iPhone unlocking or jailbreaking - not sure what I need

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by john baron, Nov 26, 2009.

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  1. john baron macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2009
    Hi there,

    My housemate has an iPhone and we are both on Orange. Hypothetically speaking, when you report a lost iPhone and gain a new one via insurance, they lock the old phone right?

    Still hypothetically speaking here, if I were to put my orange sim card in this 'lost' phone (we are both on contracts) would it operate/work? Or for full functionality would I need to unlock or jailbreak the phone? Would all functions work as normal? Particularly internet.

    Also, would it better to attempt this a) by myself, b) to one of those 'shops' that unlock phones, or c) use this site - http://iphone.unlock.no/ - which I heavy to say looks very suspect. I don't really want to do irreversible damage to an iPhone so if anyone has any advice that would be great.


  2. Swede macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009
    you obviouslly have no idea

    when a phone is reported stolen/lost in the uk its imei number is placed on a black list. meaning it can no longer receive signal. therefore it is just a fat ipod touch...

    you cannot change the imei number of the phone, therefore it cannot be used ever again
  3. john baron thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2009
  4. iPhone-power macrumors 6502a

    Nov 12, 2009
    If it works ???, it is only for phones with 4.6 bootloader. That is gonna be a really old phone (like 2G)
  5. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    TBH this sounds like this is a shady question. If you really lost the phone I don't think you would be asking this. If you lost the phone it becomes property of the insurance company and it is your obligation to return it to them regardless of if you "find" it in the future.
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    You'll have to jailbreak it and unlock.
    But if the service provider has blacklisted the IMEI there isnt anything you can do with it besides sell it to someone outside of the UK.
    The link you posted is about 1.5 year old and only applies to the iphone 2G with ancient firmware.
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