Are factory unlocks permanent?

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Europa

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Yeah, I'm looking for a great iPhone Factory Unlock for my phone.
Just make sure it says AT&T and iPhone 5. Most work with 3G through the 5.
I used this method to unlock my iPhone 5 and 4S.
 
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AdamDaieh

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Just make sure it says AT&T and iPhone 5. Most work with 3G through the 5.

I used this method to unlock my iPhone 5 and 4S.
Hello Europa,

I just did mine at jailbreakhome.com a while ago. I wasn't able to read your comment as soon as possible. I'm waiting for my phone to get unlock.
 
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Europa

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Hello Europa,

I just did mine at jailbreakhome.com a while ago. I wasn't able to read your comment as soon as possible. I'm waiting for my phone to get unlock.
Those look a little pricy compared to the ones on eBay, but that will work and it's really not that much money either way. Since your phone is stock, just do a restore after they notify you that the unlock has gone through and that will apply it. You'll see this message in iTunes afterwards. It indicates that it's a permanent unlock opposed to a software or SIM unlock.

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Duck1098

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Europa, is that link ligit? I'm going to order an unlock for my 5s ATT if its a ligit site. I've already been taken by another site that was fake.
 

Europa

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Europa, is that link ligit? I'm going to order an unlock for my 5s ATT if its a ligit site. I've already been taken by another site that was fake.
I posted the link for the purpose of VERIFYING and existing unlock, not purchasing an unlock. Privately unlocking was cheap and easy in 2012, but they changed the law in January 2013. It's not legal anymore so the vendors pretty much disappeared. The advertised unlocks you'll find online now are scams. You'll need to go through AT&T if you want to unlock your phone. They will unlock it once your contract is fulfilled.
 

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So if I bought an iPhone 5s few months ago and want to leave ATT I'm basically SOL... I guess its going on ebay.
They'll unlock it after you pay the ETF. If you're switching carriers just a few months after getting a subsidized phone, you're going to have to pay AT&T a steep ETF (nearly $300).
 

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There is no way to disable Find My iPhone for the previous owner. He should have restored it and disabled it himself. Since he failed to do this, it is likely that he sold you a stolen phone. Unlocking it will not allow you to bypass the Find My iPhone security. Try to return the phone to him and get your money back since you will not be able to activate it.
 
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