Can the Original iPhone be Carrier Unlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bob616, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. bob616 macrumors 6502

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    I have an original iPhone and I went through the process of having AT&T unlock it. I received the email that said my phone is unlocked however after I restored it I never got the confirmation message in iTunes saying that my phone is unlocked and when I put a vodaphone sim inside the phone it gives me this message in iTunes, "The Sim card inserted into this iPhone does not appear to be supported"
     
  2. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

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    The original iPhone can be permanently unlocked unofficially. You don't need AT&T's help.
     
  3. bob616 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know, but I don't want to jailbreak it. I feel that it makes the iPhone slower.
     
  4. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    Jailbreak it, unlock it, then restore. The unlock's permanent - it'll be retained even if you restore.

    I do think the original iPhone can be unlocked though. I think UK carriers offer unlocks for the iPhone 2G; stands to reason that AT&T can too. Call AT&T and ask what happened. Might be worth calling Apple too.
     
  5. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    Indeed it can.

    Normally putting an "invalid SIM" (i.e. not-AT&T) into the phone when it's connected to iTunes should trigger the unlock process, but AT&T keeps saying that you have to restore the device to do it.
     
  6. braddick macrumors 68040

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    I swear, I didn't know that and it never occurred to me.
    Thanks for the info.
     

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