Can AT&T lock the IPhone that I bought?

November 20, 2017 at 14:13:12
Specs: Windows 11
My phone service had been shut off several times and I was never charged a startup fee. 3 bills later they charged me. I had been a customer for 12+ Yrs and have purchased 4 iPhones, an IPad and numerous Bluetooth devices. Is it legal to lock this phone that I own?

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November 20, 2017 at 15:11:58
That's a difficult one to answer...

If by "I bought etc" you mean you paid for the phone - then it's yours. If it was an AT&T sourced phone and you bought it from them, then likely their T&Cs are such that they restrict to their networks only?

However there are unlock codes for all phones; and no doubt AT&T can unlock it for a fee" and possibly there are local shops/techies who can do it too (possibly a little cheaper)?

In the UK companies are compelled by law to unlock any phone - for free; but if there is a contract running still, then the contract must be honoured fully in terms of use - or you buy it out...

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November 23, 2017 at 11:21:02
What do you mean by lock? Prevent its use? Shut off your cell service? Then, yes. Maybe you could provide more information as to what the situation is and what exactly you mean.

Doing the best I can here... And remember, there's always more than one path to success. :)

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