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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:21 PM   #1
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Check IMEI to see if iPhone 5 is unlocked

Saw this on Cult Of Mac. You can check to see if your iPhone 5 is unlocked. According to this site when I punch in the number, it says my Verizon iPhone 5 is locked. I thought they were all unlocked.

http://www.imei.info/
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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Saw this on Cult Of Mac. You can check to see if your iPhone 5 is unlocked. According to this site when I punch in the number, it says my Verizon iPhone 5 is locked. I thought they were all unlocked.

http://www.imei.info/
scroll down and read the comments, or look at the thread on here. It says all phones are locked.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:26 PM   #3
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scroll down and read the comments, or look at the thread on here. It says all phones are locked.
If you go to this site too, it says my verizon iphone 5 is locked. A few weeks ago the site below showed that it was unlocked. Now these sites are showing that verizon iphones are locked. Something strange going on.
The problem is if you try to sell your phone as unlocked, and people punch in the imei on these sites, it will show as locked.

http://dev.mk/2012/08/dev-mk-iphone-...what-happened/
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:29 PM   #4
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If you go to this site too, it says my verizon iphone 5 is locked. A few weeks ago the site below showed that it was unlocked. Now these sites are showing that verizon iphones are locked. Something strange going on.

http://dev.mk/2012/08/dev-mk-iphone-...what-happened/
imei.info does not work. They say every phone is locked, even those bought off contract
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:39 PM   #5
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Saw this on Cult Of Mac. You can check to see if your iPhone 5 is unlocked. According to this site when I punch in the number, it says my Verizon iPhone 5 is locked. I thought they were all unlocked.

http://www.imei.info/


This doesn't work. I used unlock fusion so mines unlocked. This one says its not.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 10:42 PM   #6
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The problem with these sites is people to check to see if phone is unlocked. Makes it harder to sell iphone and convince the person that is buying it from you that it is unlocked.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:05 PM   #7
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I just did this.

How do I know if mine is locked vs. unlocked?
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:07 PM   #8
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I just did this.

How do I know if mine is locked vs. unlocked?
It will tell you if it's locked or unlocked after you put your IMEI number in the spot and hit check.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:11 PM   #9
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This is what I got when I went to the first site.

I have a Verizon 32GB white iP5.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:12 PM   #10
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Go to bottom underneath that image and click on "Free Simlock Status Check"
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:15 PM   #11
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Go to bottom underneath that image and click on "Free Simlock Status Check"
Ok, of course it is going to show locked, these sites want you to buy their unlock.

Im just gonna find an ATT sim to check.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:22 PM   #12
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All verizon iPhone 5's are unlocked for any gsm carrier period.
Why would you even bother checking imei sites and such?
The announcement by verizon is not enough to convince you?
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:24 PM   #13
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All verizon iPhone 5's are unlocked for any gsm carrier period.
Why would you even bother checking imei sites and such?
The announcement by verizon is not enough to convince you?
im convinced, i was just curious is all. dont hate.
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:26 PM   #14
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im convinced, i was just curious is all. dont hate.
Wasn't directed towards you. I just saw many posts with people with verizon iPhone 5 keep checking imei websites.
I don't get it
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Old Nov 2, 2012, 11:27 PM   #15
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Wasn't directed towards you. I just saw many posts with people with verizon iPhone 5 keep checking imei websites.
I don't get it
well this was my first sooo....
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 02:05 AM   #16
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I have found the IMEI checker that unlock_fusion to be the most relieable. I have tried 7 iPhones with it, all reported correctly, even the ones that had been unlocked by another services.
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 05:45 AM   #17
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All verizon iPhone 5's are unlocked for any gsm carrier period.
Why would you even bother checking imei sites and such?
The announcement by verizon is not enough to convince you?
Hmmm...

I really hope this is the case, and here is why.

I had to have AppleCare send me a new phone yesterday because the battery came unseated inside the phone. I'm on an American plan for the first time since 2004 (live overseas) and it's on Verizon.

The phone I originally had was unlocked to my delight, but the new one came in and required me to lock it to Verizon.

I have both phones in my possession right now so I want to see if the replacement phones are locked. That would be such a huge downer for me since I work overseas

I'm going to go check it out with my buddies sim card tomorrow and see if the new one is also locked.

**Just as side note, the new phone they sent me is way worse than the old one**
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 10:29 AM   #18
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Hmmm...

I really hope this is the case, and here is why.

I had to have AppleCare send me a new phone yesterday because the battery came unseated inside the phone. I'm on an American plan for the first time since 2004 (live overseas) and it's on Verizon.

The phone I originally had was unlocked to my delight, but the new one came in and required me to lock it to Verizon.

I have both phones in my possession right now so I want to see if the replacement phones are locked. That would be such a huge downer for me since I work overseas

I'm going to go check it out with my buddies sim card tomorrow and see if the new one is also locked.

**Just as side note, the new phone they sent me is way worse than the old one**
Yes, once you select verizon as the carrier then the GSM side is officially unlocked.
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 11:17 AM   #19
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Hmmm...

I really hope this is the case, and here is why.

I had to have AppleCare send me a new phone yesterday because the battery came unseated inside the phone. I'm on an American plan for the first time since 2004 (live overseas) and it's on Verizon.

The phone I originally had was unlocked to my delight, but the new one came in and required me to lock it to Verizon.

I have both phones in my possession right now so I want to see if the replacement phones are locked. That would be such a huge downer for me since I work overseas

I'm going to go check it out with my buddies sim card tomorrow and see if the new one is also locked.

**Just as side note, the new phone they sent me is way worse than the old one**
Have a look at your model # (Settings>General>About), does it start with an N instead of an M? Those that start with an N have had the same prompt which also mentions "this cannot be undone". N models are classified as refurbs.
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 12:14 PM   #20
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Have a look at your model # (Settings>General>About), does it start with an N instead of an M? Those that start with an N have had the same prompt which also mentions "this cannot be undone". N models are classified as refurbs.
Dammit - they sent me a refurb... mother trucker.

This sucks.

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Dammit - they sent me a refurb... mother trucker.

This sucks.
how would i go about talking to apple about this - 1) proving its a refurb and b) trying to get a diff one.

When I called Apple Support I specifically asked the rep if I was going to get a refurb or not, and he said "Absolutely not - I'm sending out a new one." Basically what I want now is to keep my first one and Apple to give me a year of AppleCare incase the first one does completely bite the bullet.

Would love other's thoughts on this.

It's a bit frustrating.

Cheers,
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 12:45 PM   #21
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Just googled a bit and found this one to have accurate information. http://www.s-url.ro/
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 12:50 PM   #22
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Just googled a bit and found this one to have accurate information. http://www.s-url.ro/
Just tried it. Still shows my verizon iphone 5 as locked. But has following disclaimer

"Iphone 5 lock status is not accurate! Apple DB not updated yet!"
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 11:23 AM   #23
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Even I have found discrepancies across different sites. So no idea how to get a proper status..
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