How-to Pre-Order Off-Contract AT&T iPhone 5

If you are currently in the middle of an AT&T contract, you will be charged $250 for early upgrade fee, a $36 activation fee, and the price of the actual subsidized iPhone $199, $299, or $399.

AT&T iPhone 5 without contract
Pre-order AT&T iPhone 5 without contract

If you calculate the totals for iPhone 5 upgrade price, i.e. 16GB iPhone 5, that would be over $500 for a new iPhone 5 with a two year contract, which is ridiculous. See AT&T iPhone 5 Upgrade Price.

Would you pay $500 for 16GB and being locked into another 2-year contract with AT&T? I’m not! Put a few hundred bucks more, and you’ll get off-contract iPhone 5.

Well, if you decide to go with the post pay AT&T plan you can do so just as if you would with a normal phone.

But remember, this is NOT unlocked deal, guys! You should wait for a few weeks or months to get factory unlocked iPhone 5 in US, unlike other countries where unlocked iPhone 5 becomes available right away.

  • To purchase an off contract AT&T iPhone 5, you can directly visit AT&T website.
  • Scroll down, and click Pre-Order Now.
  • Click Buy Now button next to “Are you shopping for friends, family or yourself?
  • Click Shop Now button next to “Are you a new customer?
  • As you can see in the upper left-hand corner, there’s a drop-down box options that lets you choose between a 2-year contract and No Commitment.
    Select No Commitment, and you will see the full unsubsidized price for the iPhone of your choice.

  • That’s how you pre-order AT&T iPhone 5 without contract.

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    How to Unlock AT&T iPhone via Online Chat

    If you tired waiting AT&T customer representative on the phone to Unlock AT&T iPhone , you can try the online chat method.

    1. Click here to go to AT&T’s Online Account Tech Support page, login with a valid AT&T ID, and click on “Technical Support” to start a chat with a live representative
    2. Explain that you would like to unlock an off contract iPhone and provide the iPhone IMEI number
    3. Let the AT&T representative checking your iPhone if it is indeed without a contract and give them an email address when you asked to do so.
    4. If everything checks out, the AT&T representative will provide you with a case number and an estimated date of completion for resolution.

    The date they provide is a rough estimate and by no means represents the date you will get an email from AT&T. Sometimes AT&T sends the unlock emails out within an hour but it can take up to 10 days as well, the time varies widely based on the volume of unlock requests.
    Some readers reported that they got their iPhone already unlocked even before the AT&T’s unlock email arrived by simply Deactivate through redsn0w.

    The rules are:
    “AT&T only releases unlock codes to customers under certain instances.
    Here’s our policy: we can provide unlock codes for eligible AT&T handsets after 90 days of active service. The account must be in good standing in order to obtain an unlock code. You are limited to unlock codes for five phones per 12-month period per account.”

    Get iPhone’s IMEI number by dialing *#06# or you can tap Settings → General → About) and dont forget to provide an activate email address to which they’ll email the code to.

    Example of chat log from a reader while he was trying to unlock AT&T iPhone via chat:

    Chat InformationYou are now chatting with ‘N N’

    N N: I will be more than happy to assist you today. It is my priority to help you with your account and respond to any other questions that you may have. As a valued customer, I will also review your account to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money.

    Me: Hi NN!

    N N: Hello Mr. Myself. I see that you would like to unlock your iPhone 4, is that correct?

    Me: yes

    Me: My IMEI # 999999999999 (your actual IMEI)

    NN: Please allow me 2-3 minutes to review your account and see what we can do.

    Me: sure

    N: Thank you for your patience. I am submitting the iPhone unlock case now. It normally takes 7 business days to process an iPhone unlock. You will be notified either by phone or by email once the case is completed. Which would you prefer?

    me: email to [email protected]

    NN: Okay, I have just submitted that case. Your case number is CM9999999_9999999 and the expected resolution date is June 6th.

    NN: Is there anything else I might be able to assist you with today?

    Me: Ok sounds good, NN! Thanks a bunch for your help!

    NN: You are very welcome. Are there any other issues I might be able to assist you with today?

    Me: Thats it so far thank you! Have a great day!

    NN: You too! And thank you for choosing AT&T. We value you as a customer with AT&T and we appreciate your business. Thank you for visiting AT&T Live Support Chat. It has been my pleasure to assist you today. Please click the close button to end your session.

    Chat Information: Chat session has been terminated by the site operator.

    How-to Unlock AT&T iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, 3GS without Jailbreak

    YES, you read it correctly and this is definitely not a typo. You can unlock AT&T iPhone without jailbreak easily and it has been proven to be working by most iPhone owners. No matter where you got the iPhone from, whether it’s eBay, craiglist, Amazon, or some other places, you can get it done. But, it must be AT&T iPhone, so if you bought a used AT&T iPhone in the past, you should try this guide.

    Also, you may unlock your AT&T iPhones though you’re neither AT&T customer nor having the purchase of receipt from AT&T. But remember, it must be purchased originally from AT&T.

