Unlock your out of contract AT&T iPhone with the new online unlock request form

Unlock your out of contact AT&T iPhone with the new online unlock request formAT&T has just launched a new webpage that allows you to request a SIM unlock for an out of contract iPhone. AT&T has always made it reasonably difficult to unlock a device on its network but now it seems to be softening its approach and actually trying to make it easier for iPhone users. The form is fairly simple to fill in and if you meet a few simple requirements you can have your iPhone unlocked in 5-7 days.

To qualify for the free unlock from AT&T, you must either be a current AT&T customer or a former AT&T customer who can provide the phone number or account number of the account. The iPhone to be unlocked must have been designed for use on the AT&T network and all contract obligations must have been fulfilled. Also the iPhone in question must not have been reported lost or stolen.

AT&T will unlock up to five iPhones per year per account as long as the account is in good standing. Additionally, AT&T will also unlock any active and deployed member of the military who can provide AT&T with deployment verification; and purchased the iPhone from an authorized location at the "no commitment" price and can provide proof of purchase.

If you meet all of the criteria, you are good to go and can request an unlock online without the need to talk to anyone at AT&T customer service. Anyone with an out of contract iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS considering selling to fund the iPhone 5 when it is released, should take advantage of this free service from AT&T. Having your device unlocked officially by AT&T will certainly increase its value and salability.

Source: AT&T


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dloveprod says:

It's nice having the iPads unlocked, I just added my Verizon iPad to my AT&T account.

LCW says:

so an vzw ipad works on at&t? I don't think the reverse is true.

Tom99999 says:

For the people who lost hope in unlocking their ATT phones, go google att iphone unlocking, I used the first seach result, and my new 5 is unlocked in 3 hours.

James Butterfield says:

Well, I have used unlocktotalk.com for unlocking my 4s, but it took them more than 5 weeks to do it, such a waste of time.

Gunter99 says:

If you are using ATT phone, I suggest to check out attiphoneunlocking, they are the most reliable site around here.

RGeldin says:

Nice, I unlocked my device trough http://www.attiphoneunlocking.com/ Generally they offering permanent unlocks for ATT iPhones but i was asking them and they were able to unlock my ipad.

Gunter99 says:

Thx alot, they did a good job, pretty fast as well

Robikk says:

I could not add my iPhone to my account as it was second hand i bought on ebay. I was also used attiphoneunlocking.com , thanks for the tip. they could unlock my iPhone even it was not on my contract remotelly. I dont know how they did it, but its working! :)

JohnFreddy says:

People who are having trouble unlocking their AT&T iPhones can use IMEI based factory unlocking service. Here's the one i used myself. They unlocked my iPhone 5 in 4 hours. Here's the link.

axelpadj says:

Does unlocking your phone cancel whatever service you have with AT&T? My two year contract ended in July, but I'm still with AT&T at the moment (I'm waiting for the iPhone 5 so I can switch carrier). If I were to unlock my iPhone 4 today would my service be cancelled or will I still have service until I cancel it myself?

trmoney24 says:

No, won't cancel service. I am doing the same for my sisters iPhone on at&t. Unlocking now, then switching to Verizon. Phone service will have no interruption of service.

stephen007 says:

Just in case you don't know, your sister's unlocked AT&T iPhone will *not* work on Verizon. It will only work on a compatible GSM carrier which, for the US, is T-Mobile & AT&T.

JGltno says:

That's not true. Your iPhone basically becomes a world phone especially if you have a 4S. You will be able to connect that with Verizon sprint or tmobile if you chose to.

stephen007 says:

I do not believe you can switch between Verizon & AT&T in the United States with an unlocked phone. It "sounds" like you should be able to but you can't.


Boots says:

Nope, you are wrong. The GSM do not have the CDMA chip enabled and unlocked of not WILL NOT work on Verizon or sprint. Please do your research.

paximos says:

That is true. ATT's iPhone does not have Verizon's CDMA chip thus you cannot use them on Verizon. You can take them to any GSM supported countries (as I do) and have no problem with Voice but very slow data perhaps, and even if you want to use it with T-Mobile, it will only be on their Edge network.

JGltno says:

Att's iPhone 4S DO have CDMA chips and GSM chips inside as well. that was the whole purpose of having 1 phone for all providers.

