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Sim Card Deactivated

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by LadyBug27, Aug 12, 2016.

  1. LadyBug27

    LadyBug27 New Member

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    Location:
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    My Phone:
    Samsung Note 4
    Wireless Provider(s):
    AT&T
    If my sim card has been deactivated can I get phone service from another carrier or can I new number with a new carrier or the same carrier.
     
  2. KevinJames

    KevinJames WA's 1st retired mod
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    @LadyBug27: Hello, welcome, and GREAT QUESTION. I've never heard of that before. Apparently it is common to pre-paid plans. First, I Googled "SIM card deactivated" and came up with:
    https://www.google.com/webhp?source...&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=sim card deactivated

    Then, based on the results, I surmised that since your phone not only doesn't have an active SIM but also no longer has an associated phone number, you should be able to activate that phone on a carrier using the same technology. For example, both AT&T and T-Mobile use the same network technology with minor differences in the bands. Likewise, Verizon and Sprint use the same network technology. If your phone was with a discount/pre-paid brand, you can research the make/model of the phone to find out which of the two options. The easiest of course would be to take it back to the same company that issued the phone to you. (I'm assuming the phone is truly yours and not a inherited or stolen phone. If the carrier, while searching their db finds the phone's IMEI was reported lost or stolen, you will not be able to activate it.)
     
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  3. rjniles

    rjniles Member
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    If the phone is locked to a carrier only that carrier will reactivate.
     

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