AT&T Will Unlock Your Off-Contract iPhone Starting On April 8

Unlock your iPhone

Chalk this up as a win for anyone with a GSM iPhone: AT&T on Friday announced that starting Sunday, the company will allow customers who have fulfilled their two-year contracts to unlock their iPhone for use on any GSM network.

AT&T will unlock out of contract iPhones

AT&T gave the following statement to 9to5Mac (and confirmed it in an email to Macworld Friday): “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.”

This brings AT&T’s iPhone unlocking policy closer to that of its other supported devices: In the past, subscribers could unlock a non-Apple phone after their contract had expired, but the company refused to unlock the iPhone except in special circumstances.

Now, customers who wish to use AT&T’s network can purchase an iPhone at a subsidized price and have it unlocked after their contract term is up, rather than purchase an unlocked phone at full price directly from Apple.

Unfortunately, AT&T subscribers who wish to roam internationally on their iPhone 4S using a local micro-SIM card will still have to purchase an unlocked device at full price: AT&T won’t unlock the GSM micro-SIM for international use during a contract term, as doing so would also enable you to use any GSM network at home. In contrast, Verizon and Sprint can offer the iPhone 4S with the GSM micro-SIM slot unlocked for international use because the companies use the CDMA standard in the United States.

Unlock your iPhone without jailbrake

If you have an out of contract AT&T iPhone 4 or 3GS, however, the stakes change: It’s now a lot cheaper to use it internationally, or give it to a friend or family member who uses T-Mobile.

[via MacWorld]

Poor WiFi Signal reception iPhone 4

Why does my iPhone 4 have a poor WiFi signal reception after my repair?

We’ve gotten this question quite a few times, “I replaced the screen on my iPhone 4. Everything works but now I have poor a poor WiFi signal reception. What’s wrong?”

What could be causing poor WiFi signal reception  in my iPhone 4?

Take a look at the photo below.

  1. The EMI shield that covers all the cables need to be on. If you have neglected to put back the shield cover then that will be part of the poor wifi signal reception problem.
  2. The top center screw which happens to be the longer of other 5 screws needs to be present. That screw not only holds down the EMI shield but a little silver connector on the EMI shield to the logic board.

If that screw or the little silver connector is missing, you will have a weak or poor WiFi signal reception on your iPhone 4.

Poor WiFi Signal reception iPhone 4 Photo