Unlocking unactivated Phone through AT&T?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Lola9876, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. Lola9876 macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2015
    I got a new iPhone 6S+ under a renewed 2-year contract with AT&T. I have not activated it yet (still sealed). Has anyone had luck with getting phones unlocked without activating them? I'm assuming that the phone is tied to AT&T even though it's unopened? I was wanting to give it to my husband (he has T-Mobile) and just keep my 6+, but I don't even know if that's feasible. I did try the unlock request a few times but keep getting "This device is not eligible for an unlock at this time." Any way around this? TIA.
  2. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    You can pay off the phone and they'll be happy to unlock it for you.
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It is not eligible until the contract is paid in full. Used to be you could get it unlocked but that is getting very hard to do with a company like AT&T. You could find a buyer on AT&T, you just got to let them know it is locked.
  4. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    Nope, no way to unlock the phone other than paying it off.
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    You can try the AT&T unlock request but chances are they'll deny you.
  6. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    Pay off the two year contract in full and AT&T will unlock.
  7. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    You'll need to pay off the phone fully for AT&T to unlock it.

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