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  1. gcyoung's Avatar
    People pay $200+ to have their screens replaced on their Apple Phones

    $100 including tax. Just had it done on my wife's phone. It's quite reasonable, actually.
    02-02-2016 07:00 PM
  2. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    I wonder how many unlock requests in a certain period do they allow for non AT&T customers. Does anyone know?
    02-02-2016 07:01 PM
  3. NiteCourt's Avatar
    I take it you selected "Non-AT&T Mobility customer" as Customer Type when completing the form on the Consumer Device Unlock Portal?
    I did, it was the last one on the line to choose. Then entered the IMEI number and it identified the phone correctly. Filled the first name, last name, email address, did the captcha text and submit. Clicked on the link in the email and today got rejected. Story of my life.
    02-02-2016 07:46 PM
  4. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    I did, it was the last one on the line to choose. Then entered the IMEI number and it identified the phone correctly. Filled the first name, last name, email address, did the captcha text and submit. Clicked on the link in the email and today got rejected. Story of my life.
    I would be contacting support. It seems they're treating it as if you selected the Prepaid / GoPhone option and not the Non-AT&T Mobility Customers one. After all how could you satisfy the "never had an AT&T wireless account" and need "at least six months of paid service" at the same time?

    Prepaid / GoPhone
    The device must be active for at least six months of paid service.

    Non-AT&T Mobility Customers
    Youve never had an AT&T wireless account and you meet the General Requirements for unlock requests
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    02-02-2016 08:08 PM
  5. tgp's Avatar
    I did, it was the last one on the line to choose. Then entered the IMEI number and it identified the phone correctly. Filled the first name, last name, email address, did the captcha text and submit. Clicked on the link in the email and today got rejected. Story of my life.
    Try again. For me, AT&T's unlock portal has been somewhat of a crapshoot. Denied one time, given the unlock code the next (same phone).
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    02-02-2016 08:32 PM
  6. ajj3085's Avatar
    I wonder why this is the norm in the world

    A country like the US with average incomes above 30000USD have the 640 priced at 30-40USD while in countries like India where average incomes are maybe 1500USD the same 640 is priced 100USD or higher

    Do US companies give subsidies for their devices?
    Not for things like GoPhone, which this sounds like. The price difference could also be due to tariffs / taxes / duties imposed by India.
    02-03-2016 08:21 AM
  7. DSR11's Avatar
    Unlock before you use it (via ATT) website, then use it on TMo.
    I did that, and it was a pretty easy experience. I'm glad I bought mine before XMAS, as it does look like they are not getting anymore. its sold out in every store i looked in NJ and NY.
    02-03-2016 10:49 AM
  8. tgp's Avatar
    I wonder why this is the norm in the world

    A country like the US with average incomes above 30000USD have the 640 priced at 30-40USD while in countries like India where average incomes are maybe 1500USD the same 640 is priced 100USD or higher

    Do US companies give subsidies for their devices?
    This doesn't really answer your question as to why, but almost everything is cheaper in the US, not just phones. For example, right now the average price of gasoline is about $1.77/gallon, which converts to about 0.42 euro/liter.

    There are only a few things I can think of that are consistently higher priced in the US. They include health care and cell phone and internet service. Otherwise the US is a big permanent discount sale to most of the rest of the world.
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    02-03-2016 12:09 PM
  9. rhapdog's Avatar
    Really enjoying the new 640 I picked up. I already had one, but when I upgraded to W10M on it, I found it was more responsive and less buggy than what I already had on W10M on my existing 640. I noticed I had a few apps that were "hung" and unable to properly install, so I think one of my Fast Ring updates went bad, and I had never reset it. After restoring to my new phone and running with it, I used WDRT and flashed back to 8.1 on my old one, then re-upped to W10M Fast Ring. Now they are both doing great. Never would have thought of doing that otherwise.

