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Unlock Orange Monte Carlo (ZTE Skate) free

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It’s getting very close to Christmas, so we thought we’d get another free Unlocking video out there, this time unlock Orange Monte Carlo…What’s more, to make it even better, we will be giving away the unlocked handset!  So for a chance to win this Unlocked Orange Monte Carlo handset, tweet the following:


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The closing date is 11pm on Wednesday 21st December 2011, when we will randomly select a winner - see our Terms and Conditions at the end of the post for full details.


The Orange Monte Carlo


The Orange Monte Carlo has recently seen a price decrease, previously  £149.99, now reduced to £ 119.99 (with a £ 10 top-up). 


The Orange Monte Carlo has a 4.3 inch touchscreen, and is a 'larger' phone in general, weighing 120 g and with dimensions of 10.4 mm, Length 125.9 mm and Width 67.8 mm.  It has a slightly plastic feel and some users complain that the back cover is a bit too flimsy for their liking.  There are (as with a number of Android phones) issues with the battery draining quickly when using the radio, internet surfing and playing media. 


So with it’s price point so close to the Orange San Francisco and with such as small price difference between the two models, what’s the difference?


So the Orange Monte Carlo, offers a better camera – 5 megapixels, it runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and has HD Voice and Signal Boost.  It’s large screen makes it easy to type, although I noticed the touchscreen’s responsiveness wasn’t that great when trying to enter the APN settings.  SIM card removal also isn’t the easiest – as the SIM is positioned to the left of the battery and is slide in, rather than the lift and insert option.  Again the Monte Carlo is very Orange branded and rooting this phone is probably a good idea – although it is a little trickier than the Orange San Francisco.  The Orange Monte Carlo also has an 800 MHz processor, whilst the San Francisco’s is 600 MHz.


However, although you may compare the two from a price point of view, if you’re looking for a lower cost Android phone, there’s a new contender!  Orange have announced the realease of the  Orange San Francisco II .


Looking at the specs it very much resembles the Orange Monte Carlo, with a 5 megapixel camera, HD Voice and Signal Boost.  Orange have also stated that the handset is going to be available for £99 – the original cost of the Orange San Francisco. 



So what do you think?  If you had £120 to spend on a phone, would you go for either of the San Franciscos?  The Monte Carlo, or a different Android phone altogether – tell us in the comments below.  Do you have the new Orange San Francisco II – what do you think?


Unlock Orange Monte Carlo free!


It looks a bit scary at first, but this is a really easy guide to follow – give it a go!




  1. Before you start download and install this file QPST 2.7 Build 366.
  2. Next download this file and unzip it, saving it somewhere you can find it. 
  3. Connect your phone to your computer and make sure you have USB debugging turned on.  Settings->Applications->Development->USB debugging is ENABLED on your Orange Monte Carlo. (You will need your normal SIM in for this, otherwise you see the screen ‘Enter Network Unlock PIN message).
  4. Go into ‘Preparation’ folder (in your unzipped files) and run “Install-recovery=windows.bat”. You should see your phone reboot.
  5. Remove the phone battery and disconnect the USB.
  6. Now you are going to reconnect the phone via the USB, but when you reconnect your phone, make sure you’re holding the volume down button – do not let go of this until you see the black screen, with a white box and ‘FTM’ on it.
  7. In the start menu on your computer, go to ‘All programs’ and find your previously installed QPST file.  Expand the file and select “Software Download”. 
  8. In the tabs along the top of this software, you will see ‘Backup’ click this and choose where to save your backup file – “QCN” file. 
  9. If you can’t see your phone on there (as in the video)  Go back to the Start menu, and select “QPST Configuration” and click add port – and the you should be able to see a port with your phone there.  Exit this and go back to the Software download part of the program.
  10. Go back to the ‘Backup’ tab and select your phone.  Then hit ‘Start’.
  11. Before continuing, go to the folder you’ve just saved your QCN file in and make sure that the file size is not 0, if it is, you need to repeat step 10 again.
  12. Close the QPST software now.
  13. From your unzipped files, now select the “Unlock”folder and run download.exe file. 
  14. Then to unlock your phone, press the “Start”button.
  15. Wait for the process to be 100/100 – and you will get a completed message.
  16. Go to the start menu and again open the QPST  ‘Software Download’utility, click the ‘Restore’tab.  Now Browse to find the QCN file you saved earlier and restore it.
  17. Finally, remove your USB cable, put the battery back in and your giffgaff SIM card, and your phone is unlocked.



Apply giffgaff settings to Orange Monte Carlo


Next step is to apply your settings:


Click the Settings icon.

Select ‘Wireless and Networks’

Select ‘Mobile Networks’

Select Áccess Point Names’

If a giffgaff APN already exists hit ‘menu’ and ‘delete’’

Otherwise hit ‘menu’ then ‘New APN’

Enter the following details into the relevant screen

Name:  giffgaff


Username:  giffgaff

Password:  password


MMS Proxy:

MMS Port:  8080

MCC:  234

MNC:  10

Then press the ‘Menu’ key again and ‘Save’

If you can see the giffgaff APN in the list – press the radio button next to it/


Otherwise turn your phone off, and back on, and you should see the giffgaff APN with the details you entered previously.


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For those like me who could not get past the first stage as their phone was not recognised and they got the message waiting for the device to respond try down loading the handet driver from the first post in this forum - . This worked for me. The other thing that was causing me problems was that I have 3 usb ports on my laptop. One did not recognise the device (although it works in normal operation) and so I can only assume that is configured in dome sort of hub arrangement.


after following this tutorial to unlock my phone and use giffgaff sim (which worked perfectly!) I am trying to root my orange montecarlo to remove stock apps and make there a way to do it without changing rom or loosing all info/phone numbers ?


I have tried this:  but with no luck, I still cannot get to root the phone and uninstall those useless orange apps!!


Thank you!


I am trying to unlock my daughter's Montecarlo. I have installed QPST but the link to 'This file' does not work. I have installed Chrome like a previous comment said but it does not work on Firefox or Chrome for me. Help!!!

Hello, I really appriciate you making this guide, but there is a problem with the second link- for the zip file "OMC skate". I can't download it, every time you click on the link, it goes straight to the main website page!


Looking about on the web, it seems that there is some kind of problem with the website that the zip file is stored on.  I was wondering if anyone here knows where I can get a copy of it, cause I really want to use my phone on giffgaff!


Thank you. :)


Unfortunately, the software links no longer work in this guide.


I have however just unlocked my monte carlo with no problems using the instructions and files located at the following url.