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Cell phone swapping advice

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    Cell phone swapping advice


    I think I know the answer. Just looking to confirm if I am correct or not.
    I have an AT&T Cell phone. Samsung S5. It was provided by the company I work for. Which is a huge company with way too much red tape.
    The phone appears to have hardware issues. I brought it to my local AT&T store. They confirmed all updates are done. They did a factory reset to wipe out all data. They said the next option is a replacement phone since it has hardware problems. But since it is a corporate account, I have to work through my company to get a new phone. Which is a total nightmare. They make it intentionally hard to get a replacement phone. I'll just buy one and save a headache.
    So...since I have AT&T with a SIM card, I THINK I can just buy another AT&T Samsung G5 and insert the SIM card and I am good to go ? Can anyone confirm that. I'm not worried about my data, I can reload my contacts from my google account, etc. That's easy for me.
    One other question. If I buy a used phone from eBay/Craigslist, is there any advantage or disadvantage to buying an "unlocked" AT&T phone? I plan to only use AT&T, since the company pays for that service. Is there any issues with using an unlocked phone ? Should I just look for one locked to AT&T to reduce any risk of activation problems ?

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    Re: Cell phone swapping advice

    Yes you can do that.
    No there is no benefit or drawback using an unlocked if you gonna use it strictly with one carrier.

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    Re: Cell phone swapping advice

    For some phones, the international unlocked version acutally has a different processor.

    That can be good or bad depending on your view. Also international unlocked versions may have less bloatware installed because most carriers install their own stuff on top of the OS loaded by the manufacturer.

    Last, some functions may or may not be available depending on which version you buy.
    Some carriers lock out functions and sometimes it's the other way.

    Overall, I usually go for the unlocked version, just so I can swap in SIMs if I'm travelling out of the country.

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    Re: Cell phone swapping advice

    Thanks guys !

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    Re: Cell phone swapping advice

    Whoof... at my company I'm pretty sure it would be grounds for immediate termination...

    Then again, I work at an international financial institution with some of the heaviest data security policies you could ever imagine, sooooooo...

    I'd check w/ your company first. May not be worth the "it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission" approach.

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    Re: Cell phone swapping advice

    I almost said something but was afraid I'd be 'that guy'. If you configure your phone to use VPN, company email etc beyond just using it as a telephone, you may want to run this by your IT group. They might need to change a bunch of shit for you, and want to install their stuff. And it's slightly paranoid, but I would steer clear of a used or ebay phone for something work related. Stick to official vendors. Especially if you process sensitive data on it, like medical records, SSN, probably financial stuff. Will you be keeping the broken phone? They may be checking serial or IMEI upon return if you've got a bunch of paper pushers involved.

    This article is not directly applicable if you'll be replacing with another Galaxy. But it illustrates that yes, 'they' can and have gone that far.

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    Re: Cell phone swapping advice

    LOL. NESR is the only place where you can go to a Motorcycle forum, ask a question about cell phones, and get a lecture on ITC compliance ! Too funny. You guys are a bunch of techno weenies. But that actually is good advice and I appreciate it.

    My original post left some info out of my situation. I was trying to avoid getting answers like "have your company buy one" or "buy one from AT&T". I really just wanted some confirmation on the ability for people to swap SIM cards between phones. (on the same network with phones using the same style SIM card)

    Rest assured that all my ITAR and EAR data is safely protected on other work devices. The phone is strictly for non comsec use. No company data on it, we have other devices for that. But like I said, good advice anyway. I ended up buying phone directly from Samsung to avoid the eBay risk.

    Now...let's talk about setting up LAN/WAN networks using Taclanes...

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    Re: Cell phone swapping advice

    If you're buying a phone online or from someone you don't know, make sure it's paid off completely. Some scammed out there will buy a phone on a payment plan, sell it, and stop making payments on it. Then the carrier will disable to phone rendering it useless

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