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    how to tell if iPhone 4S is factory unlocked?

    did a search..came up with nothing. i'm sure this topic has been beaten to death before but...

    I'm looking at buying a brand new iphone 4s. Seller said it's factory unlocked. How can you tell?

    Other than inserting my telus microsim from my iphone 4 and another carrier's microsim?

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    1. Restore firmware (to make sure it's not jailbroken and/or exploit-unlocked).
    2. Insert SIM card from a non-supported carrier, like T-Mobile USA.
    3. If the SIM is recognized, the iPhone is factory-unlocked.


    Alternatively, call Apple's support line and give them the IMEI and they should be able to tell you.

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    Any time one does a restore with any SIM card, the message "Congratulations, your phone is unlocked," will appear if the phone was unlocked through iTunes.
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    type in *#06# on the phone

    the imei number should display

    from your phone, confirm with Apple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XFF View Post
    1. Restore firmware (to make sure it's not jailbroken and/or exploit-unlocked).
    2. Insert SIM card from a non-supported carrier, like T-Mobile USA.
    3. If the SIM is recognized, the iPhone is factory-unlocked.


    Alternatively, call Apple's support line and give them the IMEI and they should be able to tell you.
    Sounds right to me. You should be able to call into the Apple store or this Apple support line, and provide them the IMEI or serial number of the phone. If it was purchased directly from them, then it will be factory unlocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArjunG View Post
    Sounds right to me. You should be able to call into the Apple store or this Apple support line, and provide them the IMEI or serial number of the phone. If it was purchased directly from them, then it will be factory unlocked.
    Only if it was purchased contract free from them (as opposed to buying it directly from Apple store but on carrier contract).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceredon View Post
    Only if it was purchased contract free from them (as opposed to buying it directly from Apple store but on carrier contract).
    I think you are correct. I wasn't sure if you could buy Rogers branded iPhones with a plan at the Apple store for example.

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    Very few people have active microSIM cards from several providers. A SIM card does not have to be active to be accepted or rejected by a wireless phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by efparri View Post
    Very few people have active microSIM cards from several providers. A SIM card does not have to be active to be accepted or rejected by a wireless phone.
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    Other than calling apple or using different carrier's sims, there is no magic trick.
    If you have to, get a pre-paid sim from another carrier. They're cheaper than being scammed for several hundred dollars.
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    Take a look at the model number that you can find on the box:

    Locked

    Germany - T-Mobile
    MC603DN/A – 16GB Black
    MC605DN/A – 32GB Black

    Japan - Softbank
    MC603J/A - 16GB Black
    MC605J/A - 32GB Black

    Spain - Movistar, Orange, Vodafone
    MC603Y/A – 16GB Black
    MC605Y/A – 32GB Black

    United States - AT&T
    MC608LL/A - 16GB Black
    MC610LL/A - 32GB Black
    Apple
    MC318LL/A - 16GB Black
    MC319LL/A - 32GB Black




    Unlocked
    Australia
    MC603X/A - 16GB Black
    MC605X/A - 32GB Black

    Canada
    MC603C/A - 16GB Black
    MC605C/A - 32GB Black

    France
    MC603FB/A - 16GB Black
    MC605FB/A - 32GB Black

    Hong Kong
    MC605ZP/A - 32GB Black
    MC603ZP/A - 16GB Black

    Italy
    MC603IP/A - 16GB Black
    MC605IP/A - 32GB Black

    New Zealand
    MC603X/A - 16GB Black
    MC605X/A - 32GB Black

    Singapore
    MC603ZA/A - 16GB Black
    MC605ZA/A - 32GB Black

    Sweden
    MC603KS/A – 16GB Black
    MC605KS/A – 32GB Black

    United Kingdom
    MC603B/A - 16GB Black
    MC605B/A - 32GB Black
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    Quote Originally Posted by royfernandez View Post
    Take a look at the model number that you can find on the box:
    The model number is not related to lock status. Apple has a pile of phones in each store, all with the same model number. When a phone is sold, it'll be marked as either locked or unlocked in Apple's database, depending on whether the customer takes a subsidy or not. The model number has absolutely nothing to do with it.

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    Ah cool - thanks.. I didn't know this short cut!


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    One way to know if it is "unlocked" is if your purchased it as an unlocked device from an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store.

    Aside from that, it would be up to your carrier to determine wether or not the device was unlocked as the carrier provides the unlock.

    Other way is to confirm if an iPhone is factory unlocked or not, by using its IMEI.

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    http://www.dev.mk/

    ^go to that website and enter the imei of the iphone in question, bam, you'll know everything.

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