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Carrier lock with new motherboard

Will replacing the motherboard affect the ability to have the phone carrier unlocked

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Yes. The locked/unlocked status is part of the motherboard. If you buy an unlocked motherboard to replace your old one, your phone will be unlocked.

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How does the carrier unlock the phone if the old IMEI does not match the new IMEI?

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You would have to go through the process set up by the carrier to unlock the phone. For AT&T there is a form, for verizon you just call them.

It's like getting a new phone.

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