AT&T Won’t Unlock iPhone After Contract Expires

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Many wireless companies will unlock cell phones after the initial one- or two-year contract has been fulfilled. But AT&T says the iPhone is “different” and won’t be unlocked at the end of the contract:

AT&T will unlock phones for customers once they have fulfilled their contracts, which typically run one to two years. One big exception: Apple’s iPhone, distributed exclusively in the USA by AT&T. “That’s different,” says AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel.

USA Today.

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  • Aaron

    AT&T Will not unlock the phone because they sell it exclusively. They did the same thing with the Razor. If the iPhone becomes available on other carriers, AT&T will then give out the unlock code. And don’t bother begging the customer service rep you are talking to, AT&T doesn’t tell it’s front line reps the information.

  • Electroboy

    Ah well……guess we’ll just have to unlock them ourselves. Sorry AT&T. Needs must.

  • Danielito PantalonDelFuego

    you know what else is different, at&t?

    alltel.

  • hattori

    fgd gdfg dfg df

  • AdamDaieh

    Well yeah, ATT doesn’t wan to iphone factory unlock my phone. I’m very happy that my friend recommends Jailbreakhome.com. They provide the best unlock service. No need to jailbreak, No software, No hardware. They just did it remotely. Just incredible.

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