Seabassthegreat says:

Go to apples website about unlocked phones...It clearly says on apples website that unlocked iPhones will not work on CDMA networks.... CDMA customers can get the privilege of roaming with GSM networks when traveling abroad since CDMA is not worldwide... But if you're on a GSM carrier to begin with... U can't go to CDMA.... Or better yet just go to Verizon and try... We will c u back on this post when u "try"

Seabassthegreat says:

FYI I have an unlocked AT&T iPhone 4S and went to Verizon where they pointed me to the apple website... So it's impossible because they're provisioned with MEIDs from the factory to utilize the CDMA... But if u bought a phone locked to AT&T and then got it unlocked, it was originally provisioned for GSM with an IMEI rather than starting with an MEID... It's rendered useless on CDMA networks unless u started on a CDMA network

Boots says:

All 4s' are the same hardware wise, correct, just the AT&T can not be used for any CDMA. EVER.

Seabassthegreat says:

the same goes with all GSM carriers.... and so far CDMA carrier unlocks of the iphone 4S are for international SIMs.... not even local sims... thats what i call a half assed unlock

trmoney24 says:

Thanks stephen007. I guess I should have clarified before starting this chain, though good info came out of it. I know her phone won't work on Verizon. I am getting her the iPhone 5. I wanted to unlock to simply increase the value before selling on ebay/craigslist.

Big Dookie says:

Just used this so I could sell my and my wife's iPhones before the craziness next week. Thanks for the heads up!

Morac says:

Anyone know why Apple makes you wipe your phone to unlock it? Does that mean anytime you swap a sim card after it's unlocked that you need to wipe the phone?

heynik88 says:

To answer your 2nd question, no need to wipe (or even turn off) your iPhone when swapping SIM cards. I do this all the time traveling between Canada and USA.

Boots says:

They don't. Just insert the other sim and sync with itunes. If that doesn't work, reset network settings.

nswint says:

It's best to call into customer support and they can unlock it while on the phone with you. You'll need to backup to icloud or itunes, then restore on your own. From experience, I've learned to not pass something off to a carrier (Especially AT&T) to perform on their own time. 9/10 it won't be done in the time interval given.

dloveprod says:

I could get more on eBay if I unlock it, I'm gonna give it a try.

thomasterranova says:

I have an AT&T iPhone 4. Besides T-Mobile, what other carriers can I use when I unlock?

nswint says:

That's it in the USA. Tmobile has a few other MVNO's that you can use but you get less bandwidth and there are data restrictions.

Rajivpsf says:

Can you still continue ou unlimited data plan if you unlock?

anotherbadrobot says:

The last field on form is "AT&T Account Passcode", what is this, I hope it is not my account login password for AT&T, that would be insecure to ask on a form would it not? Also, does unlocking effect my grandfathered "unlimited" data?

ShadezOfGray says:

It's a code you may add to your account for extra security. If you log into your AT&T account, go to the My Profile page and it will tell you if you've added one to your account or not.

anotherbadrobot says:

makes sense, thanks!

submitted my request, will see what happens...

trooperoutlaw says:

Just submitted mine! Thanks!!

dahanger says:

Which type should I use to unlock an iPhone 4 that used to be on my account but is now on a friends t-mobile account. Would it be previous or current customer? Cause I mean i'm still on at&t but the phone isn't. It's gevey sim unlocked at the moment. Looking for an official way.

Boots says:

It will work, I did a friends AT&T phone with MY account a few months ago. Just remember you get like 5 unlocks per year.

mardianto says:

Well, I've been trying this steps many times, unfortunately could never get my iPhone unlocked.

Then I saw a friend of mine likes a link of iPhone IMEI Unlock service on Facebook and I get it unlocked within 8 hours upon payment.

Yeay, that was amazin rather than wasting time on AT&T unlock request.

Simply type >> "unlock at&t imei senseiphone" and you will find the site!

Boots says:

Looks overpriced to me, some on ebay run $17 and they work. I have used them.

patzimed says:

Can recommend one please?

apexgroove says:

If AT&T doesn't unlock your iPhone so you can switch to T-Mobile, you can use UnlockStreak activations for iTunes, which basically turns iTunes into iPhone unlock software. The UnlockStreak activation is executed through iTunes and does a permanent unlock just like the unlock from AT&T.

Rebecanim says:

I have unlocked my iphone trough http://www.attiphoneunlocking.com - they done pretty good job, they unlocked my iphone 4s in a few hours permanently. I think they unlocking any kind of iphones as far as they from att.

robingel says:

Thank you rebeca for the great info, i also used their service my iphone is unlocked now.

thatSTEVE says:

Called Rogers to unlock my out of ontrack phone. As I am a arge business customer (individual of many) I have to talk to their BSG group. Two days so many answered - help.

ps I bought my own phone from hem.

How do you unlock a Rogers phone - who do you call?

Lilajo says:

I also had problems with unlocking my iphone 4 on att, i found some help here:

maclover012 says:

I bought a At&T iPhone 4s that looked new for $300. AT&T refused to unlock the phone as I am not nor was I ever their customer. I got a permanent unlock for $40 from www.iphonefort-mobile.com by submitting my IMEI number. I was notified that my phone was unlocked in about 2 hours and then synced with iTunes and tada. I am on T-Mobile now and I am very happy.

