[AT&T] Am I allowed to sell my semi-old Galaxy?

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  1. Wuschelbeutel

    Wuschelbeutel New Member

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    Nine months ago, my brother and I had an AT&T family plan with no data and I upgraded to a Galaxy 3 and a data plan using my brothers upgrade (as I wasn’t eligible back then). Two weeks ago, I became eligible and so I upgraded to a Galaxy 4 (I haven’t activated the phone yet).

    Can I transfer the apps I purchased for my Galaxy 3 to my new Galaxy 4?

    Am I allowed to sell the Galaxy 3? If so, should I unlock it before I sell it?

    Am I allowed to sell the Galaxy 4? If so, should I activate it? (I know I am not allowed to unlock it)

    EDIT: Changed jailbreak to unlock.
     
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    Welcome to the forum

    You can sell any of the phones so long as youj keep the contract obligation with AT&T. There is no jailbreak on Android phones but you should do a factory reset. If youj plan to sell the S4, don't bother activating it.

    Keep in mind that iof you bought the phones on contract you still owe for the contract, or you can discuss a buy-out with AT&T.

    Whatever apps you purchased with A Google account, stay with that account so they can be installed again on another phone using the same credentials.
     
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    Thanks. Someone on a different forum said that one is not allowed to sell phones while still under contract. When I do factory reset, do I need to worry about the buyer recovering personal files?

     
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    When you signed the contract you purchased the phone. The only thing required to fulfill the contract is to make the monthly payments. Frankly they could care less what you do with the phone so long as they get their money.

    Yes, a factory reset will delete all the apps you downloaded along with all your data, but just in case, I would do 2, back to back.
     
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    Apps are tied to an account name and password, so you're OK there. Personal files are stored locally, so unless you have either Verizon Wireless Backup or Google Drive activated and you leave your account information connected, you have nothing to worry about.. You can sell any phone second-hand, and you are not legally bind to their existing contact, however you do have to consider they will have a responsibility to your phone as well if you leave a balance available. So, make sure you follow the account requirements and leave no remaining balance available.

    The recipient assumes the phone's financial history, which includes any outstanding balances, so make sure you resolve all outstanding balances including early termination charges, otherwise you may have a very unhappy buyer.
     
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    This is an AT&T phone. Before I sell the phone, I would remove the SIM card. I am not sure how AT&T would figure out that another person now has my phone after I sell it.
     
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    AT&T has the serial number registered in your name. They scan it and associate the SIM with that number. And I like FoxKat's rather complete explanation.
     
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    I paid a subsidized $199 nine months ago for the S3 and agreed to a two year contract and a few weeks ago I paid another subsidized $199 for the S4 and agreed to a two year contract. I always pay my bills on time. I'm not sure if that means that I have an 'outstanding balance.' Can I sell either phone? Any clarification would be appreciated.
     
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    You own the phone, but your carrier owns you, by way of the contract. It was subsidized by the monthly payments. You will need to continue the payments as contracted or arrange with the carrier to do a buyout. They want their money one way or the other. This is one reason some people prefer purchasing a phone for $600++ at full retail so they don't get into the traps the carrier set for you in the contract.

    Before selling it your best option would be to ask the carrier how much it would cost to break the contract. That would reduce the possibility of complications but doesn't mean you can't sell it, it's your phone, you own it
     
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    They can tell someone else has your phone because as soon as the buyer put in their sim and activates the phone it becomes registered to their account in the carriers system.

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