AT&T CEO Thinks iPhones Sold Without Contract Are Officially Unlocked; Promises “Fix”

Well well well, what do we have here. Earlier today at the D9 conference, When asked why AT&T would not sell unlocked iPhones to those going out of the country, de la Vega responded by saying to buy the phone at full price and it would be unlocked. When the crowd and press corrected him, De la Vega said he would look into the issue.

Either AT&T CEO Ralph De La Vega was trying to save face or my iPhone 4 may be officially unlocked by Apple in the very near future. I purchased my iPhone 4 off contract from Best Buy about 3 weeks ago and it was still locked to AT&T (as I had known anyways), but that may soon change.

I hope Apple unlocks iPhones that were purchased at full price because it seems that even AT&T’s CEO is shocked that the iPhones are still locked.

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  1. Ron says

    The new iPhone 4S is a world phone. Apple only makes one phone, but it has both GSM and CDMA radios in it. Apple says that the phone can only be activated on one network at purchase time, and cannot be switched afterwards. However, Verizon and Sprint iPhone 4S are claimed to be able to be used anywhere in the world, via GSM outside the USA.

    I would think that the ability to unlock the iPhone 4S will be a real possibility, and may extend to other iPhones as well. I spoke with Apple, and they said that it’s not their policy, but the individual carrier policy, whether to allow unlocking a previously locked iPhone.

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