Off contract AT&T Apple iPhone 5 can unlock through an iTunes reset

Off contract AT&T Apple iPhone 5 can unlock through an iTunes reset
Earlier this month we told you how AT&T had simplified the way it takes requests to unlock a fully paid-off Apple iPhone. Instead of calling the carrier and waiting on hold. we told you about the carrier's new form which you fill out online and submit. After the form is sent along to AT&T, it still might take five to seven days for the request to be honored.

Now, it has been discovered that units of the Apple iPhone 5 that were purchased for full price from AT&T can be unlocked through a simple iTunes reset. After the device is restored on iTunes, you will see a message that reads, "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked." The process was tested by TechCrunch.

Once the Apple iPhone 5 was unlocked, a nano SIM card was fashioned out of a microSIM using scissors. Quickly, the phone started connecting to the T-Mobile network running at the glacial pace of EDGE. Unlocking the Apple iPhone 5 quickly only adds to T-Mobile's "Bring your own iPhone" initiative. T-Mobile recently upgraded its pipeline in Las Vegas to allow for 3G/4G (iPhone 4S only via HSPA+) service for unlocked iPhones. The vast majority of T-Mobile's network hasn't yet been upgraded and will run an unlocked iPhone in 2G.

The reason this works is because Apple iPhone units purchased at full price are listed in the Apple database differently than subsidized models. The latter models go into the system as "ready to be unlocked."

source: TechCrunch

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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15 Comments

1. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

anyone that pays $650 for a phone should have it unlocked out of the box! ...unlocked to work on friggin Mars.

2. devildlm1

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

it amazes me that people would pay $650 for a phone when you can get a mid-ranged laptop + nexus 7 or kindle fire HD for that price

3. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I believe it's the convenience thing, a $650 smartphone is a little more portable and comfortable to carry than a mid-ranged laptop + nexus 7 or kindle fire HD for that price, just saying Oh, my name is Captain Obvious :)

4. devildlm1

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

should i even bother with this idiot? The HARDWARE of a phone doesn't come anywhere near close to being $650. So basically you are telling me that you are willing to pay $150 for the hardware, $200 for the portability, $200 for the comfort, and $100 for the labor right?

6. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I never said I would do it, but there's obviously a lot of people that would, since the AT&T version is the one that sells the most. If you want to save the pennies you shouldn't even be thinking about an iPhone. Oh, the cost to make it is widely available online (around $238 last I saw)

7. Adamits

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Why to buy full priced iphone 5? Still at&t locked iPhone 5's are the cheapest. I bought mine for 499$ from eBay than i used an unlocking service fromhttp://www.attiphoneunlocking.com/ , they unlocked it for 35$. So i saved around 300$. My only problem with this phone that its a bit too big compared to my 4S and hardly fits into my pocket, maybe its lighter, and better camera, but its not a huge difference over the 4S, i'm thinking to will switch back..

5. prdmshrl

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

$650 for a phone that can only run on edge speeds.

8. eliblu

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I bought a iPhone 5 at the subsidized price so it was locked. I want to use it abroad without paying crazy fees so I needed it unlocked. I got it factory unlocked through Apple's servers in about 3 hours atwww.iphonefort-mobile.com. I dealt with Tom.

9. CooLoverM

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

ATT-Unlock.com really did a factory unlocked on my iPhone 5 with just the IMEI number in less than 8 hrs. Now I am using it with T-Mobile. check it out www.ATT-Unlock.com

10. CooLoverM

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

ATT-Unlock.com really did a factory unlocked on my iPhone 5 with just the IMEI number in less than 8 hrs. Now I am using it with T-Mobile. check it out www.ATT-Unlock.com

11. ndrey

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

It is much better to buy licked at&t iphone 5 and then use services like att-iphone-unlock.com to get the factory unlock for just $9

12. appleking

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

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13. dompes

Posts: 1; Member since: May 15, 2013

These guys will unlock iPhone at&t only $6,99, fast service, quick and easy. just 15 minutes your phone will be unlocked and you can check imei status for free, go to eunlocked.com

14. ndrey

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

Things has changed for last 2 onths. Now to unlock any AT&T device you should know if the iPhone is still IN CONTRACT or OUT OF CONTRACT. Actually there si one public / free source calledhttp://imeichecker.letsunlockiphone.com/ to check and track the contract status. Sample of results: IMEI: IN CONTRACT [date] or IMEI: OUT OF CONTRACT

15. ndrey

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

And yes the price range for new AT&T unlocks are very diffirent from previous. Now it cost from $99 but I know the secret source where you can get it from $49. I usedhttp://att.imei.org/ as they are official resellers of DigitalUnlocking TM

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