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    Should I unlock it, and how?

    I have some manner of Huawei feature phone on AT&T (unfortunately there's no model number on it, and in fact I can only verify the brand from the battery), clearly something very basic that I found at work (used bookstore, was amongst a thrift store buy). While I have little use for it, I was thinking of unlocking it and giving it away or selling it, but that depends on how hard it is to unlock. Should I bother, and how do I do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javarod View Post
    I have some manner of Huawei feature phone on AT&T (unfortunately there's no model number on it, and in fact I can only verify the brand from the battery), clearly something very basic that I found at work (used bookstore, was amongst a thrift store buy). While I have little use for it, I was thinking of unlocking it and giving it away or selling it, but that depends on how hard it is to unlock. Should I bother, and how do I do that?
    Try to have AT&T unlock it for free:

    https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/#/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmoose View Post
    Try to have AT&T unlock it for free:

    https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/#/
    You can try that. It don't hurt to ask, but they pretty much stopped doing that months ago.

    OP, why unlock it? It will work on AT&T and their subsidiaries and MVNOs. The only thing you are missing is T-Mobile without unlocking it.

    Look under the battery and in the phone menus for the model number.

    If it is an old AT&T 2G phone it is worthless. AT&T doesn't use 2G anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    You can try that. It don't hurt to ask, but they pretty much stopped doing that months ago.
    I thought what they stopped was unlocking NIB, never-activated prepaid phones. OP is describing a phone that plausibly could have been used on AT&T and met the unlocking service requirements. Does AT&T not unlock phones anymore for non-customers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    You can try that. It don't hurt to ask, but they pretty much stopped doing that months ago.

    AT&T still unlocks phones which meet the requirements for unlocking. The prepaid never active phones are no longer unlocked until 6 months of prepaid or 3 months postpaid service.

    AT&T within the last month, I submitted an unlock request for a prepaid iPhone SE which was only used on postpaid. I received the unlocked approved email the same day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmoose View Post
    I thought what they stopped was unlocking NIB, never-activated prepaid phones. OP is describing a phone that plausibly could have been used on AT&T and met the unlocking service requirements. Does AT&T not unlock phones anymore for non-customers?

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    My mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmoose View Post
    Try to have AT&T unlock it for free:
    Huh, hadn't even thought about that, I simply assumed that it wasn't an option as I'm not a customer. Well, request in, thanks for pointing out the obvious (this explains why I told my boss to fee free to call me a moron when I deserve it).

    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    You can try that. It don't hurt to ask, but they pretty much stopped doing that months ago.

    OP, why unlock it? It will work on AT&T and their subsidiaries and MVNOs. The only thing you are missing is T-Mobile without unlocking it.

    Look under the battery and in the phone menus for the model number.

    If it is an old AT&T 2G phone it is worthless. AT&T doesn't use 2G anymore.
    Found the model, it's a Huawei U2800/Pal. Pretty low end thing, but I figure unlock it so I have options with it, though I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with it, I do have a better phone after all.. more or less, really buggy weird China phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javarod View Post
    ...Found the model, it's a Huawei U2800/Pal....
    Looks like it is new enough to still work on AT&T. The battery might not be real good after six years.

    http://www.phonerated.com/specs-huawei_u2800

    You could keep it in the car unactivated (with a car charger/power supply). It will work for 911 only even without being activated. It doesn't have to be unlocked for that.

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