    When I bought my tempered glass screen protector for my first one a while back, they sent 2 by mistake. I already had the spare one ready to go when I picked it up. Makes it an even nicer deal for me. Got a new case on the way, now I'll have 2 full-functioning phones ready to go. I'm real happy with that.


    This doesn't really answer your question as to why, but almost everything is cheaper in the US, not just phones. For example, right now the average price of gasoline is about $1.77/gallon, which converts to about 0.42 euro/liter.
    Yeah, I just paid $0.59/gallon this morning for 35 gallons of gasoline, filling up both my car and my wife's. It was actually $1.49/gallon, and I had a $0.90 per gallon discount code as a loyalty customer. Man, that felt so good. Max was 35 gallons, so we ran out both tanks and took in both cars for a fill-up. Gotta love it. ;)
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    02-03-2016 01:33 PM
  10. tgp's Avatar
    It was actually $1.49/gallon
    Even that is cheap! We're barely under $2/gallon where I live. But hey, I'm not complaining. I have some traveling to do in the next couple months, and these prices make it a lot easier on the wallet.
    02-03-2016 01:40 PM
  11. rhapdog's Avatar
    Even that is cheap! We're barely under $2/gallon where I live. But hey, I'm not complaining. I have some traveling to do in the next couple months, and these prices make it a lot easier on the wallet.
    Lots of refineries in the state. Less cost in transportation to where I live. Where you live, lots of transportation, along with additional taxes that my state doesn't impose on gas. I've seen it as low as $1.39 nearby, but it was better with the $.90 discount where I went.
    02-03-2016 01:50 PM
  12. Hurried Sense's Avatar
    - You are *NOT* an AT&T customer.
    - Put in IMEI, name and email.
    - Click the link in the confirmation email.
    - Wait a couple of days.
    Hey, I am currently in the US and am looking to buy a phone but all this contract stuff has been giving me a headache. So I want to be clear on this: Do I have to pay AT&T (I have never been their customer) to unlock this phone and use it in some other carrier? Can I flash its firmware with a generic version so it becomes like a factory unlocked phone? Thanks.
    02-03-2016 02:05 PM
  13. QuackFu's Avatar
    Hey, I am currently in the US and am looking to buy a phone but all this contract stuff has been giving me a headache. So I want to be clear on this: Do I have to pay AT&T (I have never been their customer) to unlock this phone and use it in some other carrier? Can I flash its firmware with a generic version so it becomes like a factory unlocked phone? Thanks.
    You don't have to pay anything. You just have to fill out their form and wait a couple days for the unlock code. I'm speaking from experience.
    02-03-2016 02:18 PM
  14. LumiaGuy's Avatar
    Price back up to $59.84 on the WM site.
    02-03-2016 07:24 PM
  15. Hurried Sense's Avatar
    You don't have to pay anything. You just have to fill out their form and wait a couple days for the unlock code. I'm speaking from experience.
    Hmm, thanks for the info. And finally, do I have to be a citizen or have some form of identification for this?
    Last edited by Hurried Sense; 02-03-2016 at 08:45 PM. Reason: Missed question mark and "have".
    02-03-2016 08:40 PM
  16. libra89's Avatar
    Hmm, thanks for the info. And finally, do I have to be a citizen or have some form of identification for this?
    No. You just need the imei, your name (you can really put any name you want) and an email address. If it helps, there are some people in the Caribbean who ordered this phone and had it unlocked no problem.
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    02-03-2016 09:06 PM
  17. Jonathanmr7's Avatar
    No. You just need the imei, your name (you can really put any name you want) and an email address. If it helps, there are some people in the Caribbean who ordered this phone and had it unlocked no problem.
    Yep! im from Costa Rica, last time buy 5 and now 5 more gonna arrive this monday i guess.. its a great deal for my family or business :P
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    02-04-2016 08:07 AM
  18. Darrell Sibley's Avatar
    Hey Everyone,
    Picked mine up at local Walmart for $32 on Tuesday, 2 Feb. and just got my unlock code from AT&T a few minutes ago...what a deal!
    Darrell, USA
    Win10 Laptop,Win10 Tablet, and now two Win10 Mobile Phones....guess I'm all in!
    Thanks for the heads up and the tips.
    02-04-2016 11:10 AM
  19. onysi's Avatar
    I was able to get two of them here. Funny thing the, way I got two was I purchased one at the $47.99 price and then found that the price was reduced to $29.88 the day I picked mine up. I ordered another one for pickup in case I couldn't get a price adjustment on the one I had as I had already opened it.
    There could be a thread just on the nightmare that is the plastic packaging! Then I found this on the Wal-Mart web site:

