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Hi!

It's been about 6-8 months since my contract started and I've been stuck with this Nokia Lumina 900.... I regret ever buying the thing to save the story. In fact I'm so sick of it I don't think I can tolerate another 14 months with the thing. So I started searching around and found people claiming if you bought a phone off of eBay you can stick your SIM card in it and then dial a cert in number and activate the phone, is this true?

I was thinking of switching to android, so if I was able to pick up an HTC One X for At&t off of eBay, took my limia's SIM card and stuck it on there, will it work?

Thanks for the help, I greatly appreciate it!
    
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Hi!

It's been about 6-8 months since my contract started and I've been stuck with this Nokia Lumina 900.... I regret ever buying the thing to save the story. In fact I'm so sick of it I don't think I can tolerate another 14 months with the thing. So I started searching around and found people claiming if you bought a phone off of eBay you can stick your SIM card in it and then dial a cert in number and activate the phone, is this true?

I was thinking of switching to android, so if I was able to pick up an HTC One X for At&t off of eBay, took my limia's SIM card and stuck it on there, will it work?

Thanks for the help, I greatly appreciate it!

As long as they use the same size SIM card, yes biggrin.gif
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As long as they use the same size SIM card, yes biggrin.gif

Thanks for the response! Any way of checking this specifically?
    
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As long as the phone that you want to buy will work on your carriers bands, all you have to do is stick the sim card into the new phone.

This is why people buy unlocked phones, stick any sim in it and as long as the carrier you are with works on the frequency that your new phone supports, it will work. You just have to manually input information so that it can connect to the data network via 3g, lte or whatever it is that they want to call it, assuming you use data.

Check gsmarena.com for phone frequency settings, it also has basic info such as which carriers use which frequency.
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Thanks for the response! Any way of checking this specifically?

Looks like they both use micro SIM cards. You should be fine wink.gif
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As long as the phone that you want to buy will work on your carriers bands, all you have to do is stick the sim card into the new phone.

This is why people buy unlocked phones, stick any sim in it and as long as the carrier you are with works on the frequency that your new phone supports, it will work. You just have to manually input information so that it can connect to the data network via 3g, lte or whatever it is that they want to call it, assuming you use data.

Check gsmarena.com for phone frequency settings, it also has basic info such as which carriers use which frequency.

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Looks like they both use micro SIM cards. You should be fine wink.gif

This is great, thanks guys! +rep for the awesome help!
    
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