Phones forum

Question

factory unlocked phone for Net10

by Plutoboy11 / June 10, 2013 7:48 AM PDT

Here's my question, I hope someone knowledgeable will help me out: I'm going with Net10 soon, but am looking at an LG Optimus L7, factory unlocked- lots on Ebay and Amazon. These phones are GSM 850/900/1800/1900, and
WCDMA (UMTS) 900/2100, unbranded. I want to use AT&T towers in my area. If I buy an AT&T compatible SIM card from Amazon (NET10 doesn't sell them in my area anymore), and stick it in this phone, will I get full service? I'm mostly concerned with 3G. I've gotten various answers from several people, and am pretty confused at this point!

Thank you.

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: factory unlocked phone for Net10
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: factory unlocked phone for Net10
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Answer
Since you are not with Net10, why not use their system?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 10, 2013 7:54 AM PDT
Collapse -
Answer
This link takes you there, for 3G data questions
by Pepe7 / June 11, 2013 1:25 AM PDT
http://www.net10sim.com/support.php#q2
That phone should work just fine with Net10, using one of their ATT compatible SIM cards. But with any type of new service, use the trial period carefully to evaluate its performance 'in the wild'.
Collapse -
Answer
Sorry, I didn't read your post carefully enough
by Pepe7 / June 17, 2013 10:50 AM PDT

The handset you mention LACKS the correct 3G (UMTS) frequency bands for use on ATT's 3G network. You would also need 850 & 1900 UMTS (WCDMA) to gain 3G service w/ ATT. That phone is either a euro or asian version, not intended for use in North America. Sorry I didn't catch it earlier when I posted.

cheers

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
icon
Laptops 19,436 discussions
icon
Security 30,426 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
icon
Windows 10 360 discussions
icon
Phones 15,802 discussions
icon
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions

Tech Tip

Stuck without Internet and want to watch movies?

CNET shows you how to download movies and TV shows onto your device using Amazon Prime so you'll always be entertained.