How I got AT&T to factory unlock my iPhone 4 for free

If you’re among one of the unlucky few that upgraded your iPhone 4 to iOS 5.1.1 without having the foresight to preserve your baseband and are now stuck with 04.12.01 Have no fear my friend for I have done the exact same thing and luckily found a viable solution. This method only work for US GSM iPhones on AT&T provided that your iPhone isn’t reported lost or stolen and its not currently under any contract.

After the update to iOS 5.1.1 was successful I realized that I cannot my activate my iPhone with my Tmobile sim card. My trusty gevy turbo sim does NOT work on baseband 04.12.01

I am now stucked on the activation screen without anyway get into the phone. So I frantically google for possible solutions. I read about the recent loktar_sun SAM unlock exploit, ultrasnow, and found many sites thatpromise to unlock any baseband on any ios version for a small fee of $29.99

Such as
downgradeiphone.com
iphone-unlocker-pro.com

I was too late to the party for the loktar_sun exploit, Apple had already patched it. I didn’t trust those websites that claim to do the impossible.

I found Scambook.com and sure enough one of those sites I found was on there.

http://www.scambook.com/company/reports/7256/DownGradeiPhone.com

All these sites are scams. Do not give them your hard earned $.

The one link that saved me was an article posted on OSXdaily.com

http://osxdaily.com/2012/04/21/unlock-iphone-att-web-technical-support/

I followed their instructions and got my iphone 4 unlocked for free without having to waste my $ on those scam sites. Instead of an expensive iPod I now have a fully factory unlocked phone that work with any SIM card anywhere in the world.

It took some leg work because you need to have a friend with an AT&T account that’s  willing to  let you use their account or better yet do it for you.

Once you have access to an AT&T account, per the instructions, you need to visit

https://www.att.com/olam/passthroughAction.myworld?actionType=tech#

  1. State that you would like to unlock an off contract iPhone and provide the iPhone IMEI number
  2. Let the AT&T representative check if the iPhone is indeed without a contract and give them an email address when asked

If everything checks out, the AT&T rep will provide you with a case number and an estimated date of completion for resolution.

I used iTools 2012 http://limelinx.com/files/e62bcc58b6d007b1cc516b894fba4817  to get the IMEI info. You can also retrieve this # if you have access to the phone by dialing *#06#


 

The process was simple enough. I connected to the chat and told the AT&T rep I needed to have my off contract iPhone unlocked. She asked for the IMEI # and after verifying that its not reported lost or stolen she agreed to unlock it for me.

The post unlock instructions  that she provided via email is a link to a PDF file explaining how to complete the unlock.

https://mycsp.cingular.com/mycsp/externalcontent/Static_Files/Attachment/Support/Wireless/iPhone_unlock_email_sample.pdf

Also available @ iPhone_unlock_email_sample

Once the unlock is complete you’ll see this message in iTunes.

You now have a fully unlocked iPhone. You can pull out your gevey SIM interposer and just use your modified Tmobile sim. Your iPhone should now recognize it without any problems.

Visit http://greenpois0n.com/ to download the latest version of absinthe and jailbreak your phone.

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21 thoughts on “How I got AT&T to factory unlock my iPhone 4 for free

  1. Dear, nguyenhai
    My case is exact like yours, but unfortunattely I do not have a friend who can me lend me his at&t account for web chat. I tried calling them with skype, but they say its necessary to be at&t client. Can you give me a hand? Thx in advance.

    • I’m on the same boat too. I see people selling the factory unlock service on ebay, but it is very expensive. I appreciate if you can hook me up bro.

  2. I have a major problem with att, I use a guy`account to unlock my iPhone 6 times without luck and now that account been locked up so I can’t call att again, could you please try and help me out? Email me so I can provide an imei #. Thanks mate!

  3. Dear Nguyen Hai,
    Can you please be so kind to help me to unlock my iphone 4s as i do not have any account with AT&T?
    Sincerely,
    Thanh Nguyen

  4. I have fun with, cause I discovered exactly what I used to be looking for. You have ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

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