1. Jays1fan's Avatar
    Hello all. My first post here so hope some one can help.

    I have an old Iphone 3gs that my sister gave me ( She had AT&T ) which I use as an Itouch only.
    But was son was wanting to use it as a phone on the T-mobile $30 plan at walmart.
    Do I need to Jailbreak , unlock it or Both ?? ( I live in the USA by the way if that matters )
    on the iphone settings it says I have Version 5.1.1 (9B206) if that matters.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated ... and step by steps on HOW TO do this would be even better.

    Also , is there ANY risks , or bad effects that will happen like losing some of the stuff I use the itouch part for incase he doesnt like it.

    Thanks for any replies.
    06-12-2012 09:54 AM
  2. Massie's Avatar
    If it isn't under contract, AT&T will unlock it at no charge. I wouldn't recommend going through all the jailbreak stuff unless you're at least a bit familiar with it all.
    06-12-2012 10:45 AM
  3. Jays1fan's Avatar
    If it isn't under contract, AT&T will unlock it at no charge. I wouldn't recommend going through all the jailbreak stuff unless you're at least a bit familiar with it all.
    It is NOT under contract. I have had it for a couple of years just using it as a touch.

    So are you saying I dont have to do both ? ( Jailbreak then unlock ) just to switch to T-mobile prepaid ?

    I have read a bunch of different things , lol .. very confusing.

    IF , all I have to do is unlock and call ATT , then buy a T-mobile sim card , swith that ..then buy a prepaid card ..I will do it.

    On another note , I have heard using an Iphone on T-mobile , that the data ( serfing web , facebook , etc ) is slow. Is this true ??

    Thank you SO MUCH for your post.
    06-12-2012 11:00 AM
  4. Massie's Avatar
    Yes, At&T should be willing to do it for free. See here for details: Unlock an AT&T iPhone From the Web with AT&T Technical Support

    (And yes, I believe T-Mobile data is slower, although I seem to remember that they were building out their network to change that, maybe?)
    06-12-2012 11:10 AM
  5. Jays1fan's Avatar
    I just tried calling ATT , they wont unlock it unless I have my sisters account info. Dont really want to ask her for that info. any other thoughts ??
    06-12-2012 11:12 AM
  6. Jays1fan's Avatar
    I tried the chat and they said same thing.
    pointed me to this :
    General Eligibility Requirements for Unlocking iPhone

    AT&T will unlock an iPhone under the following circumstances:

    The person requesting the unlock is:
    a current AT&T customer or
    a former AT&T customer who can provide the phone number or account number for the account
    The iPhone was designed for use on AT&T's network;
    All contract obligations, including any term commitment, associated with the device to be unlocked have been fully satisfied; and
    The iPhone has not been reported lost or stolen.
    06-12-2012 11:26 AM
  7. Massie's Avatar
    Not sure about that one...you might need to bite the bullet and ask for her help. I assume you know the phone number associated with the account--is that not good enough for them?
    06-12-2012 12:03 PM
  8. Jays1fan's Avatar
    finally got through to someone at att that helped and made a case # for me.
    Then I had to fax that info , which I did ..now I have to wait for the email.

    So has anyone unlocked an ATT iphone and went with t-mobile prepaid WITHOUT jailbreaking it TOO ?

    Thanks,
    Scott
    06-12-2012 01:17 PM
  9. Jays1fan's Avatar
    even though I never got an email from Att , it did work !
    I read somewhere on the net that all ATT does is send a thing to Apple which unlocks it.
    So maybe ATT just has not got around to the emails.
    But I restored it on itunes and got the "Unlocked" notification on the phone.

    Now just have to wait for the t-mobile sin card to get here to see for sure it works.
    06-15-2012 10:31 AM
  10. tawnytodd's Avatar
    finally got through to someone at att that helped and made a case # for me.
    Then I had to fax that info , which I did ..now I have to wait for the email.

    So has anyone unlocked an ATT iphone and went with t-mobile prepaid WITHOUT jailbreaking it TOO ?

    Thanks,
    Scott
    I have the experience of unlocking my iPhone locked to AT&T through the remote unlocking service from Simpleunlocking.com and followed the free unlocking instruction from Mobileunlockguide.com.I was able to easily unlock my iPhone with their guidance.I switched to other network without jailbreaking.Jailbreak is needed only to install third party applications,themes and to have root access to iOS.
    03-02-2013 02:39 AM
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