Will AT&T unlock a newly purchased phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Blorzoga, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Blorzoga macrumors 68030

    Blorzoga

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    Let's suppose I buy an iPhone for $199 and immediately cancel the plan and pay the $325 early termination fee. Will AT&T then unlock the phone if I request it? And if so, wouldn't that save $124, since the same phone unlocked from Apple is $649? What am I missing?
     
  2. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Yes att will unlock it as long u pay everything up front. Factory unlocked iphone 4s started at $699 without tax. ETF paid plus $10 for each month remaining!
     
  3. Blorzoga thread starter macrumors 68030

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    You're misunderstanding my question. The 4s starts at $649. If I buy a phone at $199, as though i'm starting a contract, but then immediately cancel the contract and pay the ETF of $325 ( it's MINUS $10 per month, not plus), then wouldn't I be getting an unlocked phone for $524?
     
  4. Cingular macrumors regular

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    you will still have to pay for the first month of service
     
  5. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    If im not mistaken, you need to pay for the first month as well. So $524 + first month. I dont think At&t is that dumb. you're better off buying an unlocked one.
     
  6. Blorzoga thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Is that in the contract, even if the month hasn't elapsed? Wouldn't they prorate the charge?
     
  7. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    In theory it would be prorated. Normally they would tell you to just return the phone... but you might be able to claim you lost it or something along those lines. In that situation you could probably get away with a protated charge of however much 1 day costs.


    Anyway OP, they should unlock it, but you might have trouble getting them to do so. Even for my iPhone 4 which is out of contract (due to my upgrading to a 4S), I had a lot of trouble getting them to unlock it. They were saying I had to wait 2 years even though the contract was essentially terminated.
     
  8. Blorzoga thread starter macrumors 68030

    Blorzoga

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    You're probably right. After activation fee, first month, etc etc, i'd probably save like a nickel.

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    Only problem with that would be when I ask them to unlock my "lost" phone.

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    From the AT&T user agreement:

    "If you purchase Equipment directly from AT&T in connection with your Agreement, but you terminate within 30 days and fail to return the Equipment to AT&T, you will be subject to an Equipment Fee in the maximum amount of the difference between the no-commitment price of the Equipment and the amount you actually paid for the Equipment"

    Probably the same as when you purchase from Apple.
     
  9. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Haha, pretty much.
    Then you have to deal with AT&T which is just another hassle.
     
  10. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Not even worth the trouble. Just buy unlocked
     
  11. LivingLarge macrumors member

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    Just get the factory unlocked from Apple directly. Easy and painless (except for the price tag :eek:) and no dealings or contract BS with ATT.
     

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