iPhone iPhone factory unlock through AT&T

Spyzz83

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Jun 20, 2012
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Hey guys,
So, I have my iPhone 3GS, and I would like to unlock it permanently.
But unfortunately , I can't chat with the ATT agents on their website.
It says I need an ATT account, and I can't open one because I'm not an ATT customer and I don't have a wireless number.

Has anyone unlocked their ATT iPhone recently?
Is there another way of chatting with them without an account?
I need to unlock my iPhone really bad.

Thanks a lot.
 

TriJetHero

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did you buy the phone online or did you buy it at apple at the non-commitment price?

If not a customer and did not pay the non-commitment price AT&T won't unlock.

if so just buy an IMEI unlock online, check the rellevant threads in this forum
 

Spyzz83

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Jun 20, 2012
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did you buy the phone online or did you buy it at apple at the non-commitment price?

If not a customer and did not pay the non-commitment price AT&T won't unlock.

if so just buy an IMEI unlock online, check the rellevant threads in this forum
I bought it long time ago, not from apple or anything, bought it without a contact from someone.

Many people have unlocked their iPhone without an ATT account, I'm sure it's possible
 

TriJetHero

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I bought it long time ago, not from apple or anything, bought it without a contact from someone.

Many people have unlocked their iPhone without an ATT account, I'm sure it's possible
Not anymore, when the IMEI unlock was introduced briefly AT&T accepted everyone, they changed their policy:
What are the eligibility requirements for unlocking iPhone?

All requests for iPhone unlock must meet general iPhone unlock eligibility requirements before an iPhone can be unlocked.

AT&T will unlock an iPhone under the following circumstances:
The person requesting the unlock is:
A current AT&T customer, or
A former AT&T customer who can provide the phone number or account number for the account.
The iPhone was designed for use on the AT&T network.
All contract obligations, including any term commitment, associated with the device to be unlocked have been fully satisfied.
The iPhone has not been reported lost or stolen.

Additional information about iPhone unlocks
Current customers will be allowed five (5) unlocks per account, per year, so long as their account is in good standing with no past-due amount or unpaid balance and has been active for at least sixty (60) days.
Former customers will be allowed five (5) unlocks per former account so long as they owe AT&T no Early Termination Fee or other unpaid balance.

In addition, AT&T will unlock an iPhone for: (i) an active and deployed member of the military who is a current AT&T customer in good standing and is able to provide AT&T with deployment verification; and (ii) a person who purchased the iPhone from an authorized location at the "no commitment" price and can provide proof of purchase.

http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp?sid=KB414532&cv=820#fbid=az_OYP98wut

Go for the greymarket IMEI unlocks, there are around $10 these days.
 

Spyzz83

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jun 20, 2012
26
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Not anymore, when the IMEI unlock was introduced briefly AT&T accepted everyone, they changed their policy:
What are the eligibility requirements for unlocking iPhone?

All requests for iPhone unlock must meet general iPhone unlock eligibility requirements before an iPhone can be unlocked.

AT&T will unlock an iPhone under the following circumstances:
The person requesting the unlock is:
A current AT&T customer, or
A former AT&T customer who can provide the phone number or account number for the account.
The iPhone was designed for use on the AT&T network.
All contract obligations, including any term commitment, associated with the device to be unlocked have been fully satisfied.
The iPhone has not been reported lost or stolen.

Additional information about iPhone unlocks
Current customers will be allowed five (5) unlocks per account, per year, so long as their account is in good standing with no past-due amount or unpaid balance and has been active for at least sixty (60) days.
Former customers will be allowed five (5) unlocks per former account so long as they owe AT&T no Early Termination Fee or other unpaid balance.

In addition, AT&T will unlock an iPhone for: (i) an active and deployed member of the military who is a current AT&T customer in good standing and is able to provide AT&T with deployment verification; and (ii) a person who purchased the iPhone from an authorized location at the "no commitment" price and can provide proof of purchase.

http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp?sid=KB414532&cv=820#fbid=az_OYP98wut

Go for the greymarket IMEI unlocks, there are around $10 these days.
I have a friend that unlocked his phone through AT&T, and I also saw many people unlocking their phones recently.
Even if it is true, I won't lose anything from trying.

So is there another way to chat with them?
 

dhlizard

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Mar 16, 2009
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I have a friend that unlocked his phone through AT&T, and I also saw many people unlocking their phones recently.
Even if it is true, I won't lose anything from trying.

So is there another way to chat with them?
By the time you get done sparring with AT&T over an unlock, spending $10 will seem like a better option that you should have chosen to begin with.
Plus your phone will be unlocked in several hours versus 5-7 days with AT&T.
 

Spyzz83

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Original poster
Jun 20, 2012
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By the time you get done sparring with AT&T over an unlock, spending $10 will seem like a better option that you should have chosen to begin with.
Plus your phone will be unlocked in several hours versus 5-7 days with AT&T.
I've just called them, they advised me on how to send an unlock request, so I did and now I'm waiting for a respond.

My iPhone is unlocked with ultrasn0w anyways, so I don't mind waiting.
I just want to unlock so I can fix my notifications, mms, facetime etc..
And update my phone and jailbreak to the newest version without waiting for ultrasn0w to be updated

Anyways, thanks a lot, problem solved
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
By the time you get done sparring with AT&T over an unlock, spending $10 will seem like a better option that you should have chosen to begin with.
Plus your phone will be unlocked in several hours versus 5-7 days with AT&T.
You can find them for AT&T iphones for as low as $4-5 now even for the iphone 5.
I got so aggravated and wasted so much time asking at&t to unlock my off contract i4 before I would much rather spend the money to not have to argue with a rep again.
Been a customer for 17 years, out of contract i4 and was currently on contract with my 4S and still wouldnt unlock it and were asking me for the original receipt from 3 years ago and other bs to make it harder and make me give up on trying to unlock it.
Why would I need to show you my receipt and who saves that from 3+ years before. Everything should be in their system anyway, its like pulling teeth with them.
 

dhlizard

macrumors G4
Mar 16, 2009
10,214
119
The Jailbreak Community
You can find them for AT&T iphones for as low as $4-5 now even for the iphone 5.
I got so aggravated and wasted so much time asking at&t to unlock my off contract i4 before I would much rather spend the money to not have to argue with a rep again.
Been a customer for 17 years, out of contract i4 and was currently on contract with my 4S and still wouldnt unlock it and were asking me for the original receipt from 3 years ago and other bs to make it harder and make me give up on trying to unlock it.
Why would I need to show you my receipt and who saves that from 3+ years before. Everything should be in their system anyway, its like pulling teeth with them.
My point exactly !

ThreadStarter has a few days wait ahead of him, even if AT&T agrees to the unlock.
Or, spend $10 and it's unlocked same day !
 
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