Iphone 5 from At&T still unlockable?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kcchaso, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. kcchaso macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I was wondering if the Iphone 5 from AT&T still unlockable by restoring when brought full price?
     
  2. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Even If it's not unlocked, you can purchase unlock code from eBay for fairly cheap
     
  3. tgi macrumors 65816

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    +1

    My friend has done this the day after purchasing the 5 on contract.
     
  4. kcchaso thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm I heard about that but is there any consequences to using the unlock from ebay? And how does the unlock from ebay exactly works?
     
  5. tgi macrumors 65816

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    The only consequence is you would have to pay. Other than that it's the same way as if AT&T were unlocking it.
     
  6. itjw macrumors 65816

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    The "consequence" is that buyers can't tell if it was a factory unlocked phone or not. As such, they worry, and pine, and stress because they think some day the carriers might re-lock the phone (and despite this belief, there hasn't been one documented case of an iPhone 4S or 5 (the only phones new enough to use the newfound service) being relocked). The "re-locked" phones people reference were in fact probably just jailbroken unlocked phones that got updated by stupid end users after being told not to.

    AT&T, Verizon, etc. would be crazy to try and re-lock a phone that may have been legitimately unlocked. There is NO way for them to tell which is which once the phone is on Apple's list, sorry to burst the conspiracy.

    The unlock itself works like this: They use the carriers unlock site to unlock your phone through Apple. They gain access the same way legitimate users do. You can use a form and AT&T, or use them for a few bucks. It's THE SAME SYSTEM. Sure it's a little shady that they do it without paperwork, but it is 100% going unnoticed by the carriers and if it gets shut down in the future they won't have any way of going back to "re-lock" phones (nor would they, it'd be a PR disaster even if they could figure out which was which (they can't)).
     
  7. kcchaso thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks that cleared up a lot of things. So If I were to go with this route what would be the downside compared to just buying a factory unlocked Iphone from Apple; once it is release of' course. Or buying a verizon Iphone since its already unlocked? What would be the difference between the AT&T unlocked (by UnlockFusion), Factory Unlock, and Verizon?
     

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