Need Clarification on Unlocking and No Contract with AT&T

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by claus1225, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. claus1225 macrumors member

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    Dear all,

    I have been reading a bunch of posts about unlocking iphone 4 and buying an iphone 4 without contract with ATT. But I am not sure if I understand everything. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    1) you can buy an iphone 4 without contract from ATT for around $600 (the 16 gig model). However, the phone will still be eternally locked to ATT unless you unlock it with outside software.

    2) you can unlock iphone 4 if it's running on OS 4.0 but not higher. If you update to 4.1, you will not be unlock the phone until newer version of unlocking software is released.

    My questions are
    1) what is the difference between buying an iphone with contract and without? It seems to me that the Early termination fee you pay ($375) plus $199 is about the same as the price of the contract-free phone ($600). Or are there other catches?

    2) After you unlocked your phone, can you use it in china or taiwan (just insert SIM card)?

    thank you for your help

    claus
     
  2. komiothebeat macrumors 6502

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    to unlock you need 4.0 correct?

    bought another iphone over the weekend and it had 4.1 on it so.... good luck
     
  3. claus1225 thread starter macrumors member

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    I see. So if I buy an iphone 4 now, it will have OS 4.1 and I wouldn't be able to unlock it.
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Correct.
    You will need 4.0, 4.0.1 or 4.0.2
    If you get one with 4.1 you're out of luck.
    My friend just bought one tonight and came with 4.1:(
    You gotta be lucky and find a place with older stock I guess.

     

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