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I think there is a big misunderstanding what locked/unlocked means.

All phones that are made are always assigned to a carrier (yes even the ones that say "Factory GSM Unlocked") to prove that just look up the model of the phone and you will see what carrier it was assigned to.

In order for a phone to have service the company has to know that you want service on this phone.

In the past company's like Sprint and Verizon did not work with a sim card they worked with the id of the phone to recognize what kind of phone / what carrier it was assigned to. This is know as CDMA. Yet company's like att/t-mobile did that too but the service was applied by using a sim.

Once LTE came out for what ever reason all company switched to the "Sim technology". There is still one thing that did not change, each carrier has their assigned bands that they have from the FCC that they are allowed to use.

Being that there are standard bands that every one uses (for international or the like) these are included in every phone. So.... All verizon phones will work on att, BUT will only have the bands for slower internet since those are standard bands.

Now verizon's LTE band is NOT a standard nor is their CDMA a standard so an att or a t-mobile phone will NOT be able to accept a Verizon sim.

Now lets go to sprint phones,

All other company's when they had the phones made for them all they do is have it customized for its own use (Read: their own LTE bands). Sprint on the other hand not only did they have them customize it they put a lock in the software blocking all local USA bands (Verizon ATT and Tmobile).

They even go a step farther and they still do the old way of checking the device ID to see if its a sprint phone or not.

Hope this explains a few things feel free to ask any questions.

Att has an easy way to ask for an unlock https://att.com/deviceunlock

How to check a Sprint iPhone (only): You cannot check it with an american sim you must put in a foreign sim. You DO NOT have to backup and restore as sprint sends in the email! Connect to wifi before starting this procedure.

When you put the sim in one of 3 things will happen.
1. It will say no service in the top right corner = Unlocked
2. It will do a soft restart and ask you for your apple id password = Almost unlocked, after putting in the password its unlocked
3. It will do a soft restart and say "Sim not valid" = Phone is locked

If you got number 2. and you dont know the password just put in your old sim and all will return. When you find out the password repeat the steps.

Willmyphonework.net Can check if the phone will work
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Re: cell phone unlocking
« Reply #255 on: April 28, 2015, 07:11:19 PM »
If I insert a (non active) Israeli sim into my phone here in the USA, if my phone isn't unlocked will I get a pop up message?
My phone is supposedly unlocked but I wanna be sure about it.
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Re: cell phone unlocking
« Reply #256 on: April 28, 2015, 07:21:57 PM »
Im not the original owner

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Re: cell phone unlocking
« Reply #257 on: April 28, 2015, 07:22:20 PM »
Bump.

Samsung right? should show you a message if its not unlocked

ETA: if I'm not mistaken T-mobile can see if it is or isn't unlocked, give them a call

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Re: cell phone unlocking
« Reply #258 on: April 28, 2015, 07:27:29 PM »
Samsung right? should show you a message if its not unlocked

ETA: if I'm not mistaken T-mobile can see if it is or isn't unlocked, give them a call
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Re: cell phone unlocking
« Reply #263 on: May 20, 2015, 11:11:11 PM »
T-Mobile Sim cards for $0.99 FS . Normally $15.

http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-phone/T-Mobile-Prepaid-Micro-and-Standard-combiSIM-Activation-Kit?cmpid=WTR_AF_SLCKDLSFRM_2CQANVH33VQ1592&AID=11841358&PID=1225267&SID=d78d66cf5af54bdfabda4c83651d5a1c
I happened to have been switching to T-Mobile today and I was told I need to pay 15 for sim card. I said its 99 cents online and she waived it all together after. So thanx! BecausI fix not for this i'd be paying 15!
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Re: cell phone unlocking
« Reply #266 on: June 11, 2015, 12:47:00 PM »
Thanks ordered 1, hoping to switch to t-mobile soon to take advantage of the great business plan pricing.
... and sucky service.  Really.

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« Reply #267 on: June 11, 2015, 12:47:34 PM »
... and sucky service.  Really.
its all a matter of where you need it most

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Re: cell phone unlocking
« Reply #268 on: June 11, 2015, 12:56:18 PM »
its all a matter of where you need it most
+1 I had great service using them - except for one small dead spot on the highway

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Re: cell phone unlocking
« Reply #269 on: June 11, 2015, 02:15:29 PM »
I happened to have been switching to T-Mobile today and I was told I need to pay 15 for sim card. I said its 99 cents online and she waived it all together after. So thanx! BecausI fix not for this i'd be paying 15!
Or buy a Sim card with a month preloaded on Ebay. Port your number, get a free Sim, and a month service for under $30 for a $60 plan doesn't hurt either. Dealers get a bonus for signing up a new customer; you should take advantage of that.
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