AT&T Unlock Question

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  1. DCIFRTHS macrumors 6502a

    DCIFRTHS

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    I am now eligible to unlock my 5S through AT&T. If I do go through the hassle of unlocking my phone, will I continue to receive carrier upgrades as AT&T makes them available? I plan on keeping the phone active on the AT&T network on a monthly basis.
     
  2. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you will continue to receive carrier updates etc. It is not a hassle to unlock the phone. Just go to the website and you should receive a response quickly. https://www.att.com/deviceunlock You do not need to restore like their email will state, just insert a T-Mobile or other GSM SIM and it will work.
     
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Nothing will change except your unlock status if you never pull your AT&T SIM card out. But even if you eventually do and go to a different carrier then you will get that carrier's upgrades. If you go back you'd get AT&T carrier upgrades again.
     
  4. DCIFRTHS thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I did get the response, but it's telling me I have to backup, erase, restore. I'm staying with AT&T. Is there a way for me to unlock without doing the whole erase restore thing?
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    That's cool. As I mentioned in the post above, do you know if I have to go through the whole erase and restore deal to complete the unlocking process?
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Nope. It's an old holdover from the 4s and earlier that no longer applies.

    Just insert a different SIM, enter your Apple ID and go.

    Be warned though that when you do that and put your old SIM back in you will lose all your saved voicemail (if you have any saved) so do so at your own risk.
     
  6. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    They just need to unlock it from their side and that's it, you don't have to restore or anything like that (those are old instructions basically and aren't really needed anymore--the main thing is that they update it on their side that the phone is unlocked).
     
  7. DCIFRTHS thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do you know if there is any confirmation of their unlocking it? In other words, how do I know if it's unlocked without putting in another SIM?

    I called them, and she said the phone could be unlocked, but had no idea what a carrier update was, so I am not going to get anywhere with phone calls to AT&T...
     
  8. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    Well, as far as I know, mainly, you either you put another SIM in to see if it works, or you actually go through that restore process essentially simply to see a message about the phone being unlocked. I believe there are some sites/services (mainly paid?) that can check on details of the phone and provide you with lock/unlock information, but I'm not quite certain of how good those are.
     
  9. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    After you get the confirmation email. The only way to verify it is unlocked is to use another SIM, or go through the restore process where you should see the "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked" message.
     
  10. DCIFRTHS thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Where does the message appear? In iTunes, or on the phone itself? Thanks for all of your help :)
     
  11. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    You will get a screen in iTunes that looks like the following:
    iPhone unlock.png
     
  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, what he said.
    You actually don't need to do anything.
    Your iPhone is unlocked. You don't need to restore or use another sim unless you just want to verify the unlock.
    The process is done on the carriers end and your imei is just entered in the unlocked database.
     
  13. DCIFRTHS thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks all. I appreciate the answers!
     
  14. BentTable123 macrumors member

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    There's a way of seeing the iTunes message without restoring. You can reactivate the phone by resetting all content and settings. During the activation process, the phone will ask you to plugin to iTunes, just plug in the cable and you will get that congratulations unlocked message..

     

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