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  1. Yes, you need an IMEI to activate a SIM card, but...

    Yes, you need an IMEI to activate a SIM card, but it isn't necessary to put the SIM card in that phone. I bought a broken iPhone 5c and used its IMEI to activate a SIM card, transferred my balance...
  2. Interesting. I don't think anyone has yet...

    Interesting. I don't think anyone has yet narrowed down why some phones show TFW and some show Verizon. It is some combination of SIM card, phone, iOS version, APN profile and cell tower. Too many...
  3. ??? SIM swapping works. Only SIM cards that come...

    ??? SIM swapping works. Only SIM cards that come with TF branded phones are locked to the phones. BYOP SIM cards can be placed in other phones. In fact, you can activate a BYOP Verizon/TF SIM card...
  4. New iPhones have to be activated with Apple. This...

    New iPhones have to be activated with Apple. This is not SIM activation. If the SIM is not allowed with the particular phone, Apple won't let you past the iPhone activation stage.

    I had a similar...
  5. In my own experience, after changing SIMs I no...

    In my own experience, after changing SIMs I no longer needed an APN profile. However, I cannot tell if it is due to the new SIM, the fact that the new SIM was activated using an iPhone's IMEI or a...
  6. Yay! Kudos for figuring out a work around....

    Yay! Kudos for figuring out a work around. :clapping: Hope I never have to use it!
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    Yeah, that's what happens to me.

    Yeah, that's what happens to me.
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    In Chrome, I don't see the 1GB add-on card unless...

    In Chrome, I don't see the 1GB add-on card unless I log in.
  9. YMMV, but the one that worked for me was "Verizon...

    YMMV, but the one that worked for me was "Verizon (4G LTE))". Also, things may have changed since I had this problem, but I was able to remove all of the profiles from flexserve --- even the ones...
  10. After a factory reset, you should try one of the...

    After a factory reset, you should try one of the network profiles from flexserve. Those can be deleted. It is only the TF profile that is messed up. If you can get one of those to work, then you can...
  11. That stopped being the case a while ago. My...

    That stopped being the case a while ago. My Verizon iPhone 5s just stopped getting data one day. Got the dreaded "cannot connect to the cellular network" message for no apparent reason. Up until...
  12. It depends on what you mean by "opposite". In my...

    It depends on what you mean by "opposite". In my case, I could not install or remove the TF profile. Would have been happy to do either. The profile did not install correctly and could nor be removed...
  13. This thread reported similar issues: ...

    This thread reported similar issues:
    https://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1902891
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    Yikes, sounds like you fell in the same pit as I...

    Yikes, sounds like you fell in the same pit as I did.

    I think it should be standard recommendation to back up your iPhone before installing APN settings. Don't see that much.
  15. Thread: This is crazy

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    Scroll down to where it says "If you don't have...

    Scroll down to where it says "If you don't have access to your iPhone, you can*deregister iMessage online."
  16. Thread: This is crazy

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    You need to do this: ...

    You need to do this:

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203042
  17. Thread: This is crazy

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    Most likely, the person texting you is using an...

    Most likely, the person texting you is using an iPhone. The iMesage is being sent over the internet instead of the cellular connection. Also, on the iPhone, iMessage recipients can be identified...
  18. Thread: Blu phones?

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    From the article, it sounds like the LG G5 might...

    From the article, it sounds like the LG G5 might be OK. I liked my LG G3 except the battery life sucked. The G5 has a really nice camera. Since everyone hates it, I'm hoping to pick up a refurbished...
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    Is that true for numbers that are registered on...

    Is that true for numbers that are registered on with a TF website account?

    EDIT: Also, what about GSM BYOP accounts? They weren't activated with an IMEI. So, TF would use just the phone number?
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    Next time you drop your phone in water, try...

    Next time you drop your phone in water, try taking out the SIM card and let it dry:

    https://www.techwalla.com/articles/does-water-damage-sim-cards

    You might have been able to just swap in that...
  21. Thread: Blu phones?

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    Have you considered getting a used phone on eBay?...

    Have you considered getting a used phone on eBay? You can get an LG G4 for about $90 and an LG G5 for about $110. Both have removeable batteries.

    Sent from my Studio XL 2 using HoFo mobile app
  22. Thread: Blu phones?

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    So, you don't want to be stuck with a working...

    So, you don't want to be stuck with a working phone that otherwise works, but the battery is worn out. Apparently BL sells parts:

    http://www.bluphoneparts.com/batteries/

    Who knew. Some of...
  23. Thread: Blu phones?

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    I have several BLU phones. Generally, they are...

    I have several BLU phones. Generally, they are pretty good.

    They sell phones in a wide range of prices from $60 - $300. So you do need to say what you are expecting in terms of features and what...
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    Interesting... Since my original post, I moved my...

    Interesting... Since my original post, I moved my balance and phone number to different SIM. Originally, I activated the SIM using the IMEI of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I wasn't getting visual...
  25. You don't need a phone, just a number. Activate...

    You don't need a phone, just a number. Activate an AT&T GSM SIM and put it in your current phone (assuming it is AT&T compatible). SIMs can be had for $1 + cheapest plan is $10 for 30 days.
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