What happens to my iPhone if I cancelled my contract?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by yalag, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. yalag macrumors 65816

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    I have an iPhone 3 years contract with Rogers. What happens if I cancel my contract? Do they unlock my phone for me? Or is my phone basically a brick by then? Can I resell it and would it work for other people?
     
  2. Gix1k macrumors 68030

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  3. Tokiopop macrumors 68000

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    They probably wont unlock it, they'll just fine you if you've not got to the end of you're contract, most likely.
     
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  5. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

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    Rogers will not unlock the phone for you. Officially they don't unlock any phones under any circumstances, so the iPhone isn't really an exception in this case.

    In principle, it should still be possible for somebody else to use it, if they either:
    1) Already had an active Rogers account, or
    2) Purchased some cheap-o Rogers prepaid phone, sold off the phone and popped the SIM card into the iPhone, or
    3) Purchased a SIM-only package from a Rogers company store ($40).

    The key here is, unless you (or the subsequent owner) hack it, it will still only connect to the Rogers network.

    It ought to go without saying, that you'd still be on the hook for the early termination fee to cancel your own account before the initial 3 years are up.
     
  6. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    It becomes a very expensive iPod touch...
     
  7. yalag thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, the only one person who gave a useful answer.
    So when they say the iPhone is "locked", they actually mean it is locked to one carrier, not that specific sim? So anyone from Rogers can pop in a sim and use my phone?
     
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  9. jmann macrumors 604

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    If you canceled your rogers contract and are going to another phone company you can unlock the phone with instructions from here and here

    Also you can jailbreak it and "hacktivate" it will work like an iphone but without service and it won't require a sim card at all! :)
     
  10. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Not if you upgraded the baseband, then ninjas will still come after you.

    Also you don't need to jailbreak the phone to use the phone without sim card. Just take off the sim card and it will continue to work.
     
  11. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    "This iPhone will self-destruct in 5... 4... 3..."
     
  12. jmann macrumors 604

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    I'm sure that the dev team will soon find a hole to use yellowsn0w with it is just a matter of time. Plus if you want to jailbreak it + unlock it you could sell it for much more. :D
     
  13. iChow macrumors newbie

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    I would be interested in buying all of them from you...
     

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