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Unlock your old AT&T iphone before buying new one

by Big A on Oct.22, 2012, under Business Tools

If you are upgrading to a new iPhone, don’t forget to unlock your old one for an easier and higher resell of your old iPhone.

I’m on AT&T and totally forgot about this.  I ordered the new iPhone 5 to replace my AT&T iPhone 4.  AT&T actually has a page spelling out the eligibility of unlocking your iphone here.  I put my request in a few days before I got my iPhone 5.  However, I received and activated my iphone 5 before AT&T replied back to my unlock inquiry.

The sad news from AT&T, they only unlock your eligible iPhone ONLY if it’s still active.  After calling and trying at local AT&T stores, AT&T refused to unlock my old iPhone 4 because it is no longer “active” on the AT&T network.

Reminder, unlock your old iPhone 4 or 4S first before activating your new iPhone 5!

Luckily, you can go to eBay and buy an iPhone unlock service as low as $15!  All you need is to give them your IMEI number, and they set you up.  You restore your phone on itunes and there it is unlocked.  Feel free to use your phone internationally, sell it for $50-$100 more, or give it to friend or family to use on any carrier.

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How to call international for cheap on your iPhone

by statusmonger on Jun.23, 2010, under Business Tools

I personally hate AT&T with a passion.  But for 2 years it has been an necessary evil for having an iPhone.  Not only does AT&T give you no service in Manhattan between the normal working hours of 9am to 5pm, but it charges and arm and a leg for international calls from your cell phone.  One alternative could be Skype, but the evil AT&T has colluded with Apple to only allow Skype calls over WiFi.

Recently, Google Voice came out of beta and is now available to all within the U.S.  You can do a lot with Google Voice, one of which is make international calls for very cheap.  Once you sign up for Google Voice, you can make cheap international calls on your cell phone.  Kudos to this post for explaining how: http://readystate4.com/2009/07/31/google-voice-skype-the-unrelenting-phone-industry-and-a-cool-iphone-tip/

In a nutshell, you will need to use this formula when saving international numbers on your iPhone:

(aaa) aaa-aaaa , pppp, 2, 011 bb cccccccccc#

Where:
a = your Google Voice number
p = your Google Voice pin number
b = country code of the number you’re dialing
c = local number of the number you’re dialing

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How to Deal with AT&T’s Poor Service

by statusmonger on Sep.05, 2009, under Business Tools, Business Travel

Recently, the New York Times had an article describing iPhone users’ frustrations with AT&T: dropped calls, missed calls, late voicemails, etc.  If you have a Google Voice number (or even a home landline with an answering machine would suffice), there are small ways in which you can alleviate some of this awful AT&T service. (The tips below should work with any cell phone on the ridiculous AT&T network and not just iPhones.)

For one, if you have ever been frustrated with calls that you never ever received because of AT&T’s poor service, you can have AT&T forward calls to your Google Voice number when you are not reachable on AT&T’s network (which unfortunately happens way too much).  On your cell phone, simply dial *62* plus your 10-digit number Google Voice number to which your calls should be forwarded and then #.  This will forward all your calls to your Google Voice number when you are not reachable on your cell phone.  Google Voice keeps track of all missed and received calls.  Or even a home landline with caller ID in place of Google Voice works well too.

Secondly, if you’ve ever received voicemails several hours or even days after the fact (which annoyingly has happened to me a lot with important voicemails), you can setup to have all your calls forwarded to your Google Voice number or a home answering machine if you do not answer your cell phone.  On your cell phone, simply dial *61* plus the 10-digit number to which your calls should be forwarded and #.  This will enable the caller to reach your Google Voice voicemail or your home answering machine, bypassing AT&T voicemail altogether.  Visual voicemail is overrated anyhow.

Lastly, if you’ve just been sick and tired of AT&T’s poor service to the point that you don’t care to answer any calls on your iPhone altogether, you can have all your calls immediately be forwarded to a different number: simply dial *21* plus the 10-digit number to which your calls should be forwarded and #.

AT&T… More bars in more places?  Are they drunk (pun intended)?

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