Can you use IMEI unlock service to unlock an a Non-Activated iphone 5?

TEHi

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Jan 6, 2011
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I have a AT&T locked iPhone 5 that hasn't gone thru the activation yet, I wonder if I buy the unlock service from ebay it can be done?
 

TEHi

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Jan 6, 2011
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I heard that it has to be activated first then you can unlock it.
It will ask for the account holders billing zip and last 4 of his social.
So If I buy an AT&T locked iPhone 5, take it my country it would not pass the activation screen? thus not being able to unlock?
 
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Applejuiced

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So If I buy an AT&T locked iPhone 5, take it my country it would not pass the activation screen? thus not being able to unlock?
If you buy an AT&T i5 full price you will be fine.
If you get one that's locked under someone's contract that hasn't done the initial activation then you will be stuck.
 
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TEHi

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Ok do you mean the AT&T full price no contract phone comes unlocked and it wont ask for social/billing?
 
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unlockdaddy

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If you buy an AT&T i5 full price you will be fine.
If you get one that's locked under someone's contract that hasn't done the initial activation then you will be stuck.
though replying late, but to help the readers, activation SIMs are available in the market which can be used to activate iPhone without using the original SIM, later on, IMEI unlocking can be done. like OneSIM at reverse.hk

cheers.
 
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Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
though replying late, but to help the readers, activation SIMs are available in the market which can be used to activate iPhone without using the original SIM, later on, IMEI unlocking can be done. like OneSIM at reverse.hk

cheers.
That's a carrier security feature that cannot be bypassed just by using an activation sim.
 
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