iPhone 5 activation

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by hateloveobey, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. hateloveobey macrumors newbie

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    So i have just bought a new iphone 5 from some guy off gumtree, he stated the phone was unlocked. so i got myself a sim only contract on Three. I tried to set up the phone but it stated something like the following

    "Use the correct sim card provided with the phone courrier"

    he says he doest know what corrier the phone is on as he thought it was unlocked.

    any solutions?
     
  2. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

    bandofbrothers

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    Uk
    #2
    Its quite possible that its locked out to a specific carrier/network.

    As far as i'm aware only iPhone 5's bought from Apple Uk are unlocked.

    It seems a bit dubious that he does not know what network it was bought with !

    If it was from carphone warehouse then the first sim he used will have locked out the iphone to that network
     
  3. hateloveobey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so basically i have no way of actually activating it?
     
  4. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

    bandofbrothers

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    #4

    You need to know from the original owner what network this was on.

    Or you could go thro all the Uk networks nano sims one by one assuming it was supplied originally in the Uk.Which would be a job in itself getting the actual nano sims from each network !
     

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