    Unlock AT&T iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, 3GS without Jailbreak

    Okay, let’s get it started. So, this is all you need to do to unlock your AT&T iPhone without jailbreak, by making a simple phone call to AT&T.

    1. Find your iPhone IMEI number.
    2. Where to find iPhone IMEI#? Tap Settings → General → About. You should have your IMEI# of your AT&T iPhone now.
    3. Call AT&T by dialing 611 from your iPhone.
      You may also call this number 1-800-331-0500
      If you are going to call AT&T from overseas/outside US, use this number
      1-800-335-4685 or,
      +1866 801 3600 .
    4. Press the number for more options and to talk to an operator.
    5. Tell them you want to unlock your iPhone, you will be asked for IMEI, and wait for the customer representative to process.
    6. The representative will make you case number also asking your email to let you know whenever your iPhone ready for unlock. Make sure that you give them an active email address.
    7. Just wait about 2-14 business days, you should receive email confirming that your iPhone has been unlocked and you will be asked to perform restore through iTunes in order to get it fully unlocked. You don’t need to restore though, but use redsn0w instead. Full guide: Unlock AT&T iPhone without restore through iTunes.
    8. Once your iPhone eligible for unlock, you will get this email in your inbox.

      Thank you for contacting AT&T Customer Care about unlocking your iPhone.
      We have reviewed your request and confirmed that you are eligible to have the requested iPhone unlocked.
      To complete the unlock, simply:

      1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC and verify that you have internet connectivity.
      2. Connect your iPhone using the dock connector to USB cable that came with your iPhone.
      3. Backup and restore your iPhone using iTunes.
      For information on backup and restore, please visit
      4. After restoring, your iPhone will be unlocked.

      Additional information on unlocking can be found at

      For questions regarding AT&T’s wireless service and iPhone, please visit the Phone/Device Learning Center.

      We thank you for your continued business and look forward to providing you with the best customer service.

      AT&T Customer Care Team

    Well, if you are a U.S citizen and an AT&T customer, this could be easier for you. The guy from AT&T will be asking you for the iPhone’s IMEI, which is the most important information. And, if you’re eligible for unlock or have a chance to get your iPhone unlocked, you will be asked for name and email where AT&T will send the email to. The representative may also ask you for your number, or if you get the iPhone as gift, you can tell the name and the number.

    However, it’s easy for some, but not for others. In some cases, AT&T representative will ask you previous owner’s name, number, contract# and contract and date, though those informations should appear when the staff looking it up through his/her computer and no necessarily to be asked.

    So, here are some tips from for you to get your AT&T iPhones unlocked without jailbreak.

    • Call AT&T (International#, as you can see above) through Skype or MagicJack app from AppStore. You may also use Google Talk. IT’S FREE!
    • Tell them you got it as gift from a friend in U.S. In case they asking you for receipt of purchase, contract date, or any other information which you probably don’t have, they’ll just pass this question.
    • Do it more than once. Some people just hang-up the call once they got stuck on the first call. Some people get it done after 2, 3, or 5 times calling AT&T. Remember, some AT&T’s representative will be so helpful, some other really make this thing harder. So, you should never give up!
    • Ask for the case#. If the AT&T representative does’t give you the case number, then ask for it. You should also be asked for email.
    • If you feel that it takes too long and haven’t got any email for more than 3 business days since you called AT&T, you can try go ahead insert your any SIM card you want to use (i.e.: T-Mobile) and then Deactivate with redsn0w to see if it’s already unlocked. Some people just get the email a bit late though their iPhone has been unlocked already.

    Let us know about your experience unlocking AT&T iPhone for free, without ultrasn0w, without Gevey, without GPP SIM, TPSIM, R-SIM Rgknse, or any other SIM Interposer! And no matter which baseband you have, 02.0.10, 1.0.14, 04.11.08, 04.12.01, or any version, it doesnt really matter now as you have a permanently unlocked iPhone.

    Unlock iPhone 3GS on AT&T starting on April 8th

    The recent Tim Cook’s response to an Apple customer, Apple-fanboy, leads iPhone 3GS customers to a good news regarding iPhone 3GS unlock.

    AT&T Unlocks iPhone 3GS

    Mid day my wife sent me an e-mail at work saying “Um, Tim Cook’s special assistant just called and she wants to know if AT&T has unlocked your phone yet??? Why does Tim Cook care about your phone?

    It was started when an Apple’s customer who’ve been using iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, as well as iMacs for his family trying to unlock her wife’s iPhone 3GS which had done its contract already. Tried to contact both Apple and AT&T with no result, he finally contacted Tim Cook via email. And finally, his wife’s iPhone 3GS being unlocked by AT&T permanently.

    You may read the complete story of this report on 9to5mac

    Hence, starting from this Sunday, April 8, you will be able to unlock your iPhone 3GS and move on to anotehr carriers such as T-Mobile, or use the iPhone outside the U.S. without problem.

    Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones. The only requirements are that a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee.

    via @MacRumors

    So, make sure that you’ve fulfilled the contract term with good standing AT&T’s account in order to unlock your AT&T’s iPhone.