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22nd June 2014, 11:45 AM   |  #1  
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hi
i wanna buy SM-G900T and it is 650 $, therefor i suppose it is unlocked
how can i check if it is factory unlocked? or it was locked and some fella unlocked it with a trick or something (if it is possible )
and if i install any official or custom ROM, will it be locked again?
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22nd June 2014, 05:33 PM   |  #2  
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It doesn't come unlocked since that is the T-Mobile model.
Not sure how to check it.
And flashing other software don't relock it.
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hi
i wanna buy SM-G900T and it is 650 $, therefor i suppose it is unlocked
how can i check if it is factory unlocked? or it was locked and some fella unlocked it with a trick or something (if it is possible )
and if i install any official or custom ROM, will it be locked again?
thanks

If you are buying it for 650, buy it straight TMo. Why do you want a used one.

If buying used, you can get it for around 500. BUT... if the person reports it as stolen later, or if he defaults on its payment (if not purchased in full like on contract), the carrier can blacklist it, and you won't be able to use the phone.

S5 has been notoriously famous in US for that latter given that all major carriers are now using an integrated database of blacklisted IMEIs.

Request to see the bill from the person you are buying phone.

For AT&T, you can have him come to AT&T store, n then take the phone to the person there and have a new SIM inserted (different SIM, but same number) and register the IMEI on your name. This way the owner cannot blacklist the IMEI after the IMEI is registered on your name.

I am not sure if this process is followed by TMobile too.
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If you are buying it for 650, buy it straight TMo. Why do you want a used one.

If buying used, you can get it for around 500. BUT... if the person reports it as stolen later, or if he defaults on its payment (if not purchased in full like on contract), the carrier can blacklist it, and you won't be able to use the phone.

S5 has been notoriously famous in US for that latter given that all major carriers are now using an integrated database of blacklisted IMEIs.

Request to see the bill from the person you are buying phone.

For AT&T, you can have him come to AT&T store, n then take the phone to the person there and have a new SIM inserted (different SIM, but same number) and register the IMEI on your name. This way the owner cannot blacklist the IMEI after the IMEI is registered on your name.

I am not sure if this process is followed by TMobile too.

it's not used! it is packed
it has t-mobile logo on the box, but not on the phone
so basically if there is the Sim unlock code (with the phones IMEI), there is no problem?
22nd June 2014, 08:06 PM   |  #5  
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If you are buying it for 650, buy it straight TMo. Why do you want a used one.

If buying used, you can get it for around 500. BUT... if the person reports it as stolen later, or if he defaults on its payment (if not purchased in full like on contract), the carrier can blacklist it, and you won't be able to use the phone.

S5 has been notoriously famous in US for that latter given that all major carriers are now using an integrated database of blacklisted IMEIs.

Request to see the bill from the person you are buying phone.

For AT&T, you can have him come to AT&T store, n then take the phone to the person there and have a new SIM inserted (different SIM, but same number) and register the IMEI on your name. This way the owner cannot blacklist the IMEI after the IMEI is registered on your name.

I am not sure if this process is followed by TMobile too.

This process does work with tmobile. Craig's list has some interesting deals. Here is a list of the question I ask.

Clean IMEI? If it's not the rest of the questions are irrelevant.
Has it been activated? Just because it's in the box doesn't mean it's New.
Balance due? This question can only be answered by the owner. So the person doing the deal with you had better be the owner. None of this, "I doing the deal for my girlfriend."
If he claims he's authorized by the owner to do the deal ask for the Pin on account. Without that you don't have a deal.

Bottom line If the account hasn't been activated you have a deal.
If it's been activated it's not new but if the balance is paid up you can still cut a deal... for a better price.
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And for clean IMEI, check with TMo store, with the seller beside you. If he is genuine, he will come with you into the store.

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Buy from T-Mobile and then buy an unlock code. Save yourself the hassle and the headache.
I can't trust some dude on eBay or Craig's list. Especially on such purchases.

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tnx guys
the box is exactly looks like this.

he says it's unlocked
my question is, if i factory reset, or install official ROM, it'll be locked again?
what about custom ROMs?
is there possibility of Bad IMEI?
and if there is, would it be solved by installing a custom ROM?
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tnx guys
the box is exactly looks like this.

he says it's unlocked
my question is, if i factory reset, or install official ROM, it'll be locked again?
what about custom ROMs?
is there possibility of Bad IMEI?
and if there is, would it be solved by installing a custom ROM?

Tmobile says they don't sell unlocked Galaxy S5s. Which means if it's unlocked it's been opened.
Now T-mobile will unlock after 40 days.
Which raises the question, "If it's been unlocked what else was it used for?"

My questions would start with, "Are you the original owner and has this phone been activated.?"
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26th June 2014, 02:25 PM   |  #10  
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Tmobile says they don't sell unlocked Galaxy S5s. Which means if it's unlocked it's been opened.
Now T-mobile will unlock after 40 days.
Which raises the question, "If it's been unlocked what else was it used for?"

My questions would start with, "Are you the original owner and has this phone been activated.?"

it's not mine
i want to buy it from a fellow

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