Unlock iPhone 4S for international travel?

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Unlock iPhone 4S for international travel?

Verizon and Sprint will unlock phone so their customers can use local sim cards during international travel. Will AT&T match this?

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If the phone is eligible to be unlock then it will be.
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I bought my iPhone 3GS the day it came out.  It's more than 2 years old and out of contract.  Is it eligible?

 

I saw an old thread saying ATT doesn't unlock ANY iPhones as a policy.  Hopefully this is no longer true.

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I should make it clearer and say Verizon and Sprint will unlock the new iPhone 4S....
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PM sent.

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AML wrote:
Verizon and Sprint will unlock phone so their customers can use local sim cards during international travel. Will AT&T match this?



At this time no Iphone is eligible for unlock through ATT, you can purchase a unlocked version directly from Apple but it is not subsidized. The policy may or may not change in the future, but at this time the answer is no for any Iphone that ATT handles or handled

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What was meant here is that Sprint iPhone will be eligible for SIM unlock immediately after you purchase it. Verizon will be eligible after 60 days from purchasing. Does "eligible" in ATT language means "when your contract expires, in 2 years" or "never"? 

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batvanio wrote:

What was meant here is that Sprint iPhone will be eligible for SIM unlock immediately after you purchase it. Verizon will be eligible after 60 days from purchasing. Does "eligible" in ATT language means "when your contract expires, in 2 years" or "never"? 


As of now, AT&T have never unlocked an iPhone, even an original iPhone that is long out of contract, so I guess you could say unless something changes in the future, AT&T means "never".

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I got a iPhone as a present. Actually I’m in sri lanka. So please tell me how can I unlock my Iphone by using IMEI or something else. Its iPhone  4

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chathu555 wrote:

I got a iPhone as a present. Actually I’m in sri lanka. So please tell me how can I unlock my Iphone by using IMEI or something else. Its iPhone  4



If it is a att phone, sell it on ebay and purchase a fully unlocked one from apple at full retail, the att iphone is under no circumstances unlocked by the carrier, neither now or in the foreseeable future. There are other methods available that are neither supported nor condoned by apple, you can find them on the internet and use them at your own decision

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@wingrider01 Thanks much for you comment. currently i am using iphone without unlocking.If you know a way to unlock i mean website or software please let me know .It would be immense help for me. Suppose you are thourough on that.

My phone carrier is AT&T .

 

Chathuranga.

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There is currently no way to unlock an iPhone. 

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BadBadLeroyBrown wrote:

There is currently no way to unlock an iPhone. 


{keep it courteous}really means:

 

There is no way to unlock an AT&T sourced iPhone 4s.

 

Sprint and Verizon WILL unlock phones obtained through their channel.

 

Many other carriers outside of the USA will unlock iPhones obtained through their channel.

 

In the USA only AT&T remains hostile to the consumer.

 

 

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wireless-user wrote:

BadBadLeroyBrown wrote:

There is currently no way to unlock an iPhone. 


Bad Boy really means:

 

There is no way to unlock an AT&T sourced iPhone 4s.

 

Sprint and Verizon WILL unlock phones obtained through their channel.

 

Many other carriers outside of the USA will unlock iPhones obtained through their channel.

 

In the USA only AT&T remains hostile to the consumer.

 

 



Yes Sprint and Verizon will unlock - under specific conditions, look through the other threads there is a copy of a letter from the carrier communications executive that spells out the requirements, they will not unlock for generic US use

 

Here you go--

 

per their documentation and numerous 5th estate reporters if you review it.

 

iPhone 4S devices acquired from Sprint or Verizon will enable users to purchase a micro-SIM card from a carrier in the foreign country they are traveling to and place it inside their handsets, thus avoiding any unwanted charges.


 

I apologize for the inconvenience and the misinformation you received.  I have forwarded your email for training purposes so the next time you or anyone else calls, they get better information about our Global SIM unlock policy.  The quote you included in your email from me is accurate; we will unlock the SIM for global use as long as the criteria are met. The policy isn’t on our website primarily because CDMA technology doesn’t typically use SIM cards and with the introduction of 4G LTE devices which do use SIM cards (that can’t be unlocked), we felt we would confuse customers.  

 

When you travel internationally, you need to call Verizon Wireless before you leave the country and request to have international calling added to your account profile and if you want the SIM unlocked, you can request that option at the same time.  Even if you choose to not unlock the SIM, you need to call before you leave the country and add the international calling feature to your phone (there is no charge because this just provides the capability, not a plan).  For global data, you will need to add a data plan.  Keep in mind, that if you choose to purchase a local SIM while out of the country, the SIM brings with it a different phone number so those using your Verizon Wireless number will not be able to reach you directly unless you give them the new phone number.

 

Here is the link to our Global Services: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/explore/?page=w​hy-verizon&section=international-services#interna...

 

Again, please my apologies for the confusion.

 

 

Brenda{Personal content removed}
Verizon Wireless
Executive Director
Corporate Communications

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{please keep it courteous}, but there is no carrier in the US that will COMPLETELY unlock an iPhone. The CDMA carriers will unlock the GSM radio in their iPhones, but those can only be used with international GSM carriers. A GSM-unlocked Sperizon iPhone won't work on AT&T, T-Mobile, or any of the smaller US GSM carriers. Currently, AT&T is the only national GSM carrier for the iPhone, and they won't unlock it because there's no way to do so in the manner that Sprint and Verizon does. What carriers outside the US do is irrelevant. So no, there's no way to unlock an iPhone in the manner the OP is seeking.

 


wireless-user wrote:

BadBadLeroyBrown wrote:

There is currently no way to unlock an iPhone. 


Bad Boy really means:

 

There is no way to unlock an AT&T sourced iPhone 4s.

 

Sprint and Verizon WILL unlock phones obtained through their channel.

 

Many other carriers outside of the USA will unlock iPhones obtained through their channel.

 

In the USA only AT&T remains hostile to the consumer.

 

 




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