bought an unlocked 5s; should the box say it's unlocked?

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  1. ghanwani macrumors 6502a

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    I just picked up a white/silver 5s today but nothing on the box says it's unlocked. I was under the impression the box would say it's unlocked. If not, how would I know it's unlocked?
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The box doesn't say. Put a couple of different branded sim cards in it and see if they all work.

    Alternatively, you could just check your unlock status with one of the many sites available.
     
  3. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks.
     
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    Keep in mind this isn't always reliable. A number of members have their unlocked iPhones showing as locked.
     
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Apple should make it much easier to know that. Either on the phone itself or at least when you plug it into iTunes or perhaps someone on Apple's site.
     
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    It doesn't even seem to be consistent; two weeks ago it listed my unlocked 4S as locked, but now it's listing the same phone as unlocked.

    Question: Do locked phones have something on the box to indicate their operator? I think I once saw a picture of one with an AT&T logo on the barcode label (mine has no logo there).
     
  8. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Boxes don't say. Only its IMEI number and a checker will tell you if it is or not.
     
  9. 617aircav Suspended

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    If you buy an unlocked phone it will be unlocked. What else do you need to know?
     
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    I can only assume he is referring to second hand sales. There isn't a good "oh yes, I see through the software here that this phone is unlocked" setting. Not the end of the world. But it would be nice.
     
  11. samven582 macrumors 6502a

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    No
     
  12. harpyeagle macrumors regular

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    Your receipt should say unlocked

    From previous experience, If you bought/picked up at an Apple store, it should say unlocked in the receipt, but nothing to indicate so in the box/phone itself.
     
  13. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. It does say unlocked on the receipt.
     
  14. Carlanga macrumors 604

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  15. Techno Recon macrumors newbie

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    No it doesn't... U can check in iTunes though
     
  16. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  17. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    I looked at my iphone 4 and 5s box, both purchased as at&t models. Both have a grey at&t logo on the back of the box. Perhaps not all carriers put a logo on the box, but at&t sure does.
     

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