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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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iPhone 5 unlocked by eBay?

Hey friends, if I buy an iPhone 5 on contract from AT&T/Verizon and unlock it fron eBay, will it be a legal process? Do I have to return my phone to the respective company after unlocking it from eBay? And is it a safe process? Will my unlocked phone work in India? I am little bit worried about unlocking procedure of iPhone 5 from eBay therefore I am asking this.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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How do you have a iPhone from at&t and Verizon?
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:16 AM   #3
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Not sure if it's "legal" but you can unlock the AT&T iPhone 5 via EMEI unlock through eBay. The Verizon iPhone 5 already comes unlocked.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:37 AM   #4
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No it's not illegal to get your phone unlocked on eBay. I received my phone last week and got it unlocked on eBay.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:46 AM   #5
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How do you have a iPhone from at&t and Verizon?
Not both. I said AT&T or Verizon
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:49 AM   #6
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It's legal as far as I know, and if it's illegal, then the law is stupid. It's your phone, you paid however much the phone company or Apple wanted you to pay for it. And what's protecting the carrier's subsidy is the contract, not the fact that it's locked. It is I submit highly more illegal what the carriers are doing by locking the phone in the first place than it is for you to unlock it.

And yes Ebay works just fine. You'll get your unlock code usually within 24 hours. Done.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:51 AM   #7
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No it's not illegal to get your phone unlocked on eBay. I received my phone last week and got it unlocked on eBay.
Did you purchase your iPhone 5 with contract?
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:54 AM   #8
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Well with the new law starting Jan 1st no 3rd party can unlock iPhones so I would jump on it now.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 01:06 PM   #9
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Did you purchase your iPhone 5 with contract?
Yes I purchased it with contract. Just purchased unlock code on eBay for $2.45.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 02:59 PM   #10
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Well with the new law starting Jan 1st no 3rd party can unlock iPhones so I would jump on it now.
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http://maypalo.com/2012/10/27/unlock...-illegal-2013/
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 03:43 PM   #12
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Well with the new law starting Jan 1st no 3rd party can unlock iPhones so I would jump on it now.
It doesnt apply to this.
This is not a 3rd party, its an inside job from people that work for AT&T.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 09:07 PM   #13
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Yes I purchased it with contract. Just purchased unlock code on eBay for $2.45.
Can you please tell me the process/steps how to unlock?
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 10:36 PM   #14
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Can you please tell me the process/steps how to unlock?
Go to ebay and search for AT&T iphone imei unlock.
You will find tons of sellers and very good prices.
Usually unlocked in under 24 hours.
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 02:41 AM   #15
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Yes the online unlocks work. Also you would only need to unlock the AT&T model; the Verizon iPhone is already unlocked.
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 05:11 AM   #16
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Is there any ETF I have to pay after unlocking my on-contract AT&T iPhone 5?
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 08:01 AM   #17
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I've found a web, where You can unlock an iPhone. Also you can check unlock status for Free too.

Here you can unlock your simlock.

Search Google: http://www.imei.info/

Greetings
Have you tried this?
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It doesnt apply to this.
This is not a 3rd party, its an inside job from people that work for AT&T.
I think it applies witch I think the government is BS. Will have to wait and see what happens after the new year.
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I think it applies witch I think the government is BS. Will have to wait and see what happens after the new year.
I fully agree that the government is full of bs
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I think it applies witch I think the government is BS. Will have to wait and see what happens after the new year.
So is this still valid or no? Can I "buy an unlock code" on eBay to unlock my recently purchased iPhone5? I will be leaving the country for school on August 10 and I'm not sure if ATT will unlock my phone at that point. One customer service rep told me 90 days, (I will have about 58 on contract before I leave), but on one of their webpages it says only 60.

Am I allowed to go the eBay route?
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So is this still valid or no? Can I "buy an unlock code" on eBay to unlock my recently purchased iPhone5? I will be leaving the country for school on August 10 and I'm not sure if ATT will unlock my phone at that point. One customer service rep told me 90 days, (I will have about 58 on contract before I leave), but on one of their webpages it says only 60.

Am I allowed to go the eBay route?
Yes you can. It's up to you to decide to flout the law. I would.
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 01:00 PM   #22
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Yes you can. It's up to you to decide to flout the law. I would.
I'm a total noob so please excuse me. I mean, does AT&T "know" when this happens? Do their senses tingle and they say, "Red alert! Something nefarious is afoot!", and then yell at me?

Will they, (or anyone), be able to tell?

And is this illegal according to the new law? I feel like eBay would crack down on that if it were... They are pretty strict.
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I'm a total noob so please excuse me. I mean, does AT&T "know" when this happens? Do their senses tingle and they say, "Red alert! Something nefarious is afoot!", and then yell at me?

Will they, (or anyone), be able to tell?

And is this illegal according to the new law? I feel like eBay would crack down on that if it were... They are pretty strict.
Nope, they don't care much.
You will be fine.
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