Re: Unlocking an iPhone
01-14-2011 10:35:02 AM
Neither Apple nor AT&T will unlock the iPhone for ANY reason at this point. Period. End of story. There is no need to check with anyone; this issue has been documented and is not open for discussion or debate.
I have not checked with the iPhone, but I have had other GSM phones with ATT, and they are locked to ATT while under contract. However, near the end of the contract period, or definitely after the contract has expired, ATT readily unlocked my phone upon request.
They generally won't unlock it while under contract (or at least in the first 18 months of the contract) because they subsidized the price of the phone when you purchased it ($199 w/2yr contract, for example), so they want to get their money back. However, once the contract has expired, there should be no reason why they will not unlock the phone, whether it's an iPhone or a Samsung Aria.
Note, when I speak of unlocking an iPhone I am referring to unlocking the phone from working exclusively with an ATT SIM. I'm not talking about jailbreaking the phone.