01-23-2014 05:38 PM
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  1. Sheikboy's Avatar
    Hi Everyone,

    So my trust my trusty HTC 8x has left me for the great Best Buy in the Sky and am looking at purchasing a new device. I use TMobile as a service plan and a service plan alone so I would need to purchase my device unlocked outright. I'm looking at the Lumia 920 (I know there are newer, better Lumias out now, but wireless charging built in is a definite plus for me) and was wondering what my experience with T-Mobile service would be if I were to purchase an AT&T branded Lumia 920 and had it unlocked by the carrier? I don't have a data plan at this time, but I may in the future. What kind of performance can I expect?

    Thanks!

    Sheik
    01-19-2014 11:12 AM
  2. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    AT&T won't unlock the phone unless you've been with them at least 6 months and even then AT&T customers can't seem to get it unlocked,
    (plenty of threads saying that) so scratch that and buy one unlocked on eBay or a 3rd party seller.
    AT&T won't be your source for unlocking even if you bought it full price.
    ...Could be wrong about that but I would get it in writing from AT&T before you bought it from them.
    xandros9 likes this.
    01-19-2014 01:58 PM
  3. xandros9's Avatar
    Save yourself the trouble and the effort and spend the extra for an unlocked model.

    The Verizon 928 is a potential option, as its unlocked by default, but MMS and something else may not work properly.
    01-19-2014 02:11 PM
  4. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    Save yourself the trouble and the effort and spend the extra for an unlocked model.

    The Verizon 928 is a potential option, as its unlocked by default, but MMS and something else may not work properly.
    Bit hard to run CDMA phone on a GSM network tho'
    01-19-2014 02:24 PM
  5. xandros9's Avatar
    Bit hard to run CDMA phone on a GSM network tho'
    its a world phone, so it also has a GSM radio
    01-19-2014 07:26 PM
  6. MikesChevelle's Avatar
    Bit hard to run CDMA phone on a GSM network tho'
    Let me google that for you
    Mr Lebowski likes this.
    01-19-2014 07:27 PM
  7. metalchick719's Avatar
    You can get a Rogers unlocked 920 for pretty cheap. I think Negrielectronics might still at least have the black one available (I have that one).
    01-19-2014 09:52 PM
  8. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    Bit hard to run CDMA phone on a GSM network.

    928 isn't just CDMA
    01-19-2014 10:45 PM
  9. intoxicated662's Avatar
    The Rogers unlocked phones are on either Backorder or Discontinued. I am looking for a Nokia Lumia 920 unlocked but no luck so far. I'm looking preferably for a pentaband to use on T-Mobile, any suggestions? I can't seem to find anywhere to unlock the at&t version anywhere.
    01-20-2014 01:07 AM
  10. MikesChevelle's Avatar
    eBay has loads of them
    metalchick719 likes this.
    01-20-2014 01:24 AM
  11. intoxicated662's Avatar
    yes, lots say pentaband but when looking at the specifications they aren't 1700 and some give mixed signals because the title will state one thing and the description another. I found a person locally selling a red nokia lumia 920 for $200 (RM820) but he claims he cannot unlock it since he doesn't have an AT&T account so is there another way around that? It would be cheaper and faster for me but not sure if it's worth taking a risk or just waiting it out and hope to find something better online.
    01-20-2014 01:29 AM
  12. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    The Rogers unlocked phones are on either Backorder or Discontinued. I am looking for a Nokia Lumia 920 unlocked but no luck so far. I'm looking preferably for a pentaband to use on T-Mobile, any suggestions? I can't seem to find anywhere to unlock the at&t version anywhere.
    Who's thread is this, yours or Sheikboy the OP ?
    01-20-2014 03:04 AM
  13. pankaj981's Avatar
    I would say buy a Rogers variant from eBay and get it unlocked from cellunlocker/unlockthatphone
    metalchick719 likes this.
    01-20-2014 03:33 AM
  14. Sheikboy's Avatar
    @Mr Lebowski, intoxicated can ask, it's fine with me. We have the same concerns: I'm worried about the compatibility of the antennas and radios with a TMobile network and whether they use different bands. I'm aware I can get an unlocked device, however AT&T branded devices can be significantly cheaper (up to 200 dollars cheaper if purchasing used). I'm mainly looking through amazon and ebay at this point
    01-20-2014 01:51 PM
  15. xandros9's Avatar
    @Mr Lebowski, intoxicated can ask, it's fine with me. We have the same concerns: I'm worried about the compatibility of the antennas and radios with a TMobile network and whether they use different bands. I'm aware I can get an unlocked device, however AT&T branded devices can be significantly cheaper (up to 200 dollars cheaper if purchasing used). I'm mainly looking through amazon and ebay at this point
    AT&T will flat out refuse to unlock secondhand devices. (I chatted up customer support about that a couple weeks ago)
    The person kept emphasizing that the original owner will have to unlock it.

    It may be possible, but it may not be worth the grief and uncertainty.

