Going to the UK but AT&T wont unlock my phone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dylanursula, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. dylanursula macrumors 6502

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    All - I am going to the UK later this week but am still under contract (for 9 more months). Been an ATT customer for about 11 years but I keep getting refused an unlock through the automated process? Any help would be great.
     
  2. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    Depending upon how long you'll be in the U.K. -- and if you are planning more international travel -- it might be worth it to pay off your contract. One that's done, AT&T will unlock your iPhone.

    Or, it may be cheaper to just get one of the international roaming packages. Compare the cost. The days of affordable and easy third party unlocks is long gone.
     
  3. cnotes2019 Suspended

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    Or just use a third party unlock service ....
     
  4. Rhonindk macrumors 68020

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    Try going into an AT&T store instead of using the automated service.
     
  5. ANTAWNM26 macrumors 6502a

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    Hard to find a legit one
     
  6. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    Unfortunately this is ATT's policy. Unless you are in the armed services and moving, you are stuck either paying the ETF or paying for an unlock service.
     
  7. HEK, Dec 13, 2015
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    Because none ever were. They had inside hack or inside contact illegally doing the unlocks. That's over now. Pay off phone and get Carrier to unlock or buy third party sim/service for the week you out of country.
     
  8. cnotes2019 Suspended

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    What's wrong with cellunlocker.net? I used them on my Att note 4
     
  9. ANTAWNM26 macrumors 6502a

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    Who's paying $130 for iPhone 6s unlock? I wouldn't they are crazy
     
  10. HEK, Dec 13, 2015
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  11. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I agree that the current locking policies are stupid, but if you buy an unlocked phone it won't be locke.
     
  12. HEK macrumors 68030

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    FCC should force all US carriers to unlock any phones not already unlocked. All phones from now on should be unlocked. The carriers have other alternatives to enforce contractual payments. Like shutting down the person's phone entirely if they don't pay. Or set collection agency on em.
     
  13. cnotes2019 Suspended

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    It's not a big deal. Pay off the phone. Buy only verizon models or buy sim free. If you really HAVE TO have an unlocked phone.....
     
  14. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Unfortunately, they probably have more important issues at hand than locked phones.
     
  15. HEK, Dec 13, 2015
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    Not really. Last dozen years they have become more shills for companies than watchdogs for abuses against the general population.
     
  16. cnotes2019 Suspended

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    Locked devices are abuse?
     
  17. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    That would be a very subjective call.
     
  18. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I was lucky enough to get my old 4S unlocked back in the days when it cost just $1.99. I sold that phone a few years ago. All my phones have been unlocked by T-Mobile and my 6S+ is the sim free model.
     
  19. cnotes2019 Suspended

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    It's not subjective at all.
     
  20. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    Follow the rules. The phone must be paid for... simple, direct, easy to understand.
     
  21. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    Your opinion is noted.
     
  22. Applefan4 macrumors 6502

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    Sim locking should be illegal really, it's basically a method to extract money from people traveling overseas. If you already lock yourself into a contract - the carrier should not care what sim you put into the phone as long as you are making monthly payments
     
  23. PocketRocketGQ macrumors newbie

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    I would call up AT&T customer service and ask them to unlock it. I have had all my iPhones unlocked either in a 2 yr contract or the NEXT plan.
     
  24. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    It's not like any of the carriers are hiding the fact that the phones are locked to their service. If it's that big of an issue, just but the unlocked version when you buy a phone. It's not that hard to understand.
     
  25. geoff5093 macrumors 68000

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    They don't unlock them until the phone is payed off. Should have bought it through Apple or paid full price.
     

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