1. bobjohnson322's Avatar
    Hey I'm new here, and had a couple of questions. I've been an android user for 3 years and finally decided to switch.

    I am trying to buy an iPhone 5 and set it up with straight talk (AT&Ts) network. I currently already am using straight talk (AT&T) with a nexus 4, I'd simply like to import my SIM from my nexus 4 to the iPhone 5. I won an aution on ebay yesterday for an iPhone 5, and I just heard from the seller to find out that the iPhone is locked to AT&Ts network. Will I still be able to set up the iPhone on straight talk or does the phone have to be unlocked? Should I request the seller to unlock the iPhone first? Also, will I be able to set up data/mms on the iPhone (I have all that set up on my android phone, I am completely new to apple). The link to the listing is here: Apple iPhone 5 64GB Black Slate at T Smartphone New IOS7 885909599738 | eBay

    Thanks and I appreciate your response!

    Bob
    09-30-2013 11:04 AM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    It needs to be unpicked but if it is not on contract then the seller should be able to get ATT to do so.
    09-30-2013 11:10 AM
  3. bobjohnson201's Avatar
    unpicked? assuming you mean unlocked?
    09-30-2013 11:15 AM
  4. bobjohnson201's Avatar
    the seller is saying he called 611 and AT&T said they cannot unlock it... any help?
    09-30-2013 11:39 AM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    the seller is saying he called 611 and AT&T said they cannot unlock it... any help?
    Yes I meant unlocked.

    If ATT won't unlock it, then it's probably still under contract and the seller shouldn't be selling it or would need to pay the ETF to get out of the contract first.
    09-30-2013 11:42 AM
  6. bobjohnson201's Avatar
    Yes I meant unlocked.

    If ATT won't unlock it, then it's probably still under contract and the seller shouldn't be selling it or would need to pay the ETF to get out of the contract first.
    Ok cool. Would you happen to know who the guy should contact to unlock the phone?
    09-30-2013 11:45 AM
  7. rdiddy_25's Avatar
    Your only alternative is to purchase an unlock for it since AT&T won't unlock it for him.
    09-30-2013 11:46 AM
  8. kch50428's Avatar
    Ok cool. Would you happen to know who the guy should contact to unlock the phone?
    AT&T... oh, they won't as noted above... the only choice is also noted above... 3rd party unlock service. Seller should do that for you before you buy.
    09-30-2013 11:48 AM
  9. bobjohnson201's Avatar
    AT&T... oh, they won't as noted above... the only choice is also noted above... 3rd party unlock service. Seller should do that for you before you buy.
    Isn't that risky? How does that work?

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    09-30-2013 01:21 PM
  10. kch50428's Avatar
    Isn't that risky? How does that work?
    No risk to you if the seller does it... they search on-line and find a provider - they pay the money, the phone gets unlocked...
    09-30-2013 01:35 PM
  11. bobjohnson201's Avatar
    No risk to you if the seller does it... they search on-line and find a provider - they pay the money, the phone gets unlocked...
    are you sure AT&T won't unlock phones? https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/
    09-30-2013 01:58 PM
  12. kch50428's Avatar
    AT&T will unlock devices for their current customers who have completed any contractual agreements that may have been connected with the purchase of the phone... you noted above the seller contacted AT&T and won't unlock - thus the suggestion of the 3rd party route...
    09-30-2013 02:05 PM
  13. bobjohnson201's Avatar
    AT&T will unlock devices for their current customers who have completed any contractual agreements that may have been connected with the purchase of the phone... you noted above the seller contacted AT&T and won't unlock - thus the suggestion of the 3rd party route...
    i see. so essentially they wont unlock because he is still on contract (or its a stolen phone)? otherwise they would have no issues unlocking it?
    09-30-2013 02:11 PM
  14. kch50428's Avatar
    i see. so essentially they wont unlock because he is still on contract (or its a stolen phone)? otherwise they would have no issues unlocking it?
    either likelihood you cite is plausible...
    09-30-2013 02:13 PM
  15. david9962000's Avatar
    Will this work? Without unlocking the at&t iphone 5 like I have read in some articles online?

    Straight Talk at T Nano Sim Card for iPhone 5 | eBay
    10-01-2013 12:03 PM
  16. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Will this work? Without unlocking the at&t iphone 5 like I have read in some articles online?

    Straight Talk at T Nano Sim Card for iPhone 5 | eBay
    Probably not.
    10-01-2013 12:20 PM

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