Using Personal Hotspot on Factory Unlocked iPhone w/ Unlimited Data on AT&T

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TypeMRT, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. TypeMRT macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2007
    Right now I'm using an iPhone 4S with a grandfathered unlimited data plan. If I buy an iPhone factory unlocked from Apple and use it on my current AT&T plan will the Personal Hotspot be available? Can the carrier disable iOS features (like Personal Hotspot or FaceTime over cellular) if the iPhone is unlocked?
  2. KFujiwara macrumors member


    Dec 16, 2008
    When a SIM is inserted into an unlocked iPhone, it will download the necessary carrier profile for the SIM. You will still have the same restrictions as if you had a locked iPhone.

    FaceTime over a cellular network is blocked within the OS (which will be arriving in iOS 6) and Personal Hotspot goes through verification with the carrier so if you don't have the correct plan, it won't work.
  3. reclusive46 macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2011
    Other than the fact that the phone will work with any other micro sim when you put in a sim card of a carrier it will still use the same carrier profile and will still have the same restrictions.

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