If you are wondering if you can still have you AT&T iPhone unlocked through third party, then the answer is yes. The problem though is that most third party resellers are now rejecting unlocking orders for iPhones under AT&T contracts.
Reasons for the Need to Unlock your iPhone
There are many reasons why a lot of people are trying to find ways of having their AT&T iPhone’s unlocked. One reason – and the most common one at that – is the decision to make a switch to another carrier. Another reason is the need to take the mobile phone abroad. For both reasons mentioned, unlocking the units should be the first step taken before swapping SIM cards.
Generally, the steps are quite simple; you have to get the phone unlocked and then put in a new SIM card. The next step is to have it activated by connecting to iTunes and you can start enjoying the freedom to choose your own cellular service provider.
Depending on your reason for having your iPhone unlocked, you may have to consider canceling your contract with AT&T. For instance, you do not have to cancel your AT&T contract if you only want your iPhone unlocked because you need to get out of the country and you want to be able to use your phone with a carrier accredited by the country of your destination. Without canceling your contract you can easily switch back to AT&T service once you are back home.
If, on the other hand, you really want to switch and you have no intention, whatsoever to use the services of AT&T, it is best to get in touch with them and make a request for contract cancellation.
Important Things you Should Know
Before you start fretting about AT&T not unlocking your iPhone or about some third party unlocking services declining your request, there are some facts that you need to know. First, AT&T has suspended their unlocking services since October 2, 2013 and some sellers are informing the subscribers that the servers are down. For those who have submitted their requests, some may have faced delays, while others have their orders canceled and their payments refunded. For those with not much luck, payments were not refunded but rather their money has been kept in the credit system of the company.
These unfortunate occurrences are not welcome, especially for iPhone users who really wanted to get out of the AT&T grip. There is another option, and that is to use third party factory unlocking services. Again though, there are glitches in opting for this alternative. Not all third party service providers are currently providing their unlocking services for iPhone’s under the AT&T network. Most are also declining orders. The good news is that there are some that still accept orders and provide their unlocking services. The downside is that only a few service providers are doing that and it results in unlocking services that can be too expensive.
Another fact that you should be aware of is that services being offered for unlocking AT&T iPhone’s are still quite unstable and there is no specific detail reported as to when everything will be back to normal.
It is also important to understand that even if you find unlocking services for your AT&T iPhone, there are carriers that have no ability to facilitate quick unlocking results. It is also a sad fact that there are mobile carriers that have strict restrictions that you should meet before you can get your phone unlocked.
Finally, and to answer the original question as to the possibility of having your AT&T iPhone unlocked, the answer is a big YES. All you need to do is to find the most trusted third party unlocking service provider and to make sure that you fully understand all unlocking aspects involved.