How can I confirm if an iPhone is UNLOCKED?

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  1. firemedicmark, Dec 15, 2010
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    firemedicmark macrumors 6502

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    Looking to buy as iPhone, seller states phone is unlocked...how do i confirm this w/o having service?

    It is a 3GS
     
  2. CZK macrumors 6502a

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    Check iphone firmware and baseband.

    If iphone 4 4.1 BB 02.10.04 or above its not unlockable.

    If anything else, it is unlockable ( 2g 3g 3gs any firmware or BB)

    Note that 4.2.1 is tethered ( for now) so...... you will lose your unlock each time you reboot your device. You will have to redo the jailbreak/unlock process each time ( 2-5 min)


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    If he claims that the phone is factory unlocked, call apple with the serial number and ask them, they will tell you.
     
  3. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030

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    You will have to provide more information on the Iphone you are planing to purchase. Is it a 2g, 3g, 3gs or Iphone 4?

    Did he indicate whether it is factory unlocked or it is unlocked through Jailbreaking, then ultrasn0w?
     
  4. firemedicmark thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i'm sorry it's a 3GS
     
  5. CZK macrumors 6502a

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    Its unlockable.

    You can do it yourself in case he is lying so.... go for it.
     
  6. firemedicmark thread starter macrumors 6502

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    it's unlocked via JB...also is $330 a good deal? Looks like to sell on fleabay for around $500.

    It's for my brother in Germany, not the US
     
  7. CZK macrumors 6502a

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    330 for 16gb is a good deal if the phone is a good shape.

    330 for 32gb is a very very good deal.
     
  8. firemedicmark thread starter macrumors 6502

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    sssssssold! thank you!
     
  9. Junkboxy macrumors member

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    Would you be buying it face-to-face, or something like ebay? I would never buy a second-market iPhone without being able to hold it in my hand first. $330 sounds to good to be true for a 3GS IMO.

    Here is where to tell if an iPhone is sporting an unlockable baseband, go to Settings > General > About and if you see 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01, or 05.13.04, then you're good. Do some homework on the 6-series basebands.

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    If already unlockable, then within the Cydia app (Cydia > Manage > Packages, scroll down)
    you would see Ultrasnow:

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  11. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030

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    Same here. These are today posts in Seattle;

    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/mob/2115069685.html
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/mob/2114493261.html

    I personally bought an Iphone 3GS, 16gig for $200. However, this is rare and I was lucky to be the first to call her and make the deal.
     
  12. firemedicmark thread starter macrumors 6502

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    it was going to be a face-to-face tomorrow morning, but from the other posters maybe I'll hold off if $330 isn't that good of a deal.

    BTW it is 4.2.1 firmware (the one the has to be redone if phone is restarted)
     
  13. Junkboxy macrumors member

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    Okay, for the uninitiated here is how the iphone-buying game works with those craigslist hucksters: They advertise at a low price, you call them saying you're interested, they say cool, you think you have a deal, then before meetup, they text you back saying "This other guy offered me $440 - can you beat that?", then you text them "Thanks for wasting my time you f&*^!#$ douchbag!" You need to offer more than their advertising for, or they'll just wait for another sucker. iPhones are like gold, someone will always be buying.
     
  14. Junkboxy macrumors member

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    From what your saying, you are fixing to give your brother in Germany a tethered iPhone? Consider whether he is a techie or not.
     
  15. firemedicmark thread starter macrumors 6502

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    good point

    yes & yes he's pretty techy
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    True, one of the many annnoyances of C.L.
     
  17. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030

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    I second this. It happened to me as well. I told them this is CL and not fleabay and hang up. The Iphone that I bought from a lady was very nice, she told me she received more than 30 calls within 20 minutes. They even offer higher price than $200 but because I was the first and she had promised me. So, we had a deal.

    With the current situation, i think the correct price for 3GS, 16gig in Seattle CL is around $250 - $270. I can buy one at this price any time now. Personally, I will drop even further once the 02.10 baseband unlock for Iphone 4 come out. People will try to upgrade theirs to the 4. So, if you could hold your purchase for a while, I recommend you to do so.
     

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