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09-13-2012, 09:43 PM #1
UNLOCK AT&T 'In-Contract/Out of Contract' iPhones (3G, 3GS, 4, 4S) without Restoring!!!
This info is derived from a thread started a few days ago...
One of MMI's very own Moderators tipped us off on an eBay seller that is providing a Certified UNLOCK for ANY & ALL iPhones (3G, 3GS, 4, 4S)...regardless if they are 'In-Contract" or "Out of Contract.'
You can also get an unlock from Jailbreak Developer @chronic!
BTW, unlocking your device increases it's resale value; so if your planning to upgrade to the newest iPhone, then this will help fund it!!!
A few people were involved in the collaboration of this tutorial:
-NewdestinyX (the written portion)
-thazsar (the chronological pictures)
***I've edited some of NewDestinyXs info to match with the photos (identified by italics)
[I]-FIRST, purchase an unlock from:
- eBay seller: seller:unlock_fusion (copy & paste the whole name)
- or any other reputable unlock service
This has ONLY been tested for GSM AT&T phones. NOT Verizon (CDMA). (although @chronic claims to be able to do Verizon phones)
***ONLY AT&T GSM-only phones.***
Well good NEWS!! For any of you who've recently used the eBay unlock service for your IN CONTRACT iPhone 4S's.. and WANT TO KEEP your ABSINTHE jailbreak..
NO NEED TO RESTORE through iTunes after you receive the UNLOCK message received from the company.
-If you'd like to confirm your device is unlocked PRIOR to the steps below, you can check your IMEI status on this website: Free iPhone IMEI checker - iphoneox.com
-Simply add the REPO: repo.bingner.com to Cydia's SOURCES.
-Then install the package called SAM. *It will also add other files required by the developer*
-Once installed it will ask you to RELOAD SPRINGBOARD -- do so.. you'll have no choice...
Assuming you've gotten your confirmation email from an eBAY unlock service or AT&T themselves -- next, they tell you to RESTORE in iTUNES - but DO NOT RESTORE in iTunes..
-Simply open SAM from your Springboard on your iPhone
-Then click on DE-ACTIVATE iPhone (clear push)
*Do not hit ANY OTHER BUTTONS.. SAM will give you a confirmation message.
-Then simply open iTunes -- and plug in your phone to your computer -- iTunes will access the AppleStore and you'll see the message:
CONGRATULATIONS - YOUR PHONE IS NOW UNLOCKED!
Your jailbreak will be fully intact AND iTunes will auto-reactivate your phone!
*This will be an invisible process to you; No screen messages and nothing on your phone will tell you that you were 'deactivated' for any time period.*
This is the ONLY method you can use to KEEP YOUR ABSINTHE jailbreak of an iPhone 4S... redsn0w jail breakers can also use this method to avoid Restoring your iDevice.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and give us thanx if it helped you out!!!
Last edited by thazsar; 10-05-2012 at 12:21 AM.
09-13-2012, 09:50 PM #2
You might wanna clarify unlock only works for gsm iPhones, regardless if you have a 4s cdma/gsm model, it only works if you have it locked to a gsm provider.
09-13-2012, 09:50 PM #3
great TUT man!!!!
09-13-2012, 09:57 PM #4
This might be a scam, my phone showed unlock to locked in matters of hours after using this method on iphoneox.com.
09-13-2012, 09:58 PM #5
Good work, Thaszar!!! Nice tutorial. I will send people here.
Remind them it only works for GSM AT&T phones. NOT Verizon (cdma) and not, I think for the combo phone CDMA/GSM even if your carrier is AT&T.. ??
ONLY AT&T GSM-only phones.
Last edited by NewdestinyX; 09-13-2012 at 10:17 PM.
09-13-2012, 10:00 PM #6
09-13-2012, 10:01 PM #7
For what it's worth MY recently unlocked phone with the $9 guy on eBay still say UNLOCKED at iphoneox.com. But that means nothing to me. A friend's TMobile microSIM that I put in my phone tonight -proved it to me.. LOL!! As I was able to call with it.. LOL!!
So get your unlocks everyone. This is NOT a scam..
Will the iPhone 5 also be a combo?
09-13-2012, 10:10 PM #8
09-13-2012, 10:13 PM #9
It just makes it easier to produce the phone, rather than two different phones they make one with both chips. But they activate either gsm or cdma not both. So even though it has both capabilities inside it you can't take advantage from it. When I say as long as it's locked to AT&T I mean based on the reports, only AT&T locked iPhones (4,4s etc) are capable of being unlocked in the US. So when they unlock it they only make it so you can use other sim, NOT CDMA providers. I think when verizon/sprint unlock it you can use SIM cards but ONLY international ones, not US based ones.
09-13-2012, 10:16 PM #10
09-13-2012, 10:18 PM #11
I'll fix the post! Thanx!
09-13-2012, 10:21 PM #12
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Last edited by xclusiveiphone; 09-13-2012 at 10:41 PM.
09-13-2012, 10:47 PM #15
They DO say on their homepage that they can unlock 99.5% of GSM AT&T phones. Maybe you fell into the 0.5% hole there. In which case they promise refunds.
Now I just went to the website you list above and put in my IMEI and it shows UNLOCKED - BUT it say ACTIVATED: NO. You see -- that's incorrect. I'm fully activated and using my phone now to make calls and do everything. So these sites are just not all that dependable.
Did you ever see the CONGRATULATIONS message in iTunes? That's 100%proof positive of an unlock if you get that message. APPLE is the one that carries UNLOCK lists. And you could never get iTUNES to congratulate you if you were actually unlocked.
Last edited by NewdestinyX; 09-13-2012 at 10:50 PM.
09-13-2012, 10:49 PM #16
BTW newdestinyx, do you have a 4s or 4. Mine is a 4s. I did this to my friend's 4s as well as mine with the same results.
Last edited by xclusiveiphone; 09-13-2012 at 11:13 PM.
09-13-2012, 11:11 PM #17
09-13-2012, 11:40 PM #18
Just go get a prepaid sim somewhere tomorrow - GoPhone from Radio Shack.. something like that. AS LONG as it's GSM.. But that will cost $.. You can try TMobile.. That would tell you for sure.
If APPLE's iTunes tells you you're unlocked - then you're unlocked dude.. :-)
09-14-2012, 01:18 AM #19
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