iphone 5 bad esn to use in GSM

jakobo

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Hello, please i have some questions. When i will buy iphone 5 with sim card slot and the iphone will have bad esn or icloud lock. Is it possible to use iphone 5 regularly to GSM in Europe? Alternatively, what is needed to do for it? Which carriers have iphone 5 with gsm, sprint, verizon?
Thank you so kuch
 
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dictoresno

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ESN blacklisted, yes it should work since all GSM carriers care about is the IMEI working. as for icloud locked, no you wont be able to get past that. it will be a paperweight.
 
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At the moment VZW only shares its blacklist with Sprint (and vice versa), so you will be able to use it on GSM. Locked in iOS7 has no such work around. I also expect at some point VZW and ATT/T-Mo will start sharing their blacklists but I haven't heard anything. Just a gut feel.
 

jakobo

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Thank you.. And all iphones from US carriers are able to use in GSM europe? Are they GSM unlocked? thanks
 

jakobo

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okay thanks, but there is no problem to unlock iphone 5 via cherry unlock, or not? Every iphones 5 have SIM card slot, or there are some carriers that have only CDMA? But there are some websites where i can check if esn or imei is good, isnt it? So if i have vodafone gsm in europe, it is needed for me to have iphone with clean Imei and without icloud lock. Alright?

thanks :confused:
 

dontwalkhand

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okay thanks, but there is no problem to unlock iphone 5 via cherry unlock, or not? Every iphones 5 have SIM card slot, or there are some carriers that have only CDMA? But there are some websites where i can check if esn or imei is good, isnt it? So if i have vodafone gsm in europe, it is needed for me to have iphone with clean Imei and without icloud lock. Alright?

thanks :confused:
All iPhones 4S and up have GSM. There is no CDMA only iPhone 5 as LTE is a GSM technology.

All Verizon iPhone 5s are SIM unlocked. All AT&T/T-Mobile iPhones that are off contract can be unlocked with a phone call.

Sprint iPhones remain locked regardless and will only be unlocked for usage on Non-US carriers and will still be SIM locked to other US carriers
 

jakobo

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All iPhones 4S and up have GSM. There is no CDMA only iPhone 5 as LTE is a GSM technology.

All Verizon iPhone 5s are SIM unlocked. All AT&T/T-Mobile iPhones that are off contract can be unlocked with a phone call.

Sprint iPhones remain locked regardless and will only be unlocked for usage on Non-US carriers and will still be SIM locked to other US carriers
Ok, so AT&T/T-Mobile iPhones are able to unlock only when ESN/IMEI is clean? THere is no way how to unlock it, for example via cherry unlock?
Sprint iphones can be unblocked without problems via cherry unlock to usage in europe, or is it needed to do it with some R-SIM? What is best way to unlock SPRINT iphone 5 to usage in europe?
Sorry for my worries, i dont want to have brick at home :) thanks
 
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jakobo

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Is cherry unlock scam? So there is no way how to unlock iphone 5 for example Sprint for free? Do you know which r-sim will work with iphone 5 iOS 7 from sprint? thanks
 

MacKa SL

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iPhone 5C sprint with bad ESN

ESN blacklisted, yes it should work since all GSM carriers care about is the IMEI working. as for icloud locked, no you wont be able to get past that. it will be a paperweight.
will i be able to unlock iPhone 5C sprint bad ESN with r-sim air 2?
 

tharu_san

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At the moment VZW only shares its blacklist with Sprint (and vice versa), so you will be able to use it on GSM. Locked in iOS7 has no such work around. I also expect at some point VZW and ATT/T-Mo will start sharing their blacklists but I haven't heard anything. Just a gut feel.
Hi,
Will a Sprint iPhone 7 with bad ESN work with a Non-US gsm carrier?
 

snow755

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If you are going too buy a iPhone 5 but buy it on swappa you be safe and you won’t get cheated out
 
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