AT&T's iPhone 5 - activation on T-mobile

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aalangari, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    i've bought my new iPhone 5 from eBay and the seller told me that the phone is with at&t but without contract. he also mentioned that he will ship the phone sealed as he received it from apple. the question here, am i going to be able to activate the phone and get it unlocked on my T-mobile SIM card?
    please note that i don't have a contract with At&t.

    the reason why i placed this order is because i read an article that stated that off-contract At&t iPhone can be easily unlocked via iTunes.

    many thanks!
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    If the phone is unlocked and unattached to AT&T you will have no problem. However, you can buy an AT&T phone without a contract and have it pre-linked to an AT&T account. You may have trouble activating it in that case.
     
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    Just received an iPhone 5 32GB from Ebay. Seller told me it is without contract (no-commitment iPhone). I've tried the iTunes trick to unlock it but no luck. I'm trying the IMEI unlock thing, it should work.. (only 8$ BTW)
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks you guys for your input!

    rritterson,

    the seller told that the phone is from at&t and without a contract. he also told me that he got it from Apple, would that mean that the phone is not attached to At&t? and how do I get it pre-linked to an at&t account, my phone number is from t-mobile?!

    Soya,

    which SIM card did you use when you tried the iTunes trick, was it yours or was it the one that came in with the phone?

    am not from the states so i guess I'll be needing more time to digest all these complicated issues:) where i come from every thing is very simple, just buy the phone of your choice and put in the carrier's sim of your choice and that's it! no locking or unlocking, no IMEIs or serial numbers and every company has almost the same network capabilities!

    again, thank you very much!
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    who was the seller if you dont mind me asking, was it unlock fusion?
     
  6. macrumors member

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    I would also like to know as I am in a similar situation I can't activate since it tries to give me their number I'll try the imei trick or else I'll just have to return it I guess.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    tries to give you their number?!?! what do you mean by that? mine was unlocked, it shows unlocked by "ATT" but i dont get the message in iTunes and the phone says "needs activation" with the non ATT sim card in it, yet i can see it has a signal and showss the edge data connection of T-mobile....all weird ****
     
  8. macrumors member

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    I didn't try to unlock mine yet. Basically I bought it off eBay the seller just took out their SIM card and shipped it. I went to AT&T store to transfer to the phone and they said they couldn't so it he was supposed to activate first then ship.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    ohhh yea i got you, what about buying pre-paid att sim card and popping it in their would it activate with that? i do know ur right though it has to be activated at least once before you can unlock it
     
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    So even if I do the imei unlock and stick in a tmobile sim or whatever you don't think it will work?
     
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    Yeah according to this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/Unlock-Code...412?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c687114ec
    it says it MAY not work on it not sure what that means, guess easiest way would be just to return oh well.
     
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    Yeah guess I will thanks.
     
  15. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i was at the att store and they've told me that they'll activate it for me. they said that i just need to show them the purchase receipt which the seller got from apple. i guess this news is good, however i still have some doubts!

    anyways, my phone will arrive tomorrow and I'll keep you posted!
     
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    I'm waiting for at&t to do a sweep of all these shady black market unlockers, and re-lock all these iphones. its not gonna be pretty.
     
  17. PPFee, Sep 29, 2012
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    Are you now, i dont think you have any idea what you are speaking of unfortunately. I am confident your answer post was an emotionally charged one, what emotions (anger, jealousy, disapproval) i wont speculate to. I will however enlighten you as to the fact that most of the "shady black market unlocks" either work for AT&T or are only in existence because they are well connected with someone at AT&T, many of whom are high enough up to be able to do an unlimited number of unlocks and be immune to having their data need to be approved by anyone.
    Most importantly and most laughable about your post is what makes me wander why you are even reading this thread, as you obviously have no idea what an unlock is. Let me make it quite clear, a Factory hardware Unlock is not something that can be undone. Devices cannot be "re-locked" as you put it. It just doesn't work that way.
     
  18. aphexacid, Sep 29, 2012
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    Just because it is out of contract, doesn't mean it's automatically unlocked.

    However, by contacting AT&T, they should realize that there is no contract, and unlock it for you.
     
  20. macrumors 6502

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    LMAO, i read it in my email inbox, you're right, had a migraine and a few days of no sleep and i'll take up some crazy causes when there's sand in my vag :D
     
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    No-commitment AT&T iPhone 5 was supposed to be unlockable using the iTunes trick people found. I know that out-of-contract does not mean unlocked. Anyway I got it unlocked via unlock fusion, working perfectly :)
     
  22. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    unlock fusion just sent me the unlock email. the thing is my phone is not activated so am not sure its gonna work. was your phone activated by an att sim before you went through the unlocking instructions?
     
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    What was the itunes trick for no commit ATT iphone 5?
     
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    why wish misfortune on others?
     

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