Can you Sync an unlocked iPhone?

bedpilot

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Sep 6, 2007
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That is the question.

I just got an unlocked iPhone and I am wondering if I can sync it in iTunes so I can get my song library, videos, etc loaded. Should I do something special so it will not update software??? Such as uncheck update software box, disconnect from the net, etc..???

Thanks
 

jimmer-uk

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Mar 5, 2008
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I sync mine every day no problem. Just don't click on update etc. Mine, like I say is synced quite often for calendar and e-mail updates. I just use it as if it were locked still, I don't notice a difference
 

jeffmc

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Sep 21, 2007
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the only thing an unlocked iphone can't do, is visual voicemail because it's a network dependent function.

every other function of the iphone will work.
 

spinstorm

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Sep 14, 2007
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It is VERY important you NEVER click on "update" should Apple bring out a new update as it will re-lock your phone and you won't be able to access it until the dev team hacks it again.

But other than that you don't have to do anything with your phone - it will sync perfectly in iTunes and run like a locked phone.
 

Craig S

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May 12, 2008
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I just picked up an unlocked iPhone and can't sync. I'm getting the following message when I click on the iPhone icon on the left side of iTunes-

The SIM card inserted in this iPhone does not appear to be supported. Only compatible SIM cards from a supported Carrier may be used to activate iPhone.

Any tips?

I'm on Tmobile, obviously that's the incompatible SIM card.
 

Craig S

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May 12, 2008
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Ok, that was weird. So apparently the phone wasn't unlocked, so I tried to unlock it (with the already-installed anySIM) and it failed. Then it went into some weird recovery mode where it was unresponsive for a while but I finally got it back with ZiPhone.

It's now up and running just fine.
 

Chory

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Feb 1, 2012
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iTunes claims I am synced elsewhere

iTunes seems to be under the impression that my unlocked 3gS is synced with another library (?). :confused:

My only option is to "erase all the content" and begin again…or to NOT have 7/8 of the functionality function (what's the point of an iPhone if it won't integrate with my Mac?).

Will I have to unlock again? Had a heck of a time getting my T-Mobile sim to work in the first place and would rather not have to take it in and pay for a second unlock…
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
iTunes seems to be under the impression that my unlocked 3gS is synced with another library (?). :confused:

My only option is to "erase all the content" and begin again…or to NOT have 7/8 of the functionality function (what's the point of an iPhone if it won't integrate with my Mac?).

Will I have to unlock again? Had a heck of a time getting my T-Mobile sim to work in the first place and would rather not have to take it in and pay for a second unlock…
Yes, if you sync with a new library the old items from the other library like music, apps etc.. will be removed from your iphone.
But that's the only option.
Dont click the erase all content and settings.
Your iphone will get stuck on the apple logo and you will need to restore, rejailbreak and unlock it agian and if you dont know what you're doing you might lose the unlock option.
 

jaowens

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Feb 1, 2012
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You can sync it with iTunes. You can also update your software as long as you bought it unlocked from Apple. If you jailbroke it to unlock then you will lose your unlock. I have an unlocked iPhone 4S (16GB, White) that I bought from Apple legally.
 

DerekRod

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Factory unlocked phone will stay unlocked forever its on an IMEI whitelist at apple,Jailbroken unlocked will re-lock and most likely upgrade baseband preventing future unlock when you update your iOS.Unlockers should never use a stock IPSW always make a custom one using redsn)w or pwnage tool
 

Chory

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Feb 1, 2012
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Yes, if you sync with a new library the old items from the other library like music, apps etc.. will be removed from your iphone.
But that's the only option.
Dont click the erase all content and settings.
Your iphone will get stuck on the apple logo and you will need to restore, rejailbreak and unlock it agian and if you dont know what you're doing you might lose the unlock option.
So, to clarify, my jailbroken and unlocked iPhone can be synced, so long as I do not ask iTunes to install any updated iOS.
 

mimu

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Mar 1, 2012
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I bought a new iphone4 SIM free, for my wife. She already has an iPhone 3Gs this locked to provider, Telia (Sweden).
My question is, if I back up her 3Gs with iTunes and then restore the new iPhone with the same backup. Will the new unlocked iPhone stay unlocked?

The reason for my uncertainty is that I started with this procedure (as I described above) and the new phone showed a message that "the network was lost" and the service bar disappeared (no service).
I then quickly disconnected the phone from the computer (iTunes) and restarted it before Ituns ended with sync process.
Now everything seems to be OK but I'm not sure that it will remain unlocked if I continue. :confused:
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
I bought a new iphone4 SIM free, for my wife. She already has an iPhone 3Gs this locked to provider, Telia (Sweden).
My question is, if I back up her 3Gs with iTunes and then restore the new iPhone with the same backup. Will the new unlocked iPhone stay unlocked?

The reason for my uncertainty is that I started with this procedure (as I described above) and the new phone showed a message that "the network was lost" and the service bar disappeared (no service).
I then quickly disconnected the phone from the computer (iTunes) and restarted it before Ituns ended with sync process.
Now everything seems to be OK but I'm not sure that it will remain unlocked if I continue. :confused:
No, the new unlocked iphone 4 will never lock to any carrier since its sim free factory unlocked.
You can restore to any backup or do anything you want to it. Its forever unlocked.