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January 28, 2013, 06:05:20 PM
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This service is now provided by "wtfvanity" here:

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January 28, 2013, 06:26:33 PM
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A couple questions...

1) Is this unlock performed remotely, or do I have to ship my phone to you?
2) Does this involve any kind of jailbreak, or is the stock iOS left intact?
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January 28, 2013, 07:02:15 PM
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A couple questions...

1) Is this unlock performed remotely, or do I have to ship my phone to you?
2) Does this involve any kind of jailbreak, or is the stock iOS left intact?

1) It's a remote unlock (I forgot to add that to the listing); All that is required is the IMEI number and the model being unlocked
2) It does not require a jailbreak; it's a permanent factory unlock that always stays with the iPhone

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January 28, 2013, 07:08:04 PM
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A couple questions...

1) Is this unlock performed remotely, or do I have to ship my phone to you?
2) Does this involve any kind of jailbreak, or is the stock iOS left intact?

1) It's a remote unlock (I forgot to add that to the listing); All that is required is the IMEI number and the model being unlocked
2) It does not require a jailbreak; it's a permanent factory unlock that always stays with the iPhone
Very nice...
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January 28, 2013, 07:12:03 PM
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To get my service started (and prove my legitimacy), I'm willing to do my first unlock via BTC for very small amount:


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January 28, 2013, 07:22:54 PM
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To get my service started (and prove my legitimacy), I'm willing to do my first unlock via BTC for very small amount:


Alright, I'll take you up on it for that price.
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January 28, 2013, 07:39:47 PM
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To get my service started (and prove my legitimacy), I'm willing to do my first unlock via BTC for very small amount:


Alright, I'll take you up on it for that price.

Great, you can PM me your IMEI and iPhone model.

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January 28, 2013, 08:06:05 PM
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To get my service started (and prove my legitimacy), I'm willing to do my first unlock via BTC for very small amount:


Alright, I'll take you up on it for that price.

Great, you can PM me your IMEI and iPhone model.
Sorry, changed my mind after reading this:  http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090816175338AA61UpL

It's not that I don't trust you, it's just that I don't trust anyone on the internet anymore.  Wink
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January 28, 2013, 08:12:51 PM
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Not a big deal, I don't really see what harm anyone can do with an IMEI though.
There, unfortunately, isn't another way to factory unlock an iPhone without the IMEI.

Many people on here know were I'm employed and have much of my info for previous trades (and I would be willing to share those details with trustworthy people) if that helps build trust.

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January 28, 2013, 08:30:29 PM
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Note that this service is now illegal in the US.

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-unlock-phone-illegal-20130125,0,3942514.story
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January 28, 2013, 08:47:10 PM
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Not quite, this policy/law is only for phones that are purchased brand new on or after January 26th. 2013:

"'Legacy' or used handsets purchased before today can still be unlocked without any finger-wagging from federal courts."

Also:
"So, what does this mean exactly? Well, Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Mitch Stoltz told us, "What's happening is not that the Copyright Office is declaring unlocking to be illegal, but rather that they're taking away a shield that unlockers could use in court if they get sued.""


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Library of Congress: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2012-26308.pdf
Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/26/unlock-phone-exemption-ends/

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January 28, 2013, 08:51:44 PM
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Quite right.

Just putting it out there because a lot of people don't know about this yet.
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January 28, 2013, 08:57:55 PM
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Quite right.

Just putting it out there because a lot of people don't know about this yet.

Thanks for the info, I added that requirement to the list just to be safe!

iPhone's can still be unlocked if purchased after that date, it's just up to the purchaser if they don't mind taking that risk.

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January 28, 2013, 09:02:44 PM
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Does the phone currently have to have service for it to work? Say I moved to the iphone 5, have an old iphone4 sitting around, it has no SIM card in it now... but would love to toss it on tmobiles $30 prepaid plan.

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January 28, 2013, 09:06:39 PM
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Not a big deal, I don't really see what harm anyone can do with an IMEI though.
There, unfortunately, isn't another way to factory unlock an iPhone without the IMEI.

