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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.

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67 Messages

5 years ago

If you buy your phone unlocked then at&t is only obligated to provide you service and not hold your hand through the whole setup lol.

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5 years ago

Take your old phone to an AT&T service center. They will give you a new (smaller) sim card for free. Make SURE the sime card and phone IMEI are registered properly. Don't walk out of the store unless your new phone's data connection says LTE. (Assuming they have it in your service area.) You'll be quite happy with the Samsung branded phone, as you will not have the bloatware and pretty much everything that is missing can be downloaded from the Play Store (as another app), if desired. If you do international traveling, the unlocked phone with dual sim capability will be a real benefit.

 

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19 Messages

5 years ago

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5 years ago


@tsberry901 wrote:

Take your old phone to an AT&T service center. They will give you a new (smaller) sim card for free. Make SURE the sime card and phone IMEI are registered properly. Don't walk out of the store unless your new phone's data connection says LTE. (Assuming they have it in your service area.) You'll be quite happy with the Samsung branded phone, as you will not have the bloatware and pretty much everything that is missing can be downloaded from the Play Store (as another app), if desired. If you do international traveling, the unlocked phone with dual sim capability will be a real benefit.


Samsung unlocked phones still have plenty of bloat all on their own.  Most of which can now be uninstalled.   The AT&T S8 And S9 series have almost no carrier bloat compared to older models.  

 

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

I wish I had read this BEFORE taking advantage of Amazon Prime day. Now, I must return the unlocked phone, pay $200 more for same phone at AT&T, and sign a 2 year contract, to get the features in my plan that I've had for years! 

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5 years ago

I use my phone for business. My new unlocked Galaxy S10+ will not show who texts are from, with AT&T. It will only show the phone number. This is the biggest game stopper I found immediately. I'm sure there is much more that's not available. I've also spent over 15 hours on the phone with AT&T and Samsung. If they understand what I'm saying, they can only read a script that never helped. Finally, I was told by both Samsung and AT&T, that many of AT&T's features will never be available on an unlocked phone.

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5 years ago


@onasus wrote:

I wish I had read this BEFORE taking advantage of Amazon Prime day. Now, I must return the unlocked phone, pay $200 more for same phone at AT&T, and sign a 2 year contract, to get the features in my plan that I've had for years! 


AT&T is a no contract carrier.  You can buy a phone at full price and be a month to month, postpaid customer.  Just as I have for 5 years.

 

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7 Messages

5 years ago

I also found out, after buying an unlocked phone, that not all features
were available if I would have bought the AT&T phone. It was very
disappointing that not one single employee at AT&T knew this fact and I
talked to at least three different employees.
It's hard to make an informed decision when AT&T can't provide you with
what their phones do verses an unlocked phone. You'd think they'd know and
tell you so you might buy their phone.
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