Unlock Your Old iPhone Without Jailbreaking
That old iPhone you’ve been using as an iPod touch just became a bit more valuable.
AT&T has announced that off-contract iPhones can now be officially unlocked for use on other carrier networks. This means you can now use a local SIM card when traveling abroad with your old iPhone and avoid AT&T outrageous international roaming fees.
In the past, you’d have to jailbreak your old iPhone to accomplish such a feat—which of course subjected the phone to potential security threats.
"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," AT&T said.
It’s worth mentioning that Verizon Wireless and Sprint allow customers to unlock their iPhones, even while they’re still in contract, so AT&T is playing a bit of catch up here.
The unlocked iPhone will only work on supported GSM networks, which leaves out using it on Verizon.
At least one iPhone owner reports a frustrating snag in the unlocking process: “I have a long out of contract 3gs. I tried today to unlock the phone but was told by AT&T that since the phone was purchased at the apple store and not through them they could not provide the instructions to unlock the phone. I have filed a case with them and will wait for 5 days to hear something but was told by the AT&T rep that it is unlikely they will provide the info…Outrageous. Called Apple and the apple rep sent me to the AT&T web page that details their policy not to unlock iPhones. It is all very confusing.”