If you’re rocking an unlocked phone, it would behoove you to stick to the tried and true suggestions from the Dev Team to stay away from official updates. AT&T has recently started sending out mass text messages urging customers to update to iOS 4.2.

Why would they do this? Since AT&T is already on the cusp of losing quite a few users to Verizon’s iPhone once it is released, the company is in a frenzy trying to convince customers to stick with them…

If you can remember, they even offered early upgrades for iPhone 4’s in order to lock customers into another 2-year deal. This was done because they knew that the Verizon iPhone was only six months away.

Now, AT&T is spamming customers via SMS urging them to update to iOS 4.2. Well, as we know, there is currently no unlock for this firmware version.

So, say a customer wanted to dump AT&T for Verizon? Naturally, they’d want to sell their current iPhone in order to recoup the costs of the early termination fee if they were still locked into a deal.

Having an unlocked phone means that you could sell the iPhone to either an AT&T or T-Mobile customer. If your phone is locked, though, your only choice is AT&T until an unlock is released.

If the purchaser of the iPhone is thereby locked into AT&T, then AT&T doesn’t really lose a customer; see how that all works out?

Whether or not an unlock will be released before the iPhone launches on Verizon is anyone’s guess, but for the conspiracy theorist, it sure sounds like a sneaky plan, doesn’t it?

  • Manuel

    Good article Jeff. At first I didn’t understand how or why unlockers would care about this, since they couldn’t get the text, but I now understand the importance to this. I sold my iPhone for 500 to someone to bail from AT&T, but I couldn’t unlock it and sold it to an AT&T user. In the end, they still won since I don’t have an iPhone and that person is still locked onto them, plus I’m going to have to cough up money to get an iPhone again. Not to mention all the cases I have for it, which won’t fit on the new one. I got the impact band, and from looking at the iPhone in a different way, chances are the iPhone case will cover the Volume buttons. I lose in the end either way money wise 🙁

    • Right, and why would AT&T start sending out these updates when 4.2 has been available for a good while now. I could see if it just came out, but it’s **been** out. I see no other reason for this.

  • Will

    Very interesting …

  • Thomas

    “If you’re phone is locked, though…” it’s “your” by the way, just trying to help out(: Also, it’s funny how AT&T is doing this. How do they know what firmware we’re on?

    • Thomas

      Also, I haven’t got one of these yet 😀

    • Bizarre, I specifically fixed that prior to posting, and it still showed up. I guess it was overwritten. Argh! 🙁

      • Thomas

        That sucks! No big deal, just messed with my OCD a tad haha

  • Rainrose

    How come I don’t get these text messages? Lol. Because AT&T knows I’m loyal to them?! Lol!

  • Chris

    I can’t update anyway, it gets a couple of minutes into process and says it’s timed out. I have turned off firewalls and antivirus software. Frustrating, why can’t I do an update?

    • AppleBits

      I have a friend with the same issue.

  • I didn’t receive anything like that. This is a non-analysis. This whole hoopla about AT&T and Verizon is getting old and a real drag. I never liked the holier than thou attitude of Verizon when they were always behind the times with their equipment (based on experience) and I don’t like the fueling of this rivalry. It is becoming tiresome and annoying. The whole US cell phone scene of locked phones is a problem for the end-consumer. After all, it is MY phone, not AT&T’s or Verizon’s or T-mobile’s. Europe has it better in that sense.

    • Doris

      I don’t know much about this entire IPHONE business, but i want to buy an Iphone and use it when I move to Uganda, they do support their networks over there, but i would incur outrageous charges using AT&T, I can buy a phone the phone for $600 instead of $200 promising to sign up evenutually for AT&T, but am limited to purchasing one a day, I know my friends can jailbreak the phone, but if I buy for $200, an AT&T simply continue to charge me, if the phone is stolen?

  • Actually, now that I reviewed the text of this message in the post, it is not something new. AT&T has been doing that for previous software upgrades.

