iPhone Unlocks. iPhone Unlocks everywhere?

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  1. leftynaut, Sep 24, 2012
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    so about a year ago i was overseas dealing with months and months of gevey ******** to unlock my iphone 4. then at&t announced they were unlocking iphones after contract. and now... now i see unlocking services on ebay and all over the web for $20-$40. how did this happen all of a sudden?

    edit: i've always been on at&t
     
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    I don't know. But they seem to work.

    People are figuring out how to do it and becoming resellers like crazy. I think the actual cost is like $4-$5.
     
  3. tys
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    I guess the carriers have realized it doesn't really matter, they still get their money. We still have to sign 2 year contracts and are subject to early termination fees regardless of the phone's lock status.
    I got my 4S unlocked last week and my 5 done today (hopefully, I have to get home and restore in iTunes first). I used Unlock Fusion via eBay.
     
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    right but i'm just wondering how this is working. from a technical standpoint. like... how are people doing it now when they couldn't before... and why must i pay them? why can't i unlock my own phone?
     
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    AbSoluTc

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    After hearing about unlock fusion - I decided to give it a whirl on my iPhone 5. Figured what the hell. 10 bux.

    Just ordered it. We shall see.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    it's legit.

    got two iphone 4's and two iphone 5's unlocked.
     
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    Had my 4S unlocked for $7 last week.
    I had my i5 unlocked yesterday for $18.
    Well worth it IMO.
    I love those ebay sellers:)

    Because you dont have access to enter an IMEI to Apple unlocked database.
    Get a job working at a carrier that has the iphone and you can make some extra cash on the side:D
     
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    Geckotek

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    I was thinking this exact thing earlier today. Where were all these unlocks a year ago when I needed them?!?!

    I'm wondering if one of two things might happen:

    1) The carriers start locking their systems down and the cheap unlocks go away
    2) Locking in general becomes a thing of the past

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    AT&T unlocked the 4S earlier today for free. Debating unlocking the 5 now just in case this all dries up.
     
  10. Applejuiced, Sep 24, 2012
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    I doubt it will dry up.
    It will probably get cheaper a little down the road. But you never know, the prices are still very cheap so mind as well.
    Its nice to have a factory unlocked iphone 5 for $199 under contract:)

    He's legit bro.;)
     
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    you guys are paying double for the same thing lolz....
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I feel the same way. The onslaught and amount of people making serious bank doing this is going to prompt some negative attention for sure.

    Who knows. I know some people making $2000/day or more on this.
     
  13. tys
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    From the Cydia blog:
    "All these guys have actual access to the Apple database (or) have a solid contact within AT&T who does have access to it. To permanently remove carrier restrictions, they simple add your iPhone IMEI number in a white-list database of unlocked iPhones."

    I just wish I could pay someone $10 for a permanent jailbreak!
     
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    Unlock is not jail breaking

    unlock means they can use any carrier.
    Jailbreak means the user has gained root access and can install non signed code onto the device... In other words, apps that go around apples App Store n
     
  15. thread starter macrumors member

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    this is what i was thinking. contacts at at&t who just add an imei number to the db and act like it was a regular customer request. i don't really need an unlock at the moment... but who knows... at&t could start to crack down on these employees making an extra profit off of them and put an end to this.

    but knowing how much at&t likes money... maybe they're just doing it themselves :p
     
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    They obviously know that, hence the wish.
     
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    Does anyone have a link to a trusted site they know works?
     
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    wooosh
     
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    I just wish somebody had a cheap unlock solution for Rogers phones...somehow they have stayed out of the mix
     
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    Awesomesauce. I was wondering if this would work on the 5. I've used it on my 4 (duh) and a 4S. If only I could get a 5 without a contract maybe I would have considered it.

    I sincerely hope not. I hope AT&T gets their head out of the sand and offers this themselves. Hell, they could charge $36 (like the upgrade fee) for it and people would pay.
     
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    I put in a request to unlock mine cuz I was not under contract and got denied cuz of a technicality. I got a replacement iPhone 4 mid contract so they said you need to have the same iPhone for 2yrs. Dam B.S
     
  22. macrumors 6502

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    The whole idea of locking subsidized phones baffles me. If they are worried about not recouping their investment, they need to structure the contract and ETF differently. Problem solved.
     
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    bigjnyc

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    it says $29.99 on their site. How did you get it for $10?
     
  24. macrumors 6502

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    Do you run the risk of your phone been re-lock again? I'm very interested in doing this. TIA!
     
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    I found unlock_fusion on eBay for $13.99...will post back when my iP5 is unlocked...or not.
     

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