Do previous iPhones become unlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by henhouse, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. henhouse macrumors newbie

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    Hey fellas,

    So I activated my iPhone 4S today (after hours of trouble with AT&T...) and I was curious. Does my iPhone 4 become like unlocked? Like I could theoretically take it and activate it with Verizon, or go abroad and get a SIM card there?

    Been wondering that. Because if I sell my iPhone then I'd have to buy one back for a lot of money. Don't want to do that if I have an unlocked one...


    Thanks!
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Also the AT&T iPhone 4 is GSM only… it doesn't even support Verizon/Sprint CDMA even if your phone was unlocked.
     
  4. henhouse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So the phone can never be used outside of AT&T? Doesn't make any sense why that should be allowed if it's no longer under contract. Is there anyway to break this?

    Ah thanks. I once thought I read this was possible, I suppose not since they are completely different. Good thing the 4S is a world phone.
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If the jailbreaking community releases a software hack, yes you can do that to unlocked it… but until then we're stuck with useless phones.
     

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