Resolved Difference between "factory unlock" and "IMEI unlock"?

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  1. mrblack927, Aug 15, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2012

    mrblack927 macrumors 6502a

    mrblack927

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    Hi all,

    Just a quick question... is there any difference between a "factory unlocked" iPhone and an iPhone that was unlocked by the carrier later (ie. "IMEI unlocked")? I ask because I'm getting ready to sell my phone, an iPhone 4 that I got over 2 years ago and just had AT&T unlock for me. I noticed the listings on ebay that are listed as "Factory Unlocked" sell for a lot more. So, is there a practical difference (or even any way to tell) that it was unlocked after the fact?
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No difference.
    They both will accept any carriers GSM sim.
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    No difference at all. Both have their numbers in Apple's allowed unlocked database and both can be relocked to any carrier Apple wants.
     
  4. mrblack927 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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