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Front glass replacement and unlocking

1533 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Jul 24, 2012 10:57 AM by jfaughnan RSS
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Jul 21, 2012 5:39 PM

A (good) friend gave us an 8GB post-contract AT&T iPhone 4 with cracked glass. I believe Apple will replace it with a comparable refurb for about $150 (not sure).

 

Here's the question. Since it's out of contract my friend can ask AT&T to authorize an unlock. I've done this with two of our phones; AT&T just checks the IMEI against my account.

 

Problem is, if we get a refurb the IMEI changes. I assume the refurb will be AT&T carrier locked, and since the IMEI won't match her contract AT&T won't unlock it.

 

Does anyone know how Apple handles this?

 

(If I find out from the Genius bar I'll respond to this post with the answer.)

iPhone 4, iOS 4.3.3

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