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    Unlock iPhone XR???

    My wife passed away a couple if months ago. I cancelled her T-Mobile account. She still owed a couple hundred on the phone lease. They don’t want the phone back and don’t want the couple hundred. Instead, they tell me the phone is just a brick. Yes, I can do some things with it, but no calls or texts... obviously. Now, is this totally true? Can something be done to restore or unlock the phone from T-Mobile control? Maybe to the point I could sell it? I don’t have that level of expertise. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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    Unfortunately, others have shared that T-Mobile or other US carriers will not unlock or unblock the phone with fees and payments due. It may have some slight value as a parts device to a shop or it may be able to be activated in another country, but it is a brick in the US.

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    They don’t want you to pay the remainder of the balance owed?!


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    iPhone XR

    Quote Originally Posted by TwitchyPuppy View Post
    They don’t want you to pay the remainder of the balance owed?!


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    No, they just wrote it off and said they don’t want the phone. I could pay off the $260 owed, the phone would be activated and I could sell it. But, I’d probably be very lucky to get even $260 for it.

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    The phone is worth more than $260 if you sell it locally on Craigslist or a website called Swappa. The lowest price 64Gb T-Mobile XR on Swappa is currently $350 in good condition. If it is unlocked, in mint condition the price jumps to $400. If you are in a decent sized city, you can get a good price on Craigslist. Swappa is usually some of cheapest used phones of good quality.

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    You can use Gevey Chip, RSIM or UB SIM 14 to unlock it and use other carrier sim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radarlarry View Post
    No, they just wrote it off and said they don’t want the phone. I could pay off the $260 owed, the phone would be activated and I could sell it. But, I’d probably be very lucky to get even $260 for it.
    It’d be worth it since it still goes for more than that


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    I would use it like a Ipod touch on WiFi. That's what I did with my 128GB OG SE. My family stopped paying the bill on my account when I was in the hospital for months.


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