AT&T unlocking in-contract iPhones for deployed U.S. service members

“This weekend, AT&T began unlocking iPhones for off-contract customers,” Jordan Golson reports for MacRumors.

“In addition… AT&T is also quietly unlocking iPhones for U.S. service members still under contract with the carrier,” Golson reports. “Carriers are required by federal law to suspend service without penalty for deployed military personnel upon presentation of their military orders, but AT&T is not required to unlock the phones of deployed service members. Instead, the company is choosing to do that on its own.”

Read more in the full article here.


  1. Taliban#1: “Achmed, I heard that AT&T are unlocking iPhones owned by U.S. forces.”

    Taliban#2: “But Muhammad, what use is an iPhone without proper cell service in Afghanistan?”

    Taliban#3: “You dolts, we can use the iPhone in Pakistan when we slip over the border.”

    Later that night….

    All 3 Taliban get blown up by a 155MM shell.

    Moral of the story? You can dream of iPhones in Afghanistan but a Nokia with an implanted radio tracking device is just as likely to get you killed.

    AT&T 1, Taliban 0.

  2. As a US Army soldier heading to Afghanistan this fall, I was wondering what I was going to do about my iPhone 4G and the pesky contract. I will be sure to call AT&T and check on my options.

    1. I wish they had done that before. I think all enlisted personnel should have the option to unlock phones for free. Stateside or deployed. We have to pick up and move or deploy to wherever. What if I have an AT&T iPhone but PCS to a location that only has good coverage by tmobile?

      1. I think it should be illegal for phones that are out of contract to remain bound to their carrier. Once your contract is up, your obligation to the carrier is done… yet the phone is locked to the carrier. Ridiculous.

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