Original iPhone Contract Expiration.

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  1. jne381 macrumors regular

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    I was wondering if any one who had an original iPhone with the two year contract has switched over to a new carrier. Is this possible? What have been the benefits and drawbacks?
     
  2. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    You can jailbreak all three versions of the iPhone and all three can be unlocked as well, so I would assume that a majority of iPhone owners have upgraded to 3G or 3GS (new contracts of course) and others have moved over to T-Mobile, Centennial or some other iPhone carrier since their contracts are over.....:eek::eek::eek:
     
  3. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    I've heard of AT&T providing the unlock codes for Blackberries on contract expiration, or if you give them a convincing sob story that you are travelling to Europe and want to use a local SIM. Not sure for the iPhone though. I jailbroke mine since I wanted to use it without a SIM. There are plenty of unlocking methods out there as well.
     
  4. jne381 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I understand the jailbreak. However, after the 2-year contract is over, are users not allowed to just leave ATT and move to another carrier with out having to jailbreak the iPhone?
     
  5. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Yes, you are correct, in order to leave AT&T and go with another carrier you must JB/UL. That's the reason for the jailbreak and the unlock; b/c currently those v1 and 3G iPhones are not factory unlocked in the USA, but the 3G & the 3GS is available overseas unlocked....
     
  6. jne381 thread starter macrumors regular

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    If this is true, what are the legal ramifications? If you own the iPhone, how can they (Apple) not provide you the ability to use an unlocked phone on another network?
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Because they're not legally obligated to do so.
     
  8. skubish macrumors 68030

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    In the US, you are legally able to JB/UL a phone. However the provider is not obligated to tell you how to do it.
     
  9. jne381 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, but shouldn't the manufacturer tell you.
     
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Not if they don't want to do so, and Apple doesn't want to do so.
     
  11. jne381 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I smell a class action lawsuit.
     
  12. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Keep dreaming, kid. They don't have to tell you anything, and the DMCA makes unlocking on your own legal, so there is no REASON to tell you anything.
     
  13. srl7741 macrumors 68020

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    Actually AT$T will give you the Unlock code for the Blackberry after 90 days. I called them and within a day had the Unlock code for my Bold. Then I sold it unlocked and purchased the iPhone. I wish they would do the same for the iPhone as they do for other phones on their Network.

    Makes me believe Apple is somehow involved in the process and says No.

    IDK? But they certainly do fork over the codes for BB's.
     

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