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Old Feb 11, 2013, 02:53 PM   #1
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How to unlock iPhone 5 AT&T

hi guys im trying to unlock my iphone 5 att and use it on tmobiles 4g monthly plan. I looked on google and it seems that every website requires me to pay. Is there a (free) tutorial that will help me my iphone.

PS-I am willing to pay for a unlock, but i have no idea what unlocking website is legit and save
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 02:55 PM   #2
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Swiftunlocks.com.

$2.

I've used them for several iPhones.
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 03:51 PM   #3
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hi guys im trying to unlock my iphone 5 att and use it on tmobiles 4g monthly plan. I looked on google and it seems that every website requires me to pay. Is there a (free) tutorial that will help me my iphone.

PS-I am willing to pay for a unlock, but i have no idea what unlocking website is legit and save
Call AT&T. If your contract is paid in full and your account (or former account) in good standing, they will unlock it for you.
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 09:18 PM   #4
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Call AT&T. If your contract is paid in full and your account (or former account) in good standing, they will unlock it for you.
I have same situation here, my uncle will give his iphone to me. Its 2years at&t contract. He bought it at us apple store. And im living in indonesia. If i unlock it, how is the billing procedure? At&t will automatically stop the bill or will still auto debit my uncle's credit card until 2years to fulfill the contract? Sorry for the dumb question
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 09:25 PM   #5
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I have same situation here, my uncle will give his iphone to me. Its 2years at&t contract. He bought it at us apple store. And im living in indonesia. If i unlock it, how is the billing procedure? At&t will automatically stop the bill or will still auto debit my uncle's credit card until 2years to fulfill the contract? Sorry for the dumb question
Your uncle can call AT&T and close the account. His credit card will be charged an Early Termination Fee for ending the contract early. After that he can ask AT&T to unlock it.
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 09:52 PM   #6
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Swiftunlocks.com.

$2.

I've used them for several iPhones.
What he said above.
Did many unlocks with them with no probs.
And offcourse all sites will require you to pay them. They dont unlock iphones for free.
This is a permanent carrier unlock. No matter how many times you update or restore your firmware it will always stay unlocked.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 05:35 AM   #7
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Swiftunlocks.com.

$2.

I've used them for several iPhones.
thanks for the link! im really interested in this.

have you had success with this on an iphone 5 even after the recent changes making unlocking 'illegal' if not done through the carrier?
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 01:31 PM   #8
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co-sign with swiftunlocks

just unlocked my iphone 4 a week ago.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 02:18 PM   #9
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hi guys im trying to unlock my iphone 5 att and use it on tmobiles 4g monthly plan. I looked on google and it seems that every website requires me to pay. Is there a (free) tutorial that will help me my iphone.

PS-I am willing to pay for a unlock, but i have no idea what unlocking website is legit and save


get Factory Unlock (the best b'csu u can do updates) at:
appledatabase.com for $5.99 (24 hr service... worth the wait for cheap price)

***they actually re-sell the services of Novasd.com but for cheaper price (u'll c the Novasd.com name is your PayPal receipt)


DON'T MAKE IT COMPLICATED... after u receive Conf Email that iPhone is unlocked, all u do is put a Non-AT&T SIM Card on ur iPhone, wait like 30-60 seconds and the Slide-to--Activate...... this unlocks it!!! No more need to plug into iTunes or anything



After that, u'll get a message on your iPhone to do the Carrier Update... this updates ur iMessage, FaceTime, MMS, SMS, etc setting to go through T-Mo and not AT&T servers
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...566660&page=19
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http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1566660
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 02:37 PM   #10
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Swiftunlocks.com.

$2.

I've used them for several iPhones.
Just did mine few nights ago and worked perfect.
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Old May 12, 2013, 04:06 PM   #11
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swiftunlock is th best. used it 2 weeks ago and was very fast. less than 4 hours.
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Old May 12, 2013, 04:14 PM   #12
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Swiftunlocks again. No need to even think about clicking on the link posted a few posts above this one.
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Old Jun 22, 2013, 06:56 AM   #13
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Hello all, I'm a noob in terms of unlocking (never unlocked any of my phones and I've only jailbroken one of my older iPhones once - and then undid it later). I'm planning a trip to Ireland soon and I created a new post about it here:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...8#post17470828

But I figured I'd reply here, too, since it might get more attention.

