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Unlocking a Note 3 AT&T phone by rooting
I apologize in advance if this is the wrong section or this specific question has been asked before, but I'd like to hear opinions and advice on this from other people, preferably people who've already gone through this process but anyone can throw in their two cents.
My issue is that since I bought this phone from eBay and not directly from AT&T I can't ask the company to unlock it for me because they're asking all this information I don't have access to(like the previous owner's account number or his/her name). I could activate it on AT&T but don't want to because their data plans are priced ridiculously and I can't be bothered to guess how much data I'm going to use a month(another ridiculous notion). I could very well just use 300mb in a month, just as easily as I can use 8gb in a day. I'm not a prophet, I can't tell. /endrant
So my own solution is to use the instructions on this thread and work it out myself. I have experience with flashing handhelds and installing custom firmware(mostly on PSP's) so I'm aware of how careful I have to be through all of the steps, but there ARE a few concerns I have.
One of them is if I need to activate it on AT&T before I do this on my own? I read somewhere that I had to do this before I could unlock it because AT&T can somehow lock my phone completely. I'm not sure on the details, I lost the link to the article, but it had to do with devices that were made after a certain date(can't remember when this was either, sorry). Is there even a need for this though, if I'm going to root the device anyway?
I don't have a warranty on the phone so my only real concern will be bricking the phone, but I'm confident enough I can do it.