AT&T unlock - how does it work? 4s

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by noobinator, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. noobinator macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2009
    I filled out an unlock request online. I was granted the request. I successfully unlocked it by connecting it and backing up and restoring it

    My question: do I need to re-unlock it every time I restore my phone? it's unlocked now but what happens when I restore it to sell it? Does it stay unlocked for good once I do it?
  2. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2008
    It's permanently unlocked by the IEMI number of the phone. So you don't have to do anything else in the future.
  3. mjar macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2012
    Yes, it will be unlocked always.
    I have ATT number but i can't unlock it because i don't have SSN. Do they request SSN ?
  4. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I am curious did you unlock it already (and are you still under contract)?

    I have my iPhone 5 on the way am going to unlock my 4s as soon as I can...but they probably won't do it until the new one is activated right?
  5. dave006 macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2008
    No, go to this site and review the requirements for AT&T to process your unlock request.

  6. monkeydodo3 macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2012
    Yes they do.
  7. noobinator thread starter macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2009
    Got 4s using my moms upgrade so my 4 contract is up.
  8. rritterson macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    DC USA
    Now that's it's unlocked, it will stay that way. The lock/unlock status only changes during activation of the phone, which only happens when the phone is new or when you restore the phone. At that time, the phone calls home to an Apple server to check whether the IMEI is unlocked or not, and as yours has already been labeled unlocked, it will stay that way.

    In theory, AT&T could ask for an IMEI to be relocked and the next time someone activated the phone it would become locked again, but I've not seen that happen anywhere.
  9. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    oh ok Friday can't come soon enough, my eBay auction on my 4s ends Thursday (selling it unlocked), get my 5 Friday and hopefully ship the 4s that same day after unlocking....this week is going extremely slow :mad::D
  10. falcora macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2011
    It says that your contract must be fulfilled before they will approve your unlock request? How did you do it for your 4S? Did they just approve it anyways?
  11. noobinator thread starter macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2009
    See above. My original contract was for an iPhone 4 and it is now up. I added a 4s last year by using my moms upgrade. The phone is attached to my contract, which is now up.
  12. slookx24 macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2009
    I did the same thing, but Apple wouldn't unlock my 4S. Used my sister's upgrade to get the 4S, then added that to my own line. My old contract (iPhone 4) ended in August. I requested an unlock last week with AT&T since I was currently out of contract, but they said the 4S I'm using is associated with another account (my sister's) that is still under contract. So, they would not unlock it for me. BS.
  13. noobinator thread starter macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2009
    I just used the online request form and was granted the unlock 3 days later. Maybe try online if you called in.

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