Tuesday, April 10, 2012

AT&T announced Unlock for their iPhone legally

AT&T Customers you have got Good News. It has been confirmed that as of April 8th the iPhone users can unlock their handsets if they want to.

In other words, AT&T is planning to unlock off-contact iPhones for the users who want to unlock their devices. This enables the customers to use any other GSM network not only the one foe which they bought the phone. The thing is that AT&T doesn’t offer unlock codes for the iPhone yet, so in case you are looking to unlock your AT&T iPhone, the company who will do the unlocking is actually Apple. Of, course in order to do that you must first address to AT&T on its online chat.

Even if this information did not come from an AT&T official statement it has been confirmed by the carrier itself. The information appeared last week, but bow we can provide a few more details about how customers can unlock their iPhones.

The first was is the classic way, customers can unlock the devices in-store. However, those who are too lazy or don’t have the time to go to an AT&T store can make it happen through an online chat with the carrier on its official site. The process can be done very easy and in little time. All the data you will need to provide to AT&T is the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. The number can be obtained by going to Settings>General>About on your iPhone.

Once the procedure is completed, you have to wait for an email which should be sent by Apple in maximum 72 hours. The email which comes directly from the phone’s manufacturer contains the unlock code. After Apple sends you the unlock code you will have to back-up and restore and then tether your phone to iTunes in order to conclude the unlock procedure. The procedure is included in an Apple support document referenced by one of the carrier’s officials.

Nevertheless, it seems that the email including the unlock code is not the only way of Apple dealing with the requests. Some of the users had distinct experiences with the unlock. For instance, one particular user that he has to wait until April 16th if he wants to get his iPhone unlocked, instead of receiving the code in 72 hours. Anyway, if you’re having problems unlocking your device you should visit the iMore forums.

Also, if you have more than one phone that you want to unlock, you must submit the request through AT&T customer care. However, this can’t be done for any number of devices as the maximum unlock codes that can be provided for a single account in one year is 5. When it comes to used devices, the carrier will examine the history of the account that belongs to the original owner in order to be sure that the contact has ended. Which reminds me to tell you one more that the only way to get your device unlocked is that you have concluded the original contract for the iPhone.

So, in case your contract with AT&T is completed you can unlock your device and start using other services such as pay-as-you-go or international roaming. Also, you should to that iPhones can now be used on other carriers like US Cellular and T-Mobile (in this case the iPhone can be used only in 2G).

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