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Phone Question

Postby ricky racer » Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:17 pm

My wife needs a new phone and due to budget restrictions I am looking at phones on eBay. The phone will have to be AT&T compatible as they are our carrier. My question is I see some advertised as "locked" or "unlocked". What are they referring to?
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Re: Phone Question

Postby Barnyard » Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:26 pm

A locked phone is meant to ensure that the phone can't be used on any other operator's network other than the original carrier until a different software code is entered to unlock it. Basically it means if the phone is locked you would have to be sure it is locked with an AT&T code in order for you to use it with your AT&T carrier.
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Re: Phone Question

Postby ricky racer » Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:13 pm

Thanks Bill.
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Re: Phone Question

Postby Dennis » Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:16 pm

The FCC just put new rules into effect Feb 11, 2015 for locked phones: https://www.fcc.gov/device-unlocking-faq

PS: Some unique features of phones may not work between providers if you switch, for example Sprint to Verizon or AT&T to T-Mobile, etc...
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