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    Default Can one Mobile company unlock your phone from another ?

    I have a new 3Gs & it's on AT&T. My iPhone is already at 3.1.3 what I'm wondering is if I take it to Telkomsel (indonesia iPhone carrier) can they unlock it from AT&T so I can use their network ? I know illegal in the USA but Here in Indo it's very corrupt so a few bucks can get a lot done. So is that possible to do ? or am I out of luck ?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Balisurfer View Post
    I have a new 3Gs & it's on AT&T. My iPhone is already at 3.1.3 what I'm wondering is if I take it to Telkomsel (indonesia iPhone carrier) can they unlock it from AT&T so I can use their network ? I know illegal in the USA but Here in Indo it's very corrupt so a few bucks can get a lot done. So is that possible to do ? or am I out of luck ?
    It is Apple who authorises the unlock, they will look up the serial number of the phone and see it is with AT&T (who refuse to allow unlocks for their phones).

    So some money to a telco in Indonesia probably will not help at all.

    This is why buying an AT&T iPhone is not as cheap as you think it might be.

    (situation was different with the 2G iPhone - we have a permanent unlock.
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    Oh ok thanks !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olethros View Post
    see it is with AT&T (who refuse to allow unlocks for their phones).
    Not trying to split hairs, but AT&T *will* unlock phones (other than the iPhone) for users who have over 1 year of service if you tell them that you're traveling overseas and need an alternate carrier. I've had them unlock a mess of Blackberries in my tenure.

    That said, you're right, they won't unlock iPhones! Under *any* circumstance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n1ckn4m3 View Post
    Not trying to split hairs, but AT&T *will* unlock phones (other than the iPhone) for users who have over 1 year of service if you tell them that you're traveling overseas and need an alternate carrier. I've had them unlock a mess of Blackberries in my tenure.

    That said, you're right, they won't unlock iPhones! Under *any* circumstance.
    Thanks, I meant specifically iPhones.
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    Shoulld have bought a UK O2 iPhone, they are unlocking them on request by the owner through iTunes. This is what competition does, competition means better deals for the consumer :-)

    Sorry not helpful to OP but for anyone else buying from overseas go either officially unlocked or from a UK seller who has had it unlocked through O2/iTunes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scudder View Post
    Shoulld have bought a UK O2 iPhone, they are unlocking them on request by the owner through iTunes. This is what competition does, competition means better deals for the consumer :-)

    Sorry not helpful to OP but for anyone else buying from overseas go either officially unlocked or from a UK seller who has had it unlocked through O2/iTunes.
    Same thing is possible in Norway where I live (competition is good).

    The US has a way to fragmented mobile carrier industry. Different frequencies and even different mobile standards don't help create a competitive environment.

    It would be interesting to see if someone could make up a chart comparing the cost of importing a factory unlocked phone versus getting one on contract and paying for it to be unlocked.
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