Is my iPhone, factory unlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by newskin, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. newskin macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    I just bought a Verizon A1660 iPhone and was told by the rep that it's a world phone. He also said, to make sure it will be able to work with sims overseas, that I should activate it with my Verizon SIM before i try and use another SIM.

    Is this true? Or since i've never even opened the box, can i just take it overseas and pop in another sim initially and still be able to use other carrier sims. All help is appreciated.
  2. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    Where was the phone purchased? If Apple or from Verizon store then yes, you can pop in another sim card first before activating. I've done this countless times when I got the Verizon model when I was on AT&T and worked just fine. Shouldn't be different from other countries. If purchased from Best Buy, Target, or walmart then you have to activate on Verizon network first (you can still stick a non-active verizon sim card).
  3. Vudoo macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    Dallas Metroplex
    Only if you bought the phone from the Apple store or Verizon. Some retailers sell universal iPhone 7 which means that it latches onto the carrier that the SIM is activated to. This can be problematic if an overseas SIM card is first used. The best thing to do is activate it on a US carrier first and then have the carrier unlock it if necessary. I recently purchased a full price A1660 from Best Buy and it wouldn't recognize my international SIM. So I had to activate it with my AT&T SIM and then had AT&T unlock it through their unlock process. In less than an hour, it was unlocked and iTunes gave me the unlocked message. But yes, activate it with your Verizon SIM first and do a restore through iTunes to verify that it's unlocked or pop in another SIM.
  4. newskin thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Sounds good. Although my contract with Verizon has already ended. I'll try to get in contact with them. Thank you again.
  5. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    That shouldn't affect the unlocked part of it all.
  6. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    All Verizon LTE phones are unlocked. If you bought it from Verizon, it should already have a Verizon SIM card in it so just activate it when you get it. You don't have to attach it to any service with them and it'll be ready to be used overseas.

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