Now that two years are up...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thegosh, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. thegosh macrumors newbie

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    forgive me if this is repetitive, but I did a search and didn't come across anything recent....

    typically, AT&T will unlock phones for customers once they have fulfilled their contracts. early on (2007/2008), it seemed as though they weren't going to continue this practice with the iPhone. but with the release of the unsubsidized version, I'm wondering ... is AT&T going to allow us to legally unlock our two year old iPhones?
     
  2. Rayfire macrumors 68020

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    Unfortunately, nope. All iPhones sold here in the US are currently locked to AT&T and doesn't support authorized unlocking. For more info, visit this.
     
  3. thegosh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the link... though that seems to be referring to the 3G, which, at best, still has another year left before the contract is fulfilled.
     
  4. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    I thought carriers are required by law to unlock once contract is up?
     
  5. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a

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    There is no law like that in the US. Until a short time ago, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act prevented some phones from being unlocked and shifted to a new carrier.

    cite: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2069318,00.asp
     
  6. thegosh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the link -- after you shared it I found this: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2008/05/supreme-court-o/#more-2353

    I guess since at&t has been mum, they don't intend to let anyone unlock the iPhone unless ordered to by the court... a real shame for those of us who like to travel.
     

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