iPhone 5s 16GB Gold Unlocked ME298C/A : Invalid Sim card error.

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  1. victorg macrumors newbie

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    Hi Everyone

    Im having a situation with this model I checked that on a website: http://leimobile.com/iphone-5s-model-numbers/ were shows that this phone is international and unlocked, does anyone knows if it´s really unlocked?

    Here is the list of model numbers for the new iPhone 5S that was released by Apple on September 20th 2013. Model A1533 (GSM) and Model A1533 (CDMA) will work with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Model A1453 will work with Sprint in the USA. To see which LTE bands are supported by which country and model refer to Apple’s guide here: http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/
    AT&T
    iPhone 5s 16GB Space Gray (GSM) AT&T ME305LL/A
    iPhone 5s 32GB Space Gray (GSM) AT&T ME308LL/A
    iPhone 5s 64GB Space Gray (GSM) AT&T ME311LL/A
    iPhone 5s 16GB Gold (GSM) AT&T ME307LL/A
    iPhone 5s 32GB Gold (GSM) AT&T ME310LL/A
    iPhone 5s 64GB Gold (GSM) AT&T ME313LL/A
    iPhone 5s 16GB Silver (GSM) AT&T ME306LL/A
    iPhone 5s 32GB Silver (GSM) AT&T ME309LL/A
    iPhone 5s 64GB Silver (GSM) AT&T ME312LL/A

    SPRINT
    iPhone 5s 16GB Space Gray (CDMA) Sprint ME350LL/A
    iPhone 5s 32GB Space Gray (CDMA) Sprint ME353LL/A
    iPhone 5s 64GB Space Gray (CDMA) Sprint ME356LL/A
    iPhone 5s 16GB Gold (CDMA) Sprint ME352LL/A
    iPhone 5s 32GB Gold (CDMA) Sprint ME355LL/A
    iPhone 5s 64GB Gold (CDMA) Sprint ME358LL/A
    iPhone 5s 16GB Silver (CDMA) Sprint ME351LL/A
    iPhone 5s 32GB Silver (CDMA) Sprint ME354LL/A
    iPhone 5s 64GB Silver (CDMA) Sprint ME357LL/A

    VERIZON
    iPhone 5s 16GB Space Gray (CDMA) Verizon Wireless ME341LL/A
    iPhone 5s 32GB Space Gray (CDMA) Verizon Wireless ME344LL/A
    iPhone 5s 64GB Space Gray (CDMA) Verizon Wireless ME347LL/A
    iPhone 5s 16GB Gold (CDMA) Verizon Wireless ME343LL/A
    iPhone 5s 32GB Gold (CDMA) Verizon Wireless ME346LL/A
    iPhone 5s 64GB Gold (CDMA) Verizon Wireless ME349LL/A
    iPhone 5s 16GB Silver (CDMA) Verizon Wireless ME342LL/A
    iPhone 5s 32GB Silver (CDMA) Verizon Wireless ME345LL/A
    iPhone 5s 64GB Silver (CDMA) Verizon Wireless ME348LL/A

    T-MOBILE
    iPhone 5s 16GB Space Gray (GSM) T-Mobile Unlocked ME323LL/A
    iPhone 5s 32GB Space Gray (GSM) T-Mobile Unlocked ME326LL/A
    iPhone 5s 64GB Space Gray (GSM) T-Mobile Unlocked ME329LL/A
    iPhone 5s 16GB Gold (GSM) T-Mobile Unlocked ME325LL/A
    iPhone 5s 32GB Gold (GSM) T-Mobile Unlocked ME328LL/A
    iPhone 5s 64GB Gold (GSM) T-Mobile Unlocked ME331LL/A
    iPhone 5s 16GB Silver (GSM) T-Mobile Unlocked ME324LL/A
    iPhone 5s 32GB Silver (GSM) T-Mobile Unlocked ME327LL/A
    iPhone 5s 64GB Silver (GSM) T-Mobile Unlocked ME330LL/A

    International iPhone 5S models
    please send us information on any international iPhone 5S model if you have it. Thanks! Here are a few to get started:
    Australia iPhone 5s 16GB Space Grey Unlocked MF352X/A
    Australia iPhone 5s 32GB Space Grey Unlocked MF355X/A
    Australia iPhone 5s 64GB Space Grey Unlocked MF358X/A
    Australia iPhone 5s 16GB Gold Unlocked MF354X/A
    Australia iPhone 5s 32GB Gold Unlocked MF357X/A
    Australia iPhone 5s 64GB Gold Unlocked MF360X/A
    Australia iPhone 5s 16GB Silver Unlocked MF353X/A
    Australia iPhone 5s 32GB Silver Unlocked MF356X/A
    Australia iPhone 5s 64GB Silver Unlocked MF359X/A
    Canada iPhone 5s 16GB Space Grey Unlocked ME296C/A
    Canada iPhone 5s 32GB Space Grey Unlocked ME299C/A
    Canada iPhone 5s 64GB Space Grey Unlocked ME302C/A
    Canada iPhone 5s 16GB Gold Unlocked ME298C/A
    Canada iPhone 5s 32GB Gold Unlocked ME301C/A
    Canada iPhone 5s 64GB Gold Unlocked ME304C/A
    Canada iPhone 5s 16GB Silver Unlocked ME297C/A
    Canada iPhone 5s 32GB Silver Unlocked ME300C/A
    Canada iPhone 5s 64GB Silver Unlocked ME303C/A
    United Kingdom iPhone 5s 16GB Space Grey Unlocked ME432B/A
    United Kingdom iPhone 5s 32GB Space Grey Unlocked ME435B/A
    United Kingdom iPhone 5s 64GB Space Grey Unlocked ME438B/A
    United Kingdom iPhone 5s 16GB Gold Unlocked ME434B/A
    United Kingdom iPhone 5s 32GB Gold Unlocked ME437B/A
    United Kingdom iPhone 5s 64GB Gold Unlocked ME440B/A
    United Kingdom iPhone 5s 16GB Silver Unlocked ME433B/A
    United Kingdom iPhone 5s 32GB Silver Unlocked ME436B/A
    United Kingdom iPhone 5s 64GB Silver Unlocked ME439B/A
     
  2. dextr3k macrumors 6502

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    It appears you have a Canadian Version, and I don't think unlocked has anything to do with model numbers? Any model can be locked depending on carrier. I know Canadian carriers will lock phones.

    You'd best check the status of the actual phone by inputing your IMEI number into a website like :http://iphoneimei.info/

    Keep in mind this information may not be entirely accurate either. But if it says invalid sim, then this phone is most likely locked.
     
  3. hockeyman94 macrumors regular

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    If it says invalid sim it is not unlocked. I know it says it may be but it isn't.
     
  4. 869639 macrumors 6502

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    Model has nothing to do with the phone being unlocked or locked.

    Just because someone else reported the same model from Canada being unlocked, doesn't automatically make yours Unlocked as well.

    In Canada Rogers/Fido/Telus/Bell/Koodo/Virgin Mobile Canada carry the same iPhone models as well as the Apple Store carrying the same model as well but selling it unlocked, while the carriers sell it LOCKED.

    OP your iPhone is locked and using other sources as your reference to confuse your self is not going to answer the Locked/Unlocked question because you already got the clear answer when you inserted the SIM, your iPhone said "Invalid SIM" = LOCKED
     
  5. victorg thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you guys for your help, I went deeply and found out through a Checkmend report that this phone was reported Lost or Stolen to Bell Canada I did not proceed with the purchase.
     

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