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    Default Tricking Apple to unlock my IPHONE 4???

    Okay I know that they can only unlock your phone if your carrier requests it.

    does anyone know the process?

    ie. I would call apple and....

    ME: Hi im Johnny from AT&T at Lexington Mall branch and have a customers phone that we would like to unlock for him.
    APPLE: oh hi sir, well all we need is ___________ and __________ from you and we will unlock it....????


    any ideas?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Koobs_18t View Post
    Okay I know that they can only unlock your phone if your carrier requests it.

    does anyone know the process?

    ie. I would call apple and....

    ME: Hi im Johnny from AT&T at Lexington Mall branch and have a customers phone that we would like to unlock for him.
    APPLE: oh hi sir, well all we need is ___________ and __________ from you and we will unlock it....???
    Ahh if only it was so simple. First - you need to understand that both Apple and AT&T have subsidised the price of your phone and you only paid a fraction of it's true approx $900 cost. They won't let you unlock because they want the subsidy (and more) paid back via your monthly contract and usage.

    If you want AT&T to unlock your phone, your only option is to make a huge stink - harass them and be incredibly difficult, make it seem like it's their fault you need an unlock (the sales person promised great coverage and you have been unable to get reception at all - for example)

    Your chances are slim. There's no point trying Apple directly (at least faking a verbal confirmation won't be enough)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olethros View Post
    If you want AT&T to unlock your phone, your only option is to make a huge stink - harass them and be incredibly difficult, make it seem like it's their fault you need an unlock (the sales person promised great coverage and you have been unable to get reception at all - for example)

    Your chances are slim. There's no point trying Apple directly (at least faking a verbal confirmation won't be enough)
    I can confirm this 100%. In as many times as I have tried, I have *never* been able to convince AT&T to provide the unlock code for an iPhone. I've had no problem at all getting them to unlock any other type of device on their network (blackberries, feature phones, android phones, etc.), but they are very strict about the iPhone.

    In any case, complaining to Apple will do absolutely zero -- they do not control whether or not AT&T allows you to unlock the device, and unfortunately, the carrier situation in the USA is 40 years behind the rest of the world -- we're still locking users in with complex and unfairly weighed contracts and charges, and trying to keep customers by threatening them with termination fees.

    I can't say there's a 0% chance of success here, but I'm having a hard time coming up with a number any higher due to the sheer number of times I've attempted this and failed. AT&T is usually pretty easy to work with for me, I've got over 4,000 lines of service with them at the company I work for, so we've got a little bit of weight when we have unusual requests -- but no dice for unlocking iPhone 3G/S/4 yet....

    Let us know if you manage to get this done and what tricks you had to use to convince them they should do this, please.
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    Okay i got a bit of info.

    I dono about AT&T but here in Canada the two big guys are FIDO and Rogers. They recently (dec14th) offer $50 unlocks.... one condition.... your contract has to be up.

    I tried resoning with them but no luck. They wouldnt transfer me to the Unlock department (which i found out is extension #920 lol).

    What im going to try is to call again saying im from the store and if they can transfer me to extension #920 as i have a client that has nothing but bad luck and would like to get his iphone 4 unlocked although he is still on the contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koobs_18t View Post
    Okay i got a bit of info.

    I dono about AT&T but here in Canada the two big guys are FIDO and Rogers. They recently (dec14th) offer $50 unlocks.... one condition.... your contract has to be up.

    I tried resoning with them but no luck. They wouldnt transfer me to the Unlock department (which i found out is extension #920 lol).

    What im going to try is to call again saying im from the store and if they can transfer me to extension #920 as i have a client that has nothing but bad luck and would like to get his iphone 4 unlocked although he is still on the contract.

    If you are in Canada, then it's your own fault. Apple sells the iPhone 4 "commitment free" directly - you should have bought that instead of locking yourself into a contract.
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