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    Expedited unlocking of eSIM for non-US usage

    Hello. For TF locked phones equipped with both a physical SIM slot and a eSIM, did anyone have a positive experience of having TF unlock the eSIM portion for non-US SIM cards before the 60-day unlocking schedule is met, so that the phone can be used abroad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveCutler View Post
    Hello. For TF locked phones equipped with both a physical SIM slot and a eSIM, did anyone have a positive experience of having TF unlock the eSIM portion for non-US SIM cards before the 60-day unlocking schedule is met, so that the phone can be used abroad?
    Pretty sure it ain't happening.

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    There’s no difference between eSIM and the physical SIM slot as far as unlocking goes. Either the whole phone gets unlocked or nothing does. They won’t unlock it early.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IsLand_BoY View Post
    They won’t unlock it early.
    Unless the customer is in the military and being sent to some place outside of TF service area "If you are a TracFone customer in the military and receive relocation orders outside of the TracFone Coverage Area, we will unlock your device at your request, even during the applicable lock period following the activation of your device".

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    The military exemption applies to most carriers, but otherwise given TracFone's pretty short unlock period (60 days, the only good part of Verizon taking over) vs most prepaid carriers requiring six months to a year of service, I'm pretty confident they won't unlock early. Sometimes postpaid carriers are known to give longstanding customers an unlock due to foreign travel or other circumstances.

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    I seem to recall you used to be able to pay to unlock early back when it took a year. No idea if they still offer that though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malet View Post
    I seem to recall you used to be able to pay to unlock early back when it took a year. No idea if they still offer that though.
    But I think it costs quite a bit, either $120 or $200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitflyer View Post
    The military exemption applies to most carriers, but otherwise given TracFone's pretty short unlock period (60 days, the only good part of Verizon taking over) vs most prepaid carriers requiring six months to a year of service, I'm pretty confident they won't unlock early. Sometimes postpaid carriers are known to give longstanding customers an unlock due to foreign travel or other circumstances.
    Yeah, I was mostly referring to 'normal' circumstances aside from the usual military exemption. And you're also right, my family has been with T-Mobile since the late 90's and I've had them make exceptions and unlock phones early just because I asked. Granted.. after 20+ years, we're definitely not going anywhere and they know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpham View Post
    But I think it costs quite a bit, either $120 or $200.
    According to this old thread early unlock price for the year phones is/was:

    Android - $150, minus $12.50 for every month of service
    iPhone - $300, minus $25 for every month of service

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