How do I get my phone unlocked from abroad?
April 23, 2012 1:32 AM Subscribe
iPhone 3gs filter: I've tried to get my iphone unlocked with AT&T, but they've closed the account on me without my knowledge, but sent me an instruction to unlock it anyway based on my previous submission. I can't tell if the phone is unlocked, what are my options here?
posted by icollectpurses to computers & internet (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've had my iPhone 3gs with 4.2.1 version for 3 years now, purchased in the U.S. I am abroad now and wanted to be able to use my iPhone here and tried to get it unlocked through AT&T. I made the request through their online livechat and they asked me to wait a week for the phone to be unlocked. Since then, I've received an email saying there's no phone number associated to the account and that the account has been closed during my stay abroad.
Then yesterday, I received an email with the procedure to backup and restore via iTunes. When I tried restoring with backup a few times, I've had messages popping up that said 'the phone could not be restored because of an error'. So I clicked the restore button under 'check for update' icon on iTunes, then clicked restore from backup. At the end, I didn't see the 'Congratulations your iPhone is unlocked' message that, according to other sites, should've appeared.
Now when I go to settings on my phone, the phone category is grayed out. In addition, the phone still does not recognize wifi, and hasn't been for a while, even before the restoring. Even though wifi recognition issue existed before, the phone recognized it for a few weeks after I arrived in this country, so I am not sure what made it change. I am in a fairly well wi-fi'd country in Asia.
Sorry if my message is all over the place. Apparently the phone cannot be unlocked here as the phone originated in the states.
The second restoring process (restoring, then restoring from backup), ended without an error. But now, everything's erased excluding my contact info.
Is my option for this iPhone just to use as a paper weight? I am thinking of replacing the battery here so I can at least use it as a media player, but I'd like to be able to use it as a phone here.
What are my options, please? I'd appreciate any insight.