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  • Starting April 8th AT&T Will Finally Unlock Your iPhone For You



    AT&T is listening to customers and providing them with a service they should have from the start?

    I know I can’t believe it either, but AT&T will now unlock your iPhone, the only catch? Your 2-year contract needs to be expired. The unlock will allow users to use their iPhone on any other carrier’s network that is compatible with the device.

    Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones. The only requirements are that a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee. — AT&T
    The new policy seems to be in response to an iPhone owner who contacted Tim Cook after AT&T refused to unlock his off-contract iPhone 3GS. The 3GS owner was moving to Canada and wanted to continue to use his phone after the move. AT&T eventually unlocked the device after being contacted directly by Cook’s office (that had to be an awkward conversation).

    While there are any number of hacks and unlock workarounds, this new policy offers the more patient among us to finally escape AT&T’s suffocating lack of service, customer care, and commitment to slow network expansion.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Starting April 8th AT&T Will Finally Unlock Your iPhone For You started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 125 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Finally! AT&T should have been doing this from the start! This will be much better than waiting for an unlock to happen
    1. wrcsti's Avatar
      wrcsti -
      Woo! so now we need instructions on how to contact them for it
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Hmmmm, now if we can just convince Apple or the wireless provider to jailbreak the devices.
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      Funny I read this after I just got a text from At&T stating "Your data usage has reached 3GB this month. Using more than 3GB in future billing cycles will result in reduced speeds. You can use wi-fi to help avoid reduced speeds."
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      Quote Originally Posted by punjabi212 View Post
      Funny I read this after I just got a text from At&T stating "Your data usage has reached 3GB this month. Using more than 3GB in future billing cycles will result in reduced speeds. You can use wi-fi to help avoid reduced speeds."
      I HATE that text.
      I just got unthrottled today.
      How long did it take you?
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Senyaichiya View Post
      I HATE that text.
      I just got unthrottled today.
      How long did it take you?
      I didn't get throttled. Today was the last day in my billing cycle.
    1. somethingblue's Avatar
      somethingblue -
      It sounds like this is only good for people who still have an account with AT&T. I bought my phone second-hand, so even though the contract is up, I'm worried I won't be able to take advantage of this.
    1. krUnIzZlE3's Avatar
      krUnIzZlE3 -
      NO WAY. WOOP WOOP! NICEEEE.....

      Wait... I Bought My iPhone Outright For $700 (32GB) I Dont See Anything About That....
    1. Piazza331's Avatar
      Piazza331 -
      Now, here's the question. I'm currently on a 2 year contract with an iPhone 4S. Obviously I can't have that phone unlocked, but does this mean they will unlock a 4 or 3GS that I still have sitting around. Is there a limit to the number of off contract iPhones I have that can be unlocked?
    1. Harambur's Avatar
      Harambur -
      wow, about time.
    1. waroftyr's Avatar
      waroftyr -
      So, if I have a 4s (current) and an old 4 not in use anymore they won't unlock the 4 till my contract is up for the 4s?
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Finally! AT&T should have been doing this from the start! This will be much better than waiting for an unlock to happen
      I definitely didn't see this one coming. Hell must have frozen over.
    1. jazzyjeff's Avatar
      jazzyjeff -
      Quote Originally Posted by krUnIzZlE3 View Post
      NO WAY. WOOP WOOP! NICEEEE.....

      Wait... I Bought My iPhone Outright For $700 (32GB) I Dont See Anything About That....

      I feel your pain..I bought my white 4S Factory Unlocked for $705 from apple...but it felt nice to not be restricted to software unlocks for it though
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      I hope we can do this online so we don't have to contact the crappy AT&T customer service.
    1. SergeantMAC's Avatar
      SergeantMAC -
      Quote Originally Posted by xclusiveiphone View Post
      I hope we can do this online so we don't have to contact the crappy AT&T customer service.
      Ya right, and AT&T missing out on getting you in their brick and mortar stores so they can push their outrageously priced accessories on you? Highly doubt it.

      Also, will it be free or will they charge you to do it??!!
    1. ajones330's Avatar
      ajones330 -
      If your phone is jailbroken will this affect it? Probably so
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      Yeheey, I'm FREE on Sunday!
    1. Rich.'s Avatar
      Rich. -
      What is verizon's policy on unlocking? Do they do this yet?
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      i cant believe it
    1. jokods's Avatar
      jokods -
      Softbank/au Japan should do this too. Foreigner who used iPhone but have to go back to his home country cannot do anything but to sell the gadget at the lowest price.