[pct-l] International Thruhiker needs help with ATT gophone

Town Food pctl at marcusschwartz.com
Mon Apr 10 22:43:50 CDT 2017

I'm not expert on AT&T's GoPhone line, but maybe they're saying the K220
is incompatible because it doesn't support AT&T's LTE bands.  GSMArena
shows that phone as capable of LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, and 20.  But, AT&T
uses 2, 4, 12, and 17.  I once had a carrier refuse to activate a
4G-capable phone without 4G service, maybe that's what's happening here.

That said, two things:

1. US Phone carriers are terrible at figuring out what phones are
compatible with their network -- they're used to people buying phones
directly from (and subsidized by) the carrier.  On 3 different
occasions, I've had to call my carrier to activate a SIM, because my
carrier's web site said my phone and/or SIM was incompatible.

2. In the US, CDMA carriers have much better coverage outside cities
than GSM carriers.  Verizon in particular has the best PCT coverage.


On 04/10/2017 11:32 AM, Stefan Popa wrote:
> Hello, perhaps anyone can help me with ATT Gophone.
> I have an LG K220 cell phone. It is unlocked and can operate on the UMTS
> Frequencies 850 Mhz / 1900 Mhz.
> The Gophone Website says that is sufficient to be compatible.
> Chatpartner says IMEI is uncompatible / unknown, i have to buy new phone.
> When i try to order the sim card it says: Plan must be choosen.
> Can anyone please give me an advise how i can get this sim card ?
> Or is it better to go to the ATT Shop in San Diego to get it ?
> Thanks in advance
> Stefan
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