How to tell if iPhone is unlocked

bhigh8

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I have an iPhone 5 from Verizon and I am wondering if it is unlocked. I am trying to sell it to someone and they have AT&T and was asking me if it is unlocked. I have no idea. How can I find out?
 

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OTACORB

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I purchased my iPhone 6s Plus and payed full price at the Apple Store. I asked them at the time of purchased if it's unlocked. He said YES and I said do I have to do anything specific he said NO just activate on the carrier of your choice. He did say though your particular one has an AT&T sim. So, I activated it with the AT&T sim while I was traveling (via customer service 611) and it worked without issue. This past weekend I took the sim out of a Verizon phone and inserted it into my 6s Plus and it worked without issue. I've also tried a T-Moble sim and it too worked. So, as far as I can tell it was indeed unlocked and I didn't have to go through this plugging it into iTunes business at all.
 

bhigh8

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Yup read that thread. I don't have a sim from another company. Is there a website that will tell me
 

aesc80

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Yup read that thread. I don't have a sim from another company. Is there a website that will tell me
I take it you didn't read the tl;dr portion of my post ... or even see the post below the first one I posted. Not that hard. Plug it in to your computer, restore your iphone through iTunes, and you should see a sign that states your phone is unlocked. If no other words, then its still locked.
 
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bhigh8

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I take it you didn't read the tl;dr portion of my post ... or even see the post below the first one I posted. Not that hard. Plug it in to your computer, restore your iphone through iTunes, and you should see a sign that states your phone is unlocked. If no other words, then its still locked.
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OTACORB

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The only way to know for sure is to try a different sim card in the phone
Yeah and if you don't have access to another sim from a different carrier, then the iTunes restore is the only other way to find out, which sucks. Who want to do a restore on a perfectly working phone?

To the thread starter you don't know anyone with an iPhone with another carrier that would let you test out using their sim?
 

bhigh8

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Yeah and if you don't have access to another sim from a different carrier, then the iTunes restore is the only other way to find out, which sucks. Who want to do a restore on a perfectly working phone?

To the thread starter you don't know anyone with an iPhone with another carrier that would let you test out using their sim?
Yeah. I can ask around and see who has ATT. Didn't think of using someone else's sim.
 

OTACORB

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What's the best way to unlock it?
Where did you buy it? Did you pay full price? I know if you purchased directly form Apple and paid full price it's unlocked. If you got it from a carrier and you paid full price you can usually go to a web site and submit a request. This too would require that you do the iTunes restore thing and/or use a different sim. But you would then know for sure.
 

bhigh8

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Where did you buy it? Did you pay full price? I know if you purchased directly form Apple and paid full price it's unlocked. If you got it from a carrier and you paid full price you can usually go to a web site and submit a request. This too would require that you do the iTunes restore thing and/or use a different sim. But you would then know for sure.
I bought it from Verizon with the two yr contract back when it came out
 

OTACORB

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I bought it from Verizon with the two yr contract back when it came out
I really don't know much about Verizon. However, you can contact there CS and ask them about it. General consensus is that if you are still under contact they won't unlock it. All you can do is ask!
 

Jordan921

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If it's really a Verizon i5 then it's unlocked for gsm use.
And even of you restore you won't see any congrats message like others said.
Only way to be sure is stick another carriers sim.
But isn't it only unlocked for GSM use internationally? Since it's CDMA it can't be used on at&ts network can it?
 

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But isn't it only unlocked for GSM use internationally? Since it's CDMA it can't be used on at&ts network can it?
I believe you are right, a cdma iPhone 5 only worked on cdma networks in the US and would work on GSM outside the US, but could only be used with either sprint or verizon, not t-mobile, or at&t. But I am not 100% sure but that's what my one friend told me who actually tried to buy an unlocked verizon iphone 5 to use with at&t and it didn't work.
 

bhigh8

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So now I restored on iTunes and it failed and I can't even recover it.
 

bhigh8

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Apple and Verizon both confirmed its unlocked so I hope I'm good.
 

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Apple and Verizon both confirmed its unlocked so I hope I'm good.
Yes it may be unlocked. But since its a Verizon iPhone 5 and it being cdma I think it is only GSM unlocked for international use. It will not work with GSM carriers in the United States I believe.
 

bhigh8

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Yes it may be unlocked. But since its a Verizon iPhone 5 and it being cdma I think it is only GSM unlocked for international use. It will not work with GSM carriers in the United States I believe.
Great. Why does this have to be so difficult.
 
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