Is my phone unlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by lamar0607, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. lamar0607 macrumors member

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    This is probably one of those things where if I have to ask, it means no.

    I simply have a 3GS that fulfilled its contract with ATT. I'm selling it on ebay, but I don't want to mislead buyers by saying it's unlocked if it's not. It's been upgraded to iOS 5, and modem firmware is 05.16.05

    I'm not even sure what unlocked means. I mean, can't a 3GS just accept any SIM card and work on a GSM network worldwide? I don't need an in depth explanation, I just want to correctly advertise and sell my phone.
     
  2. lucifiel macrumors 6502a

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    If you bought the phone with the contract for $199 (or $299), it's locked to AT&T, doesn't matter if your contract is finished.

    If you bought the phone factory unlocked (for about $800 or thereabouts), then it's unlocked.
     
  3. lamar0607 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. Does this mean that if I sold it to someone outside the US, that it wouldn't work?
     
  4. lucifiel macrumors 6502a

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    more than likely not, unless there is a jailbreak/unlock available.
     
  5. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    If you're willing to JB it, you can install the iPad bb to unlock. However, this disables gps and the buyer can never upgrade through iTunes ever again--unless they like spending hours fixing the mess.
     
  6. lamar0607 thread starter macrumors member

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    I would be willing to JB it if it could be done untethered but I don't believe iOS 5 has been.

    So how do I correctly advertise this? Just don't say "unlocked"?
     
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    AT&T iphone 3GS on stock 5.0 firmware.
    It will still sell.
     
  8. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    Normally if I were to sell my iphone through ebay, I would state that it is an AT&T iphone and that it cannot be unlocked. That it will be shipped within U.S only.
     
  9. Chunk Style macrumors newbie

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    I'm sort of in the same boat. Is there any reason the buyer needs my sim card, or should I remove it? If I understand correctly, that card is tied to my account.
     
  10. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030

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    Downgrade it to 4.1 and tell buyer that it is currently locked to AT&T. However, there are options for him/her to jailbreak & unlocked it with software.

    Buyer does not need your sim. What can he/she use it when it has been disconnected/cancelled?
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You obviously dont send him your sim.
    Unless you want him to make phone calls and use your phone number and account.
     
  12. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Pretty much. You should know if you unlocked the device or paid for an unlocked device (iPhone or not).
     

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