Replacement iPhone Unlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by blairh, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Just had my iPhone replaced by iPhone. It was unlocked by AT&T prior to having it replaced. I called AT&T with my new IMEI number and they confirmed that the iPhone just given to me by Apple is unlocked.

    So if you bring an unlocked iPhone to Apple and they replace it, it's also unlocked? The genius that replaced my iPhone said I would need to request an unlock from AT&T, but I wanted to be sure before doing so.

    Also I checked the warranty on my replacement iPhone and it's one year from today. I was happily surprised. Is this a known fact too?
  2. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Technically, all replacement iPhones for AT&T can be unlocked (even if under a contract or Next payment plan). The reason being is, the Next plan and contract is tied to the IMEI number. When you get a replacement, its no longer rate same IMEI number so all you have to do is put it into AT&T's unlock request system and it will immediately process it (whether its locked or not).
  3. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    When Apple replaces a phone with another the new phone will have the same unlock status as the old one. After all it's Apple that controls the unlock status and not AT&T or other provider.
    The warranty normally is 90 days or the original warranty whichever is longer.
  4. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    The iPhone that was replaced had a warranty of October 7 2017. This replacement iPhone lists August 8 2018.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 8, 2017 ---
    It's not that simple. AT&T denied my unlock request with my last iPhone because I didn't have 6 months of service with that specific model, even though online it states that pertains to gophone/pre-paid customers, which I'm not, I'm post-paid. I had to call them and request an unlock which was granted days later to get it unlocked.
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I always thought it was the carrier who controlled the unlocking and not Apple.
  6. nox5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2013
    Apple does technical side of unlocking. But only carrier has access to Apple unlocking servers.
  7. EDH667 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2009
    Northern California
    The replacement iPhone warranty will more than likely change to October 7th within 24 hours. I had the same thing happen with a replacement iPhone which showed a new one year warranty but then reverted to the original expiration date of the phone it replaced within a day.
  8. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    Insert balloon deflating gif here.
  9. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Oh man ... the one opposite of iMessage full screen theme when sending messages. Ouch cold pain.

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