How to tell if iPhone 6 is unlocked?

dapork

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I just received a used iPhone 6 through Amazon, advertised as unlocked. I'm in the US but my SIM card is European, so I can't test it right now. Even if I cut it to fit the micro SIM slot, it won't work without the Greek service.

The cellular option in settings is grayed (because there is no SIM I'm guessing), so I can't check for an option called mobile/cellular data network.

When I go into General--About--Carrier is says Verizon. Does that mean it's locked with Verizon?
 

eyoungren

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I just received a used iPhone 6 through Amazon, advertised as unlocked. I'm in the US but my SIM card is European, so I can't test it right now. Even if I cut it to fit the micro SIM slot, it won't work without the Greek service.

The cellular option in settings is grayed (because there is no SIM I'm guessing), so I can't check for an option called mobile/cellular data network.

When I go into General--About--Carrier is says Verizon. Does that mean it's locked with Verizon?
If it says Verizon then it's unlocked - period.

Verizon has an agreement with the FCC whereby all LTE capable Verizon devices are sold unlocked. Even if the device was not an original Verizon device then it's still unlocked. Because anyone bringing a device to Verizon from another carrier would have had to unlock it first.

So, all the way around - unlocked.
 
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bigjnyc

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If it says Verizon then it's unlocked - period.

Verizon has an agreement with the FCC whereby all LTE capable Verizon devices are sold unlocked. Even if the device was not an original Verizon device then it's still unlocked. Because anyone bringing a device to Verizon from another carrier would have had to unlock it first.

So, all the way around - unlocked.
Aren't Verizon phones locked for overseas carriers though? I thought their deal was only for unlocked within the US. I could be wrong
 

C DM

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Aren't Verizon phones locked for overseas carriers though? I thought their deal was only for unlocked within the US. I could be wrong
They are just factory unlocked, meaning that it's domestic and international, essentially the same as a SIM-Free iPhone model.
 
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Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
The only way to test it is to stick a sim inside.
You dont know anyone around that has a cellphone? You just gotta stick their sim card inside for 1 minute.
Even the Greek sim you have will work.
If it activates and lets you in the home screen its unlocked. If it says sim not supported is NOT unlocked.
 
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