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    How do I determine which network a Consumer Cellular phone is on?

    A friend broke the screen on his Consumer Cellular phone and I have an old Consumer Cellular Moto G Play that was with T-Mobile. I will give it to him if his SIM card is compatible. Here's what I see on my friend's phone:

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    Is there a way to find out if it's on the T-Mobile network? Or should I just put his SIM card in and see what happens?
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    You might be able to tell based on the ip address you get when connected to the mobile data for internet. I'm sure T-mobile and AT&T will give you different addresses in different ranges

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    Check the number on the sim card. I think the digits in the 5th 6th and 7th place indicate the network.
    What does the number start with? Something like 8901 xxx. I don't remember offhand which is which but if you post it I or someone else might be able to tell you.


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    Or, the apn settings may indicate which network.

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    Go into settings & turn OFF Advanced Calling/VoLTE. Once off try making a call.

    If on T-Mobile you should still be able to make a call.

    If on ATT it likely won't be able to since 3g is pretty much gone.

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    Here are some SIM prefixes (first 6 digits):

    The first 6 digits of a Tracfone SIM number (ICCID) identify which carrier it's for:
    * 890141: AT&T
    * 890126: T-mobile
    * 891480: Verizon

    More codes (non-Tracfone):
    * 890124: Tello
    * 890141: H2O (same as AT&T)
    * 893125: Textnow - older, Sprint?
    * 890126: Textnow, newer. same as T-mobile

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    Just ask CC.

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    Go to https://freecarrierlookup.com/

    It says: "FREE Carrier Lookup Service. Enter a phone number and we'll return the carrier name and whether the number is wireless or landline."

    Hope this helps.
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    I think that's only the original carrier. Not after ports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    Here are some SIM prefixes (first 6 digits):

    The first 6 digits of a Tracfone SIM number (ICCID) identify which carrier it's for:
    * 890141: AT&T
    * 890126: T-mobile
    * 891480: Verizon

    More codes (non-Tracfone):
    * 890124: Tello
    * 890141: H2O (same as AT&T)
    * 893125: Textnow - older, Sprint?
    * 890126: Textnow, newer. same as T-mobile
    This is the most accurate way to check. Look in settings if possible, if not the number is printed on the SIM itself.

    There is technically a 7th digit that matters too, but they have thus far always been zero. By the GSM standard the 5th through 7th digits are the mobile network codes (in the US 410 is AT&T, 260 is T-Mobile). I think some older AT&T SIMs also used 170 as that was legacy Cingular).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapjb View Post
    I think that's only the original carrier. Not after ports.
    That's not correct. https://freecarrierlookup.com/ tells what network the # is CURRENTLY using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    That's not correct. https://freecarrierlookup.com/ tells what network the # is CURRENTLY using.
    Thanks for sharing that link. I switched to Verizon from T-Mobile 1 month ago and it did reflect the new carrier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    Here are some SIM prefixes (first 6 digits):

    The first 6 digits of a Tracfone SIM number (ICCID) identify which carrier it's for:
    * 890141: AT&T
    * 890126: T-mobile
    * 891480: Verizon

    More codes (non-Tracfone):
    * 890124: Tello
    * 890141: H2O (same as AT&T)
    * 893125: Textnow - older, Sprint?
    * 890126: Textnow, newer. same as T-mobile
    Thanks for this. I was not remembering correctly which digits were the network indicators.

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    Thanks to all who have responded. I don't have access to the SIM card since I believe it is still in the old (cracked screen) phone although I gave him my Moto G Play and told him to put the SIM card in it. I'm not sure he knows how to do that and I have not heard from him so maybe he put it in and it's working. Freecarrierlookup shows that it is AT&T and I believe I saw that in the APN settings as well when I was messing with it.

    I asked the fellow who gave me the Moto G Play to call Consumer Cellular and ask to have it unlocked. He says that he did, so the phone is unlocked and it shouldn't matter which network it was originally on, correct?

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    I am pretty sure that an unlocked Consumer Cellular phone will not ever work on Verizon, but that might be the only limitation.

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