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Best Buy has 16GB Motorola MOTO E5 Play AT&T Prepaid Smartphone (Black; XT1921-2) on sale for $29.99. Shipping is free, otherwise, free store pickup is available where stock permits. Thanks Cheenbe

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  • Snapdragon 427 Processor
  • 5.2" 1280x720 IPS Display
  • 16GB Internal Storage (expandable via MicroSD)
  • 8MP Rear + 5MP Front Cameras
  • Android Oreo 8.0
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best buy again has AT&T Prepaid - Motorola MOTO E5 Play with 16GB Memory Prepaid Cell Phone - $29.99

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https://www.bestbuy.com/site/at-t...Id=6300370

Features
Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 processor
Quad-core 1.4GHz processor and 2GB of RAM deliver outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus, running home screens and more.

Android 8.0 Oreo OS
Rapid operating system keeps you safe and secure on your mobile device.

4G LTE speed
Provides fast Web connection for downloading apps, streaming content and staying connected with social media.

5.2" IPS HD touch screen
Extra-large screen is matched with a slim body to comfortably fit in your hand. Offers 16:9 cinema-like screen ratio that's perfect for viewing of videos, photos and games.

8.0MP rear-facing camera
Record your favorite memories with good resolutions, with enough detail for print. Also includes a front-facing 5.0MP camera for self-portraits and video.
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Last Edited by Teaser38 November 8, 2019 at 02:14 PM
The model for this phone is XT1921-2. The clearest, most concise spec listing I can find is at the Republic Wireless site: https://help.republicwireless.com...Tech-Specs

This phone should be bootloader unlockable and rootable, per XDA:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/...m-t3820901
https://forum.xda-developers.com/...d-t3856182

LTE bands supported: 1,2,3,4,5,8,12,14,17,30,66

Clearly, it works fully with AT&T, Cricket, and other AT&T MVNOs. As long as you do not power on the phone with included SIM, it should activate just fine on any AT&T MVNO.

This lacks band 13 - which is Verizon's 4G LTE backbone - so it almost certainly will not work with Verizon or Verizon MVNOs.

This lacks bands 25, 26, and 41, so it almost certainly will not work with Sprint.

It does have main TMO LTE bands (2,4,12), so it should technically work with TMO or a TMO MVNO, but activation outside of AT&T or an AT&T MVNO will almost certainly require 6 months of AT&T service before it can be unlocked for that purpose. Still, if you have TMO and pick up this phone, please try and let us all know!

Same price in stores.

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Miss good old days $5-10 phones, free att unlock or cheap ebay codes. Frown
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Updated the Wiki. This model is the XT1921-2.

Short version:

It will work with AT&T or an AT&T MVNO (such as Cricket) out of the box as long as you don't turn it on with the included SIM installed.

It can technically work with TMO, but you may not be able to activate without 6 months of AT&T service.

It almost certainly will not work with Verizon or Sprint, as it lacks the major LTE bands those carriers use.

It should be bootloader unlockable and rootable, per XDA.
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I use this phone on wifi, bought it for $40 in September ( https://slickdeals.net/f/13353541-at-t-pre-paid-motorola-moto-e5-play-with-16gb-memory-prepaid-cell-phone-39-99-best-buy-free-shipping). Most unlockers on eBay have a disclaimer that it can't be unlocked unless the 6 months of prepaid usage on AT&T were fulfilled. The only ebayer that didn't have that disclaimer refunded my money ($14) when he wasn't able to unlock it in a week.
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I need a cheap phone just to use wirelessly at home. I take it this would work fine? Or do you have to activate it to get the 29.99 price?

I see the option to activate later. What does that mean? If I buy it for 29.99, how they going to know if I don't activate it later but just use it wirelessly?
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With activation....
It is same price for later activation (which means price out the door and use your current att sim). I just bought one from best buy at $59.99 (activate later pricing) last week and used a sim that had to be set up separately at an at&t corporate store in a fiasco of porting issues from cricket. I'll be picking up my second one tomorrow and getting a price difference refund on the first phone.
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I need a cheap phone just to use wirelessly at home. I take it this would work fine? Or do you have to activate it to get the 29.99 price?

I see the option to activate later. What does that mean? If I buy it for 29.99, how they going to know if I don't activate it later but just use it wirelessly?
If you're talking about just using it on wifi, yes just take out the included sim card before starting/setting up the phone. That is their slightly obtuse terminology for pricing WITH activation or pricing WITHOUT. Usually, the pricing is higher without. In fact I just bought this phone a week ago at $59.99 from best buy for a family member without activation (termed activate later) as we had to port their number at a corporate AT&T store separately as there was some confusion with porting from Cricket despite being wholly owned by At&t.

Caveat is that these phones are locked to At&t service and I believe it requires 6 months of service before they will oblige to give you an unlock code in order to move service to Tmobile. I *believe* their phones will work fine with Cricket and other att MVNOs while locked, but I can't be certain and go at your own risk regarding that.
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Anyone use this or have a recommendation for a spare device on WiFi for Pokemon go? Still using a Moto e4 from last year.

Edit looks like the same specs
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If you're talking about just using it on wifi, yes just take out the included sim card before starting/setting up the phone. That is their slightly obtuse terminology for pricing WITH activation or pricing WITHOUT. Usually, the pricing is higher without. In fact I just bought this phone a week ago at $59.99 from best buy for a family member without activation (termed activate later) as we had to port their number at a corporate AT&T store separately as there was some confusion with porting from Cricket despite being wholly owned by At&t.

Caveat is that these phones are locked to At&t service and I believe it requires 6 months of service before they will oblige to give you an unlock code in order to move service to Tmobile. I *believe* their phones will work fine with Cricket and other att MVNOs while locked, but I can't be certain and go at your own risk regarding that.
Awesome. Thanks.
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It is same price for later activation (which means price out the door and use your current att sim). I just bought one from best buy at $59.99 (activate later pricing) last week and used a sim that had to be set up separately at an at&t corporate store in a fiasco of porting issues from cricket. I'll be picking up my second one tomorrow and getting a price difference refund on the first phone.
Does this mean $29.99 is the final price. No need to activate it to use?
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Does this mean $29.99 is the final price. No need to activate it to use?
Final price. You either activate the new sim card in the phone or use an already working sim from att. Or I guess you use it only on wifi without phone service like an earlier poster mentioned.
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Att still doing unlock for non att customers..wen submitted online?
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If you're talking about just using it on wifi, yes just take out the included sim card before starting/setting up the phone. That is their slightly obtuse terminology for pricing WITH activation or pricing WITHOUT. Usually, the pricing is higher without. In fact I just bought this phone a week ago at $59.99 from best buy for a family member without activation (termed activate later) as we had to port their number at a corporate AT&T store separately as there was some confusion with porting from Cricket despite being wholly owned by At&t.

Caveat is that these phones are locked to At&t service and I believe it requires 6 months of service before they will oblige to give you an unlock code in order to move service to Tmobile. I *believe* their phones will work fine with Cricket and other att MVNOs while locked, but I can't be certain and go at your own risk regarding that.
Would love to hear the results if anyone tried putting an activated cricket sim in an "activate later" phone.
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So this should work with an mvno like h2o or Red Pocket?
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