Can I unlock my AT&T iPhone for other networks?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Potatochobit, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. Potatochobit macrumors regular

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    hello
    I have a 4S with ATT
    I heard it is now legal to unlock phones?
    when I upgrade to an iphone 6 this fall, is it possible to unlock my iphone 4s to use on a different network?

    i would like to use it as a prepaid virgin mobile phone which is the sprint network

    I know they are already selling iphone 4s, but is it possible to use my current att one instead of buying the same phone from their network?
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    If your phone is not under contract, ATT should unlock it for you for free.
     
  3. Potatochobit thread starter macrumors regular

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    hi thanx for the reply

    yes my contract expired long ago

    but do you know if virigin mobile will accept the phone?
    or must I use their branded version
     
  4. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    You need to be an existing customer and the phone must be out of contract. If you are planning to Leave ATT make sure you get the unlock before you leave.
     
  5. firefoxsilver9 macrumors newbie

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    If its an AT&T phone i'm not sure if it will work on Virgin Mobile since AT&T uses GSM (SIM Card) and Virgin uses CDMA (No SIM Card). Other than that if its unlocked then it will work on other networks as long as the network compatibility is there.

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    Yeah just checked. Virgin Mobile uses Sprint's network so no it won't work. You can try one of AT&T's MVNO's or T-Mobile/T-Mobile MVNO's. Right now i'm using my unlocked AT&T iphone with T-Mobile's prepaid plan. only $30. spotty coverage but not too bad.
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    ATT phones will not operate on Virgin Mobile even if it is unlocked. Like others said it is Sprint's network!
     
  7. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Folks are getting so excited about the UNLOCK rules, but they forget two very important things.

    1 - A contact is still a contract. Feds can not make those go away. You have to pay for the phone somehow.

    2 - Technical reasons do not allow all phones to work on all networks.
     
  8. Potatochobit thread starter macrumors regular

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    hi guys
    thanx for the replies

    I didnt know tmobile had pre paid plans
    thats fine too as long as I can do month to month for a small fee
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, I'd go with Tmobile.
    Probably better service and cheaper than virgin mobile.
    When you unlock an iphone its only unlocked for GSM networks.
    Not CDMA such as Sprint, Verizon or any of their prepaid MVMO's. Just so you know.
     
  10. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

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    T-Mobile does have a cheap $30/month prepaid plan that you can look in to. Post #2 in this thread explains where the plan is on t-Mobiles website and how you can sign up with it. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1765944
     

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