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Old Jul 6, 2012, 08:41 PM   #1
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Check if iPhone is unlocked via IMEI number?

I paid for an unlock for my AT&T locked iPhone 4S, and after I restored I got the "Congratulations, your iPhone is unlocked" message. However I'm paranoid and I don't have nor do I know anyone that has a non-AT&T sim card. I'm moving out of the country in a couple weeks and I just wanted to know if there are any sites where I can just type in my IMEI number and see if it's unlocked. I wouldn't even mind if there's a small fee I need to pay. I just don't want to go there and find out that my phone is still locked.

Thanks a lot in advance guys!
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Old Jul 6, 2012, 09:11 PM   #2
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If you got the congratulations your iPhone is unlocked screen on iTunes then it's 100% unlocked.
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Old Jul 6, 2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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You think iTunes is trying to scam you?
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Old Jul 6, 2012, 09:20 PM   #4
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You think iTunes is trying to scam you?
Hahah no nothing like that. It's just that since this isn't a kosher method of unlocking (I'm not even sure if it's legal or not), I was having some doubts about it's legitimacy. But if you say it's unlocked if iTunes says it is, then I believe ya. Cheers!
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Old Jul 6, 2012, 10:09 PM   #5
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Hahah no nothing like that. It's just that since this isn't a kosher method of unlocking (I'm not even sure if it's legal or not), I was having some doubts about it's legitimacy. But if you say it's unlocked if iTunes says it is, then I believe ya. Cheers!
Try this site just so you can feel better. http://dev.mk/
But if iTunes is telling you its unlocked there is no better confirmation than that IMO.
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Old Jul 6, 2012, 10:14 PM   #6
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iTunes telling you its unlock is no better confirmation. Want further proof? Pop in another GSM SIM in there...
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Old Jul 6, 2012, 10:42 PM   #7
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Try this site just so you can feel better. http://dev.mk/
But if iTunes is telling you its unlocked there is no better confirmation than that IMO.
Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks a bunch!
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 01:56 AM   #8
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Just get another sim card and try it. I don't know about there but over here they can be bought almost anywhere for 1.
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Old Aug 3, 2012, 10:49 AM   #9
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Question im all kinds of confused

well, let me start from the beginning.

I got an iphone off ebay, said it was unlocked, it wasnt (jailbroken instead)
due to some stuff i was doing with iOS 6 i had to wipe and restore back to 5.1.1, i called AT&T, they said my phone wasnt unlocked and THEY wernt the ones to unlock it. Si i called Apple, and they told me that the Carrier (AT&T) has to do the unlocking. anyway, nobody would do it for me. so i Jailbroke and unlocked it thrugh a Cydia app, it works ( as long as i dont Software Update) so i used it for a few weeks, was playing around with installing SiriPort, and got the "Stuck on Apple Logo" screen, so i turned it off, held home button while plugging Sync cable in, it entered Recovery mode, and after it wiped and reinstalled ( back to unjailbroken 5.1.1) it iTunes popped up and said "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked", so i was a little skeptical, i used the link above to check my IME # and it says it is still locked. and when i go to Settings > General > Network, there is no place to put in my Carriers Info (StraightTalk). so if somebody could help me out, that would be awesome.

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Old Aug 3, 2012, 12:35 PM   #10
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well, let me start from the beginning.

I got an iphone off ebay, said it was unlocked, it wasnt (jailbroken instead)
due to some stuff i was doing with iOS 6 i had to wipe and restore back to 5.1.1, i called AT&T, they said my phone wasnt unlocked and THEY wernt the ones to unlock it. Si i called Apple, and they told me that the Carrier (AT&T) has to do the unlocking. anyway, nobody would do it for me. so i Jailbroke and unlocked it thrugh a Cydia app, it works ( as long as i dont Software Update) so i used it for a few weeks, was playing around with installing SiriPort, and got the "Stuck on Apple Logo" screen, so i turned it off, held home button while plugging Sync cable in, it entered Recovery mode, and after it wiped and reinstalled ( back to unjailbroken 5.1.1) it iTunes popped up and said "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked", so i was a little skeptical, i used the link above to check my IME # and it says it is still locked. and when i go to Settings > General > Network, there is no place to put in my Carriers Info (StraightTalk). so if somebody could help me out, that would be awesome.

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AT&T phones, even when IMEI unlocked, do not expose the Cellular Data Network panel. That is no indication of the phone being IMEI unlocked.
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Old Aug 3, 2012, 01:33 PM   #11
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Try this site just so you can feel better. http://dev.mk/
But if iTunes is telling you its unlocked there is no better confirmation than that IMO.
This website used to be a great lock/ unlock verification tool.

Recently, all phones come up as locked so the website can flash up an advertisement to sell you IMEI unlock. Same phones which all used to come up unlocked, now all show locked (which they are not).

