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Does ATT unlock phones after 6 months if you use an ATT MVNO?

778 117 February 10, 2018 at 12:18 PM
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I don't see any reason they would. Check HowardForums. You may be able to buy an unlock code on ebay.
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that wouldn't make sense.
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AT&T PREPAID℠ (formerly GoPhone®) devices must have at least 6 months of active service.
Well, isn't an MVNO technically an ATT service? Would using the phone on Cricket or some other MVNO be the same as using the ATT service?

These locked ATT phones do in fact work with MVNO's.
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AT&T PREPAID℠ (formerly GoPhone®) devices must have at least 6 months of active service.
Well, isn't an MVNO technically an ATT service? Would using the phone on Cricket or some other MVNO be the same as using the ATT service?

These locked ATT phones do in fact work with MVNO's.
That would mean that you have to use an AT&T prepaid/ GoPhone for 6 months before you could ask them to unlock it for use on other MVNO's like Cricket (which is actually owned by AT&T) or TracFone for example. This isn't quite the question you asked originally.

I read your OP as asking this: If i use a phone locked to AT&T postpaid on an MVNO that uses AT&T's network like TracFone for 6 months will they unlock it. This was ultimately a pretty dumb question with an emphatic no as the answer. I wasn't quite this blunt because I thought you may just have worded your question poorly.

One caveat, people in the past have had success requesting unlock codes from AT&T claiming they're be traveling out of the country on post paid and prepaid without the normal time requirements. But, iirc they've been less generous recently.

Easiest way to get a cheap phone that's unlocked for AT&T is to buy a VZW prepaid Moto E4 at walmart (on sale for $40 at times) and then buy an unlock code on ebay. The Moto E5 will be along relatively soon and would be a better choice though.

There are also lots of pretty good phones you can buy that are already unlocked for <$250.
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Also in some cases, phones that are locked to AT&T will actually work on AT&T MVNOs without doing anything. Depends on the carrier, phone, and sim card.
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