Thanks for the tip. Since I received this phone second-hand and don't have access to the original account, do you think this method would still work? I know most phones have some sort of identifier, so I'm sure they could verify that the phone's previous account was settled or not.If there is no bill owed on the phone, you can call AT&T and have it unlocked. I just done this to my husbands phone. It takes about two weeks to actually get it unlocked and ready to go.