Going to China. Can I unlock my AT&T 4s?

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  1. iHavequestions macrumors regular

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    I heard if you ask, they do that for you, but then I also heard that they don't. Conflicting answers.

    What's the real answer?
     
  2. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    If it is locked to AT&T, they will never unlock it for you.
     
  3. iHavequestions thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is it that it's just not physically possible with the software? Otherwise, why not?
     
  4. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    NO, not yet at least

    Ask AT&T
     
  5. Diode macrumors 68020

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    AT&T's current standing policy is to not unlock iPhones, no matter contract status, length of time with the company etc - there are no expections.
     
  6. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Other carriers have been unlocking their iPhones for years now. I've never seen a statement from AT&T clarifying why they refuse to do so.
     
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Nope, they never unlock any iphone no matter what you tell them.
    Give it a try if you dont believe.
     
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I think that was AT&T's wanting to keep customers on their network. AT&T does unlock NON-iPhones after contract is complete though.

    I wonder if Apple had something to do with it.

    However, as others have said AT&T will not unlock iPhones, period.
     
  9. LapsangSouchong macrumors 65816

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    I went away for six months. I offered to keep my iPhone plan if they would unlock my iPhone. They offered me expensive roaming.
    I declined.
     
  10. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    FWIW, here are AT&T's unlocking requirements. Guess they should consider updating them, since their long-term exclusive service agreement is over (for the iPhone). :D

    http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp?sid=55002&cv=820#fbid=eRyUCHR_tyu
     
  11. baller1308 macrumors 65816

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    You should be allowed to get it unlocked once your contract ends or if you sign a new contract your old phone should have the option of being unlocked. Unfortunately this is not the case and it is quite dumb considering AT&T doesn't have the iPhone exclusively anymore.
     
  12. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    It'll be a cold day in hell before AT&T unlocks your phone. If they won't even unlock after you fulfill your 2 year contract, they definitely won't temporarily.
     
  13. chestvrg macrumors 65816

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    I remember the apple store adding them to the unlocked database on the iPhone 4 if you paid the difference of the contract to them. I overheard some customers talking to a genieus about the process couple of months ago, before the 4S was released.

    I don't know if they would do it for the 4S though.
     
  14. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    But on the same page from your link:

    iPhones are Not Eligible for Unlocking
    iPhone cannot be unlocked, even if you are out of contract. If you are traveling internationally, iPhone is a quad-band phone and will work in many countries across the globe.
     
  15. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Cool, apparently I stopped reading after the quote I snipped. :)

    On that note, I'm also going to China (well, Hong Kong) in two weeks. Called Verizon yesterday and they unlocked my iPhone 4s so I can use pre-paid SIMs while I'm over there.
     

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