1. kingweb's Avatar
    Apple already selling unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S in the United States | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence

    From most of the replies, seems like this is for real.
    My question though is I am an AT&T customer. If I put my SIM card in it, will the phone then get locked to AT&T?

    Does anyone have experience with this yet?
    10-28-2011 02:52 PM
  2. Garz's Avatar
    If you buy it unlocked, it stays unlocked no matter what sim card that is inserted.
    10-28-2011 03:11 PM
  3. kingweb's Avatar
    If you buy it unlocked, it stays unlocked no matter what sim card that is inserted.
    OK, but they aren't officially selling it "unlocked". I saw one of the responses there said that if you restore again, then it will get locked.
    10-28-2011 03:19 PM
  4. Rocktapus's Avatar
    from what i am reading from my research. AT&T is LOCKED. verizon and sprint's unlocked situation is confusing...

    VERIZON: phones will be unlocked for good customers when the unlock is available?

    SPRINT: phones are locked locally, but the sim is unlocked internationally. an update supposedly is coming out to LOCK the phone, but you can lock and unlock the phone as needed by going to a store.

    don't quote me on any of this. its confusing as hell. if i knew anything about jailbreaking, i'd do that when its released. [my previous iphone was already jailbroken...so i don't know if jailbreaking automatically unlocks the phone or what].
    10-28-2011 03:53 PM
  5. kingweb's Avatar
    Well almost everyone that responded in the link I posted claims that if you buy FULL PRICE with NO CONTRACT the AT&T version, then it will not be locked. I am just afraid that it will relock itself if I put an AT&T SIM card in it. How does the iphone know if I am on a contract or not.
    10-28-2011 03:56 PM
  6. Garz's Avatar
    OK, but they aren't officially selling it "unlocked". I saw one of the responses there said that if you restore again, then it will get locked.
    That doesn't make sense but best think is just ask Apple
    10-28-2011 03:56 PM
  7. kingweb's Avatar
    Big surprise. I called, and I got a drone that said "sir, we are offering them in November". She couldn't comprehend the fact, that what she was telling me might not be accurate.
    10-28-2011 04:19 PM
  8. Eileen89's Avatar
    OK, but they aren't officially selling it "unlocked". I saw one of the responses there said that if you restore again, then it will get locked.
    This isn't true for unlocked iPhones that are sold by Apple. They will stay unlocked no matter what. If an unlock is done via jailbreak that will lock again after restoring.
    Last edited by Irish Rose; 10-29-2011 at 09:55 AM. Reason: Word correction.
    10-29-2011 09:11 AM
  9. kingweb's Avatar
    I am not referring to jailbreaking/unlocking. I am referring to factory unlocked.
    10-29-2011 09:45 AM
  10. Eileen89's Avatar
    I am not referring to jailbreaking/unlocking. I am referring to factory unlocked.
    My answer still stands. Any unlocked iPhone that is purchased directly from Apple will always stay unlocked regardless if you restore it or not. Oops, have to edit my post above, that should say "unlocked" not locked....
    Last edited by Irish Rose; 10-29-2011 at 09:57 AM.
    10-29-2011 09:52 AM
  11. Timhewitt's Avatar
    If you purchase an AT&T no contract phone from Apple, and it's not specifically listed as an unlocked phone, you run the risk of it being locked in the future.

    Period.
    10-29-2011 09:56 AM
  12. kingweb's Avatar
    Even though Apple claims that it is NOT unlocked? That is the basis of my original question.
    The article I posted seems like this was not intentionally happening. Apple denies that these phones are available. However, too many have confirmed it in the responses for it not to have some truth.
    10-29-2011 09:57 AM
  13. kingweb's Avatar
    We posted at the same minute, I didn't see that. That is exactly what I was worried about. There is no guarantee on that. I think I will wait another couple weeks or so till Apple releases the unlocked version.
    10-29-2011 10:00 AM
  14. Guacho's Avatar
    It kind of sucks to get an at&t at full price now and still be locked to their network, if you want to be on the safe side you better wait until November
    10-29-2011 12:27 PM
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