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TechConnect - unlock old hotspot device?

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Hi! I have received my replacement AT&T hotspot device, and it's my understanding that I do not need to return the previous T-Mobile/Sprint hotspot. I have two questions I'm hoping someone here can answer:

  1. Is it confirmed that the T-Mobile/Sprint hotspot does not need to be returned?
  2. If so, does anyone know if FMCA (or T-Mobile) can remove the carrier lock? My old device is carrier locked to T-Mobile but I'd like to use it with a different carrier as a backup.

Thanks!

Pete

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So, got a somewhat unsatisfying response from TechConnect support

Because the device is a rental you can’t have it unlocked and switched back to T-Mobile.

If it's a rental, why don't I have to send it back? What does "switched back to T-Mobile" mean? It already is a T-Mobile device. I want to unlock it so I can use an AT&T or Verizon SIM in it. Locked to T-Mobile, it's a paperweight.

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I do not think it will work on Verizon.  At least that is what a representative from Verizon told me. I just ordered the starlink for rv.  I already have the AT&T plan on my cell phones and ipad.  For the price that Verizon wanted it was almost as high as the starlink system.

Jaime

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It turns out the M2000 is *not* carrier locked, according to TechConnect support. My Visible SIM doesn't work (shows as "invalid SIM"), but that must be something specific to Visible. I have an AT&T nano SIM on the way so I can give that a shot when it arrives.

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On 6/17/2022 at 6:48 PM, phurth said:

It turns out the M2000 is *not* carrier locked, according to TechConnect support. My Visible SIM doesn't work (shows as "invalid SIM"), but that must be something specific to Visible. I have an AT&T nano SIM on the way so I can give that a shot when it arrives.

I have a Nano sim on the way also, I hope the M2000 works out better than the Moxee hotspot that I can only get 12MB max down and up with 4 bars. I have seen others saying that is the max they can get also and think we are being throttled by AT&T with this plan.

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So, I got my nano SIM today. Haven't been able to get ahold of TC yet to have it activated, however it still throws an "Invalid SIM" error on the M2000 (not "No Service" as I would expect and as it does on the Moxee). The only SIMs that haven't thrown that error are the original Sprint SIM and the replacement T-Mobile SIM. I tried the new AT&T as well as a Visible and an old Verizon SIM I had lying around. Each one of them is invalid. Not sure I believe the device is not carrier locked, or maybe there's some other explanation for why only Sprint and TMo SIMs seem to not throw an error.

Either way, it makes sense that there's be a 12 Mbs limit if that's what AT&T's business plans are limited to, since that's basically what this is, if I understand correctly.

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Yep, very disappointed in the AT&T Moxie hotspot. I got two years use of the Sprint M800 hotspot and didn’t realize how great it was until now. I think the FMCA AT&T plan is soon going the be history for me. I will go to the Visible (Verizon) with party pay for $25.00 month, I have seen better results with it using the SIM in an old iPhone. I see where AT&T may offer FMCA more speed for an additional cost. 

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