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16GB Motorola MOTO E5 Play AT&T Prepaid Smartphone EXPIRED

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Best Buy has 16GB Motorola MOTO E5 Play AT&T Prepaid Smartphone (Black; XT1921-2) on sale for $29.99. Select in-store pickup where available, or shipping is free for orders $35+. Thanks SpyrusNViware

Note, select "Activate Later" if you do not wish to activate with purchase.

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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 has the AT&T Prepaid Motorola Moto E5 Play for $29.99 (choose activate later).

Motorola Moto E5 Play AT&T Prepaid [bestbuy.com]

Specs
Snapdragon 427 Processor
5.2" 1280x720 IPS Display
16GB Internal Storage (expandable via MicroSD)
8MP Rear + 5MP Front Cameras
Android Oreo 8.0

This deal from Nov is back, but without free shipping. You can order for store pickup for free though. ***EDIT*** Is now OOS for shipping. Deal is dead unless BB near you has in stock.Later it went to regular price, $99.99, and then on sale for $39.99. It's now back to $29.99. I think these won't be around for much longer, as they are a couple of generations old now.


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These seem to work on any AT&T MVNO as long as you don't power it on with the included AT&T prepaid SIM first. My son and I are using these as backups with FreedomPop 1yr pre-loaded SIMs with 1GB/mo, BUT, recently I was trying to run out of data and compare data usage of Hangouts Vs the FreedomPop app. All calls with the FreedomPop app (in/out/LTE/WiFi) were disconnected after 10 minutes. I know I've made longer calls in the past, so don't know what's up with that.
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This is a very good phone for the price. However, be aware that AT&T pre-paid phones (including this phone) have a locked bootloader. This mean that this phone can NOT be rooted or have custom firmware installed. If you plan to use the stock firmware then this is a good phone, buy it (but don't buy it to root or install custom firmware)
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I think what OP meant is if you turn on the phone with the SIM that came with it, then the phone will be locked to that AT&T prepaid SIM, and cannot work on AT&T postpaid or AT&T MVNO's carriers.

I believe it was back in 2013 or earlier, those older AT&T Prepaid phones would not work with postpaid. They needed to be on prepaid for at least 6 months before they could be bought over to postpaid. Now some people still don't know that, so they thought that you could bypass that by simply insert a postpaid SIM or MVNO SIM first. They didn't realized that newer AT&T prepaid phone will also work on postpaid these days.
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Yup. You can use AT&T Prepaid devices on postpaid or any MVNO that uses AT&T
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These seem to work on any AT&T MVNO as long as you don't power it on with the included AT&T prepaid SIM first.
Whos a what now? That's simply not the case. It doesn't matter if you power it on with the included SIM or not. It'll still be locked to AT&T With that said all AT&T sold phones work on anyone who uses AT&T. The only exception to this rule is Cricket phones. Cricket sold devices must be unlocked from Cricket before they can be used on another carrier. Even AT&T.
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Whos a what now? That's simply not the case. It doesn't matter if you power it on with the included SIM or not. It'll still be locked to AT&T With that said all AT&T sold phones work on anyone who uses AT&T. The only exception to this rule is Cricket phones. Cricket sold devices must be unlocked from Cricket before they can be used on another carrier. Even AT&T.
I'm just stating what people have said in the previous deals on this phone. I'm not going to be the guy who tests the theory. I actually think this might be a myth going back to the Virgin and Boost phones being used on other Sprint MVNO's. But again, I'm not going to be the guy to test it.
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I'm just stating what people have said in the previous deals on this phone. I'm not going to be the guy who tests the theory.
Really not a theory. It's a fact.

Source: I've done this myself dozens of times with AT&T locked phones. They are locked prior to selling the device. You powering it on without the SIM in it will not magically keep the phone unlocked.
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Really not a theory. It's a fact.

Source: I've done this myself dozens of times with AT&T locked phones. They are locked prior to selling the device. You powering it on without the SIM in it will not magically keep the phone unlocked.
Would this exact model work as a backup for someone with an at&t postpaid sim?
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Would this exact model work as a backup for someone with an at&t postpaid sim?
Yup. You can use AT&T Prepaid devices on postpaid or any MVNO that uses AT&T
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Yup. You can use AT&T Prepaid devices on postpaid or any MVNO that uses AT&T
Thanks, started digging into the old thread and found similar responses.

Haven't followed at&t prepaid deals for a long while and just wanted to be sure this was still true before suggesting this to a family member.
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How easy is to unlock this device?
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Really not a theory. It's a fact.

Source: I've done this myself dozens of times with AT&T locked phones. They are locked prior to selling the device. You powering it on without the SIM in it will not magically keep the phone unlocked.
I think what OP meant is if you turn on the phone with the SIM that came with it, then the phone will be locked to that AT&T prepaid SIM, and cannot work on AT&T postpaid or AT&T MVNO's carriers.

I believe it was back in 2013 or earlier, those older AT&T Prepaid phones would not work with postpaid. They needed to be on prepaid for at least 6 months before they could be bought over to postpaid. Now some people still don't know that, so they thought that you could bypass that by simply insert a postpaid SIM or MVNO SIM first. They didn't realized that newer AT&T prepaid phone will also work on postpaid these days.
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Plenty of custom rom available for this phone including Android 9.0 lineage is rom
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Cheapest AT&T MVNO plan?
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No way to unlock this to use on T-Mobile is there
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Cheapest AT&T MVNO plan?
https://prepaidcompare.net/
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https://prepaidcompare.net/
Thanks. Already googled by me. My bad, got lazy, asked first instead of investigating. This would be for a female friend, to bring her into the 21st Century . . . even though I know I'd then be her lifetime tech support: "The phone doesn't work! I pushed all the buttons." LMAO
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