Many people on here know were I'm employed and have much of my info for previous trades (and I would be willing to share those details with trustworthy people) if that helps build trust.
From what I understand (and this is just from some quick random internet reading), someone could emulate or rewrite a phone's IMEI to gain access to the same plan at the original phone is on.  So, theoretically, you could take my IMEI and put all sorts of fun stuff (text messaging, data roaming, purchases, etc) on my next phone bill.  I am no expert, so it could be that this is completely wrong.

I'm not saying you would, as I really don't think you would, but I don't like to take chances like this anymore.  If you could point me to a reliable source stating that this isn't possible, then I might reconsider.  Also, the trust-building things you mentioned wouldn't hurt.
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January 28, 2013, 09:06:55 PM
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Does the phone currently have to have service for it to work? Say I moved to the iphone 5, have an old iphone4 sitting around, it has no SIM card in it now... but would love to toss it on tmobiles $30 prepaid plan.

It does not need to be in service to be unlocked

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January 28, 2013, 09:08:51 PM
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http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp%3Fsid%3DKB414532%26cv%3D820#fbid=WfLJgTwPamw

ATT says they do it for free if your old account wasn't unpaid or terminated early. If you are a current customer, the account has to be in good standing.

I never realized that before, google search showed me that. I'm just going to submit it to ATT.

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January 28, 2013, 09:14:09 PM
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Not a big deal, I don't really see what harm anyone can do with an IMEI though.
There, unfortunately, isn't another way to factory unlock an iPhone without the IMEI.

Many people on here know were I'm employed and have much of my info for previous trades (and I would be willing to share those details with trustworthy people) if that helps build trust.
From what I understand (and this is just from some quick random internet reading), someone could emulate or rewrite a phone's IMEI to gain access to the same plan at the original phone is on.  So, theoretically, you could take my IMEI and put all sorts of fun stuff (text messaging, data roaming, purchases, etc) on my next phone bill.  I am no expert, so it could be that this is completely wrong.

I'm not saying you would, as I really don't think you would, but I don't like to take chances like this anymore.  If you could point me to a reliable source stating that this isn't possible, then I might reconsider.  Also, the trust-building things you mentioned wouldn't hurt.

I don't have an official source but it's likely hard, if not impossible, to "create" a new/different IMEI number on an iPhone's Logic Board.

I understand your precautions and don't blame you for having them. I'll PM you for some more details about me.

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January 28, 2013, 09:18:26 PM
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http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp%3Fsid%3DKB414532%26cv%3D820#fbid=WfLJgTwPamw

ATT says they do it for free if your old account wasn't unpaid or terminated early. If you are a current customer, the account has to be in good standing.

I never realized that before, google search showed me that. I'm just going to submit it to ATT.

You're correct, the main benefit to my unlocking service compared AT&T is listed below:

•Less wait time (typically unlocked in 24 hours vs. 5-7 business days)
•No application denial (Any iPhone that meets my requirements will be unlocked or you get a full refund)
•Unlock for iPhone's whose contract has not yet expired/terminated (AT&T will not do an unlock for iPhone's still under a contact)

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January 28, 2013, 09:21:02 PM
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http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp%3Fsid%3DKB414532%26cv%3D820#fbid=WfLJgTwPamw

ATT says they do it for free if your old account wasn't unpaid or terminated early. If you are a current customer, the account has to be in good standing.

I never realized that before, google search showed me that. I'm just going to submit it to ATT.

You're correct, the main benefit to my unlocking service compared AT&T is listed below:

•Less wait time (typically unlocked in 24 hours vs. 5-7 business days)
•No application denial (Any iPhone that meets my requirements will be unlocked or you get a full refund)
•Unlock for iPhone's whose contract has not yet expired/terminated (AT&T will not do an unlock for iPhone's still under a contact)

If they deny me, I'll PM you. Not in a hurry, it's sat in a draw for a month.

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