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Monday, December 5th, 2022 10:12 AM

AT&T updates with stricter network lock setting being sent to devices and braking service for users already on a different carrier

hi I'm curranty using an at&t device that is on TracFone service. I  have been use my phone for months now and its been working fine.

yesterday it said it had an at&t device update I so I installed it. after the update i have no service it says "unknown network"  emergency call only.  its not not on tracfones end. I put the sim in a different at&t device and it worked fine. so the update obviously extended the Network lock criteria and basically broke my phone. That's the equivalent of a at&t employee coming up to me and saying let me see your phone ill make it better, me handing it to them and them returning it broken.

I don't know who to call or talk to about this issue but every time I search about something like this 

a link to this thread is on top. so where do i go from here?

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ACE - Sage

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2 months ago

There is no such thing as a "stricter lock setting". 

Phones are either Network locked or network unlocked. If your phone is Network unlocked it would work on any compatible network.

You are using your phone on a Verizon network. Verizon purchase TracFone over a year ago and has been kicking phones off or requiring that they switched to a Verizon sim card. I'm surprised you have not received a message from Verizon requiring you to either upgrade your phone or change your sim.

It is not anything to do with AT&T other than you are using a phone which is AT&T branded and no longer compatible with the SIM card or the network you are using. 

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the phone quit working right after it came back from an update. plus this sim still work in other phones. and I'm already aware of the evil lurking at tracfone i went down that road and first.

but stop when I realized it was the update not the service and I wouldn't  put it past any carrier to do something like this. but the fact remains that it stopped working directly after an "AT&A Device Update" and the sim still work.

this problem literally has at&t written on it.

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ACE - Sage

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2 months ago

(sigh) 

The problem is your phone is no longer compatible with Verizon.  

Whether AT&T's update made it incompatible does not matter. The fact is Verizon doesn't want your phone on their Network anymore.

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