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

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  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

    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!
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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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.
     
  3. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    Thanks, please report back either way!
     
  4. outie2k macrumors regular

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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.
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I just received my unlock confirmation email. I'm away from home, but I'll restore it when I'm back.
     

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  6. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    Cool, thanks!
     
  7. nox5 macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  8. Ajones330 macrumors 6502a

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    Other thing is do you know if the device has been blacklisted...
     

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