1. DI77ON's Avatar
    Need some help, new to unlocking process

    Purchased AT&T 920 used on craigslist to unlock for use on T-Mobile. AT&T stated they could not unlock the phone because the previous owner's account registered to the phone's IMEI number was in "bad standing" (unpaid bill). The IMEI is NOT blacklisted or reported stolen, but AT&T would not unlock the phone.

    Is there any other way I can unlock this phone, or plead my case to AT&T? Are there other companies that can unlock the phone?
    07-22-2013 04:05 PM
  2. gsquared's Avatar
    Humm. Sounds to me you are SoL. Too bad you cannot even go back on the person you bought it from. Technically they have not done anything illegal by selling you the device.
    07-22-2013 04:22 PM
  3. cndspec's Avatar
    get an unlock code from cellunlocker.net. Have done both of the 920s in our house with codes from them. No problems. Quick service.
    07-23-2013 12:31 AM
  4. DI77ON's Avatar
    Solution found, for reference

    Like the previous poster stated, cellunlocker.net is a viable option, as their unlock codes are not based upon separate providers' account standing. You call them, they check your IMEI. If it checks out, they send you an unlock code for a fee. The only caution their rep gave me was to check with AT&T to make sure they would not disable the phone in the future.

    When I called AT&T again to make sure they would not blacklist the phone's IMEI due to its previous owner having an account in "bad standing," they ended up giving me the unlock code. Why they decided to give me an unlock code the second time I called, I have no idea. Perhaps try calling at different times. If that fails, cellunlocker.net is a viable option (and legit it seems, their reseller rating is very positive: cellunlocker Reviews - cellunlocker.net Ratings at ResellerRatings)
    07-24-2013 12:43 PM
  5. spectre51's Avatar
    I would also ask to talk to a supervisor. Them nit giving out the unlock code to you foe your account because someone else didn't pay their bill is ridiculous and not your fault. I would escalate it before paying for an unlock code.
    07-26-2013 10:35 PM
  6. mase123987's Avatar
    When someone doesn't follow through on their contract, carriers consider the subsidized phone not paid for. Because of this, carriers usually won't allow the phone on their networks anymore. I would get an unlock code from one of the unlocking websites. Just know there is a good chance the phone won't work on AT&Ts network anymore.

    Word of advice: ALWAYS do craigslist phone deals at a carrier owned retail store. They will be happy to check the phone to make sure you don't have issues. It saved me from buying a bad GS4.
    thomas wojcik likes this.
    07-27-2013 12:01 AM

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