Are there downsides to unlocking

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by metsjetsfan, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

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    I am looking to unlock my phone. I meet all the requirements. am doing for no particular reason but maybe thought it could be useful if I need to switch sims if traveling.

    Are there any downsides or cons to doing this?
     
  2. ftaok macrumors 601

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    I could be wrong, but I think unlocking requires you to restore your phone. So there's always a small chance that the restore process doesn't get everything back exactly right.

    But yeah, there's no real downside.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    No downside. Your phone will have slightly higher resale value.

    Only if you don't have a SIM from a different carrier available to confirm that the phone is unlocked.

    http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201328
     
  4. metsjetsfan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    thanks! that actually sounds painful to restore if you are traveling to new countries and always swappings sims. I guess a global sim would be best case and tested and done before you go but not all counties are covered in some gloabl sims.

    hopefully apple sim takes care of this. but to get all the countries on this could take a good two yrs.
     
  5. Phil A. Moderator

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    You don't have to restore whenever you change the sim with an unlocked phone - just pop the new SIM in and off you go
     
  6. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    You don't have to restore to unlock the phone nor to swap sims. You just swap sims and that's it.
     
  7. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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