Will AT&T unlock my iPhone 4?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by silvrbullet, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. silvrbullet macrumors regular

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    I'm not eligible for an upgrade yet, but AT&T said I could pay $250+ contract price for the iPhone 4S, and sign another two year contract. AT this time my contractual obligation to the iPhone 4 will be up-- Will AT&T unlock it for me?

    My girlfriend wants to use it on T-mobile.. she is currently using a 3G that's jailbroke.. it doesn't work the best.
     
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  3. Middiebear macrumors member

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    AT&T does not unlock the iPhone.

    There's no unlock code to give and there's no instructions on how to do it in any of the AT&T billing systems.
     
  4. silvrbullet thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's totally depressing. I figured since Apple was selling them unlocked, there might be a way..

    Is a jalibreak more stable on the iPhone 4? It seems like her 3G crashes ALL the time, and isn't stable...
     
  5. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    funny thing is that in Germany after two years T-Mobile unlocks your phone. It's the law since you have paid in full by then. They send you an unlock code via Text I think.

    It's a shame that US law allows ATT (and others) to keep your phone locked although you fullfilled your contract and paid the phone. Can some lawyer please file a lawsuit?:D
     
  6. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    There is a way, but it's entirely up to the carrier whether they choose to use it.

    No, they do not. iPhone unlocks are accomplished via communication with Apple's servers when you sync your phone in iTunes (and presumably now OTA...although I've no confirmation of that). The carrier submits the request to Apple and, if all goes right, the next time you sync you will receive a message saying that your phone has been unlocked. There is no such thing as an iPhone unlock code.
     
  7. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

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    In the USA, T-mobile unlocks your phone as long as you have been in good standing with them for at least 90 days.

    Obviously they can't unlock iPhones since they do not have an agreement with apple to sell them, but any t-mobile device you have your SIM will be unlocked if you call them up and ask them.
     

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