iPhone 7 Carrier Lock Help!

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  1. baronrana macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    Bought a Sprint iPhone hoping to use it on ATT.. the guy I bought it from said it was not activated therefore it was unlocked. Turns out it wasn't. What can I do?
     
  2. Ghostbuster386 macrumors regular

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    You will need to contact Sprint to have it unlocked.
     
  3. aka777 macrumors 6502a

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    What store did you purchase this from?
     
  4. baronrana thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is there anyway to get it done sooner than the 50 days they say I need to wait?
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    I got it from Craigslist but the guy said it was at the Apple Store.
     
  5. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502a

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    Is it iCloud locked? If so your probably sh*t out of luck!!
     
  6. Ghostbuster386 macrumors regular

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    It is up to the carrier to unlock it. If they say you have to wait 50 days then that is probably what you will have to wait.
     
  7. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502a

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    Oh I see what you mean, hopefully it's paid in full if not your not going to get it unlocked you may just have to sell it and buy an At&t one.
     
  8. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    Yep, never buy a used iPhone. Too many traps. A gamble that rarely pays off.

    In the end, you bought a cheaper phone, then buy another one because the first one didn't work out. No money saved.
     
  9. Thor_1 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the carrier will unlock the phone once it's paid for.
     
  10. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    No. There is not.

    Sure! After 50 days.
     
  11. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502a

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    How much did you give for the phone if you don't mind me askin? And which one is it
     
  12. baronrana thread starter macrumors newbie

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    $650 for 128gb 7. So hopefully should be able to make my money back. Doesn't have activation lock on it luckily.
     
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  15. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah hopefully you can sell it, I would definitely get it on there asap. Try Craigslist, the longer you wait the less of a chance of getting your money.
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    Then I would either shell out the extra $100 or just buy a 32gb from At&t new and not have to worry about nothen!
     
  16. aka777 macrumors 6502a

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    Damn. Never buy anything like that from craigslist, as you have zero protection. Always use a site like ebay which provides buyers protection.
     
  17. Thor_1 macrumors 6502a

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    That does not sound right. AT&T unlocked mine within in an hour once I paid it off.
     
  18. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    It does not sound right, but this is Sprint we are speaking of - not AT&T.

    The unlock 'law' that President Obama signed has enough leeway to allow carriers to make certain requirements for unlocking.

    Sprint requires that the device be active on an account in good standing for 50 days before they will unlock, even if you paid full price.

    T-Mobile requires 40 days.

    AT&T does not require anything except full payment.

    Verizon is unlocked period.

    May not sound right, but it is the way it is.

    If anyone wants an unlocked from the get-go Sprint device when paying full price they have to buy it from Apple.
     
  19. baronrana thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So with that being said if I have the phone on me but it's not actively beginning used can I still use it after the 50 days?
     
  20. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    The clock starts running when you activate the phone. It's not 50 days from purchase.

    So, say you wait three months to activate it. Once you do, you have 50 days from that point.
     
  21. mo0620 macrumors regular

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    At this point , you will have to try to purchase an unlock via third party, I would first try purchasing the $25 unlock, if that doesn't work, the IMEI will have to be submitted through a premium unlock service which can run you $80-$100
     
  22. baronrana thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Where does one get the $25 unlock?
     
  23. mo0620 macrumors regular

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    Check Swiftunlocks or blowfishunlocks website.
     
  24. baronrana thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay. So since the phone is locked it would have had to have been activated correct? When I call Sprint back up after that will I have to have all the info they were asking for? (Account holders number name and whatnot)
     
  25. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Well, even if the phone has never been activated if it's a Sprint phone purchased at a Sprint store then it will be locked to Sprint.

    If it was activated then you have however many days it was active banked. But to get it unlocked, yes you need all the account details Sprint is asking for.
     

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