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Is it possible to unlock a Note 3 that has blocked IMEI from ATT?

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22nd November 2013, 12:17 AM   |  #1  
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Hi guys,

Got my hands on a note 3 that is now apparently has a bad IMEI... . I was wondering if it is possible to unlock a note 3 from ATT that has a blocked IMEI? I looked through several unlock services online and all of them will not do blocked IMEIs...

If I can unlock it, I can use it outside of the USA.

Your help is much appreciated! Thank you!

[Updates few days later after original post]

So buying a code end up not working... it said "failed"

I decided to root the phone using the "Root De La Vega" method.

And then use Region lock Away and was able to unlock the phone! Now I am using it with Bell Mobility in Canada.

So if anyone in the future end up with a AT&T N900A Note 3 that has a bad IMEI, they can try the method I used.

Hope this helps, thank you!
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22nd November 2013, 01:52 AM   |  #2  
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You can sim unlock it and use it on another carrier

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22nd November 2013, 04:25 AM   |  #3  
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You can sim unlock it and use it on another carrier

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Hi,
yeah thats what I wanted to do! Just a sim unlock. But several companies say they are unable to provide sim unlock services for phone that has a block IMEI.. However, i think I have found one that is willing to do it!

I will report back if it works... Thank you for replying!
22nd November 2013, 05:48 AM   |  #4  
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Hi,
yeah thats what I wanted to do! Just a sim unlock. But several companies say they are unable to provide sim unlock services for phone that has a block IMEI.. However, i think I have found one that is willing to do it!

I will report back if it works... Thank you for replying!

use region unlock away app by chain fire to unlock for free.
22nd November 2013, 05:57 AM   |  #5  
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use region unlock away app by chain fire to unlock for free.

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But I need to root the note 3 first right to use the region unlock app? I thought the Chain Fire CF auto root thing doesn't support N900A? I went on the website http://autoroot.chainfire.eu/ and couldn't find one for N900A... read it some where about boot leggers...no idea what that means lol.
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But I need to root the note 3 first right to use the region unlock app? I thought the Chain Fire CF auto root thing doesn't support N900A? I went on the website http://autoroot.chainfire.eu/ and couldn't find one for N900A... read it some where about boot leggers...no idea what that means lol.

yeah you would need root for it
22nd November 2013, 06:13 AM   |  #7  
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yeah you would need root for it

Will I be able to root it using Chainfire CF auto root? Or i will need to use an alternative method? If so, do you have a recommendation? I am new to this rooting thing...i don't even know what it actually does.
22nd November 2013, 06:22 AM   |  #8  
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Will I be able to root it using Chainfire CF auto root? Or i will need to use an alternative method? If so, do you have a recommendation? I am new to this rooting thing...i don't even know what it actually does.

if you are familiar with iOS, rooting is the same thing as jailbreaking basically.

a lot of people have been using Kingo to root theirs. you can ask around for help, but doing do will void your warranty so you might just want to pay for the unlock.
22nd November 2013, 06:27 AM   |  #9  
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if you are familiar with iOS, rooting is the same thing as jailbreaking basically.

a lot of people have been using Kingo to root theirs. you can ask around for help, but doing do will void your warranty so you might just want to pay for the unlock.

Thanks for the tip! yah I probably will just pay for the code since I don't want to screw up the rooting process..

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Thanks for the tip! yah I probably will just pay for the code since I don't want to screw up the rooting process..

go for it

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