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Thursday, March 1st, 2018 3:50 PM

Buying Galaxy S9 direct from Samsung-Unlocked or Locked to AT&T?

I am planning to buy a Galaxy S9 Plus direct from Samsung due to a special promotion available to me. If I buy an Unlocked phone can I use that on AT&T to start a phone contract? I do not have a mobile contract currently but I am getting one soon. I currently have Uverse for TV and Internet.

 

Would there be any disadvantages to buying an unlocked phone? Or should I bite the bullet and pay the markup for the locked phone?

 

Thank you in advance.

ACE - Sage

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116.1K Messages

6 years ago


@btownpunks wrote:

Lol all ylur buying is a upgraded camera the s9 is really s8 with a new camera just wait for the s10 it should be here anyday


@btownpunks

Anyday...?   How many months in “anyday”?   The S9 was released March 16, not even a full 3 months ago.  The next generation should also be released in MARCH of 2019, 9 months, or 290 days from now.  

 

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5 Messages

6 years ago

Here some pics

Tutor

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4 Messages

6 years ago

Yep.  AT&T is a bunch of liars also.  The intentionally leave out the part of IMS features not working on Unlocked Samsung phones.  No VVM, No HD Voice, No VOLTE, No WiFI Calling, No Video Calling.  

This was NEVER THE INTENT of enabling carrier options via carrier firmware in Android.  The idea was that if you had an unlocked phone your carrier would have an app for you to download to verify identity and unlock those features.  Fat chance is right!!!!   Instead most USA carriers use this as a way to either screw you, or force you to purchase a handset from the carrier.  I am willing to argue this point and am taking it up the COC at AT&T because NOWHERE AT ALL ON ANY WEB PAGE, Including the AT&T BYOP web page, is there any disclaimer about using an unlocked phone.   Basically AT&T is acting in BAD FAITH.  Busch League Sc@mbag Tactics.

ACE - Expert

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23.9K Messages

6 years ago

You do realize that it's on the byop page in the fine print that all features may not work on a unlocked phone.

Tutor

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7 Messages

5 years ago

 

I'm new to unlocked phones and would appreciate help.  Bought two unlocked Samsung Galaxy s9 phones from Best Buy and still have a few days to return them.  We are with AT&T, never used Wifi calling and can live without VVM for the $160 savings on each phone.  What other features are we missing?  What is HD voice and VoLTE?

Thanks for your help.

Teacher

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11 Messages

5 years ago

HD Voice is high definition sound between you and the one you're talking
to. It works between two AT&T callers. Supposed to have
closer-to-landline sound quality.

VoLTE is voice over LTE. LTE is the 4G cellular service that gives fast
data speeds. Usually, calls are not handled via the LTE data line.
Provides more call capacity for busy cell towers and, possibly, better
voice quality..

Mentor

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67 Messages

5 years ago

What's with everyone and visual voicemail?  Are you not aware you can do that without at&t?  I haven't listened to my voicemail in years and I've never used at&t's version. It's called Google voice!  And it's not new at all!

Tutor

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7 Messages

5 years ago

Thanks for respinding.  I'm one of the people that just want a fast cell phone and I don't want to pay an arm and a leg for it.  I miss the contract days when your provider would make you a good deal on a phone for signing a two year contract.

Tutor

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7 Messages

5 years ago

Sounds like these features are not important.

Tutor

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4 Messages

5 years ago

Whats with everyone??? Att should send its customers to google instead of lying to them. It's called business manners, and it's the way the world works.
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