Sprint/Factory unlocked Note 9?

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When I had my original carrier locked Note 9 in 2020, I had issues that couldn't be fixed. So I traded it in to T-Mobile since they were doing a promo where you could get a free Oneplus 8. Big mistake. Nothing but issues. If anything, I should have gotten the 8T. More storage, better design and more than likely better performance.

I sold the device not even six months later and went to the Note 10+ instead. First and last time I ever get a Oneplus device. But now I'm on the hunt for another Note 9 since I miss the device and features it had. So the hunt continues. I have midnight black variant coming from Amazon today. Came to 238 after taxes. I guess I shall see how it goes. I may have to try Swappa to find what I'm looking for.
 

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Back on it! I recently ordered a mint condition, factory unlocked, Ocean Blue Note 9 in 512gb for only 300 bucks from Swappa. Highly rated seller AND also a one year warranty.

Hopefully its everything its supposed to be. On amazon, they are charging almost 300 in some cases for just the 128gb, so I will gladly take the 512gb with the extra RAM for the same price.
 
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Well... that was a bust. They sent me the T-Mobile carrier variant and told me it was used when it was in fact refurbished. Ugh.

mustang7757, do you know how to flash factory unlocked firmware onto a carrier device?
 

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Well... that was a bust. They sent me the T-Mobile carrier variant and told me it was used when it was in fact refurbished. Ugh.

mustang7757, do you know how to flash factory unlocked firmware onto a carrier device?
Hey Gray2018 , definitely i have a sticky in Note 9 forums here just remember use Odin patch B and try CSC home in Odin in place of CSC it might not factory reset, I did this on my s22U and didn't Factory Reset but not 100% on older models
 

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My days of buying used electronics are way over, especially from Amazon. Now I hunt down the good deals on brand new 1-2 year old flagships for hundreds off. Never had a problem yet, unlike the Amazon/Swappa days.

Something I just prefer about breaking the factory seals on a brand new device over opening a home boxed, fingerprint covered gamble ;)
 

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My days of buying used electronics are way over, especially from Amazon. Now I hunt down the good deals on brand new 1-2 year old flagships for hundreds off. Never had a problem yet, unlike the Amazon/Swappa days.

Something I just prefer about breaking the factory seals on a brand new device over opening a home boxed, fingerprint covered gamble ;)
Definitely. I typically only want electronics with the OEM seals, especially for my primary phones. However, my used Note 9 had the back, battery, and screen replaced and it's been working fine for a neater phone.
 

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Speaking OEM, I think I finally found what I was looking for. A mint condition, actual factory unlocked Note 9 with all original OEM parts. This thing hasnt been updated since December 2019! So I would assume its actually used and not refurbished. Got it from seller Circas on Swappa. They have them available in all colors.

My only concern is battery life lol
 

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It's kinda hard to believe honestly that I was able to find a mint condition, USED and not refurbished Note 9. It pretty much looks like something you would buy brand new or from Samsung's refurbished program. My second Swappa experience with this is much better than my first.

I'm assuming it was probably just sitting around in a warehouse somewhere for the past three years given that it hadn't been updated since 2019.
 

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It's kinda hard to believe honestly that I was able to find a mint condition, USED and not refurbished Note 9. It pretty much looks like something you would buy brand new or from Samsung's refurbished program. My second Swappa experience with this is much better than my first.

I'm assuming it was probably just sitting around in a warehouse somewhere for the past three years given that it hadn't been updated since 2019.
I've had good luck with Swappa in past
 

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Well, I have had the two experiences with Swappa. The first one wasnt good, but second one is great. The seller Circas is terrific. Not only was my Note 9 exactly as described, but there is even a warranty on the device until May next year.

I dont really care personally that its going to be done with security updates soon. Its still a great device with certain features that no phones have had since, and I still have a device getting regular security for awhile, so no problem there.

I am mulling over whether I should return this though and get the 512/8GB RAM version for a little more future proofing. I dont really feel like paying an extra 80 dollars though when this is already a budget purchase lol only thing I would utilize is the 8gb of RAM, and I dont think its worth it for just that.
 

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Well, I have had the two experiences with Swappa. The first one wasnt good, but second one is great. The seller Circas is terrific. Not only was my Note 9 exactly as described, but there is even a warranty on the device until May next year.

I dont really care personally that its going to be done with security updates soon. Its still a great device with certain features that no phones have had since, and I still have a device getting regular security for awhile, so no problem there.

I am mulling over whether I should return this though and get the 512/8GB RAM version for a little more future proofing. I dont really feel like paying an extra 80 dollars though when this is already a budget purchase lol only thing I would utilize is the 8gb of RAM, and I dont think its worth it for just that.
I would go for the 8/512 if I were you. I think you'll wish you had.
 

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