06-19-2013 3:56 AM
So my mom has an HTC first, she also dropped it and thus cracked the screen pretty good, still operatable as the day it was first in her hand, but appeal wise, its not the sharpest looking phone.
I started doing some reasearch and what not and read somwhere that you can remove a thing called a Sim card from one phone and insert it into another. With this I am wanting to purchase another HTC first from Ebay or something and putt her Sim Card into the new one
Question is, will this actually work? if I get the exact same phone and putt her sim card in it, will it be exactly the same? Talking phone number wise.Plan wise, all things related to her ATT account? Also is this actually something ATT allows / other companies allow?
06-19-2013 8:45 AM - edited 06-19-2013 8:47 AM
It should work fine. The HTC First is AT&T exclusive, I believe. But I'd still make sure the one you are buying was purchased from AT&T, and intended to work on the AT&T network (not a foreign version, etc.). Subsidy lock (or SIM lock) should be the only thing preventing you from just swapping the SIM card; which is a non-issue if it was purchased from AT&T, it will already be SIM locked to their network.
The phone should have included a little metal tool to pop out the SIM tray. Just poke the tool (or a paperclip) into the corresponding hole (look at the instructions if needed), and the SIM tray will come out. Then just remove the SIM card, insert the SIM into the new device, power on, and your mom should be good to go.
06-19-2013 4:20 PM - edited 06-19-2013 4:21 PM
When buying carrier unbranded phones, always make sure that you confirm that the device will work on your current network. Many carriers will have different variants of the same phone, but they will all differ in which technologies and bands they use. For example, you will not get a Verizon phone to work on our network, but a TMo phone will in a limited capacity.
06-22-2013 5:13 AM