Solved! Update available to the public but carrier won't allow phone to update?

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Jun 16, 2021
I have a (locked, Straight Talk) Samsung phone. Android 11 has been released to the public and would work on my model, but my carrier hasn't "approved" the update. I can't unlock my phone until I've had it for a year (thanks a lot, Straight Talk...) I'm wondering if there is any SAFE way to get around this hurdle?

Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

I really enjoy tech and it really bothers me that carriers can withhold updates from Android devices.
I would suspect that attempting to circumvent the stipulations you agreed to (terms of service) would result in termination of your service and your cell phone becomes a nice paperweight.

-Wolf sends


Jun 24, 2021
Straight Talk offers devices at a huge discount, because they want you to use their service for at least a year.

You pay about a third as much for their locked device as you would for the same that is unlocked.
(At least in my experience.)

What do you think you will gain from this update?

Sure, the device may be able to take the update- but will it really be able to utilize it as well as a device that came with that OS?
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