Will Apple/At&t unlock iphones after contract terms?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by squeakyclutch, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. squeakyclutch macrumors member

    squeakyclutch

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    Hey All

    I was wondering if Apple/at&t will unlock my iphone at the end of my contract. My friends in Canada were wondering about the same thing with Fido.
     
  2. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000

    ryanwarsaw

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    They should but as far as I know their ingenious idea is when you are done you can use it as an iPod or better yet sign right back up with them again. Somebody correct me if I am wrong here.
     
  3. ivan123 macrumors member

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    There will probably be a program for easily unlocking the iPhone by that time anyway
     
  4. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    Nope.

    AT&T doesn't unlock ANY phones.

    And if my old Edge iPhone is any indicator, neither does Apple.

    Doesn't matter though, you'll be able to unlock it yourself by then.
     
  5. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000

    ryanwarsaw

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    That shouldn't matter they should unlock it after the contract expires period. They should also give you the option of paying your plan in full ahead and unlocking it for you.
     
  6. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    In an ideal world, yes. But AT&T and Apple don't wanna do it, so they don't.

    Nobody's stopping people from unlocking their phones if they want. Just have to wait for an unlock for the 3g.
     
  7. TEG macrumors 604

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    at&t will unlock your regular GSM phone, but they have stated that the iPhone is a different creature. Likely they will have a program after the two years of the initial term is up, but may wait until their exclusivity agreement is up.

    TEG
     

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