Yesterday, in a report over at ArsTechnica, it came to light that AT&T will unlock customers’ iPhones if they ask the right way. The carrier is by no means offering it as a free for all, but there have been some success stories. AT&T has an online form to unlock its subscribers’ devices. It may be particularly useful if you’re considering switching over to T-mobile to save some cash, or you simply want to sell your iPhone when the new one is released in the next couple of weeks.
“I got this even though I’m 10 months into my 2 year contract,” Ars poster lunarobverse wrote. “When I upgrade to the iPhone 5 next week, I’ll still have to pay the ETF but it’ll make selling my old iPhone (or handing it down to an iPhone-less friend) much easier.”
AT&T’s official line is that you need to have finished your contract term. A spokesperson stated “The only requirements are that a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee.”
So, although that’s the official line, clearly the company has been completing the unlock for those who are still within their fixed term. If you’re looking at traveling abroad, selling your iPhone or switching to Tmo, it’s worth a shot. Let us know your experience. Do you succeed?