a clever–but ultimately useless and distorted–thesis or being tethered to the tangential ideas or biases of a GSI in order to obtain a good grade. Instead, focusing on writing in a meaningful and effective manner–along with the readings, exercises, and assignments demonstrating this–has allowed me to further practice writing that has greater longevity and usefulness (for both creative and non-creative purposes): communicating in an accessible manner, eschewing jargon and obscurity, and using literary techniques to emphasize the truth of experiences or details.

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