Can the thunderbolt be unlocked?
My best friend is convinced that he is going to pick up a thunderbolt in a few weeks and get it unlocked to use on AT&T.
I was wondering if this is possible? Since it has a sim card and all I figure it might be right.
- 03-16-2011, 10:41 PM #2
- 03-16-2011, 10:46 PM #3
- 03-16-2011, 10:48 PM #5
- 03-16-2011, 10:49 PM #6
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No, it will not be possible. Why would he want to do this anyway? The reason you get the Thunderbolt over other HTC 4.3" phones is because it's on LTE and verizon. There are lots of other HTC and other great phone options on ATT. The Inspire is what he wants: http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-pho...sku=sku5100284
- 03-16-2011, 10:54 PM #8
- 03-16-2011, 10:56 PM #9
- 05-17-2011, 05:49 PM #11
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The fact is we don't know if LTE Sim's will be cross carrier compatible. With them both deploying LTE in the 700Mhz frequency,there is a high probability that a device, if it can be radio "unlocked" purchased for one network may work on the 4G of the other. However, without VoLTE being deployed, this would be for data services only, as AT&T and Verizon's 3G and voice services are completely incompatible.
However, if VoLTE (Voice over LTE) comes into play, this may be a viable option in the future. We'll have to see if VoLTE will be a software/firmware upgrade, or require chipset changes for the big two.
Last edited by dalex7777; 05-17-2011 at 05:50 PM. Reason: clarity, 700Mhz reference
- 05-18-2011, 02:56 AM #12
Aside, who would want to waste the Tbolt on AT&T's crappy network?Former Verizon Wireless Technical Consultant
- 12-07-2012, 02:59 PM #13