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macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Aug 19, 2008
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?
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macrumors P6
Jan 24, 2010
No difference at all. Both have their numbers in Apple's allowed unlocked database and both can be relocked to any carrier Apple wants.
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