iPhone Unlock

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Hatchett123, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. Hatchett123 macrumors newbie

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    so I have an iPhone 6 under contract with AT&T. I'm looking to get it unlocked so I can use it on other networks. After some reading, this seems possible. Can anyone explain the process to me and recommend a reputable unlock?
     
  2. wongster macrumors regular

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    try submitting an unlock request online with at&t
     
  3. Hatchett123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It gets denied because I am under contract
     
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    You cannot unlock the phone until meet their requirements. One way to unlock it, is to pay off the ETF.
     
  6. Chatter macrumors 6502a

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    To add - you can go find an online unlocking service. You will find conflicting reports on if they work or not. And which one works "well". That is your gamble to make.
     
  7. Hatchett123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I want to keep my contract for when I'm home. I only want the unlock in order to avoid roaming charges when I'm gone. Ill see what I can find on the unlocks on the internet.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    From what little I know, I think most of those unlocking sites are scams at this point. ATT made changes to how it handles this a while ago and thus inhibiting most of those services. I could be wrong, but as I mentioned the little I do know, most people haven't had a lot of luck
     
  9. Chatter macrumors 6502a

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    You are correct. They are a scam. But we will randomly come across someone who swears on their future mother in laws grave that "site xyz" works. Maybe they just wanna kill the MIL....:p
     
  10. noobinator macrumors 601

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    I've always wondered how these companies stay in business and don't get taken down. The only way they can work is having insiders within the carrier I presume?
     
  11. Hatchett123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    For the record, they are not a scam. I went with swift unlocks. I ordered their AT&T Premium service for $12.99 at 12pm on Friday and my phone was unlocked by 9pm Friday evening. I tried other SIM cards and everything works perfectly. Also, every question I asked prior to ordering was answered very quickly.
     
  12. HEK Suspended

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    Correct they pay insider for login access to carriers computer. Watson articles back in September I believe.
     
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Not a scam, they successfully unlocked millions of devices.
    They have access to enter imei numbers and they making a killing.
     
  14. vietalogy macrumors 6502

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    No problems with swiftunlocks I've unlocked over 50 phones with them.
     
  15. Chatter macrumors 6502a

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    So OP has used Swift and they worked. But OP started the thread asking for options on "what to do" and asking for a "reputable unlock".

    :rolleyes:
     
  16. Hatchett123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You're right. I made all of this up just to give a shoutout to Swift.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    So take your own advice, and use them.
     
  18. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Scam may not be the right word. Shady as hell, absolutely. All of the unlocking companies are shady, especially once you figure out how they're able to do it.
     
  19. webbuzz macrumors 65816

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    Correct. AT&T is suing some former employees that were involved with a similar company. I also know of a handset manufacturer that has fired employees for selling codes on a forum.
     
  20. snow755 macrumors 6502a

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    there is a way around that but you have too due it be for you turn on your phone and activate the phone you would need too fill out the request 1st i tryed it when i 1st had my 950 be for i ended up returning it and it work i was able too get the phone unlocked
     
  21. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    Just swap for a Verizon one too. Unlocked from the get go
     
  22. Romelo23 macrumors newbie

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    I upgraded 4 contracts in January (All iPhone 6s Plus) before AT&T did away with them, unlimited data on all 4 lines. I always used swift unlocks but the prices are much higher now and there's no guarantee. Instead I went on eBay and offered $8 per unlock and paid $32. They were all unlocked the same day and I was able to verify with different SIM cards. I don't remember the name of the seller but it was like $15 per unlock (make sure you read the fine print because this auction said unlock while still under contract and others don't offer this). The auction also had a "Make Offer" button.
     
  23. Beenblacklisted macrumors 6502

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    if you unlock your phone before you pay off you contract, your phone will be blacklisted and carrier restricted here in usa , and possibly europe and other places that adhere to the imei blacklist agreement. best to talk to att , and tell them what it is you are trying to achieve, most cases they will help , they dont want to lose customers.
     
  24. Romelo23 macrumors newbie

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    This is not true. I've been unlocking my phones since the services started with the iPhone 5 I think. In fact, I've already traveled internationally with my phone and it still works AND I checked it on Swappa's ESN Check and it comes up as completely clean. None of my phones have ever been blacklisted. The blacklisting is mostly for phones reported lost/stolen.
     
  25. webbuzz macrumors 65816

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    Unlocked by whom? Or, what method are you talking about?
     

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