For example, this is a screen capture from my Grandson's iPhone4 (usually no sim, just for games). The website shows it "locked" (used to show unlocked) but as you can see my T-Mobile sim works just fine in it.

Disappointing !
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Old Aug 3, 2012, 01:46 PM   #12
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Ok, thanks for the tip on the Dev.mk website, I noticed that they were very eager to "help" me. And on the AT&T iPhones not showing up the Network Panel, what do I need to do about that?

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Old Aug 3, 2012, 01:53 PM   #13
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Ok, thanks for the tip on the Dev.mk website, I noticed that they were very eager to "help" me. And on the AT&T iPhones not showing up the Network Panel, what do I need to do about that?
Buy "TetherMe" from Cydia $5
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Old Aug 3, 2012, 03:34 PM   #14
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Buy "TetherMe" from Cydia $5
Ok, Thanks, I've been looking at TetherMe. I like how it looks. Any thoughts on PdaNet, or others? Also if I buy TetherMe through Cydia is my purchase saved so I can reinstall in the future?
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Old Aug 3, 2012, 03:38 PM   #15
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This website used to be a great lock/ unlock verification tool.

Recently, all phones come up as locked so the website can flash up an advertisement to sell you IMEI unlock. Same phones which all used to come up unlocked, now all show locked (which they are not).

For example, this is a screen capture from my Grandson's iPhone4 (usually no sim, just for games). The website shows it "locked" (used to show unlocked) but as you can see my T-Mobile sim works just fine in it.

Disappointing !
Wow, that sucks.
Scooping down to the level of giving false info in order to advertise an unlock website is pretty crappy.
Good to know to avoid that site from now on.
And did you say your Grandson? I thought you were in your 20's for some reason

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Ok, Thanks, I've been looking at TetherMe. I like how it looks. Any thoughts on PdaNet, or others? Also if I buy TetherMe through Cydia is my purchase saved so I can reinstall in the future?
Yes, you can download and install anything from cydia at any time as long as you use your facebook or google login to authenticate yourself to the cydia store.
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Old Aug 3, 2012, 04:36 PM   #16
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And did you say your Grandson? I thought you were in your 20's for some reason.
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Ok, Thanks, I've been looking at TetherMe. I like how it looks. Any thoughts on PdaNet, or others? Also if I buy TetherMe through Cydia is my purchase saved so I can reinstall in the future?
I use MyWi for tethering but TetherMe is a cheap method to be able to enter APN settings for data and MMS
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 05:50 AM   #17
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Hm...
For some reason http://dev.mk shows Locked status for all imeis now.
There is also http://iphoneox.com, seems it works
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Hm...
For some reason http://dev.mk shows Locked status for all imeis now.
There is also http://iphoneox.com, seems it works
Hmmm..
Apparently you skipped over a few posts here (like post #11)
But, yes, the "dev.mk" site has been sold and is no longer reporting accurate info.
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Hm...
For some reason http://dev.mk shows Locked status for all imeis now.
There is also http://iphoneox.com, seems it works
Thanks, iPhoneox.com seemed to work thanks.
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Hmmm..
Apparently you skipped over a few posts here (like post #11)
But, yes, the "dev.mk" site has been sold and is no longer reporting accurate info.
Does anyone know of a site that does what dev.mk used to do, which is show information like iPhone model, purchase date, carrier, iOS version, et cetera? Now dev.mk and iphoneox.com just show SIM lock status and nothing else.
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Does anyone know of a site that does what dev.mk used to do, which is show information like iPhone model, purchase date, carrier, iOS version, et cetera? Now dev.mk and iphoneox.com just show SIM lock status and nothing else.
Seriously, did you read all the posts here ?
This question is already answered and the website is provided.



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Seriously, did you read all the posts here ?
This question is already answered and the website is provided.



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You didn't read my question.

Both dev.mk and iphoneox.com show the SIM lock status, but dev.mk used to (as recently as a month ago) show a lot more information with just the IMEI. I looked up lots of IMEIs and got the purchase date of each phone, iOS version, carrier, and more.

My question is if any website currently shows that information that dev.mk used to show.
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I am not aware of any website that shows as much as as dev.mk used to show.
As far as accurate unlock status, the only other one I know is iphoneox
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Hm...
For some reason http://dev.mk shows Locked status for all imeis now.
dev.mk shows (correctly) that my iPhone is unlocked. Tested it just now. Maybe try again?
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dev.mk shows (correctly) that my iPhone is unlocked. Tested it just now. Maybe try again?
That is odd.
About a week ago (Aug 3rd) I noticed it started showing every IMEI as locked and displaying a pop-up offering unlock service.

It is back to working correctly now for the 2 phones I tried.
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