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Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 11:55 PM

Activate temporary phone while Samsung performing a Warranty Fix

I have a rainbow dot on my Fold 3 that is covered by the warranty.

I want to buy a used or refurb phone for the 2 weeks it will be at the manufacturer.

Do I need to buy a phone that works with ATT or can I buy an unlocked phone?

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221K Messages

2 years ago

Hello @,


We can definitely answer that question for you.


We would recommend purchasing an AT&T branded device so you will be guaranteed that all carrier provided features work correctly at all times.


However, unlocked cell phones in general work with AT&T as well, so you can absolutely purchase one if you decide to do so.


You can follow the steps at this link to bring your own device to AT&T.


Let us know if you have any other questions.


Sean, AT&T Community Specialist

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64.6K Messages

2 years ago

Of course you need to buy a phone that works with ATT, that applies whether it’s unlocked or not. You need to buy a phone that is on ATT’s supported phones list. ATT will not activate a phone not on the list. 

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