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Question Will the Verizon or AT&T 6 Pro models be unlocked?

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vettejock99

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I've been buying unlocked phones for years and I can't remember the last time I bought from a carrier. But I can get a 6 Pro 256GB from one of those carriers for $500 through work so I'm thinking I might try.

I guess the other thing I'd ask is if they've clarified if the Google-direct 6 Pro will support mm-wave/UWB 5G?
 

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I've been buying unlocked phones for years and I can't remember the last time I bought from a carrier. But I can get a 6 Pro 256GB from one of those carriers for $500 through work so I'm thinking I might try.

I guess the other thing I'd ask is if they've clarified if the Google-direct 6 Pro will support mm-wave/UWB 5G?
Not sure about AT&T, but you buy a device from VZW, the bootloader is locked forever.

Not only that, if you buy a device from the manufacturer (Google P6P) that VZW carries, you will not be able to ensure that device through VZW, and you'll lose done VZW specific features like free 25gb cloud.

Might have changed over the last few years, but the way VZW is, I doubt it.

Call VZW customer service and straight out ask what happens, what account features do you lose, if you buy a P6P directly from Google, and add it to your VZW account.

I'll keep a 4 yr old device before I buy from a carrier again!
 
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m1ng15

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We need someone with Verizon or AT&T version to check if OEM Unlocking is available or greyed out.
Greyed out on Verizon
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vettejock99

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AT&T is bootloader locked. I returned it and got an unlocked one from Best Buy.
Sorry if lot sounds like I'm being too specific on this, but did you fully pay off the phone and ask AT&T to unlock it? I'm sure the bootloader is locked at first, but they've always allowed phones to be unblocked and that to the best of my knowledge. And they have to carrier unlock it before you'd be able to bootloader unlock it.

On the offline note, I'm pretty sure there's a way around that offline. In some cases, I bring it was earlier Samsung Galaxy phones, your had to tap a hidden white hotspot area on the instruction screen several times and it would move forward offline. Just FWIW.
 

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Sorry if lot sounds like I'm being too specific on this, but did you fully pay off the phone and ask AT&T to unlock it? I'm sure the bootloader is locked at first, but they've always allowed phones to be unblocked and that to the best of my knowledge. And they have to carrier unlock it before you'd be able to bootloader unlock it.

On the offline note, I'm pretty sure there's a way around that offline. In some cases, I bring it was earlier Samsung Galaxy phones, your had to tap a hidden white hotspot area on the instruction screen several times and it would move forward offline. Just FWIW.
I didn't. It was easier to just return it and go to Best Buy. No hassle.
 

nofroyo

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Thanks. Hopefully there's still a way per my message above.
Sorry for the confusion I was able to reach the home screen in offline setup mode. What I was referring to is using the offline trick to unlock the bootloader. Unfortunately I was unable to unlock it even with the offline setup. Sigh I probably have to get an unlocked model if I want to root. Using vzw was the cheapest route for me. This was on a Verizon p6p
 
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What do you mean exactly?
Well in the screenshot, it says "unavailable on carrier-locked devices" underneath the OEM unlocking toggle, so instead of having to go through AT&T to get it sim unlocked, what if you use a 3rd party paid service to sim unlock the device? would that allow you to also unlock the bootloader? And if so, would it work for the other carrier variants too?
 

bobby janow

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Well in the screenshot, it says "unavailable on carrier-locked devices" underneath the OEM unlocking toggle, so instead of having to go through AT&T to get it sim unlocked, what if you use a 3rd party paid service to sim unlock the device? would that allow you to also unlock the bootloader? And if so, would it work for the other carrier variants too?
Oh I see. I believe that's outside the purview of this forum since 3rd party paid services are frowned upon. So you're pretty much on your own there.
 

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    I've been buying unlocked phones for years and I can't remember the last time I bought from a carrier. But I can get a 6 Pro 256GB from one of those carriers for $500 through work so I'm thinking I might try.

    I guess the other thing I'd ask is if they've clarified if the Google-direct 6 Pro will support mm-wave/UWB 5G?
    Not sure about AT&T, but you buy a device from VZW, the bootloader is locked forever.

    Not only that, if you buy a device from the manufacturer (Google P6P) that VZW carries, you will not be able to ensure that device through VZW, and you'll lose done VZW specific features like free 25gb cloud.

    Might have changed over the last few years, but the way VZW is, I doubt it.

    Call VZW customer service and straight out ask what happens, what account features do you lose, if you buy a P6P directly from Google, and add it to your VZW account.

    I'll keep a 4 yr old device before I buy from a carrier again!
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    I can confirm that unlocking the AT&T version, does indeed ungrey the bootloader unlock option in the developer settings. I contacted AT&T to request an unlock a couple days ago, and this morning I got a notification on my phone that it was now unlocked. I didn't have to input an unlock code, it was all done remotely. After that, I could input my Verizon sim along with me using my Esim (that's enrolled with AT&T service), and run a dual sim set up. I checked the developer settings after getting the notification, and found the bootloader unlock option was no longer greyed out. So it appears there is hope for those that wish to unlock their bootloader. They just have to carrier unlock the phone first.
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    Sorry if lot sounds like I'm being too specific on this, but did you fully pay off the phone and ask AT&T to unlock it? I'm sure the bootloader is locked at first, but they've always allowed phones to be unblocked and that to the best of my knowledge. And they have to carrier unlock it before you'd be able to bootloader unlock it.

    On the offline note, I'm pretty sure there's a way around that offline. In some cases, I bring it was earlier Samsung Galaxy phones, your had to tap a hidden white hotspot area on the instruction screen several times and it would move forward offline. Just FWIW.
    I didn't. It was easier to just return it and go to Best Buy. No hassle.
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    I've always bought unlockable phones, but Android has gotten to the point, where most of the things I rooted for are now baked in. The only thing not in there is ad blocking, but by adding dns.adblocking in settings, I don't need root for anything anymore. I think I'm going to enjoy having everything working and not having to fiddle with my phone. Wait, did I really just say that?
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    I tried offline setup and it first tells you it needs cellular or wifi to verify something. Then after connecting to wifi it says it can't be unlocked. Tried this on a 256gb p6p Verizon