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MASS91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I bought an iPhone4 recently in the US, WITHOUT CONTRACT, but its still AT&T locked. I bought it AT FULL PRICE, so i practically have a VERY EXPENSIVE IPOD.... how can i contact Apple to unlock my iPhone4? it is not fair and even unconstitutional (since i paid full price).

Please reply ASAP.

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  • Kwopau Level 4 Level 4 (1,725 points)
    First and foremost, ALL U.S PURCHASED IPHONE is carrier locked to AT&T, REGARDLESS if you purchased it as a no-contract price. There is NO official way to unlock the U.S iphone. Apple and AT&T does NOT unlock iphones.

    You probably have to sell the iphone on EBAY and post that it is an AT&T (Locked) iphone. If you are within 30 days, send it to a friend in U.S and have him/her return the phone for you.

    If you knew that U.S iphone are carrier locked, you wouldn't have purchased one here in the U.S and thus purchased in a country where they sell factory unlocked.
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,585 points)
    You CANNOT.

    ALL U.S. iphones are carrier locked to AT&T and CANNOT be activated with any other carrier in any other country.

    Unlocking is NOT an option with U.S. iphones, never has been.

    Sorry.
  • MASS91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ugh, this ***** big time... lol
    however, i have read in forums that say that ATT (sometimes, i dont know if its true), sends the IMEI to Apple so they would unlock it....
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,820 points)
    That is false. As has been said several times now, AT&T does not unlock an iPhone under any circumstances, for any reason, and never has. Either you misread or whoever said that was spreading incorrect information.

    One again: there is no legitimate way to get an AT&T-locked iPhone unlocked.

    Regards.

    Message was edited by: Dave Sawyer
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,375 points)
    Not for an iPhone AT&T doesn't. You read wrong or misunderstood.

    AT&T will not unlock an iPhone for any reason or under any circumstances.
  • 0Jojo0 Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    if you buy it overseas then some countries have them unlocked...the downside you have to buy it full price...
  • MASS91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    well, then i guess i'll have to jailbrake it, and then unlock it.... too bad they havent come out with an unlock for baseband 2.10.04... any news on that?
  • Kwopau Level 4 Level 4 (1,725 points)
    MASS91 wrote:
    well, then i guess i'll have to jailbrake it, and then unlock it.... too bad they havent come out with an unlojavascript:void(0);ck for baseband 2.10.04... any news on that?


    Nobody here can tell you about the jb + unlock, as it is not supported by apple and is against the ToU, you are going to have to google yourself and find what's best for you if you ever plan on doing this. Keep in mind that whatever happens, warranty will be voided, as it is only a country specific. So if something happens to your phone, you are out of luck.
  • Andy :] Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    Do some research next time. It had been locked to AT&T in the us since it's was officially released.

    Regards

    Andy
  • Saftouch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey..i hav bought an iphone 4 on the way back to my country a week before and i paid full price assuming that it would be carrier unlocked. I have already opened the box and tried to activate. Can i return the phone.
  • DaVBMan Level 6 Level 6 (9,265 points)
    Contract free (full price) has nothing to do with locked or unlocked.
  • Saftouch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So i hav already unboxed it can i return the phone
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (60,175 points)
    Saftouch wrote:
    So i hav already unboxed it can i return the phone


    Ask the store you bought it from
  • Kwopau Level 4 Level 4 (1,725 points)
    Saftouch wrote:
    Hey..i hav bought an iphone 4 on the way back to my country a week before and i paid full price assuming that it would be carrier unlocked. I have already opened the box and tried to activate. Can i return the phone.


    so you bought your phone in U.S for a full price thinking that it is unlocked? I'm sorry to tell you that no matter if you bought it a contract price (199/299) for a no contract pricing (full price), that it is still locked to AT&T, no official way of unlocking it. Apple and AT&T in U.S does not unlock the iphones.

    I may ask, what was the reason why you purchased your phone in U.S and not in your country?

    Since you opened it, if it's still within 30 day period, you can return it back in U.S but you will have to have a friend or relative or if you know anyone going to U.S. There will be a 10% restock fee to return it. If you are past 30 days, you might as well just sell it on e-bay and post that it is an U.S AT&T phone.
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