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December 24, 2006 9:09 PM Subscribe
What could stop me from using an unlocked GSM phone with a Tracfone SIM card?
posted by fujiko to Technology (6 answers total)
A couple of years ago, I was first introduced to the world of prepaid cell phones by two friends who use T-Mobile. It was kind of cute that they'd switch their phones constantly by switching out the SIM cards between them. T-Mobile isn't available in my area, but about a year ago I needed to get rid of my monthly Sprint service so I picked Tracfone. I was told that Tracfone won't allow you to use a phone that they don't sell you directly. Let's face it, all those models basically suck.
Aside from the fact that I wouldn't be able to use some of the features of a better phone without a monthly service (like web access), what could keep me from using my SIM card in a random unlocked phone that I buy (that Tracfone didn't sell me)? Could Tracfone block my service somehow? Since you designate your ESN/IMEI when you reload on minutes, wouldn't I just need to keep around the original phone so I could slip the card back in when necessary?
What could/should stop me from upgrading my phone?