Getting AT&T iPhone 4/4S factory unlocked from elsewehere (except AT&T directly)

rak007

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Oct 31, 2011
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I am planning to buy either an iPhone 4 or 4S (not really keen on next iPhone for now). I figured out that factory unlocked iPhone 4/4S go for substantially higher price (used) on the usual websites like craigslist / ebay etc while the AT&T locked ones are lower.
Now i want the iPhone to be factory unlocked before i buy or have to get it unlocked after i buy a locked one as i intend to use it outside the USA.
I am not an AT&T customer and never was so i am pretty sure that if i buy a iPhone4/4S from ebay etc and tell AT&T to unlock, they will not entertain me.
But i do find several listings on ebay and craigslist where people offer getting permanent unlock for the iPhone 4/4S for 15$ and around.

How legitimate these listings are and do they work ? Can i buy a used AT&T iPhone 4/4S and use these services from ebay / craigslist etc to get a permanent unlock, thus saving good amount of money vis-a-vis buying a factory unlocked iPhone 4/4S ?

One such listing is this..

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ATT-AT-T-UNLOCK-SERVICE-BY-ITUNES-USA-Apple-iPhone-3-3G-3GS-4-4S-/200811957737?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ec1534de9

Please tell me if what i am planning to do is feasible ? I do not want to end up with a locked phone which i cannot use.
 

Lord Zed

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Aug 26, 2012
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I am planning to buy either an iPhone 4 or 4S (not really keen on next iPhone for now). I figured out that factory unlocked iPhone 4/4S go for substantially higher price (used) on the usual websites like craigslist / ebay etc while the AT&T locked ones are lower.
Now i want the iPhone to be factory unlocked before i buy or have to get it unlocked after i buy a locked one as i intend to use it outside the USA.
I am not an AT&T customer and never was so i am pretty sure that if i buy a iPhone4/4S from ebay etc and tell AT&T to unlock, they will not entertain me.
But i do find several listings on ebay and craigslist where people offer getting permanent unlock for the iPhone 4/4S for 15$ and around.

How legitimate these listings are and do they work ? Can i buy a used AT&T iPhone 4/4S and use these services from ebay / craigslist etc to get a permanent unlock, thus saving good amount of money vis-a-vis buying a factory unlocked iPhone 4/4S ?

One such listing is this..

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ATT-AT-T-UNLOCK-SERVICE-BY-ITUNES-USA-Apple-iPhone-3-3G-3GS-4-4S-/200811957737?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ec1534de9

Please tell me if what i am planning to do is feasible ? I do not want to end up with a locked phone which i cannot use.
I wasn't aware you could permanently unlock i phones. Why not just buy a locked one from walmart for 149 and jailbreak it?
 

rak007

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Oct 31, 2011
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Because the one at walmart comes with a 2 year contract and a $325 early termination fee.
And you dont unlock it with a JB, you need to pay for an IMEI unlock and those are around $50-100.
Right, but i see there are IMEI unlocks for under 25$ as well on ebay.

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Another question, might be dumb but does it matter if the iOS version on the iPhone 4S i may buy is iOS 5.1.1 or iOS 6 ?
Asking because i plan to buy the iPhone after the new one is launched and since iOS 6 will also be launched, i am sure many people will update the iOS version in their iPhones as well.
Just want to be sure.
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
Right, but i see there are IMEI unlocks for under 25$ as well on ebay.

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Another question, might be dumb but does it matter if the iOS version on the iPhone 4S i may buy is iOS 5.1.1 or iOS 6 ?
Asking because i plan to buy the iPhone after the new one is launched and since iOS 6 will also be launched, i am sure many people will update the iOS version in their iPhones as well.
Just want to be sure.
If you get it IMEI unlocked its officially unlocked forever.
It doesnt matter what iOS its on, you can restore, update at any time.
 

eastercat

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Mar 3, 2008
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If you really want an unlocked phone, go to the apple store or their web site and buy the factory unlocked phone.
With the options you list, you have to worry about fraudulent misrepresentation. If you don't care if you get a locked phone, then use the link you listed instead.
Now i want the iPhone to be factory unlocked before i buy or have to get it unlocked after i buy a locked one as i intend to use it outside the USA.
I am not an AT&T customer and never was so i am pretty sure that if i buy a iPhone4/4S from ebay etc and tell AT&T to unlock, they will not entertain me.
But i do find several listings on ebay and craigslist where people offer getting permanent unlock for the iPhone 4/4S for 15$ and around.

How legitimate these listings are and do they work ? Can i buy a used AT&T iPhone 4/4S and use these services from ebay / craigslist etc to get a permanent unlock, thus saving good amount of money vis-a-vis buying a factory unlocked iPhone 4/4S ?

One such listing is this..

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ATT-AT-T-UNLOCK-SERVICE-BY-ITUNES-USA-Apple-iPhone-3-3G-3GS-4-4S-/200811957737?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ec1534de9

Please tell me if what i am planning to do is feasible ? I do not want to end up with a locked phone which i cannot use.