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Thu, Apr 15, 2021 9:48 AM

Galaxy S4 on AT&T?

I've had an AT&T cell phone account for over a decade, for a cheep flip phone. 

 

I've always been into tech, but never was interested in a smart phone until last year, when I purchased my Samsung SM-J260A for  $62 USD. 

I'm enjoying it, and expected it to meet my requirements for a while. 

Last Christmas a friend gave me his old Galaxy S4, it has a much better camera than my SM-J260A. 

It's a Verizon phone.  Verizon's people have assured me that it's not locked. 

 

The first time I took the phone to the AT&T store, I was told Verizon needed to unlock it. 

 A person at the Verizon store assured me that it was already unlocked. 

 

Back to the AT&T store.  This time the story was that AT&T no longer supports the Galaxy S4, and can't activate it. 

 

I'd really like to replace my SM-J260A with the S4, it's mostly about the camera.  

 

Does it make sense that the S4 is too old to use AT&T's cell network? 

 

That was Christmas, I've decided to take another shot at it. 

 

Any suggestions?

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ACE - Sage

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The Verizon version will not work on AT&T.  Never would have. 

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JefferMC

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Even if you had an AT&T version of the S4, AT&T wouldn't activate it today.  It's too old.  See lizdance40's list of phones above.

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GLIMMERMAN76

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The S4 does not support VoLTE and the Verizon version was for them only as it was made in the days they did carrier specific models.  The s8 would work if its a U series according to the ATT list

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Thanks!

I appreciate everybody's response.

I'm not using a data plan.  My, and my friend's, WiFi is all that I currently need.  $50 per month for a phone seems like plenty.

Does the S4 have a technical limitation that prevents it from connecting to AT&T's network, or is this an arbitrary decision?

If AT&T is in the habit of phasing out perfectly compatible phones because they're "too old", I'd like to know.

Prices for a refurbished Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones seem reasonable priced at a little over $200.

I'd appreciate suggestions for phones I should be looking at and features I should be looking for, emphasis is on cameras and headset plug.  

Thanks
Larry

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It's a hardware and software limitation. 

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