For those who have never felt inclined to jailbreak their iPhone, or allow possibly dubious backstreet stores to lay their hands on it, unlocking has been something iPhone users have just had to get along without. Reports, however, of the telecom company AT&T have been coming in that iPhone users are having their iPhone’s unlocked before their contract has finished. AT&T has been known for allowing the unlocking of phones after the contracts had been completed but now, for some undisclosed reason, the company are responding positively to unlock request forms sent in from people who may not be even half way through their 2 year contract.
Although this has raised questions, not to mention eyebrows, the company really don’t have much to lose. Regardless of when they permit, and effect, the unlocking they individual will still have the remainder of the contract to pay off, even if they transfer the sim to another phone – or even stop using it altogether.
How to Officially Unlock iPhone Online :
Requesting an unlock from AT&T is simple. It can be done via their website and as long as you have the IMEI number ( international mobile equipment identity), which can be found under Settings > General > About. They have an online form that you fill out with the IMEI and other required information. Link at the bottom of this article .
The terms of unlocking state that the phone must have been made designed for AT&T’s network and not be registered and lost or stolen to qualify. Their terms also state, All contract obligations, including any term commitment, associated with the device to be unlocked have been fully satisfied, and it is that section that is causing all the confusion surrounding the company’s policy.
The website states that the unlocking may take between 5 and 7 days to complete, although a number of people are reporting it being done much quicker.
As a free service you don’t have anything to lose by applying as lot of users applications for the unlocking service have been successfully acknowledged, however others have not been so lucky. Some people have had their requests denied without any real feedback as to why, although it has become to be believed that it has something to do with their accounting standard with the communications giant.
Whatever AT&T’s game plan is they should at least release a formal statement explaining this sudden change in policy, who is eligible and when people can apply for the service. Until then people can only apply and see where it gets them.
It doesn’t really seem fair that service providers guard the iPhone so closely. At the end of the contract the phone is yours and you should be able to use it however you wish. Hopefully this will spark the changes that will effectively free up the iPhone for wider use.
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Edited and Published by Sourish