Unlocked Phone APN Settings
Hello! I'm new to the community, and wanted to share something I recently learned: yes, unlocked phones, internation versions or domestic versions, CAN use AT&T mobile networks here in the US.
Some misinformation is out there, and I'd like to help get everyone connected!
1) If you have an "i" on the model of your phone, it means "international." That means it can be used anywhere, US, Europe, Asia, etc. It DOES NOT mean it can only be used outside the US. I have a Sony Xperia Pro, MK16i, I live in Virginia, and I just connected to the AT&T network. It is, however, a quad-bandwidth phone that supports 850MHz/1900MHz, which are the bandwidths used in the US. Your phone must be able to support these bandwidths to work in the US.
2) Unlocked phones do not have the APN settings auto-filled. That makes sense, the manufacturer doesn't know what service provider you want to connect to! But, here is the caveat: the service providers you call for customer support or tech support don't usually know the settings, because their phones come pre-loaded with APN settings on their in-store models. Calling them won't help you, but these numbers might:
3) When finished, be sure to "select" this APN in the new APN list (which may only have one APN to choose). If you are still not connected, go to your local AT&T store. See what APN settings are on their demo phones, you know, the "pre-loaded with APN settings" models, for your manufacturer. Type that data into your APN settings, exactly. I am going to create another access point with data from my local store this weekend, and see what that does! If it works, I will share that with you, also.
4) check out this website for more information about international mobile network use and international cell phones: