How to Determine if your iPhone 4S is Unlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by braddick, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. macrumors 68040

    braddick

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    I purchased my iPhone 4S for the full price via Apple website and it was delivered on the 14th. Last night I had to restore it and honestly can't recall if an unlocked screen came up or not.

    Is there a way of checking within to tell if it is the unlocked version vs the locked one (without having to go through the restore process again)?

    I'm on AT&T.
    Thanks!
     
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    shanmugam

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    are you from US? full priced iPhone 4S not available here yet (at least on the online apple store) ...

    one way is to check try some other SIM card like t-mobile sim card
     
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    ste1164

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    Or restore it. I think unlocked ones say congratulations your iPhone is unlocked after you restore them.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    Yup, I bought a full priced one in the apple store, said this when I restored. Tried a t-mobile sim and it worked perfectly too.
     
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    braddick

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    I swear, I think I saw that screen. Just not 100% sure.
    Now, when someone goes to purchase a 4S down the road and it is touted as being unlocked is there a way of confirming that just checking the iPhone's software?
    If so, where is that located?
     
  6. macrumors member

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    Dont think so.

    Just have to pop in a tmobile SIM to make sure.

    Also, in the future, there might be a jailbreak on OS5 and iphone 4s.
    So, if you want an unlocked phone then, it might be a jailbroken phone and not a factory unlock.


     
  7. macrumors 65816

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    I had a factory unlocked iPhone 4, now I have a locked iPhone 4S (I think, haven't tried, live in México)

    and no, unlocked ones do not say congratulations blah blah... only phones that get unlocked by the carriers say that
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    that's not true, my iPhone that I bought that was unlocked said that when I first attached it to iTunes.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    They do actually. I missed my "Congratulations..." message the first time around. I'm suspecting it was because I went through the initial setup on my iPhone rather than plugging it into iTunes first, but I can't be sure. I wanted to make sure that I had an unlocked one, so I reset my phone to factory settings and started over again - iTunes gave me the "Congratulations..." message. I bought mine off-contract from an Apple retail store.
     
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    Nermal

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    I restored my factory-unlocked 4S yesterday and did not get the "congratulations" screen. I did the initial setup inside iTunes.
     
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    mine never did...weird...
     

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