Factory unlocked?

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  1. HUNTER1

    HUNTER1 Member

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    I called at&t and this is what they said, the phone you're trying to unlock must be out of contract. For example, if I upgrade to iPhone 5 then my 4s is off line then I can call them and they will unlock, still not bad.
     
  2. Mr.Mischief

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    I'm not sure what to tell you, it says on their website that they'll unlock it. Try doing it through AT&T chat: Unlock an AT&T iPhone From the Web with AT&T Technical Support

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    f they do indeed have an unwritten rule that says only off contract phones can be unlocked, just purchase a used iPhone.
     
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    I will try the chat and see. If not I have two options to get this unlocked. I get I5 then get this unlocked or just get it unlocked thru paid service.
     
  4. cherlloydfan1

    cherlloydfan1 New Member

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    Why not buy factory unlocked?
     
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    gabbar New Member

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    Prices of a factory unlocked device would be definitely more than getting it via upgrade.
     
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    cherlloydfan1 New Member

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    But its less of a hassle
     
  7. Mr.Mischief

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    Factory unlocked iPhone 4S 16GB: $696

    AT&T iPhone 4S 16GB: $199

    Save $500 with a phone call? I know what I'd do.

    Sent from my HTC One S
     
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    cherlloydfan1 New Member

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    K...................
     
  9. gabbar

    gabbar New Member

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    Getting it unlocked is hardly a hassle these days.
     
  10. cherlloydfan1

    cherlloydfan1 New Member

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    Um. K.
     
  11. Bula

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    $696 your buying a factory unlocked iPhone which allows you to go with the network of your choice, and allows you to negotiate the best service plan you can afford...

    for $199 you get an iPhone locked to a specific Service provider for 2 years, paying a high monthly plan...I don't live in the US but it's the same con everywhere... I bought my partner a factory unlocked iPhone direct from Apple, she pays a monthly phone bill of just under $12

    But I'm realistic, I know the better deal is to buy the seemingly more expensive factory unlocked iPhone....but due to cash flow I end up going with the more expensive subsidised route...:p:eek:
     
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    Yeah.... It's pretty much like take the bitter pill once and it's all set.
     
  13. Mr.Mischief

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    Once unlocked, the AT&T iPhone has the same capabilities.

    I know I posted "4S", but I really meant the 4. The iPhone 4 is over 2 years old, many people are reaching the end of their contracts. Their $199 device can be unlocked free and used with one of the many other cheaper carriers. That sure beats buying a factory unlocked device.

    I'm no stranger to prepaid, I've been using prepaid services for 2 years. I used T-Mobile and Straight Talk with my iPhone's.
     

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