1) Do I need to jailbreak my phone before I can unlock it via swiftunlocks?

2) Will this unauthorized unlock cause me any trouble with my continued AT&T usage? What about if I have to bring the phone in to AT&T or Apple to deal with an issue?

3) Once unlocked, can I just find a SIM card somewhere after arriving in Ireland and save a lot more money by using that versus using something like AT&T's international roaming plans/add-ons?

4) Will I be able to use affordable data with one of the SIM cards/plans in Ireland?

4) I have an iPhone 5, but my wife and daughter have 4S's. Any issues with either of those models?
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Old Jul 4, 2013, 09:04 PM   #14
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+1 to swiftunlocks got nothing bad to say
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 11:05 AM   #15
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Did you try/use swiftunlocks.Com?
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hi guys im trying to unlock my iphone 5 att and use it on tmobiles 4g monthly plan. I looked on google and it seems that every website requires me to pay. Is there a (free) tutorial that will help me my iphone.

PS-I am willing to pay for a unlock, but i have no idea what unlocking website is legit and save
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Old Sep 8, 2013, 06:44 PM   #16
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Old Sep 10, 2013, 04:56 AM   #17
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Fantastic thread, thanks guys. Anyone know if I can still return to AT&T after using swiftunlocks? I want to unlock it for a month or two while I'm in Europe then come back to AT&T when I'm home.
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Old Sep 10, 2013, 06:06 AM   #18
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Fantastic thread, thanks guys. Anyone know if I can still return to AT&T after using swiftunlocks? I want to unlock it for a month or two while I'm in Europe then come back to AT&T when I'm home.
If that is what you are doing, call AT&T and tell them this. Foreign travel is a legitimate reason to ask for an unlock while still under contract and AT&T can do it for free. If they refuse for some reason - you can always go with a 3rd party service.
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Old Sep 10, 2013, 07:49 AM   #19
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Great idea, I'll try it.
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Old Sep 10, 2013, 09:09 AM   #20
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Great idea, I'll try it.
Additionally, if AT&T is anything like Verizon they can suspend your account while you are on travel. So if you will be gone for two months, you can save yourself two months of cell phone bills in the US while you are on travel.

This will extend your contract for the length of time the service was suspended - but you will be looking at well over $100 in savings for two months.
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Old Sep 10, 2013, 10:01 AM   #21
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Brilliant.
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Old Sep 11, 2013, 01:42 PM   #22
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Yes, you can use an unlocked (by any of the many service providers) AT&T iPhone on AT&T.

I had previously researched suspending or having AT&T unlock an iPhone for extended foreign travel (5-6 months), and it's my impression they they will not do either. I have not yet actually asked AT&T yet though .
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Old Sep 11, 2013, 07:48 PM   #23
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Well, I come from Verizon and it was a suggestion to try on AT&T. When I spoke to VZ about travel they volunteered to suspend service as a guarantee that I would not incur any foreign roaming charges.

I told them I was smart enough not to get bit by that and they processed the unlock for my wife's 4S. My 5 did not require it since the 3G service comes unlocked. Since it is something these companies can do, it's worth a call to ask.
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Old Sep 11, 2013, 08:05 PM   #24
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Can the 4S be unlocked without connecting it to ITunes ?. I'm only asking because my laptop currently has a virus :-( .
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Old Sep 11, 2013, 08:12 PM   #25
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Can the 4S be unlocked without connecting it to ITunes ?. I'm only asking because my laptop currently has a virus :-( .
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I just unlocked my 4s on AT&T today because I figured I may get more money for the phone when I sell it if unlocked. AT&T sent me an email saying that I must connect to iTunes to finish the process. You have to backup your phone to iTunes, erase data on phone, then do a restore. You may be able to accomplish this using iCloud and not iTunes, not sure though, I would call and ask.
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