Carrier Unlocking ATT phones...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by StarShot, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. StarShot macrumors 6502

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    I have an ATT iPhone 5S that is over 2 years old and the contract is finished. I was told at an ATT store to submit my request to unlock the phone to...

    att.com/deviceunlock After filling out the form at this website, I was told that my request would take about 2 days or so. I'm wondering if I will be notified that the phone is now unlocked or does it just happen automatically?
     
  2. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    You will be notified and then get instructions to make sure its unlocked.
     
  3. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    check your email. you may get an email saying you have to click CONFIRM to actually place the order.
     
  4. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    Just did this and the email response is weird. If you got an email with instructions, your request was accepted. All you need to do is reset the phone and the plug it into iTunes. You will immediately see the unlock message.

    Make a backup of the phone if you plan to restore after. The phone must have a sim in it.
     
  5. StarShot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Does the sim card have to be in the phone to unlock it? I plan to "Erase all content and setting" on this phone and then restore it from a backup made from another phone. After it's unlocked, I plan to trot down to my local ATT store for a new sim card.
     
  6. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    yes you need a sim
    it doesn't need to be activated
    you don't a cell number or a data plan
    but you need a sim
     
  7. bruinsrme macrumors 601

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    Prior to the S being released I paid off the Next contract I order to sell my phone.
    I paid the phone off, went to the website, requested the unlock, got the email, completed form and restored the phone.
    Whether your under contract or next you have to pay the piper.
    When I moved from Verizon to ATT the three 5S's for some reason we were able to use the phones prior to paying the EFT.
    No matter how you cut it, moving services is expensive.
     
  8. Stamas88 macrumors member

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  9. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

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    Once AT&T emails you that the device is unlocked all you have to do is pop in a non-AT&T sim. No need to restore. They include it in the instruction in the email but it isn't necessary.
     
  10. Stamas88 macrumors member

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    Question:

    They never emailed me that it unlocked, it didn't take 2 days but it unlocked

    This is the last email I got :


    Unlock request number: ************

    Thank you for contacting AT&T about unlocking your mobile device.

    Congratulations! Here are your unlock instructions:

    For iOS 7 or later devices, please turn off Find My iPhone before unlocking your device.

    Once you have received the email confirming AT&T has approved and processed your unlock request, follow these instructions to complete the unlock for your device.

    Using a Non-AT&T SIM Card:

    1. 800.331.0500, or dial 611from your AT&T wireless phone.


    Sincerely,
    The AT&T Customer Care Team

    DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE
    All replies are automatically deleted.

    Am I supposed to be waiting for another email officially saying I'm unlocked or did I like get it to unlock without permission or is that the email and it's just worded poorly?

    Thanks!
     
  11. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    Got exactly the same email yesterday for my 6s+. Someone worked really hard to make it as confusing as possible. I think that is the only email you will be getting. It's their way of saying that your phone is unlocked. No doubt the person that wrote that is flipping burgers somewhere......
     
  12. StarShot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How do you know it's unlocked? I received the same message on Oct 1st. It's now Oct 4th and I haven't received any further message.
     
  13. Stamas88 macrumors member

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    I had the phone reset and plugged it into iTunes and it tells you it's unlocked

    I even did it a second time to make sure
     
  14. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    if you need a blank sim to do the easier unlocking method, i would suggest amazon. i have tried hitting up cellular stores for blank sim cards, they don't like handing them out! they want you to activate a line of service! they require you to bring your phone with you and activate it in store before they will give you a sim

    none of these sim cards would be required to be activated to unlock the phone

    t-mobile wants $6 to $15 for a sim card


    if you want an AT&T sim, maybe the "h20 sim" would be good enough , it sells on amazon for 1 cent

    a Verizon "page plus" sim can be bought off of amazon for 1 cent

    i saw a dual kit by net 10 on amazon for $2 that comes with AT&T and t-mobile sims


    i wouldn't try AT&T go phone sims. besides they cost $10 to $15
     
  15. StarShot, Oct 4, 2015
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    StarShot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's been 3 days now without the confirming message from ATT saying my phone is now unlocked. Perhaps part of that problem is that the phone has mostly been powered off. I do have the old sim card in the phone.

    When you plug into iTunes, did a message popup saying the phone was unlocked. I just plugged the phone in and don't see any message pertaining to unlocking the phone. If I don't hear anything from TAT by tomorrow, I'm going to call the number that was on the "unlocking procedure message".

    SPECIFICALLY, where does it say the phone is unlocked when plugged into iTunes?
     
  16. dancefreak macrumors regular

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    You can just pop in the sim from any friend on a different carrier to test it. It doesn't have to be a new sim.
     
  17. kevroc macrumors 6502

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    I'm not following your unlock process. You mention as soon as it's unlocked you are going down to the AT&T store to get a new sim. It's already on AT&T with an AT&T sim card, why would you unlock it just to go get another AT&T sim? You can put in another AT&T sim without a problem.

    The phone being on or off doesn't affect it. AT&T sends Apple the information that your phone is unlocked so when you plug it into iTunes and it activates via Apple it will pass down the unlock info.

    If you put a non-AT&T sim card into a locked AT&T phone it will display a message on the screen saying the sim card can't be used. If you then plug that into iTunes, it will unlock it via the iTunes Activation server.
     
  18. StarShot, Oct 4, 2015
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    The phone in question is my wife's old phone with her number. I want to change it to my number and I thought I needed a new sim card to do this.

    While I don't care about whether the phone is locked or unlocked in the States, I want it unlocked so that when I go overseas, I can put a "local" sim card in it.

    Not sure this applies to me in this case since my phone WILL be unlocked. The 2 year contract on this phone is completed. It's unclear to me what I will see when I plug in the phone to iTunes after it's unlocked. IF it's already been unlocked, I'm not seeing any indication in iTunes.
     
  19. dancefreak macrumors regular

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    Despite what the AT&T instructions say, you actually no longer need to connect a phone to iTunes to complete the unlock. As soon as you get the email confirming the unlock, the process is done. You can just pop in any other carrier's sim at that point and be on your way.
     
  20. StarShot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, I can hardly wait. Still, my question short of putting another sim card in the phone, is there a way to confirm the phone is unlocked. I plan to keep this phone under the ATT umbrella, but want the ability to plug in anther carrier when I'm traveling outside the country.
     
  21. btrach144 macrumors 65816

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    So if I unlock the phone with a non-active AT&T sim, it would work?
     
  22. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No.
    There is no real way to be 100% unless you stick another carriers sim to test it out.
     
  23. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    Fill out AT&T unlock form
    Check email for confirmation link.
    Confirm unlock request.
    Wait (usually like 5 min)
    Receive response
    Restore iPhone in iTunes
    Activate with any sim

    Unlocked iPhone.
     
  24. kevroc macrumors 6502

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    That's not how mine worked, I just did mine on Wednesday. I submitted the lock request form via AT&T Website, they sent an email to me where I had to click the link to "confirm" the request, then a couple of minutes later got the unlocked confirmation email. I put a T-Mobile Sim Card in the phone and a message on the phone said I had to activate it via itunes. This is on my iPhone 6S Plus, maybe with other phones it's different.
     
  25. kevroc macrumors 6502

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    Agreed, never have seen another way to tell.
     

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