How to resolve? "We can't unlock this device because it hasn't been active for at least six months of paid service"
Bought the phone on eBay. It is in pristine condition. The seller says it was a buyer's remorse return. Who knows? Checked the IMEI, and it appears to be clean on the services I've checked with. According to the serial number info this SE was made in 2017. So it has been sitting around somewhere for a while.
So what's the cheapest and easiest way to resolve this? Do I have to pay for the whole six months? Can I get the cheapest plan possible?
Because I would like to get it unlocked and switched to my legacy pay-as-you-go plan from T-Mobile that costs me maybe a 100$ a year. If I'm not sitting at a computer I don't like to be tethered to another device. So I turn off data. My old phone is an A1387, and T-Mobile is dropping 3G in the new year. Bummer. Because it's the perfect size.