    "If an item previously purchased from Walmart.com (not including items from a third-party seller on our site) is now listed at a lower price, and the item is within its eligible return window, contact Walmart.com Customer Care at 1.800.966.6546 to receive an adjustment for the price difference."

    So I think the return window on electronics is 90 days, in case any of you bought one at the higher price within the last 90 days!
    You can return openedackages. People think that once its opened, u can't return it. consumers have a lot of rights that they're not telling you. u can even sue corporate stores that priced their product wrong unless they give u that price.
    02-04-2016 12:38 PM
  20. Hurried Sense's Avatar
    No. You just need the imei, your name (you can really put any name you want) and an email address. If it helps, there are some people in the Caribbean who ordered this phone and had it unlocked no problem.
    Yep! im from Costa Rica, last time buy 5 and now 5 more gonna arrive this monday i guess.. its a great deal for my family or business :P
    Thanks to you both for this information.
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    02-04-2016 02:00 PM
  21. Sunstorming's Avatar
    So I was able to get one from Walmart yesterday fro $32 + tax. Phone is still in the box, never opened, never on. I submitted a unlock request yesterday and got this today: "Unlock request number: (removed)
    Thank you for contacting AT&T about unlocking your mobile device.
    Unfortunately, your unlock request was denied because:
    You havent completed 6 months of paid service as a Prepaid/GoPhone customer.
    You can submit a new request once you complete 6 months of paid service.
    Questions? Please call 800.331.0500, or dial 611 from your AT&T wireless phone.

    Sincerely,
    The AT&T Customer Care Team

    DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE
    All replies are automatically deleted."

    Any other way to unlock or is it a return trip to Walmart?
    I think you have to use it for a while. Same thing happened to me and I never put a SIM in it.
    02-04-2016 05:27 PM
  22. Jim Bob4's Avatar
    I just bought a 640 gophone and had no problem getting an unlock code. Do not turn the phone on at all. Send in the request as a non-att customer.
    02-04-2016 05:47 PM
  23. NiteCourt's Avatar
    Second time was the charm for me. I filled the unlock request form the same way each time. First request I was rejected. Second request I got the unlock code. Also followed the instructions to flash it with T-mobile firmware so now it's a T-mobile phone. Going to keep it as a spare since my son does not want it to replace his 521. Asked why and the apps he wants are not available on windows phone.
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    02-05-2016 08:05 AM
  24. anon(6078578)'s Avatar
    There could be a thread just on the nightmare that is the plastic packaging!
    Tell me about. I think they go overboard with how they seal it and it's not thin easy to cut plastic either. T-Mobile's packaging it far superior in that regard.
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    02-05-2016 08:20 AM
  25. libra89's Avatar
    Tell me about. I think they go overboard with how they seal it and it's not thin easy to cut plastic either. T-Mobile's packaging it far superior in that regard.
    Apparently, for some reason, if you buy it from the MS store, they use paper packaging for this phone with the AT&T variant. I don't get it, but eh. Not worth it to pay the extra money for easy packaging...unless the person desires to.

    I agree that T-Mobile wins for theirs.
    Last edited by libra89; 02-05-2016 at 09:20 AM.
    02-05-2016 09:04 AM
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