iTunes unlocked my iPhone 5?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BlueMoonForever, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. BlueMoonForever, Nov 29, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 30, 2012

    BlueMoonForever macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    So I restored my iPhone 5 with iTunes today and it unlocked it? I did purchase it directly from Apple with no contract. My question is, can one who is under contract with AT&T unlock theirs the same way?

    Hope its permanent?

  2. albertxp06 macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2011
    When no contract phones are activated, they are almost always unlocked.

    Under contract phones won't be unlocked by AT&T unless the requirements have been met (ETF paid or they've fulfilled the two years).
  3. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Your phone was unlocked when you bought it. When you restored it iTunes checks with homebase to see if that phone is locked and unlocks it if it isn't.

    People with AT&T iPhones cannot unlock theirs until they are out of contract or contact AT&T and request to be unlocked for international travel.
  4. BlueMoonForever thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    No. The phone came with an AT&T nano sim in it. It said AT&T on the receipt. They said they didn't have any unlocked iPhones and they were all locked to AT&T.
  5. green tea macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2008
    or if they pay a small $15-25 service fee from people on ebay/etc to get an unlock code ;)
  6. BlueMoonForever thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    I guess the only true way to tell is pop in a T-Mobile sim card. Only problem is I have no way of getting a T-Mobile nano sim, as I'm with AT&T. ):
  7. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    You bought it off contract though. Off-contract phones can be unlocked by AT&T.
  8. BlueMoonForever thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    Yeah, but I didn't call them or anything. It just unlocked on its own via iTunes. So what I'm asking is if my friend's AT&T iPhone 5 can be unlocked the same way. He upgraded to get the 5 so will iTunes know?
  9. xlost6 macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    Since he upgraded using AT&T subsidized pricing, his AT&T iPhone 5 isn't unlocked. It's only unlocked if you bought it off contract, full price.
  10. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    If his is off-contract it can be unlocked. A restore isn't going to magically unlock your phone if it's on-contract.
  11. Applejuiced, Nov 29, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012

    Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    No, your friends is under contract.
    Yours is not. That's why yours is unlocked because you paid full price for it without a 2 year agreement.
    Your friend is locked to AT&T and he can request an unlock from AT&T once his contract expires or if he cancels the contract and pays the ETF.
    Or if he buys an IMEI unlock for his iphone on ebay;)
  12. takeshi74, Nov 30, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012

    takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    As stated multiple times already in this thread this is why it's unlocked.

    Sure. They can buy an unsubsidized and unlocked one as well.

    That really doesn't mean anything with regard to the subsidy lock.

    "The same way" would entail buying the 5 unsubsidized.
  13. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    You bought yours without contract so it's unlocked. The other person under contract won't just get an unlock by restoring.
  14. bimmerboii macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Just to clarify, if i buy an AT&T iphone5 from the Apple Store at full price/no contract, it will be unlocked?

    Can i just pop in my own sim straight out of the box or do i need to do a restore first like the OP did since it is an AT&T iphone 5?

    But why is Apple (in the US) about to sell factory unlocked phones? Isnt that just gona confuse people?
  15. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2010
    Walk into the Apple Store and ask to buy a device only, no contract iPhone 5. It will be unlocked and you can use it with T-Mobile or any GSM carrier.

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