Unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 at Subsidized Price?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by blairh, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. blairh macrumors 68030

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    Has anyone been able to get AT&T to unlock your iPhone 5 after paying a subsidized price for your phone? I know they technically do not allow for this, but I'm curious if any forum members have had some luck.

    (If you got your iPhone 5 unlocked via Ebay I don't really care.)
     
  2. DePaulBlueDemon macrumors regular

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    Why don't you care about the eBay unlocks? It works, it's permanent, it's cheap...
     
  3. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    AT&T has relocked unauthorized unlocks in the past.
     
  4. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I spent an hour researching it earlier this week. Found half a dozen forums where people discussed having their iPhones relocked. (Or people who unlocked iPhone's and then had angry customers when AT&T relocked iPhone's.)
     
  5. utl768 macrumors 6502

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    impossible
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Thats the exception in very rare cases and not the rule.
    $6 is all you have to spend on ebay and you're done.
     
  7. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Provide link to other forums please.
     
  8. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    To anyone doubting me, click my username and you can see one of my recent posts where I provide a link. That was only one of several.

    If you don't believe me, I don't care. I'd like to get back to my original inquiry.
     
  9. Sixth Street macrumors member

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  10. Myiphone7 macrumors 6502a

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    This is false misinformation.
     
  11. GoreVidal macrumors 6502a

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    I got them to unlock mine a few days after I got it.

    They unlocked mine for me.
     
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  13. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Any reason why? They seem dead set on not allowing this.

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    Misinformed?
     
  14. GoreVidal macrumors 6502a

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    There was another use who did the same thing and posted a thread about it a few weeks ago if I recall. I tried it and it worked.

    They unlocked my 4S a month or so ago when I requested it through that online Subsidy Unlock form that AT&T has.

    https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/

    Submitted the same request for my iPhone 5, and they had me contact them. When I did, they said that they couldn't unlock an iPhone that hadn't finished its two year contract. I told them that they were being inconsistent since they unlocked my 4S less than halfway through my contract. I told them that all Verizon phones come GSM unlocked and that perhaps I should return my AT&T phone and take my business elsewhere. Within 2 minutes I had my phone unlocked by AT&T CS.
     
  15. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Considering @Chronic is openly saying he is having people who screw him over re-locked and there are complaints on unlock_fusion's eBay feedback complaining of being re-locked, I find the OPs assertion completely plausible. Not sure why you guys are arguing with him.

    And OP, if the worst than can happen is a re-lock, why not take that gamble? Getting AT&T to unlock you is going to be next to impossible.
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Unless you pay the etf, or prove that you are being deployed overseas.
    Or you find a really nice rep that's willing to bend the rules for you.
     
  17. thadoggfather macrumors 604

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    yeah and even if it were to hypothetically re-lock, wouldn't you have to do a restore for it to snap into place?

    I dunno, maybe it happens and exists. But it seems to be the exception to the rule as previously mentioned.

    I'm not worried about it, especially for $6. Plus, what other options do you have besides peoples' unlocking services? If it's subsidized, the only other alternative I can think of is getting another upgrade early (android phone or something) as an exception, then unlocking it. But even then, that's considerably more of a hassle.

    Is there an accurate unlock checker site now? dev.mk i think says all of them are. Is iphoneox.com checking accurate/safe?
     
  18. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    I got my iPhone 5 unlocked by an eBay seller. Hasn't been relocked :cool:
     
  19. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Because I want a definitive unlock instead of something that may be relocked in the future.

    I might call AT&T and politely threaten to leave them for Verizon if they won't unlock my iPhone 5. If they don't budge, then I'll use an unlocked GSM smartphone when I'm abroad. I absolutely will not pay AT&T for international use. Plus I want to use a local number abroad.
     
  20. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Same here, my i5 is still unlocked.
    5-6 cases reported over thousands of unlocks sold on eBay.
    I'll risk my $6:)
     
  21. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Even if the vast majority have never been re-locked? While I understand your concern to a degree, I do not understand your aversion to even trying. The chances of getting locked in the middle of a trip are few and you can always pull out your existing standby or rent a phone.

    Exactly.
     
  22. martiansoldier macrumors 6502

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    I had 2 iPhone 4's and 1 iPhone 4S unlocked 5 months ago, while all phones were still on contract, in fact 2 of them are still on contract and 1 has been upgraded to an iPhone 5. AT&T always makes exceptions, but it takes some effort on the customer part, i.e., more than a couple of calls to get the right rep who is willing to help you.

    Forget the checking websites and get the $0.99 cent T-Mo SIM activation kit!
     
  23. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    You have about 99.9% that it will stay unlock!
     
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