I’m taking one of these phones to a nearby repair shop, and trying my luck today. If I can’t get it done, they’re going on eBay because apparently nobody can get the Device Unlock phones done. Nope -_-… AT&T is forcing their hand even on 3rd party unlocking. I’m done with AT&T phones; just as bad as T-Mobile locked phones now.
If this is their new scam, I’m done with these carrier devices. This issue is only going to get worse, especially with the fact you’re now going to have to wait 3.5 years(!!!) to unlock them if that's a condition of the installments. At least with AT&T postpaid, the only advantage is they’re blocked immediately unless someone pays the balance off but you’re at the whim of the previous owner for that and their eligibility, which is now handled by computers and a human no longer looks at your request. I used to do this to save a few bucks on phones, but I had to cut T-Mobile out after the Un-carrier phase - they don’t block the phone’s IMEI# right away so for all you know on day 61 it's shot and you have no recourse. Because AT&T says pay or get blacklisted, they got a save there. Now with Device Unlock, they’re just as bad as T-Mobile without the side issue of having a brick 60-90 days in. You finally win, carriers - just admit you hate unlocking phones for once.
My issue with all of this nonsense is I’m old school - I own my phone, not the carrier and I do not accept subsidy locks. Yes, even if it means paying $1,000 all at once. Seeing as the current post “Un-carrier” model is a pay now, or pay $XX/24-36 months, I'm just going to buy the thing from Best Buy or the manufacturer directly and tell the carrier to put it on my plan.
By no means am I asking for a free unlock here - I just wish AT&T let me buy one for a reasonable price even if I had to go to a store. The phone clearly isn't 100% there but to not try and help out with a PAID unlock even if it costs more? That's completely unreasonable. I get it they make their money on wireless but to charge a reasonable price to get it done should be a fair compromise.
At least I know the older phones are still viable, even with the Device Unlock app but even with how old the Phoenix 5, it SOMEHOW still doesn’t qualify. Good riddance, AT&T. When I get my discounted iPhone 12, I’m starting out with a phone that was never SIM locked. However, as the network sunsets occur, the golden era of AT&T phones you can actually unlock will fade out over time. Same as T-Mobile.
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