iPad Air Simlock (UK - Orange)

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by eliotn, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. eliotn macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I bought a sealed (brand new) ipad Air on ebay and it appears to be locked to EE/Orange.
    As I didnt realize that ipad's have simlocks, the question is: can it be unlocked?

    It says: SIM Activation, when a different carrier SIM is in. :eek:


    Thanks
    Jake
     
  2. ugcop macrumors 6502a

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    Is the SIM you are putting in, active from another iPad?
     
  3. eliotn thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. ugcop macrumors 6502a

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    I guess my question is, if the SIM is awaiting activation why do you think it is locked to another carrier?
     
  5. biohead macrumors 6502

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    Typically, iPads from UK carriers are locked... and only the original owner can get an unlock processed - and its not an easy process at all when dealing with EE. You might be able to find a service on eBay - but there's no guarantee it'll work, and for EE unlocks you're looking around the £100 mark.

    Realistically, you can either sell it, and buy an unlocked one - or move to EE for the data plan.
     
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Put an orange SIM card in and keep it topped up for 3 months. Once you've done that you can apply to have it unlocked. Orange charge £30ish for this privilege.

    However if the device was taken out on a contract your buggered as orange won't unlock till the original 12/18/24 month contract has lapsed.

    Good luck
     
  7. eliotn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    SIMs tested are:
    EE
    Orange
    TMobile

    All work without any activation prompt.

    o2, which I would like to use, does not work saying that the SIM is not valid (not supported).

    Unlocking for the above networks cost £21. I wanted to avoid this cost additional cost, if possible.
     

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