Activating a Pixel 2 for First Time
I purchased an unlocked Pixel 2 from the Google Store, as many websites that I read stated that this was the only way to get a truly unlocked, unaffiliated with any provider, phone. Then I remember reading something about making sure that the first time that I power on the phone, I HAVE to make sure that NO provider's SIM card is in the phone, just a SD card. Unfortunately, I don't remember where I read that. Basically, it was a warning that if there is a provider's SIM card (ATT, Verizon, etc.) in the phone the very first time any unlocked phone is powered on, the phone essentially becomes locked into that provider. I'm obviously not very tech oriented, but to me, this defeats the whole purpose of buying an unlocked phone. So, I am looking for some guidance here, please. I am buying my daughter her first cell phone. I bought the phone outright and intend to go with a no contract, pay as you go plan. I'm doing this so that I can figure out which provider gives us the best coverage in our area and because I told my daughter that I will get her a phone for her birthday, but she will be responsible for the bill. So, pay as you go takes me (and the associated stress 🙂 ) out of the picture. She doesn't pay the bill, she has no service. I recommended to her that she go with the $60 Unlimited Talk/Text/Data from AT&T and if AT&T doesn't work well in our area, she can switch to the $50 one from T-Mobile because she is a teenager that will probably be watching a lot of Netflix and streaming music. I do know that she would need to then get a T-Mobile SIM card, but I'm worried that if there is any truth about how to power up an unlocked phone for the very first time, that she will be locked into AT&T.
Did I interpret the information correctly (have to start with NO SIM card, etc.) or is that an internet myth and it doesn't matter at all?
Please help this "old" Mom, kind people 🙂