unlocked cell phone?

By JADavis9 ·
Silly question from someone who doesn't know enough ... (me).
If I get another copy of a cell phone that is an unlocked unit that is the same model as I already have and insert the SIM card, will it act the same and connect with AT&T like mine does now? Will I notice any obvious differences?

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If it looks like an apple and tastes like an apple

by NexS In reply to unlocked cell phone?

Then it most probably is.

The obvious differences you'll see will be things you've loaded/installed on your old phone.

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old phone is really standard

by JADavis9 In reply to If it looks like an apple ...

This is an older ordinary flip-type Motorola MPx220 cell phone. I have just re-activated it after having had no service for over 2 years due to an accident and severe injury. I have not loaded or installed anything on it. It has some features that I like (bluetooth & ActiveSync) and it has been activated as a Go Phone even though it isn't currently sold anymore. I don't text now and I don't really anticipate doing much texting soon. It is so nice to Sync in my tasks, calendar and contacts. I'm just wanting to get a backup unit since I am having some issues with mine and I think it might need replacing.
I saw one for sale and it said it was unlocked. I have no experience with that or knowledge of that.

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by NexS In reply to old phone is really stand ...

Calendar, tasks, contacts etc will need to be backed up if you want to swap over phones.

But other than that, you should not have any problems swapping your SIM over and having phone functionality.

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by TobiF In reply to unlocked cell phone?

If we're talking about GSM, then your phone number is tied to the SIM.

GSM can use different frequency bands, so you might have an issue if you get a really old GSM phone from Europe with only 900 and 1800 Mhz and try to use it in the US, where 850, 1900 are the bands in use.

The "locked" status you mentioned is that a handset may be trained to accept SIM cards from only one particular operator. This would typically be used for subsidized phones, where an operator invests in handsets, expecting loyalty and usage in return.

So: In general, it should work, but check what communication modes and fq bands are supported by the new handset and compare it to what network your operator has in your area.

You can simply try, nothing will **** up.

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thanks - that gives me hope!

by JADavis9 In reply to GSM

I don't know anything about GSM or whether this does or doesn't deal with that.
I am just hoping that it will work. I have purchased it and it should arrive any day now.
I figured that the "locked" thing is something that the carrier does to keep your business since they subsidize the original cost of the unit. But I have heard of needing to get an unlocked unit if you want to travel and use it overseas. But ... I do not.
I'll just stick my SIM card in and try it when the phone arrives.
I took my phone to a local AT&T dealer store lately and they could not get mine to work, even after putting their own SIM cards into it. It always says "Searching" and then "No Service" where it should say "AT&T" on the main screen. It connects to their system and says AT&T occassionally, but you can't count on it.
So an AT&T tech expert said that I probably needed to replace the unit after he tried to make it work. He really tried for over an hour.
So I went onto eBay and found a copy of my unit for sale and bought it. It said that it is unlocked and I didn't think about that enough before I placed the order. But later on, I was just sitting here wondering if I had made a bad decision in buying it.
This was a unit that originally cost me a few hundred $. And AT&T doesn't seem to offer any new units for Go Phoning that support ActiveSync. And this unit has a nice feature that will automatically forward any incoming calls to a preselected phone number whenever the phone unit is put into the charging stand. There is a light on the charging stand that lights up when you place the phone in and it says "Forwarding" by the light. That is handy!
So after I get the new phone and (hopefully) it works with the SIM, then I will test that forwarding to see if it burns up any Go Phone minutes.
I guess I'll find out soon!

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"I'm so dumb."

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to thanks - that gives me ho ...

Is that by choice? Lack of interest? Or are you a 'natural'?

Why we talk to and about ourselves this way is boggling. Knock it off.

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by choice to keep Santee off my back

by JADavis9 In reply to "I'm so dumb."

don't need his bullying

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Miss the point much?

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to by choice to keep Santee ...

That won't keep santee off your back.

And frankly, if most folk weren't so defensively self-absorbed, he'd be more often seen as the goad he is, rather than the bully people prefer to see.

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by JADavis9 In reply to Miss the point much?

I'll keep quiet! Maybe I ramble a bit sometimes.
By the way ... am I wrong to ask this type of question on this site? If I am wrong, is there another site that I should use for issues that are not Microsoft/Windows? For those I use Microsoft Answers,

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Can't you tell?

by santeewelding In reply to thanks

You can ask what you will. That's the charm of this place.

Can't say, though, you'll like what you get.

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