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iSurf1234 Calculating status...
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Sep 4, 2012 6:45 PM

Hi

 

I recently requested to have my iPhone 4 unlocked from AT&T. They approved my request. After receieving instructions on unlocking the phone (which I later found out came from Apple), I went through the steps, basically backing up and restoring the iPhone, and it still remained locked. I attempted the same instructions again and it still remained locked. I turned it off and on and that did nothing.

 

Can anyone help me here? Is there any other troubleshooting steps to unlocking my iPhone?

 

 

Thank you

 

 

James

iPhone 4, iOS 5.1.1
  • brad805 Level 5 Level 5 (7,285 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 9:53 PM (in response to iSurf1234)

    My experience with ATT unlock is that it is immediate. They say it will take maybe a day to enter, but all mine have been right away. The only step is to Restore the iPhone. Apple has nothing to do with it, only ATT.

  • ckuan Level 6 Level 6 (19,885 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 9:55 PM (in response to iSurf1234)

    iPhone: Troubleshooting authorised unlock issues

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3198

  • dani4576 Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 10:05 PM (in response to iSurf1234)

    I read somewhere that only unlocked iPhones purchased from Apple can roam on other US carriers while all others are for international use only.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,500 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 10:12 PM (in response to iSurf1234)

    Did you restore as new or from a backup? Restore as new.

  • dani4576 Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 10:19 PM (in response to stevejobsfan0123)

    How are you every where?! Why are you always online!? It's like 1:18 AM where I am. You are truly dedicated.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,500 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 10:22 PM (in response to dani4576)

    Thanks, actually only 10:20 here.

  • Peter Gillespie Level 6 Level 6 (10,760 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 11:54 PM (in response to dani4576)

    an iPhone is either locked to a carrier or unlocked ie useable  with any suitable carrier anywhere

    No halfway status

    An iPhone is only locked where the carrier has subsidised the purchase price at new or that

    was the the criteria required by the carrier  when the they  took on the iPhone as a product

  • Peter Gillespie Level 6 Level 6 (10,760 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 11:59 PM (in response to Peter Gillespie)

    Above only applies to GSM iPhones CDMA carriers  have their own rules

  • MAE0125 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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    Sep 5, 2012 12:01 AM (in response to iSurf1234)

    CONFIRM to AT&T if they have it unlocked on their system. Restoring as new or from backup doesn't matter really. This should work if AT&T really had it unlocked.

  • Nathan-D Level 3 Level 3 (835 points)
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    Sep 5, 2012 3:41 AM (in response to iSurf1234)

    I have read that if the iPhone in question has ever been jailbroken, it will never be able to succeed with the AT&T unlock.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,500 points)
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    Sep 5, 2012 8:49 AM (in response to iSurf1234)

    I think you need an AT&T SIM until the unlock is complete.

     

    You might also want to note that StraightTalk is not a supported carrier. Not all features will work.

  • SenseiPhone Calculating status...
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    Sep 10, 2012 6:14 AM (in response to iSurf1234)

    You will need to put non-AT&T SIM Card inside the iPhone before performing restore.

     

    So when iTunes doing activation for the first time, it will see other SIM card then returned an 'unlocked' status for your iPhone.

     

    Non-AT&T customers can't get unlock from at&t easily, even an exisiting customers couldn't either, so a simple search on google "unlock at&t imei senseiphone" will help those who cannot unlock AT&T iPhones normally.

     

    For APN settings, open up unlockit.co.nz from the iPhone => Continue => Custom APN =>
    Country "United States" and Carrier "Straight Talk" =>
    create profile, then install the profile.

     

    Hope it helps!

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