Looking for an AT&T Unlock

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TypeMRT, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. TypeMRT macrumors 6502

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    Would you be willing to help me by using your AT&T unlock on my AT&T iPhone? My contract doesn't end until October and I'd like to sell my iPhone as unlocked next week without paying $100 to an unlocking service. I've helped out forum members in the past when I could unlock their phones for free so I'm hoping someone would be willing to do the same. PM if you can help.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Freakonomics101 macrumors 65816

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    There is no such thing as an unlock code for an iPhone. One of us can't simply provide one to you. Unlocking is done through Apple's server. Your best bet is to go to www.att.com/deviceunlock and request it to be unlocked. There's no guarantee they'll unlock it since you're still in a contract.
     
  3. itsray macrumors 6502

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    unlocks are done by the imei. so even if someone else attempted it they would see the imei is not attached to a phone on that persons account and then it'll get denied.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    ^^^This.

    Was wondering OP how you thought you'd get around your IMEI not being on someone else's account - or the fact that someone else would be tryng to unlock an IMEI attached to a different account (yours).
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    What he said above.
    It's not as easy or simple any more.
    Now they check the imei history and if the phone is not out of contract then they will deny it.
    I wasted 2 weeks fighting with at&t trying to unlock my iPhone. I was out of contract with everything paid off and they were still giving me the run around and wouldn't help me since I wasn't a customer any more.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I gave my first iPhone (a 3GS) to a friend who needed a phone because the 3GS he bought had a bad cellular antenna.

    This was about two years ago. It was of coursed locked to AT&T so he went to their page to unlock it and got denied. Several phone calls later he had to ask me what the original phone number was. I had no freaking clue because I had changed the number to a Google Voice number in the Settings app.

    So, a text to my sister, who had bought this phone new, was made and of course she couldn't freaking remember because this stupid AT&T family plan she's on with her boyfriend (that they consistently try to get other family and friends to join) has been disconnected and reconnected so many damn times their numbers aren't consistent. Further, it was the number she had in Anchorage and she'd since moved back to Seattle at this point.

    After some semi-hostile back and forth sparring with her I finally managed to get a legit phone number out of her and my friend was able to unlock the phone.

    All of this for a friggin' iPhone 3GS. Great phone, but a reminder to me of why AT&T is called the DeathStar.
     
  7. Qoo macrumors 6502

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    $100 for unlocking service? this is insane!!!

    i paid $9.99 back in February to unlock my iPhone 6S Plus through unlockfusion.
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes. They clearly know the phone is out of contract and they're looking for reasons not to unlock it.
    And that type of approach is illegal by the way. According to government regulations you don't need to be a current customer or give them the phone number it was purchased under or the original account holders info.
    This is all AT&T bs not wanting to abide by current rules and regulations. Do what I do next time and file a bbb and fcc complain.
    See how quick they stop the back and forth nonsense and get the situation resolved fast.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 30, 2016 ---
    And a few years before that I used to pay $2 for an unlock.
    Unfortunately those days are over.
     
  9. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Are you aware of the unlock incident that happened last year?

    AT&T caught three employees who had installed 'malware' from Swift Unlocks on to their work computers. Swift Unlocks was able to access AT&T's systems and process unlocks at any time day or night because of this. These three employees were paid for every batch of unlocks that went through the system. AT&T caught on only because they noticed computer activity after work hours.

    AT&T fired all three employees, one of which had applied for the express purpose of processing unlocks for Swift Unlocks - not because he wanted to work for AT&T. AT&T has also sued Swift Unlocks for damages.

    In light of what I have just told you is it hard to understand why an AT&T unlock is now $100? There is serious risk involved to the employees now.

    You knew how these third party unlocks worked right? Unlock companies pay employees on the inside to submit the unlocks. You can get fired for that.
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    Well, it wasn't me. :)

    It was my friend and he was the one fighting them on it. I was only fighting my sister for a stupid number. :D
     
  10. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    Y'all can bash AT&T all you want. I have unlocked numerous phones (more than 10 in the past 3-4 years) through their web service and never had an issue. Period. There's no conspiracy to "find a way" to avoid unlocking an out of contract phone. Follow the rules, provide the requested/required information and enjoy your unlocked phone.
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    That's great for you but that's far from what happens with everyone else. So in other words you think I'm just making it all up just to bash your lovely AT&T?
    You want me to show you copies of the official bbb and fcc complains I filled to get my situation resolved?
    I did follow all the rules and got nothing but the runaround until a higher up from their corporate headquarters contacted me and apologized and finally got my devices unlocked.
     
  12. dwfaust, Aug 30, 2016
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    dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    Seems a bit hyperbolic.

    So, when you say it, it's gospel, but when I say that I've NEVER had a problem getting a phone unlocked, I'm making it up? AT&T is good for me - it works where I need it to work, when I need it to work. But it's not my "lovely AT&T". I have a business relationship with them. No more. No less.

    Moving on...
     
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    So since it never happened to you and they unlocked your iPhones then I'm making it up just to bash AT&T or I must not have followed their rules?
    I'd like you to sit there and call them 20-30 times within a week trying to unlock your phone and not being able to use it and keep getting nowhere and frustrated each time with customer support and keep getting online requests denied and the same back and forth. See how great it is.
    And then go online to bbb.com and see thousands of more similar issues and come and tell me otherwise.
     
  14. TypeMRT thread starter macrumors 6502

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    A couple of years ago I unlocked a couple of iPhones that were not mine. I just went through AT&T and used the IMEI of iPhones that were never on my account. Last year, I used one of my family plan lines that was out of contract to unlock my iPhone. This time AT&T said the IMEI had to be from the iPhone that used that specific line. My next family plan line doesn't come off contract until October so I couldn't confirm just using http://www.att.com/deviceunlock to begin with. I'll try the $10 unlock (supposedly 30-60% successful) and then just give up and sell it network locked on eBay.
     
  15. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    It's not going to work if your phone is still in contract. Don't even waste your time. Only those expensive unlocks work for in contract phones. Just go ahead sell it network locked right now.
     
  16. TypeMRT thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the reply.
     

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