Unlock an old 3G phone to avoid it being just a paper weight
I currently live as a missionary in Guatemala but grew up in the US and have many friends and family there. My cousin in the US gave his brother here in Guatemala an old Pantech P8000 which is a 3G (not 4G) phone. It was a used phone when he bought it but it still works....
But not in the US anymore because of 3G sunset.
So I am trying to unlock it for my cousin to use in Guatemala. But I get the message:
"Before you can unlock this device, the owner must remove it from their account.
If this is your account, call 800.331.0500 or 611 from your wireless phone to confirm, and then submit a new request."
Apparently the original owner never properly removed it from their account. But my cousin in the States used it for several years, I understand, without problems on the H20 network.
There is no way anymore to track down the original owner. Calling the two numbers listed is also impossible because this phone cannot place a call at all in the US with an AT&T SIM card.
Is there any way to save this from the landfill or from being a paper weight?
It would seem like AT&T could set a policy to automatically approve any unlock request for a 3G phone, no questions asked, unless they they own stocks in landfills :).