Phones forum


Phone not unlocked after paying ETF?

by tapasdesai / November 21, 2012 4:33 AM PST

I want to buy the new HTC One X+.
AT&T are the only guys who sell it in the US for $199 with a contract.

I asked an AT&T rep if they would unlock the phone if I paid the Early Termination Fee and they said AT&T doesnt do that.

How do I unlock my phone?

$199 (phone) + $350 (ETF) = $550
The unlocked/global versions of the phone go for around $650 or $700 and may or may not come with a warranty.

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Phone not unlocked after paying ETF?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Phone not unlocked after paying ETF?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Just do an online search.....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / November 21, 2012 6:58 AM PST

....for iPhone unlocking services. It can be done at a nominal fee and you don't need to tell At&t anything.

Collapse -
Reminder to all !!!
by birdmantd Forum moderator / November 21, 2012 7:00 AM PST
Don't post cellular unlocking links or they will be deleted as SPAM.
Collapse -
iPhone unlocking.....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / November 21, 2012 7:03 AM PST

In the future if you want an unlocked iPhone, just pay full retail price when you buy it. You can't just pay an ETF to get it unlocked unless you cancel your service.

Collapse -
ATT will unlock it for you
by Pepe7 / November 22, 2012 10:46 AM PST

After a few months, tell them you need to use the phone abroad for a business trip. Once they provide you with an unlock code, *then* you cancel and pay the ETF. Saves you about $100 vs buying it unlocked from the factory/grey market phone w/o warranty.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions

CNET Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for great gifts under $100?

Trendy tech gifts don't require a hefty price tag. Choose from these CNET-recommended useful and high-quality gadgets.