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Old Jan 24, 2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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Unhappy Will AT&T Re-Lock my iPhone 5?

While the news are going on recently saying that unlocking cell phones will be illegal in the US very soon, by the end of this week i guess?
I unlocked my iPhone 5 last month via eBay with Unlock_Fusion. I just checked their eBay site and seen all the att iPhone unlock services are gone... < http://www.ebay.com/sch/unlock_fusion/m.html > Or maybe because of they have their own website now.. < http://unlockfusion.com/ >
Now my concern is will or is it possible for AT&T to Re-Lock my iPhone? Will they Re-Lock all the unauthorized unlocked iPhones? After all this bs law passed...
Hope not!
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 09:53 PM   #2
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Not possible. Once unlocked, always unlocked.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 09:57 PM   #3
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An iPhone that was unlocked, can be relocked to any carrier. All Apple has to do is remove that phone's ID from the unlocked database and the user will have to restore it in iTunes. However, Apple has never done this to date. But there have been a few accidental relocks done on AT&T iPhones when those iPhones were upgraded via iTunes.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 09:58 PM   #4
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An iPhone that was unlocked, can be relocked to any carrier. All Apple has to do is remove that phone's ID from the unlocked database and the user will have to restore it in iTunes. However, Apple has never done this to date. But there have been a few accidental relocks done on AT&T iPhones when those iPhones were upgraded via iTunes.
Well, assuming this happens, then yes it is possible. But like Intell said, next to impossible (as nothing is impossible, just improbable).
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 09:59 PM   #5
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Not possible. Once unlocked, always unlocked.
I hope so! But I did some research saying that att or apple can ReLock iPhones easily via removing the # from their list...
I hope they wont!!
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:04 PM   #6
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I hope so! But I did some research saying that att or apple can ReLock iPhones easily via removing the # from their list...
I hope they wont!!
I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:16 PM   #7
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I'm not so concerned about relocking as much as voiding AppleCare or AT&T blacklisting the phone--though I kinda doubt it and I've heard nothing of this happening.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:19 PM   #8
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The odds are really small that this will ever happen.
99.5% you will be unlocked for good.
Btw that website you mentioned is not unlock fusions. That's in imposter trying to use his good name.
Ask him youself on ebay. His site is called swift unlocks.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:25 PM   #9
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The odds are really small that this will ever happen.
99.5% you will be unlocked for good.
Btw that website you mentioned is not unlock fusions. That's in imposter trying to use his good name.
Ask him youself on ebay. His site is called swift unlocks.
I found a bunch of Swift Unlocks when I Google it lol
So Unlock_fusion really did stopped all their services on unlocking att iPhones though.. for some reasons..hope its not because of the law
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:29 PM   #10
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It should be the 1st one listed on top. The one that charges $1.99 per AT&T iphone unlock.
Yes, ebay put an end to it on all unlocking services sold on their site.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:37 PM   #11
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It should be the 1st one listed on top. The one that charges $1.99 per AT&T iphone unlock.
Yes, ebay put an end to it on all unlocking services sold on their site.
Still seeing some unlocking service on eBay. So we won't be seeing any of them again on eBay after this law passed? But we can still purchase unlock service on their own websites?
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:38 PM   #12
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My guess is we will still be able to purchase them just not via ebay any more.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:42 PM   #13
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My guess is we will still be able to purchase them just not via ebay any more.
So the customers are going to be ones who breaks the law or the providers are lol
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So the customers are going to be ones who breaks the law or the providers are lol
Lol
To me its the providers fault
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:45 PM   #15
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Lol
To me its the providers fault
I hope I can still buy their service after all this crap going on.. Just in case if they Re Lock my iPhone..
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I hope I can still buy their service after all this crap going on.. Just in case if they Re Lock my iPhone..
I hear you.
I also hope those services are still around. Knock on wood
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 11:57 PM   #17
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I'm scared AT&T is going to come to my house and take my iPhone...

Hey, it COULD happen right???

Stop making baseless assumptions about what could happen. So far the ONLY "re-locks" have been accidental and 1000% non-punitive. They COULD have re-locked a ton of phones (and COULD do so in the future...).

You COULD also get hit by lightning. Better stay inside for a while...

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Old Jan 25, 2013, 03:11 AM   #18
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I was looking through old forums and saw this quip from you. I'm sure someone has quoted you on this little gem about iPhone unlocking, but here it is:

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Sounds like a bunch of bs to me.
There's a whole process that has to be done from the carrier submited to Apple for official unlock. Some random dude on eBay to provide something pike that don't make sense.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 10:23 AM   #19
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I was looking through old forums and saw this quip from you. I'm sure someone has quoted you on this little gem about iPhone unlocking, but here it is:
Yes from many years ago where back then unlocks like that wasn't around at all.
What's the point of bringing it up?
I was pooping in diapers many years ago, want to talk about that too?

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Yes from many years ago where back then unlocks like that wasn't around at all.
What's the point of bringing it up?
I was pooping in diapers many years ago, want to talk about that too?
I really didn't mean anything by it. I just found it quote-worthy. Sorry.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 12:08 AM   #21
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dont worry it will always be unlocked.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 12:11 AM   #22
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I just hope and really hope that they don't make jail breaking illegal too as they second step.
That will be the end of it I guess.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 08:43 AM   #23
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An iPhone that was unlocked, can be relocked to any carrier. All Apple has to do is remove that phone's ID from the unlocked database and the user will have to restore it in iTunes. However, Apple has never done this to date. But there have been a few accidental relocks done on AT&T iPhones when those iPhones were upgraded via iTunes.
Is it Apple that maintains this list of unlocked IMEI's or AT&T? I know if you take your phone into Apple and ask them to check--they can see your iPhone is unlocked. However, one contacts AT&T to unlock your iPhone when the contract is up.
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Is it Apple that maintains this list of unlocked IMEI's or AT&T? I know if you take your phone into Apple and ask them to check--they can see your iPhone is unlocked. However, one contacts AT&T to unlock your iPhone when the contract is up.
And AT&T sends the request to Apple. Notice that the unlocking is done through ITunes, which is Apple.
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And AT&T sends the request to Apple. Notice that the unlocking is done through ITunes, which is Apple.
So, if one does it legitimately, AT&T records the unlock request on their end and passes it to Apple who facilitates the actual unlocking through iTunes.

So, the likelihood of whether an unlock is permanent might depend upon whether its an employee at AT&T who is facilitating this process or someone at Apple. If its the latter, and someone at Apple is only adding the IMEI to their list, then potentially this could be easily discovered at some point and the un-lock reversed. If its an AT&T employee facilitating the process, then both *sides* are complete and I would imagine it could be harder to uncover it. Considering the speed at which the unlocks occur, I'm guessing its an Apple employee doing this.

I'm speculating of course, but it would be interesting if someone involved in the process could explain how it works.
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