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

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  1. TEHi macrumors regular

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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?
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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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.
     
  3. TEHi thread starter macrumors regular

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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?
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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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.
     
  5. TEHi thread starter macrumors regular

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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?
     
  6. unlockdaddy macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  7. 617aircav Suspended

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    if you buy from Apple that's a definite yes.
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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

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