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I have an old cell phone (issued through AT&T) that I would like to give to

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June 12, 2010 3:21:32 AM

I have an old cell phone originally issued through AT&T (actually Cingular - really old!) that I would like to give to a friend to has Verizon. Will it work for him?

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Anonymous
June 20, 2010 5:44:53 PM

Sometimes with cheaper models the phone company hasn't bothered to lock the phone to its service. If it has, it's possible to get it unlocked by the sort of independent shops which sell phone accessories.

However, though these shops probably charge less $10, these days it is quite possible to find a new phone for about $20. Given that locating a replacement battery for an older phone can be difficult and cost more than $20, your act of kindness may not be very cost effective.
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