Iphone 4s help!!!!

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  1. Waynesy macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have been given an Iphone 4s. It has been restored to factory setting and has no SIM card. I have no clue what network the phone is on.

    Is there any way I can find out to get it SIM unblocked.

    I spoke to a guy and he said in order to get in SIM unblocked I have to know what network it was originally set up on.

    Is the phone useless/worthless?

    Any advise will be appreciated.

    Many Thanks,
    Wayne
     
  2. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    Start by going to Settings, General and About. From here scroll down to the model number. The model number will tell it all.
     
  3. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Ask the original owner what network it was on. !

    Then get them to ask the network to unlock it to all networks.

    Simple.
     
  4. Waynesy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I cant get into the phone at all. I turn it on, select the language etc then it says no SIM "Contact service provider SIM or insert orginal SIM"

    I cant go any further than that and i have no idea what provider the phone is connected to.

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    I have no way of contacting the orinal owner.
     
  5. chdwil macrumors regular

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    Did you call Apple? Or is that not an option?
     
  6. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

    Stealthipad

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    Find a friend with another iPhone and try their SIM.
     
  7. Waynesy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea i think that is what ill have to do, just try every network until it works.

    I just thought there may be a quicker way
     
  8. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Ask the original owner like I suggested earlier.
     
  9. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    See where the OP answered and said they could not contact the original owner.
     
  10. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    It does not sit right.

    One of the questions asked when receiving a phone is what network is it on.
     
  11. FlatlinerG macrumors 6502a

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    Just call Apple, tell them that you purchased the device second hand and forgot to ask what carrier it was locked to. As long as you aren't asking private information about the seller, just device information it's okay. Have the serial number and IMEI handy, both are on the SIM card tray.
     
  12. pooleman Suspended

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    Someone who gives away a very expensive device should be accessible. Why can't you contact the original owner and ask what network it is on? Is this phone stolen, or could it have been stolen and then given away? It just seems weird.
     
  13. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    As was mentioned, yes only way to find out is by putting any sim card inside.

    However, if you remove the sim card tray, if you look at the bottom of the tray very closely, there is a serial number and an IMEI number imprinted on the plastic tray. Record the number, call Apple CS and ask them where the phone is coming from. Since the IMEI number is imprinted under the sim tray you can use http://www.imei.info/ and type the imei number, you can then find out where it is coming from. Once you input the imei number, on the bottom it says "Check Warranty & Simlock" click on that. It will take a few minute or within a day and you will get your result. On the result, it will tell you where it was purchased and it will tell you if it's unlocked or locked. If it says it was purchased in U.S then it's definitely AT&T.
     
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  15. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    The thread is going round in circles and by now the OP should know how to resolve what network this iPhone is locked to, and not be fishing on how to bypass lockouts.

    It's locked out for a reason.
     
  16. Waynesy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much! I will try this when I get home.
     

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