Carrier Will AT&T unlock an iPhone purchased after leaving AT&T?

dmk1974

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I recently switched from AT&T to T-Mobile. After I paid off my last bill and ETF, they unlocked an iPhone for me that was previously used on AT&T (via their online site). It says you can unlock up to 5 phones per year.

My question is: If I buy a used iPhone off ebay or craigslist that is locked to AT&T and then submit the unlock request (while again checking the box as a former subscriber), will AT&T unlock the phone for me even though I never personally used the phone on their network via my own account? Has anyone attempted this in my same situation? Thanks!
 

T5BRICK

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As per the AT&T website:

Former customers are allowed a total of five device unlocks per former account.
I just put a request in to unlock an iPhone 5 I recently purchased off of craigslist. It hasn't been rejected, but I also haven't received the confirmation email.
 

dmk1974

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As per the AT&T website:



I just put a request in to unlock an iPhone 5 I recently purchased off of craigslist. It hasn't been rejected, but I also haven't received the confirmation email.
Thanks, please report back either way!
 

outie2k

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That's not going to work assuming the original owner is still under contract. That contract (not yours) must be fulfilled before they will unlock it.
 

nox5

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If the phone is no longer under contract they will unlock it. If someone does not have att account use someone else's att account or buy unlock for $20. For under contract iPhones unlock is $50-$100 and harder to unlock.