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

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Wuschelbeutel, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. Wuschelbeutel

    Wuschelbeutel Lurker
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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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  2. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    People sell phone all the time while under contract. It's a general practice to sell it completely stock, that way the buyer can still claim the manufacturers warranty. Though it is often recommended to wipe the device before selling it so you don't leave any personal info or files behind.

    Apps that you bought on the Google Play store will transfer between phones as long as you use the same Google account.
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  3. Wuschelbeutel

    Wuschelbeutel Lurker
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    Thanks. Do you recommend unlocking the Galaxy 3 before selling it (I upgraded in 2012)? Also, when I do factory reset, do I need to worry about the buyer recovering personal files?

  4. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Sim unlocking it would potentially increase its value as well as the size of the market of who could buy it. Just make sure that it's AT&T that unlocks it otherwise it gets into illegal mess that sim unlocking has become.
    Factory reset should clear things out, but flashing a factory image through Odin would absolutely wipe everything out.
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  5. Wuschelbeutel

    Wuschelbeutel Lurker
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    Hopefully, they can do this free of charge in the AT&T store. I am also not sure that they will do it, since I am technically still under contract (I used my brother's upgrade 9 months ago).

    I didn't know that there is danger of recovery of deleted files on NAND. I always assumed that it was only a problem on HDD's.
  6. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    It's more of an issue that the factory reset function isn't actually a reformat. It's command to the recovery partition that wipes certain directories while leaving others intact. Custom recovery tends to leave media such as pictures, music, etc untouched. Stock recovery might clear those out, but I'm not 100% positive since I haven't run factory stock on a device for very long time.
  7. MercilessLTD

    MercilessLTD Member

    You are correct. Stock (3e) recovery will wipe everything on a factory reset, but only by deletion of the contents and/or directories. It does not actually flash over the contents like an Odin flash will tend to do.

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