My AT&T-subsidized iPhone 5 is unlocked!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thadoggfather, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. thadoggfather Suspended

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    Ran the IMEI in dev.mk (used it for IMEI-lock status checking in the past, the person who bought my 4S through Craigslist ran it to confirm, and I did it to confirm I got my dad's 4S unlocked as soon as AT&T said it's ready to go on their end over the phone... and it's been 100% accurate in my experience. I even just put in a family member's 4 that is for sure still locked, and it confirmed it) on my fully subsidized iPhone 5 and it is unlocked!

    Not sure if Apple/AT&T will issue a carrier update, but I might decline it for fear that it will re-lock until the word is out. I also don't have another nano sim to physically confirm

    What stirred my curiosity was the model number of my 32GB black: MD636LL

    Also, when I pre-ordered on Apple site, it stated it was the GSM model with AT&T in parentheses. So I wondered if that would take the back burner (the carrier to the technology, a lot of times places sell phones marketed as 'GSM' inferring that they are unlocked).

    Historically, for 4S, factory unlocked models are MDxxxLL/A whereas carrier locked are MCxxxLL/A.

    Any one else? This is great :D

    My dad's early upgrade iPhone 5 16GB black is stating the same (model MD634LL).

    All I need now is jailbreak (hurry up chpwn and crew! I have faith considering Jailbreak con is next week and great things happen when they get together, i.e. the Amsterdam conference and as a result, Absinthe for 5.1.1
     
  2. HXGuy macrumors 68000

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    How do you check the status on their website?

    My 16GB iPhone 5 ordered directly from AT&T is also an MDxxxLA/A model.
     
  3. thadoggfather thread starter Suspended

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    Dev.mk -> extras tab -> devmk imei checker.

    it used to be on the front page.

    On the phone (or you can read it off the back of the box where the UPC is):
    Settings -> General -> About

    scroll down.

    I also wonder if Apple could take a batch of IMEI's and lock them without pushing a carrier update of some type to the phone itself. Maybe they've just been too slow to add them all. Still, seems like it should be locked from the start.

    Though, I don't know that it can be remotely locked. I think you'd need that carrier update or do a sofware update/restore. But I'm no IMEI-sleezy lock procedure expert :)
     
  4. Juicy111 macrumors member

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    I saw a news article on this.

    In fact you can pop in an AT&T nano-sim in a verizon iphone 5 and you'll get hspa+ speeds.
     
  5. thadoggfather thread starter Suspended

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    Yeah I saw that too. No surprise though as this was the case with Verizon iPad 3.

    I wonder if the sub-LTE spectrum (faux G, 3G, EDGE) is GSM unlocked for ALL iphones 5?

    Wouldnt that be fantastic?

    the AT&T model LTE bands only works in NA anyways, so getting that aspect unlocked for overseas would be totally moot to me (unless I hopped up to Canada and wanted to do pre-paid LTE, assuming thats even available, but not by any means a *deal breaker* or cause of concern for my usage)
     
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I'm thinking it might just be bad data from dev.mk. My IMEI turns up the same. Too bad we don't have any other nano-SIMS to check it out, though.
     
  7. AaronTrieu macrumors member

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  8. KPOM macrumors G5

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    One difference, though, is that Verizon had to agree to unlock their phones when they got their license for the Band C LTE. Supposedly all their new LTE phones are unlocked. I haven't been able to verify this. Perhaps someone with a Droid RAZR or SIII can check this out, as well.
     
  9. AlPlPlLE macrumors regular

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    I checked with your checker and mine is same product model as yours and mine says unlocked. However, I don't believe this to be true. Sure way to tell is to take it to an Apple store and they can look that up. I had to do it with my unlocked 4S. I think I'm going to go check with them tonight. Very curious :confused:
     
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Yes, I'm guessing Dev.MK just has bad data. We'll find out for sure when Nano-SIMs become available.
     
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  12. HXGuy macrumors 68000

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    Yep, same here...

    [​IMG]

    Need to get a hold of a TMobile micro SIM then cut it to nano size and try to see if it works. How crazy would that be?
     
  13. Scoop24 macrumors regular

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    i just ran it IMEI # on my Sprint Iphone 5 it came back as Unlocked
     

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  14. mateo124 macrumors regular

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    I say this is a load of crap. My 32GB black shows unlocked as well, which does not make sense. Why would AT&T leave their phone unlocked? Mine is still in the box btw
     
  15. thadoggfather thread starter Suspended

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    I don't think so though. I've never seen dev.mk hiccup in terms of accuracy up until iphone 5 launch.
     
  16. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    you have to fulfill the contract, unlocked or not
     
  17. KPOM macrumors G5

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    That never stopped them from locking it before. Heck, it's only in the last few months that they finally started unlocking iPhones at the end of their contracts.
     
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    Chpwn has already jailbroken the iPhone 5 on iOS 6 just a while ago and tweeted the pictures so it shouldn't take too long for a public release since they have a working vulnerability. Might be the fastest jailbreak in the iPhone's history.
     
  20. HXGuy macrumors 68000

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    That one shows:

    SIM Lock Status Unknown
     
  21. Scoop24 macrumors regular

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    this one says sim lock status unknown
     
  22. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It comes up "Unknown," which seems to confirm my suspicions about the Dev.MK site.
     
  23. Whobarra macrumors member

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    looking forward to the jailbreak strictly for the unrestricted function I know they will find the exploit they always do... iOS 6 is nice though
     
  24. Shaddow825 macrumors 6502

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    Anyone done a restore and got the congrats message?
     

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