AT&T's new online form allows you to request that your out of contract Apple iPhone gets unlocked

AT&T's new online form allows you to request that your out of contract Apple iPhone gets unlocked
Want to unlock your off contract Apple iPhone? If you bought a variant of the device wearing the AT&T brand, the carrier would be more than happy to unlock the device for you. A new online web form helps make the whole process easier. AT&T wants the applicant to meet certain conditions. For example, he or she must be a current or former AT&T customer and the Apple iPhone itself must be an AT&T branded model and not a Verizon or Sprint version of the smartphone.The contract associated with the phone must have been completed and the model cannot have been reported stolen. The phone also has to have been active for the last 60 days.

If you're currently in the military and deployed overseas, AT&T will unlock your Apple iPhone with proof of your deployment. Also eligible is someone who purchased the device at an authorized reseller paying the "no commitment" price. Proof of purchase is required in that situation.

There is a pretty big market for unlocked Apple iPhone models overseas where buyers can use international SIM cards to get the unit up and running. To prevent abuse, AT&T is limiting the number of Apple iPhones it will unlock to five per account.  Even with the new form, patience is required as it might take from five to seven days for AT&T to complete the request.

While AT&T did announce last April that it would unlock out of contract Apple iPhone models, the process back then required you to call the carrier, receive an unlock code from a technician, and use the code to unlock the phone via iTunes.

source: AT&T via BGR


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8 Comments

2. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Frankly you should be able to use your phone on whatever compatible carrier you want after the contract is up.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

In the real world that's not how it works.

6. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Thank the greedy carriers

3. johnny9000

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

This form makes AT&T customer service rep's lives a whole lot easier. "Go online, I said go online, no, I will not unlock the iphone you "found" on the back of a truck in Hong Kong."

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Think of the money AT&T could make if they charged for the service.

7. apexgroove

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Even if you don't meet AT&T's requirements to unlock your iPhone, it can still be done with UnlockStreak activations for iTunes, which turns it into iPhone unlock software. That type of unlock is permanent like the one from AT&T.

8. ndrey

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

I've tried this now working any more. You need to have valid AT&T customers accound and SSN (which is only for US customers) but you can still unlock any AT&T device by using the besthttp://digitalunlocking.net/ source

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