  • Gary

    I’m unlocked on 4.1 and got the text from ATT today. I’m under contract to ATT, but unlocked anyway just ” because I could”.

    • Lovenpain

      Too much invested in jail broken apps. And rely on a few to carry on my daily routines. Especially since I was grandfathered in with “unlimited data” plan still but not allowed to tether unless I upgrade my plan.. Is AT&T kidding!! No way am I going to fork up more money to be limited to my data input! Isn’t there a jail break yet for 4.2.1? Lmao

  • Lovenpain

    I just the text today as well. All my apple devices: iPad, iphone4, and iPod 4th gen are all jailbroken and unlocked. Got too much invested in jailbroken apps. And rely on a few to carry on my daily routines. Especially since I was grandfathered in with “unlimited data” plan still but not allowed to tether unless I upgrade my plan.. Is AT&T kidding!! No way am I going to fork up more money to be limited to my data input! Isn’t there a damn jail break yet for 4.2.1? Lmao

  • Lovenpain

    I just the text today as well. All my apple devices: iPad, iphone4, and iPod 4th gen are all jail broken and unlocked. Got too much invested in jail broken apps. And rely on a few to carry on my daily routines. Especially since I was grandfathered in with “unlimited data” plan still but not allowed to tether unless I upgrade my plan.. Is AT&T kidding!! No way am I going to fork up more money to be limited to my data input! Isn’t there a damn jail break yet for 4.2.1? Lmao

  • Lovenpain

    I just the text today as well. All my apple devices: iPad, iphone4, and iPod are all jail broken and unlocked. Too much invested in jail broken apps. And rely on a few to carry on my daily routines. Especially since I was grandfathered in with “unlimited data” plan still but not allowed to tether unless I upgrade my plan.. Is AT&T kidding!! No way am I going to fork up more money to be limited to my data input! Isn’t there a damn jail break yet for 4.2.1? Lmao

  • Lovenpain

    I just the text today as well. All my apple devices: iPad, iphone4, and iPod are all jail broken and unlocked. Too much invested in jail broken apps. And rely on a few to carry on my daily routines. Especially since I was grandfathered in with “unlimited data” plan still but not allowed to tether unless I upgrade my plan.. Is AT&T kidding!! No way am I going to fork up more money to be limited to my data input! Isn’t there a jail break yet for 4.2.1? Lmao

  • Lovenpain

    I just the text today as well. All my apple devices: iPad, iphone4, and iPod are all jail broken and unlocked.

  • Lovenpain

    I got that text today as well!

  • Lovenpain

    Isn’t there a jail break yet for 4.2.1? Lmao

    • AmpliHelix

      8 attempts in posting? Seriously? Such a fail…

      • Lovenpain

        Thanks, I know! My bad. Lol

  • Demetrios

    Why does Jailbreak Wizard says that we can jailbreak and unlock on iOS 4.2? Who should we believe?
    http://jailbreak-me.info/jailbreak-and-unlock-wizard.html

    • Lovenpain

      Yeah I wonder if this site is full of crap..

      • rebo

        Yes, @Lovenpain, I think full of crap — at least for its iPhone 3G info.

  • Lovenpain

    Oops! Sorry about that guys! The stupid thing kept error’ing out. Didn’t know it posted my comment in pieces! Lol I failed I know! Lol

  • iKing

    They funny thing is that att sent this too me as I was reading this yesterday lol

  • Lovenpain

    Lol now that’s funny! I did upgrade my iPod to see what is all the hoopla! It’s a pretty cool update. If ya into jailbreaking! Lol

  • SoBehindTimes

    My iphone is “locked” but I also received the text message, but then again, I am still on iOS 3.1.3 because when I tried to upgrade it to 4.0 my phone stopped working…(yeah, yeah, I still have iphone 3G)

  • Lovenpain

    Omg those still exist! Lmao j/k

  • I was sondering why i got that text. I figured it had to do with something that would benefit them