ATT will unlock it for you once it's paid off (after 2yr contract) or they might after you sign a new contract for a new phone in a year's time, they won't up front and they won't before your contact is up without a new contract signed.
They unlocked my Note 2 once I activated the 3 (one year on the 2 contract) but they mentioned it was in part because I'm a long-time customer.
The other option is their new plan where you get an upgrade each year if you know you want to do that.
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Anything you can do before it's activated you can also do after doing so. It's got a locked bootloader and knox security, so that's something to keep in mind if you want to go the rooting/roming way. As for the SIM unlock, it would raise the value if you were to resell it. However, due to the DCMA update, it is illegal to do it without AT&T giving consent even if you bought the phone outright. If done without their consent, the consequences are up to a $1,500 fine and up to 1 year of prison per device unlocked if AT&T decided to enforce it. Because of that, it is site policy to not discuss methods to circumvent that permission. AT&T has a policy about when they'll unlock phones, so that's something you'll want to look up here: https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/
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