iPhone 5 bought after jan26 2013

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  1. Djakob macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys I wann buy an iPhone 5 which is new in the box the guy said he will unlock the phone for me I'm just wondering will I get into any problems with any carrier for the phone being unlocked I'm not sure on the laws I will be using H2O company for services
    The phone is new and it was purchased after Jan 2013
    Please let me know if I will fall into any problems in the future or is it the sellers problem thanks
     
  2. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    I can't see any problem if the phone has been bought unlocked.
     
  3. sando88 macrumors newbie

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    The problem is that the phone isn't unlocked,from what I get the seller told him that he will unlock the phone,which means jailbreak.You could run to some troubles because of that software unlock,there is a possibility to lag or....apps crashing but I don't think you'll have problems with connection to any network that's why it's called unlock.It is up to you really,my advice is look for unlocked phone not a jailbroken one,but like I said it's up to you mate.
     
  4. Djakob thread starter macrumors newbie

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    iPhone 5 unlocked

    What if I just bought it off him and unlocked it my self with swift unlocks.com website will there be a problem than since the phone was sold after jan 2013
     
  5. Nyy8 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sorry, but I'm not following. What does it being sold after Jan 2013 have to do with anything? An iPhone 5 is an iPhone 5?
     
  6. Djakob thread starter macrumors newbie

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    any iphone sold after jan 2013 is illegal to unlock so im just wondering if we still could unlock it and if anyone knows how to do it
     
  7. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a

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    Source?
     
  8. PsstGreek macrumors 68040

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    "Illegal" is a very loose term when it comes to getting iPhones unlocked. You can get it unlocked from www.swiftunlocks.com for $2 (AT&T).
     
  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    Unlocking cell phones was not exempted from the DCMA during the 2012 exemption cycle.

    Currently in the US, a carrier can sue someone that unlocks a phone that is locked to that carrier, so long as the phone was bought after January 26, 2013. It isn't legal anymore.
     
  10. aimee.elizabeth macrumors 6502

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    Unless the carrier does it, I had my iphone 5 unlocked by AT&T for free, I don't see all the fuss. I think Verizon takes unlock requests as well. I'd never do it through a 3rd party because I wouldn't want to compromise my warranty.
     
  11. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Your chances of getting in legal trouble for unlocking your phone are about the same as your chances of hitting the lottery. Also unlocking your phone DOES NOT affect your warranty.

    Swiftunlocks.com. $2 nice and easy
     
  12. aimee.elizabeth macrumors 6502

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    Still, why pay $$ when your carrier is willing to do it for free?
     
  13. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a

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    What if he's taking it to the carrier to be unlocked?
     
  14. Intell macrumors P6

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    Only the carrier can unlock the device. The end user cannot.
     
  15. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    No reason to. But OP is on H2O who does not sell the iPhone and therefore he wouldn't be able to get the carrier to unlock it for him.
     
  16. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I said.
     
  17. Intell macrumors P6

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    You posed it as a question, I was clarifying it.
     

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