How long does it take for AT&T to unlock your phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bobright, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I want to unlock my iPhone 4s for resale once Friday is here and I got my 5 activated. How long does it take could I get the 4s unlocked the same day?

    I sure hope so as I've got my 4s on eBay right now being sold as "unlocked" ending Friday. I hope they can do it instantly.
  2. aneftp macrumors 68040

    Jul 28, 2007
    Did u pay full price?

    Or did u pay the etf?

    Are u military and have your deployment papers?

    If u met those conditions than it usually takes 1-4 business days from request.
  3. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I will pay the early termination fee once the iPhone 5 is here.
  4. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Use this:

    It'll take a few hours to a few days, it really varies. None of mine have taken over two hours, however.

    Since you won't be using the old phone, just restore it every now and then until you see the "Congratulations this iPhone has been unlocked" screen.
  5. mlukens macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2006
  6. SVT Amateur macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2006
    Took them a week to do mine but I sent my request online - maybe if you call they can do it faster. I still haven't completed the process - I'm waiting till Friday when I get the new phone to restore my 4s.
  7. GoreVidal macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2011
    I met none of those conditions and got it unlocked within 48 hours.
  8. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    This might be a dumb question but can I go ahead and try doing it now? I'm assuming I can't since my new iPhone isn't here yet and the 4s is still activated?

    They did charge me in full already though phone + ETF so it's kind of like I already paid to get out of the contract. I'm thinking by Friday once everybody wants to do theirs it might really take a while wish I can do it sooner.
  9. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    I don't see it working until it activates, but you can try it. No harm.
  10. bearsbears macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2012
    New York, NY
    Did you get a follow-up email? I submitted my request online over the weekend and got the Request Received email but haven't heard since.
  11. richpuer macrumors 6502

    Nov 15, 2010
    if i unlock it now and wipe it clean to sell it, will the wipe basically undo the ATT unlock??
  12. satchow macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2011
    It's unlocked everytime you restore the firmware in iTunes.
  13. SVT Amateur macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2006
    I got it a week later. I think they have received a lot of requests due to the anticipated release of the iPhone 5.
  14. scottylans, May 2, 2015
    Last edited: May 2, 2015

    scottylans macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2008
    Sorry to bump a very old thread,...
    I've got a friend who's been with AT&T for a very long time with an iPhone. She dropped her iPhone 5 about 3/4 months back and paid around $450 for a replacement 6 (and size upgrade) at a store.

    Does anyone know if AT&T will unlock such a new phone if the customer has been a long term customer and or if it's just for an overseas holiday?
    I want to give her the best advice to get her phone unlocked. She's hesitant to even fill in the form at that URL because of the following disclaimer.

    Has anyone had any luck with getting AT&T to unlock a phone for vacation purposes? I personally feel like, if she's sticking with AT&T (she is) and has owned a phone for so long with them, they she be willing to unlock as a sign of goodwill.
    Any opinions / thoughts or experience?

    EDIT: Also, can she just try this and if it's denied, they don't charge credit cards or anything? There's no assumption she's trying to end her contract, right?
  15. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida

    She needs to call ATT and ask. They have been loosening up on the unlock thing as they unlocked my 5S even though the two years were not up. They saw that I have bought a 6 and 6+ so that might have helped.

    Call them, you never know.
  16. aneftp macrumors 68040

    Jul 28, 2007

    Just tell them to go request unlock via online request. It's a 50/50 shot they accept the unlock.

    We had a thread a couple of months ago with many people getting unlocks for iPhone 6/6 plus even under 2 year subsidy contract pricing and also ATT next installment.

    I paid subsidized $399 for my iPhone 6 plus 64gb from ATT in September and got it unlocked via that website within 24 hours.

    However couldn't get my brothers iPhone 6 plus unlock under his different account.

    It's a worth a try.
  17. slippery-pete macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2007
    14 hours, 31 minutes, and 8 seconds
  18. Ladybug macrumors 65816


    Apr 13, 2006
    My contract was over in early Dec. It ended when I bought my iPhone 6 using Next. So I preceded to fill out the unlock form online. My 4s was denied an unlock until I got past the original contract date of the 18th. After the 18th the unlock was available so I was able to unlock my 4s and it only took about 48 hours or less.
  19. T4R06 macrumors 65816

    Oct 8, 2007
    I unlocked 2 iPhone 4 today. Basically after inputting the imei you will receive an order receipt. Keep in mind that you need to verify and click "here" link. If not the process will stop there. The first one it took only 5 mins after I initiate the verification. An email will tell you Like congratulations and some step by step procedure. I got them at craigslist 50 bucks each.
  20. cuongnq macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2014
    iPhone AT&T: 15 mins, Clean and out of contract.
    Some time it take more than day.
  21. tuukka87 macrumors regular


    Apr 5, 2012
  22. scottylans macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2008
    Well she got shot down trying this, they said no - she's in contract, despite being with AT&T for many many many years.

    It's only for a vacation, any other ideas? I suggested some charm in person at a store perhaps?

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