Re: My grandpa has this phone and he is on the AT&T...
Yes, you need to unlock the phone. There are a number of ways to do this, but there is a risk you "bricking" (basically breaking) the phone, so it would be best to bring the unit to someone who knows what they are doing.
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You will need to contact the original carrier (verizon) about this they have to do a factory coverage reset then(they should be able to do this wireless than take the device to a at&t store and tell them you'd like to switch the phone over to at&t.AT&T may be able to do all the work but i believe verizon will need to wipe their coverage before at&t can do this which they may also contact verizon and do all the work for a certain fee its harder to change over phones without a sim card so fee may not be cheap if they do all the work.I have never switched over a verizon phone so this all I can really tell you but I recommend T-Mobile I never loose signal with them I have traveled cross country and through the country side of states and even in warehouses I have yet to go below 2 bars EVER with t-mobile their coverage is amazing and strong towers plus att lies about coverage from what my friends say 1 in particular used to live in alaska asked att about areas that they cover he didnt get great coverage and even here his coverage in places the map shows good are not.Hope this helps
suggest you use a non contract service like freedom pop. or get yourself a version phone at wall-mart that is not on a contract. for about 50 dollars or less. look I was once under a contract for 2 years and I learn my lesson never again.
NEVER EVER DO A CONTRACT ON A CELL PHONE.
also you can FORWARD YOUR CALLS TO ANOTHER PHONE if you like. Their are so may ways to do this.
Also you might check out GOOGLE VOICE. It is free. You can forward your calls and Block calls too. Many features and it is free.
Also FREEDOM POP is a new service and I have been using it for nearly a year.
Why you should never sign another carrier contract
Walking into a Verizon store to buy a new phone may seem like a pretty normal thing to do here in the US, but in other countries that's not the case. An easy way to look at the carrier situation is with the example of roads and cars. When you buy a new car from a dealership they don't also get to decide what roads you can drive it on. You buy the car and decide to drive wherever you want.
US carriers sell you a phone that can only work on their network. They essentially lock the car down to certain roads. In many other countries you simply buy a phone and then decide what carrier to use with it. These are called "unlocked" phones. In the US it isn't as easy because carriers like Verizon and Sprint don't support many unlocked devices. Still, there is a way to take some control away from your carriers: buy phones without signing a contract. Here's why you should do it.
When you sign a contract from a carrier you are locking yourself to that network and device for 2 years (or however long the contract is). Up front that may not seem like a big deal, but down the road you may regret it. If you want to get a new phone or switch carriers there are pricey fees that you will have to pay. Several carriers have started promotions where they pay the ETF from your old carrier, but this is just another ploy to get you to sign their contract. Don't do it.
If you can buy an unlocked phone you get even more freedom. When you travel to another country you can easily swap in a different SIM card and be good to go. You'll also be able to switch to a new carrier here in the US whenever you would like, assuming they support SIM cards. Unlocked devices offer a new level of freedom and choice.
Cheaper Monthly Bill
The biggest reason that signing contracts with phones has become so popular is the price of devices. Most people think that the average smartphone costs around $200. We know that this isn't true. The HTC One M8, for example, costs $600 off-contract. This is the real price of the device. Verizon takes $400 off the price if you sign a contract because they know they will make it back in the long run.
When you buy a subsidized phone you are paying for it every month. It may be cheaper up front, but in the long run you end up paying more. You can avoid this by simply buying the device at full price right from the start. The money you save every month will quickly add up to pay for the full cost of the device. Plus, some carriers even offer special plans for people who bring their own device.
We already mentioned that you will have more control to switch phones or carriers by not signing a contract, but there is even more you can do. When you sign that contract you are like a lobster in a tank. They've already got you. By not signing a contract they will do a lot more to keep you as a customer. You will have more power in negotiating to get discounts and deals. Just call them up and tell them you're thinking about switching. You'd be surprised what they'll do to keep you.
The moral of the story is very clear. If you want control of your device and service don't sign a contract. Look at the big picture and don't let them hook you in with the cheap initial cost. They want your money more than anything. If the carrier situation in the US is every going to get better we have to stop giving them control. T-Mobile has done a pretty good job at shaking things up, but it's not enough. When you buy your next phone consider buying it off-contract. You'll thank me later.
This is a CDMA phone, which mean that it can only be use with Verizon or Sprint, or any other company that does not require the use of a SIM card.
This means that you need to take it over to Verizon and tell them that you want it unlock so that it can be use with any other CDMA carrier. It won't work on AT&T or T-Mobile, or any GSM carrier.
Well, with Alltell it may be hard to keep your phone since they use CDMA (pretty sure) which means you cannot just swap SIM cards. But they did just get bought by Verizon so it may be possible to switch up to them and keep the phone, but you will probably have to call them to find out. The people who work at the Verizon store may not be able to help you unless it is a big one.
It is possible to unlock Verizon's phones but you still might not be able to use it on that many networks. Verizon is a CDMA network, so it really depends what service provider your friend wants to use. Visit this CDMA Carriers in US site and see if your friends carrier is on CDMA. But even if your friend also has a CDMA carrier, you still would encounter a lot of problems, for example sprint would almost NEVER let you activate a non-sprint phone. I heard Metro PCS would let you but that's only something I've heard and can't verify. The drawback with unlocked phones is that you won't be able to use much of the services except calling and text messages, so video and picture messages are out the window, and I'm not even 100% sure you can use data plans with the unlocked phones. This is most likely because CDMA phones don't run on SIM cards so the connection is pretty much hard wired into that phone for a particular provider, so a lot of the functions that are carrier provided won't communicate with the phone.