1. deckard201293's Avatar
    Ok, for the past several days now I have been trying to figure out if I can activate a Nokia Lumia 520 out of the box on my Straight Talk service. I spoke with several representatives at straight talk and they keep saying that I have to unlock the phone to use it on straight talk. I have seen several posts on blog site with people activating it on straight talk. Are they giving me a run around or is it true, it cannot be activated????
    09-27-2013 09:32 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Moved to Carrier Discussion Lounge.

    Do you have an AT&T or a T-Mobile SIM from Straight Talk?
    09-27-2013 10:25 PM
  3. deckard201293's Avatar
    No I currently do not. The place I go to order it says "Unlocked Phone" activation kit. I haven't bought the phone yet. I don't want to be out $100 if it doesn't work...
    09-27-2013 10:27 PM
  4. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    No I currently do not. The place I go to order it says "Unlocked Phone" activation kit. I haven't bought the phone yet. I don't want to be out $100 if it doesn't work...
    If you get the AT&T 520, you will need to have an AT&T Straight Talk SIM. It won't work with a T-Mobile SIM unless it is unlocked.
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    09-27-2013 10:34 PM
  5. deckard201293's Avatar
    I asked the people at Straight talk if the AT&T sim card would work and they said that it would have to be unlocked. I found that strange when it says on their site that all you need is a compatible GSM phone...
    09-27-2013 10:38 PM
  6. deckard201293's Avatar
    Putting it simple, I know that I need to have the AT&T compatible sim card. What I'm not understanding is they are saying it needs to be unlocked, and I am seeing people connect their Lumia 520's to straight without an unlock.
    09-27-2013 10:47 PM
  7. tgp's Avatar
    If you get an AT&T 520 and an AT&T Straight Talk SIM card, the phone does not have to be unlocked. It will work just fine!
    09-27-2013 11:00 PM
  8. deckard201293's Avatar
    That's what I figured. I wonder why they keep telling me it needs to be unlocked?
    09-27-2013 11:04 PM
  9. palandri's Avatar
    That's what I figured. I wonder why they keep telling me it needs to be unlocked?
    Because normally when you change carriers with a GSM phone it needs to be unlocked, but a straight talk AT&T sim card is a MVNO for AT&T.
    List of United States mobile virtual network operators - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    09-27-2013 11:53 PM
  10. tgp's Avatar
    That's what I figured. I wonder why they keep telling me it needs to be unlocked?
    Their script probably says to tell the customer that if the phone is from a different carrier it must be unlocked.
    palandri likes this.
    09-28-2013 07:16 AM
  11. palandri's Avatar
    Their script probably says to tell the customer that if the phone is from a different carrier it must be unlocked.
    I agree, they say that to be on the safe side and avoid complaints.
    09-28-2013 07:20 AM
  12. deckard201293's Avatar
    It's good to know that it can work. I've been looking into a windows phone for a long time and now's my chance. Thanks guys.
    palandri likes this.
    09-28-2013 01:35 PM

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