impossible to sell iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by macbook123, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    I purchased the iPhone 6 a few weeks ago.I then decoded to go with a Moto X instead. I am trying to sell my iPhone now, but many potential buyers are asking if it is unlocked. I called AT&T to see if they can unlock it but they refuse (fwiw I have been a loyal customer with them and pay for a family plan for the last ten years).

    I asked the rep if I can still sell it but she claimed that no other SIM card would work in it. Is that true? If it is true, what does AT&T get out of this?
  2. predation macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2013
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    You can still sell it locked. You'll have to ignore all the buyers who were hoping for an unlocked iPhone.
  4. predation macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2013
    Just kidding. Did you purchas on the next plan or subsidy?
  5. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    It will work with any AT&T sim or even prepaid carriers that run off AT&T's network.
    Post it up on Amazon.
    I sold a few iPhones there lately and they went pretty fast.
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    If your phone is under contract or under a Next installment they will not unlock it under any circumstance that I am aware of. If it is not, they should unlock it for you within two weeks of purchasing.

    A locked phone is always going to be worth less than an unlocked one. AT&T still makes you pay retail, but as soon as you take it from the store, it's worth a good bit less than what you bought it for. Think of it like a car.

    You other issue is that the 6 is fairly readily available. There were never nearly the supply constraints as there were with the plus. What this means is that even the unlocked ones are selling for less than retail.

    I have seen some AT&T locked devices sell for around $400 FOR A 16GB. Bottom line is, you probably need to lower your price.
  8. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    Just google iPhone unlock. Pay for it to be unlocked and presto. Just because it's under contract/next doesn't mean you can't unlock it yourself.
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    The OP is trying to sell the iPhone and the $2 per unlock days are long gone. He'll likely not recoup the cost.
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    It's called supply and demand. The 16GB iPhone 6 is in plentiful supply. Why would anyone pay $199 for a 6-week old locked AT&T device when they can walk into an Apple, AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint store and get a subsidized device for the same price and 6 more weeks of warranty? Verizon devices have the advantage of being unlocked, so if you change your mind you can usually fetch quite a bit more on the open market, as AT&T, T-Mobile, and even international users can use it on their networks without extending their contracts. Of course, Verizon's monthly plans tend to be pricier than the other carriers'. It's a tradeoff.

    My advice is to sell it on Swappa or a similar service as a locked AT&T device. Chances are that you won't get the extra $450 if you pay that now to get AT&T to unlock it. You might get $150 for it ($250 for a 64GB or $350 for a 128GB). After all, it still works on AT&T and someone ineligible for an upgrade this year might see it as a good deal.


    True. I did that 2 years ago when the iPhone 5 came out. I really wanted the unlocked version, but had an upgrade and ordered the AT&T version in the pre-order. By chance, I happened to be at a store a few days later when they just got a shipment in, and I bought a device at full price. I had no intention of leaving AT&T (I was/am paying $60/month for a rollover minutes plan and unlimited data), so rather than return the locked device, I just sold it for about $400 locked to another AT&T user in an area where the iPhone was still scarce. In the end, I looked at it as getting 3 months wireless service for free.
  11. davedvdy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2011

    The prices you are quoting are on contract pricing. $150 is way low for an off contract phone for even a used iPhone 6 16 GB.
    $400+ and that is the low side.
  12. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    AT&T gave me permission to unlock it!

    Hey Guys, I submitted an online request to have it unlocked and they sent me the OK and instructions for how to do this. How can this be that they never do this but allow me to do it?
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Unlocking has changed and is not so easy anymore!


    Let us know if it works.
  14. legioxi macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2013

    That's how I unlocked my ATT 6+. Googled, found site, vetted site with other MR users, paid them, 24 hours later I was using it on Verizon.
  15. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    Did you purchase it full price? People here at MR are saying if purchased full price from Apple, it is unlocked. But if purchased from ATT, it is locked until the phone is paid in full.
  16. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    I didn't. I purchased it subsidized with a new 2 year contract. Then I made the AT&T website online request to have it unlocked and heard back within 24 hours with the manual how to unlock it.

    The AT&T representative I spoke to on the phone before doing the online request wouldn't let me do it.
  17. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
    You should be able to get $550 (easily) - $600 (if your patient) via Swappa or Craigslist.
  18. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
    Because it a contract is it not techcally still their phone till you make the last payment??

    Genuine question?!
  19. mr1581 macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2007
    Bought my 6 under contract for 299.. Spent $85 at swift unlocks... Sold for $820 on eBay... Bought 6+
  20. fugly1000 macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2014
    Wish you luck. With the online request
  21. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    pay off the ETF, unlock it and use the money to pay back your CC
  22. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    Uh, no. $150 for a 16GB 6? Those go for $649 new.
  23. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    If you would have read the thread you'd see that it was successful. Thanks.
  24. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    Were you able to sell it now? I had alot of people asking me if it was unlocked when I was selling my iPhone 5. I found a buyer a few days later that bought it locked.
  25. iososx macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2014
    I learned how crucial timing was last year. I expected it to be time sensitive week to week, but this year it was changing in value every few days. I was able to buy two AT&T 6+ models right away at launch, sold them in their sealed boxes in less than 48 hours for big profits. They were locked. Got the third phone to sell four days later, used the company below to unlock it, sold that one in 48 hours also. Made enough cash to buy my personal 64GB 6+. Even after buying AppleCare, I had money left over. Getting mine for free was worth the effort.

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