Will AT&T unlock IPhones?

abhi104

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Jun 30, 2010
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After U.S. Government to Explicitly Allow iPhone Unlock/Jailbreak, Will AT&T provide an unlock to IPhone 4 users?
 

maturola

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Oct 29, 2007
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After U.S. Government to Explicitly Allow iPhone Unlock/Jailbreak, Will AT&T provide an unlock to IPhone 4 users?
NO. :(

edit: At lease not as long as their are the "exclusive" provider, once the Phone make it to another carrier them maybe, maybe you'll see a very slim and small possibility of this happening, but even them (i, personally) think that it won't happen
 
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rans0m00

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Jun 21, 2010
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I don't know even with the class action. I will think bet if your in contract its not getting unlocked. Maybe the ones that are not will though.
 
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Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
The class action suit has nothing to do with unlocking iphones. Its against AT&T and Apple monopoly and such.
Also the US Government not making JB and unlocking illegal doesnt mean anything even close to at&t or Apple having to unlock any US iphones.
 
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maturola

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Oct 29, 2007
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I don't know even with the class action. I will think bet if your in contract its not getting unlocked. Maybe the ones that are not will though.
Yeah, it doesn't matter, Contract only force you to "keep" your service for at least 24 Months, the phone, the plan, the services are not tight the contract. AT&T doesn't care if you are using a cup with a string to talk, as long as you pay monthly for your service.
 
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Knowimagination

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The class action suit has nothing to do with unlocking iphones. Its against AT&T and Apple monopoly and such.
Also the US Government not making JB and unlocking illegal doesnt mean anything even close to at&t or Apple having to unlock any US iphones.
The whole point of the class action suit is that even after your two year contract is up you are required to stay with AT&T because they will not unlock your device. It stands to reason that if the suit won then AT&T/Apple would have to correct this, resulting in the unlocking of handsets.
 
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Le Big Mac

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The whole point of the class action suit is that even after your two year contract is up you are required to stay with AT&T because they will not unlock your device. It stands to reason that if the suit won then AT&T/Apple would have to correct this, resulting in the unlocking of handsets.
Since cell cos. have been locking phones for years, and not unlocking them at the end of the contract, why is this lawsuit being filed only now and with respect to the iPhone?

(BTW, I fully agree locking is an odious practice, but it's not a question of whether I don't like it but rather whether it is illegal.)
 
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Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
The whole point of the class action suit is that even after your two year contract is up you are required to stay with AT&T because they will not unlock your device. It stands to reason that if the suit won then AT&T/Apple would have to correct this, resulting in the unlocking of handsets.
It would be great if it went thru but I'm not holding my breath:)
 
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lily69

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Apr 4, 2010
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We need some basic human rights, they selling unlocked iPhone even in China.
 
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Knowimagination

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Since cell cos. have been locking phones for years, and not unlocking them at the end of the contract, why is this lawsuit being filed only now and with respect to the iPhone?

(BTW, I fully agree locking is an odious practice, but it's not a question of whether I don't like it but rather whether it is illegal.)
Many companies will unlock your phone once you have satisfied the contract. I have done it 2 or 3 times while I was with tmobile.

It would be great if it went thru but I'm not holding my breath:)
Me either, just pointing out that if the stars aligned it could happen
 
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XJ13sd

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Jun 20, 2010
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I started a thread on this Yesterday morning, search before posting please.
 
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robbieduncan

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We need some basic human rights, they selling unlocked iPhone even in China.
You need a realistic sense of perspective, not hyperbole. Basic human rights are things like a roof over your head, clean water, food to eat and the right to your beliefs free for persecution. Not an unlocked shiny consumer trinket.
 
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Block

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Jun 28, 2007
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The government did not explicitly allow jailbreaking. They just said that jailbreaking does not violate the DMCA. This does not grant the practice protection from any other law or regulation. Apple was never going after jailbreakers under DMCA grounds anyways so the ruling changed nothing.
 
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eastercat

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Mar 3, 2008
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No. Don't be ridiculous. If you've got some cheapo flip phone, AT&T will unlock it after you've fulfilled your contract. However because of the exclusive contract, you have a while to wait.
Does AT&T unlock the iPhone after a customer has fulfilled the 24 months contract?
 
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applekiwipeach

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Jul 5, 2010
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No. Don't be ridiculous. If you've got some cheapo flip phone, AT&T will unlock it after you've fulfilled your contract. However because of the exclusive contract, you have a while to wait.
This is simply crazy... I didn't know it and called AT&T immediately after seeing your post... yep, you're right...

It just doesn't make sense to have my phone locked with AT&T for the rest of its life while my contract is just for 24 months...:mad: i didn't know.. i should have gotten the unlocked and sticked with my $49 family plan instead of the $69 at AT&T... not cool...
 
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NicoleRichie

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Jun 30, 2007
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Prediction... iPhone not exclusive to AT&T (when that is going to be is a great guess), you will see them unlocked following a contract.
 
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