Just unlocked AT&T iPhone 5, but do I have to restore?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BlueMoonForever, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. BlueMoonForever macrumors 6502

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    I processed the unlock code through AT&T, and they sent me an e-mail back saying the device can be unlocked. They want me to restore the device through iTunes. Only problem is if I do this, it will restore to iOS 8.1. I want to stay on iOS 6. So my question is do I have to restore, or can I just pop in a T-Mobile sim card into the device now?
     
  2. Jtludwig macrumors 6502

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    Why don't you just pop it in and see what happens?
     
  3. BlueMoonForever thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Don't have an active T-Mobile sim yet. I am just wondering once AT&T unlocks the phone, if its done based on IMEI.
     
  4. vietalogy macrumors 6502

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    I don't think the sim has to be active. Just pop it in and if it says invalid that means still locked. With the iPhone 5 you will need to do a restore.
     
  5. BlueMoonForever thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I shouldn't have to do a restore. That's BS because if I do it will load iOS 8.1 which can't hold a candle to the performance of iOS 6. I also do not want that bright fruit salad look.

    I will have to test this out. But if I do have to do a restore in order for it to be unlocked, that's some BS!!!
     
  6. vietalogy macrumors 6502

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    I know that my iPhone 6 did not require a restore all I did was insert another carrier sim and waited for activation and then got signal. I think while back my iPhone 5s didn't require a restore either.
     
  7. mangywarez macrumors newbie

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    Try a friend or other family members T-Mobile or other sim to confirm. I think it should work without restore. It did for me when I got my 5 unlocked through att.
     

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