Is the US Cellular iPhone 5S internationally unlocked ?

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  1. abhishekk89 macrumors newbie

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    Hi! I friend of mine from India wants to take a Gold iPhone 5S when she's flying back to India this holiday season for her mom. She found a seller on Craigslist who has an iPhone 5S which is activated on US Cellular. My question is would this phone work overseas if the local carrier in that country supports the bands ? I know it is locked from being used on US carriers but is it internationally unlocked ?

    Any info on this would help my friend. Thanks!
     
  2. RiddlaBronc macrumors 6502a

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    According to other threads on here, yes the US cellular is internationally unlocked.

    :)
     
  3. lucky151 macrumors newbie

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    Is there anyone can help me confirm the phone is international unlocked?
     
  4. lucky151 macrumors newbie

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    Okay, I bought a US cellular iPhone5s on ebay, and I inserted my local Singapore gsm sim card, and it says the sim card is not valid.So the phone is not international unlocked. It is locked to USC carrier and can not be unlocked. Do not buy for it for international use.
     
  5. CellTalent macrumors newbie

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    NO, all US Cellular iPhone 5 and 5S are locked to US cellular only. They will not work without a USCC sim.
     
  6. blarivee, Jan 17, 2014
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    blarivee macrumors 6502

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    To check if your phone is unlocked, do a restore as new (not restore backup) in iTunes, after the phone activates it will say "Congratulations your phone is unlocked".

    If you bought it unsubsidized, they have to agree to unlock it.

    http://www.techhive.com/article/207...t-you-unlock-your-phone-anytime-you-want.html
     
  7. djmomo macrumors newbie

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    this kind of unlock with itunes only works for us cellular? or for sprint, but the unlock its for use inside if USA?
     
  8. blarivee macrumors 6502

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    The method (iTunes) is to check if your phone is unlocked. It doesn't automatically unlock for you unless the carrier has submitted a request to Apple to do so. Carrier unlock means free to use on any carrier, US or international. Sprint is an odd ball cause I have heard people say the don't unlock iPhones. Honestly, I don't know how Sprint unlock works.
     
  9. djmomo macrumors newbie

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    but what about with the iphones from us celullar they already came ready for international use?
     
  10. blarivee macrumors 6502

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    If you are asking if the phone is already unlocked for international use but not domestically, the only way to check is to put in an international SIM. If it doesn't work then it is locked to only US cellular (which is what one poster already tried). At that point you will have to contact US cellular and ask them what their policies are for international unlock.
     
  11. lucky151 macrumors newbie

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    The USC iPhone is locked to USC itself, I have inserted the international sim cards, I am living in Singapore, I have used the sim card in Verizon, and it is ok, but when I tried to use it with USC iPhone5s, and it said the sim card is not valid, like Sprint iPhone does. So I have the evidence to show that the phone is locked, and it was also internationally locked
     
  12. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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  13. cncrim macrumors newbie

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    FYI http://www.uscellular.com/cell-phones/world-phone.html


     
  14. HarrisonTaylor macrumors regular

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    Must have bought a Sprint one, true USCC iPhones are already unlocked out of the box for outside the U.S.
     

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