Would it be possible to get AT&T to Unlock my iPhone 3G?

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  1. MrMacMini macrumors regular

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    I have had multiple phones and have had them unlocked by AT&T after my contracts expire.

    Most recently I had a blackberry, called AT&T, got the unlock, Unlocked the phone, and handed it down to my sister to use on TMobile.

    Now Im getting the iPhone 4, and since my contract is over I should be able to do what I please with my 3g....Can I call AT&T to get the phone unlocked so that I can hand it down to my nephew?

    Is it wishful thinking?
     
  2. j3yq macrumors 6502

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    Might be. You could always jailbreak it, but not sure if you want to go down that route.
     
  3. MrMacMini thread starter macrumors regular

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    I kinda wanna stay away from jailbreaking so that I dont have to worry about my nephew updating or doing something to brick it. I will if I have to but if I can avoid it, I will.
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    they will not unlock it after your contract

    lame i know
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    AT&T unlocks all phones but the iPhone in the us?
     
  6. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Yes.
     
  7. nowstime macrumors regular

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    I talked with a AT&T rep on the phone and he told me that iPhones are locked to AT&T even after the contract expires.
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    How is this even legal???

    After your contract is up, why does ATT impose this restriction when they don't for any other phone?
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Good questions.
    Hope the government puts some pressure on them so a customer that has fulfilled their contract or paid full price on an iPhone can have it officially unlocked.
     
  10. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    IIRC, they got an exemption from the government to allow them to keep the iPhone locked. Probably they made generous gifts to the right people.
     
  11. snook911 macrumors 6502a

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    well when the first iphone came out it was not subsidized but it was still locked to at&t. You knew from the begining the iphone was different. It was the only phone you had to pay full retail for yet sign a new 2 year agreement and have the phone locked. and we all said OK that sounds fair (including me)
     
  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Well we didnt exactly say ok that sounds fair :D
    More like I dont care, here's my money and wheres the paper to sign?
    I want that phone :)
     
  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    and not cool at all
     
  14. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    APPLE and ATT is bigger than government :D

    i want to unlock my iPhone legally also - because i completed two year contract and and it is freaking my phone; i can do whatever I want with it...

    APPLE and ATT are really waiting for some government action before doing any steps to unlock the old iPhones ...

    think about all these iPhones sitting as iPods because it cannot be unlocked properly (without going illegal method).
     
  15. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    Rules for common man only

    not for big corporations like APPLE and ATT. :confused:
     
  16. supremeMilo macrumors member

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    Remember according to the DMCA using the jailbreak to unlock your phone is NOT ILLEGAL.
     
  17. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    is ATT know how to unlock the iPhone or is it under apple's control?
     
  18. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Its not Apple, they unlock their iphones in many different countries per carrier request.
    AT&T doesnt want them to and probably have that small detail on their contract with Apple not to provide an official unlock to US iphones.
     
  19. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    thanks...

    we should start signature campaign to unlock all the old iPhones, every other country can do it, why not US and ATT.
     
  20. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040

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    Well, here is the scoop-

    • You know going into a contract that the phone is locked. If not, you ask.
    • Even if you can unlock the phone, what other carrier are you going to use it on in reality? T-Mobile? Really?
    • Only thing you can do with an unlocked phone is sell it overseas or use it on AT&T.
    • Since you already know the phone is locked and cannot be unlocked after your contract (you should have asked this to start with), you can't complain after the fact. Don't like it? Don't buy it.
     
  21. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040

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    Have fun with that. Lets unlock all the iPhones because here in the USA - we have 1 choice. AT&T. T-Mobile doesn't count because you can't even use the phone to it's full potential. Lol. :rolleyes:
     
  22. Middiebear macrumors member

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    I believe there's currently a class-action law suit going on against ATT about the practice of locked phones filed by the citizens of California.

    Perhaps the US government will make it illegal for the US carriers to have phones to be sold locked in the future???
     
  23. Prise macrumors regular

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    On T-Mobile, you can use Edge, I suppose.

    If you're adamant on unlocking it, jailbreaking would be your best option. It really isn't all that risky.
     
  24. Prise macrumors regular

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    Their reasoning for locking the phone is because it is subsidized.

    Of course, if you pay full retail price, there is no justification for locking the phone, and should be deemed an illegal practice.
     
  25. lord patton macrumors 65816

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    No, but they are bigger than US Steel. ;)
     

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