Did I accidentally get an unlocked version??

Gooberton

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i ordered the jet black 7 PLUS 256 gb from Best Buy. Preordered on 9/9. But just got the phone today. I'm on ATT, but to my surprise there was a sim removal tool in the box, I checked and the model number is a1661, did I get the unlocked or maybe just the verzion one??
 

T5BRICK

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So if I have a unlocked phone from Walmart, before I activate it I will need to put a Verizon sim in and activate it?
An unlocked phone is unlocked, but from what I understand, using a Verizon sim during activation will cause the phone to use the Verizon unlock policy.

Will I need to do this after every restore or just when first activating the phone?
Just the first time.
 

est1738

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An unlocked phone is unlocked, but from what I understand, using a Verizon sim during activation will cause the phone to use the Verizon unlock policy.



Just the first time.
Wow thanks for the super quick reply, one last question.

I would have to use my friends Verizon SIM card. When using his, Verizon won't record my Imei or anything and attach it to his account will they? I just don't want anything to happen as far as my phone getting blacklisted using someone else's sim to activate it to make sure it's unlocked. I plan on using it on ATT.
 

FoxMike

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No they won't. Just activate the iPhone via wifi. Because CDMA requires a live controller to allow the phone to affiliate the sim won't cause your phone to affililiate on the network.
 

rsbacon

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I would use an INACTIVE SIM card and activate over wifi if I were you. Did you buy it full price or on payments?
 

FoxMike

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An inactive sim or active sim won't matter. To fully activate a phone on Verizon because of CDMA you have to call them and a controller has to truly activate it. GSM networks are different as your data is store on the SIM card. All the op has to do is put in a verizon SIM activate over wifi. Verify it can "listen" to the verizon network. Then pull out the SIM and insert his ATT one.
 

est1738

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I paid full price, but I believe his is on Verizons payment plan system. I was trying to activate with just wifi but it said a Sim card was needed. I will just Verify if can "listen" to the verizon network and thats it. once activated I will stick my ATT sim card.

Now my last question is: Will I need the verizon sim card everytime I restore my device? I dont plan on doing it often but if problem arises that is what I do.
 

FoxMike

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I paid full price, but I believe his is on Verizons payment plan system. I was trying to activate with just wifi but it said a Sim card was needed. I will just Verify if can "listen" to the verizon network and thats it. once activated I will stick my ATT sim card.

Now my last question is: Will I need the verizon sim card everytime I restore my device? I dont plan on doing it often but if problem arises that is what I do.
Just the initial first time. It will flash the baseband.
 

Gooberton

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Well this sucks. I already did it, but I just put att sim in and it worked, does that mean it's "activated"
 

est1738

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Thanks for all the replies. Im glad I didnt activate with my att sim card... Gotta wait until I can get ahold of my friends sim card tomorrow.