Robikk says:

I've unlocked my iphone 5, i found the answer on facebook. http://www.facebook.com/attiphoneunlocking

ChristopherThompson says:

Just recently found out a new way to unlock your AT&T iPhones (4,4S and 5) even though it's still in contract. I needed to use it internationally but I didn't want to pay AT&T's obnoxious roaming fees so I went ahead to unlock it with one of my friend's services. Holy crap, was it cheap. For only $40, which is one of the cheapest out there, you get the assurance that your iPhone will never get relocked. Check it out here: http://theiphoneunlocker.us/
Hope it helped someone :)

gsmunlocking says:

any at&t iphone unlocking can be done through this link


all at&t unlocking is done in the same day for a reasonable price

RajeevDM says:

Hello guys, I had AT&T iPhone 4 purchased in Jan 2011 and broke contract for the same by paying early termination fee.
1.Will this phone be unlocked by AT&T ?
2. Currently I am in India and using it with Gevey Sim. So once AT&T unlocks the iPhone with the help of IMEI no, how does my phone know its unlocked?
Any inputs are much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

RajeevDM says:

Hello guys, I had AT&T iPhone 4 purchased in Jan 2011 and broke the contract for same by paying early termination fee.
1.Will this phone be unlocked by AT&T ?
2. Currently I am in India and using it with Gevey Sim. So once AT&T unlocks the iPhone with the help of IMEI no, how does my phone know its unlocked?
Any inputs are much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

andreww3834 says:

I doubt it as i think you still have to be an at&t customer! it may be worth a shot though! Once you submit your iPhone imei number to the server it will then be activated in the database, once activated you just connect up to iTunes and i message will display saying Unlocked! Then your good to go

andreww3834 says:

i unlocked my at&t iphone using these guys http://www.unlockscodes.com//index.php

super fast and reliable

Iphoneguy Jailbreak says:

I can unlock any AT&T phone under 20 minutes flat!

Dont wait hours anymore!



Qadhi79 says:

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Roberto Gil says:

Most website are charging $50 dollars to unlock iPhones.
I unlocked mines and my wife's for only $24.99 each at
http://iphonesbasebandunlock.com and the best thing about
it is that it only took them 1 hour to process my order.

jguser says:

Factory Unlock your iPhone 3Gs 4 4S 5 for Just $4.75 At http://iUnlockSmartPhones.com

Jojo Racks says:

I bought a At&T iPhone 4s that looked new for $300. AT&T refused to unlock the phone as I am not nor was I ever their customer. I got a permanent unlock for $15 by submitting my IMEI number. I was notified that my phone was unlocked in about 2 hours and then synced with iTunes and tada. I am on T-Mobile now and I am very happy. I will definatly use them again!
with http://www.unlockiphone3g4g5g.com.

Andrey Rivers says:

The best way to contact AT&T directly about the unlock process. But if you don't want to wait in long lines like for week are even more then just use this trusted source with over 200 positive reviews: att-iphone-unlock dotcom they offer the cheapest IMEI submission services and have good refund policy

coachsilva says:

Guys, If I buy an iPhone from at&t at eBay, can I use this phone with my current account with AT&T, just sweeping the sim cards?

Scarlett Martin says:

For ATT users, if you want to unlock your phone, and can't do it through ATT, you can always go to
attiphoneunlocking, it's the site I have been using for unlocking mine and my friends' phones.

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Kamal Azad says:

iunlocksmartphones.com are big thief. They steal money. Neither they have unlocked my iphone nor refunded money. Dont use their service. My unlock is stuck from last 25 days. I am sure they cant do it

http://iunlocksmartphones.com/ >>>> Big scammer & theif

nas1280 says:

Unfortunately, att is giving a big headache with their iphone devices and those wanting an unlock for their purchased, out of contract or newly owned devices. Don't freak out is christmas time and sales need to go up. Unlocking the iphones now is harder since I guess they are verifying more deeply and prices has gone up on all iphone unlocking from att. Please guys don' believe no site who is unlocking your iphone for cheap on att network since they are way above the roof. Check out this website which unlock my iphone 4 and 5, unlockmajic or email me , they'll unlock your devices in less than 10 days guaranteed or money back. PLEASE RESEARCH FURTHER WHEN CHOOSING OTHER WEBSITE TO UNLOCK IPHONES SINCE IT'S TIME OF THE YEAR FOR BIG SCAMMERS.

Andrey Rivers says:

there's beautiful tool called out of contract checker http://imeichecker.letsunlockiphone.com/ it's free. So you can now able to get the contract status of any iPhone device.