    You may have some luck if you sign on with them, but doubtful and that defeats the point.

    They're cheaper because the lock kills resale value too.
    Mr Lebowski likes this.
    01-20-2014 02:22 PM
  16. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    AT&T has no incentive to unlock a used 920 even a AT&T branded 920. Why would they do that, to be nice? they aren't in business to be nice
    they are in business to make money.
    Buy a used unlocked 920 or a new unlocked 920, AT&T isn't going to help you.
    01-20-2014 02:33 PM
  17. md007's Avatar
    Sheikboy,

    I recently bought the Lumia 920 from AT&T outright at no annual contract price for $299. I cancelled the at&t activation and service the same day I picked up the phone from the store and hence am not using at&t service. I was able to submit an unlock request online to get the phone unlocked and received my unlock code promptly in 2 days. I am currently using t-mobile service and am even able to get LTE just fine. No issues and no runaround from at&t. Just my experience.
    Mr Lebowski likes this.
    01-20-2014 05:23 PM
  18. sequoia464's Avatar
    Sheikboy,

    I recently bought the Lumia 920 from AT&T outright at no annual contract price for $299. I cancelled the at&t activation and service the same day I picked up the phone from the store and hence am not using at&t service. I was able to submit an unlock request online to get the phone unlocked and received my unlock code promptly in 2 days. I am currently using t-mobile service and am even able to get LTE just fine. No issues and no runaround from at&t. Just my experience.
    Just returned a 1520 and bought a 920 today. Had planned on using it on Straight-talk (at&t sim), but will try to unlock online also. Anything specific that you said to expedite the unlock?
    01-21-2014 12:21 AM
  19. md007's Avatar
    Nothing specific. Just confirmed with CS on phone that I can get them unlocked if I bought them outright at full price without contract, even though I was not AT&T customer and had no plans of becoming one. They said yes. I bought the phone. Cancelled activation and plan upon store pick up (Have to choose one to buy online). Came home and called international dept to get unlock code. They gave me the temporary phone number that was assigned to my phone during order processing and instructed me to use it to open unlock request online as a former customer (I guess since I was a customer for few hours in their system). I obliged and got the unlock code in 2 days, no questions or issues.

    Just returned a 1520 and bought a 920 today. Had planned on using it on Straight-talk (at&t sim), but will try to unlock online also. Anything specific that you said to expedite the unlock?
    Last edited by md007; 01-21-2014 at 01:13 AM.
    01-21-2014 01:01 AM
  20. pankaj981's Avatar
    Its still better to buy the Rogers variant (Pentaband) since it truly supports the AWS bands for HSPA+ and Band IV for LTE on T-Mobile unless one wants to use it in a T-Mobile refarmed area
    01-21-2014 01:41 AM
  21. sequoia464's Avatar
    Nothing specific. Just confirmed with CS on phone that I can get them unlocked if I bought them outright at full price without contract, even though I was not AT&T customer and had no plans of becoming one. They said yes. I bought the phone. Cancelled activation and plan upon store pick up (Have to choose one to buy online). Came home and called international dept to get unlock code. They gave me the temporary phone number that was assigned to my phone during order processing and instructed me to use it to open unlock request online as a former customer (I guess since I was a customer for few hours in their system). I obliged and got the unlock code in 2 days, no questions or issues.
    Thanks, Don't know if this will work for me as I rolled the dice on a $240 - supposedly brand new with a clean IMEI - red 920 from Ebay. Sometimes being a cheap b*st*rd isn't the best course.

    In any event it should still work on Straight Talk.
    01-21-2014 09:32 AM
  22. intoxicated662's Avatar
    Did you ever find a 920 with lte working? (Pentaband) I've seen some online but the descriptions are vague and I can't find a site that sells them and is trustworthy to use on tmobile to its full potential.
    01-22-2014 07:49 PM
  23. pankaj981's Avatar
    Did you ever find a 920 with lte working? (Pentaband) I've seen some online but the descriptions are vague and I can't find a site that sells them and is trustworthy to use on tmobile to its full potential.
    I have a pentaband Rogers 920 which I am using on T-Mobile US and I get LTE and HSPA+, I also had a ATT 920 on T-Mobile on which I did get LTE
    metalchick719 likes this.
    01-23-2014 12:29 AM
  24. ThaKrazyOne's Avatar
    I too am looking into getting a 920 for T-Mobile. I have a chance to get one this weekend for $95 because it's stuck on the gears and the guy doesn't know what to do. Once I buy it and pull a hard reset, I am going to get it unlocked and use it. If not, I will look for a Pentaband version
    01-23-2014 12:49 AM
  25. madsedan's Avatar
    I'm about to upgrade ot a 1520 on ATT and unlock my 920, would that work for you? PM me if you want to try and work out a deal, its cyan with wireless charger, complete boxset, etc. I just submitted my request for the unlock code from ATT 15 minutes ago.
    01-23-2014 05:32 PM
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