My phone is locked

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by vandingo, Mar 20, 2016.

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Should I factory unlock it?

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  2. No

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  1. vandingo macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I just bought an iPhone that is locked to t Mobile. The seller never finish paying of the phone so t Mobile has locked the phone so the phone says No Service, even with a new SIM card. The phone registers the SIM card so it allows me to text only via iMessage under the sim card's registered phone number. If I factory unlock the phone will I be able to have full service?
     
  2. kupkakez macrumors 68000

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    Wouldn't it be blacklisted if the seller stopped payments on it?
     
  3. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    There are two separate connotations for a device being "locked," and you're confusing the two.

    There's a difference between a device being locked into s specific carrier and s device being locked for nonpayment.
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Sounds like it's blacklisted.
    Are you trying to use a tmobile sim?
    How do you plan on factory unlocking it?
    Even if you pay for an imei unlock it will not work on tmobile if blacklisted.
    It could work on other carriers maybe but Not on tmobile.
     
  5. vandingo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's the thing idk, how can I remove it from being blacklisted if it is so?
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    Non payment, how can I fix that problem?
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You cannot.
     
  7. vandingo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was planning on using the rsim 10. So I factory unlock it will I be able to use other services?
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    List it for sale internationally it'll work outside the U.S just fine
     
  9. bufffilm macrumors 601

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    You should never have bought it no matter how good the price.

    Tough noogies.
     
  10. willmtaylor, Mar 20, 2016
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    willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    If it has been blacklisted for nonpayment, it cannot be used.

    How/where did you buy this phone?
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No.
    Factory imei unlock or gevey hardware unlock will do nothing when it comes to blacklisted devices.
    You don't understand the difference between factory unlock and blacklisting.
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    Only after it gets imei unlocked.
    It's still locked to tmobile.
     
  12. 617aircav, Mar 20, 2016
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    Why did you buy it then? Did you not test it out ?
     
  13. chabig macrumors 68040

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    To clarify, factory unlocked come that way from the factory. You cannot "factory unlock" a phone after it's shipped.
     
  14. 617aircav Suspended

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    Once unlocked both phones are the same right?
     
  15. chabig, Mar 20, 2016
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    chabig macrumors 68040

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    Functionally yes. But it shouldn't be called that any more than you'd claim your car had "factory" heated seats if it came without and you installed them after purchase. I think an online serial number check would reveal that the phone was factory locked to T-Mobile.
     
  16. 617aircav Suspended

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    But if the heated seats were installed by the manufacturer you could call it that. The phones are unlocked by Apple at the end of the day.
     
  17. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    If that is so…then what's the point of using the term "carrier unlock"?

    If it only matters that Apple unlocked the phone at the end of the day then "carrier unlock" is no longer relevant.

    Or to put it in terms of the example…what if a third party installed factory OEM heated seats in your car. Is it then "Factory"?

    No, I think the term "factory unlock" stems from location. I.e., it was unlocked at the factory before being shipped for commercial sale. The same as saying "factory installed" is generally accepted to mean it was installed at the factory.
     
  18. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    That means nothing.
    Once any carrier iphone is unlocked it can be used on any gsm carrier in the world.
    Whether it came locked and then unlocked or came unlocked makes absolutely no difference in the end.
    BTW the car seat thing is a terrible analogy:D
     
  19. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    LOL! I guess we don't always agree, eh AJ? :D
     
  20. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Lol:)
    Carrier unlocked and factory unlocked, still makes no difference to me though as long as it's unlocked I guess.
     

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