How, where can I unlock my iphone 5s?

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  1. bankrip123 macrumors member

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    I plan to bring my ATT 5s to a trip to Vietnam and was wondering if there is a way to unlock it so that I can use the GSM networks in the country. I did find some unlock service over the Internet but the prices are around $70, which is a little bit more than what I can afford.
     
  2. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    Contact ATT and explain to them that you will be traveling with the phone and would like to unlock it.
     
  3. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    If you are not military but are in a contract, they will not unlock it.
     
  4. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    Call ATT and tell them your situation, that you need it for overseas use. Your account should be in good standing.
     
  5. nicholasss macrumors regular

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  6. bankrip123 thread starter macrumors member

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    I just have a family plan owner talked to ATT and they said they could not unlock until the 2 year contract is over. Maybe I need to try out other options. :mad:
     
  7. kolax macrumors G3

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    Still baffles me how US cell companies get away with that. Good luck getting it unlocked though!
     
  8. nicholasss macrumors regular

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    Plenty of options available if you're willing to spend some money.
     
  9. Julien macrumors G3

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    Because THEY own the phone. :D
     
  10. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    Yep. Most people don't realize that the phone isn't yours when you pay the subsidized price.
     
  11. kolax macrumors G3

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    Yes but even if the cell company unlocks the phone, they won't lose any revenue because you're in a contract.

    Maybe most Americans don't realise that it isn't like that in most of the rest of the world ;)
     
  12. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, I meant most of us Americans.
     
  13. paul.p macrumors member

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    Not the case with all carriers. I've had Tmobile unlock several phones for me in the past for free. Account must be in good standings and the phone on the plan for atleast 30 days I believe.
     
  14. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Realistically it's yours, you just owe money on it still. Usually if you do something with it they can just go after your money--that's basically what an ETF is for realistically speaking. It's not that they have the ownership of the phone, it's that they have you for the duration of the contact or your ETF.
     

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