iPhone Need some help with a locked 4s on 7.1.2

sk3pt1c

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Nov 29, 2005
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So, I work at a travel agency and one of our customers forgot their iPhone 4S on a trip and he didn't want it back (it'd cost more to send than he cared for and they probably got the 5 or whatever).

So, the device had been sitting here turned off. Now I was asked if we could use it for an employee as a company phone. Thing is, it's locked to a US network (don't know which) and I only have a Greek SIM card.

Is this thing now a paperweight?

Some googling into unlocking brought up some dudes called dulci that have an activation bypass but that seems sketchy and i don't know if it's even what's needed here.

We basically want the phone to be unlocked and used with an Exchange account for emails/calendars etc.

Is there any hope for it?

I said I'd look into it but I don't wanna brick it and then pay for it :)
 

kalirob99

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Let's say your telling the truth. There's no way around aside from the original owner assisting you. But sounds like it won't happen.
Usually these topics are people looking for assistance on stolen phones.
 

chrfr

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So, the device had been sitting here turned off. Now I was asked if we could use it for an employee as a company phone. Thing is, it's locked to a US network (don't know which) and I only have a Greek SIM card.
If the phone is asking for a password to use it, that's the iCloud activation lock, not a SIM lock, and you can't get past that. If it's working normally, take out the existing SIM and put yours in. It may work. If there is a Verizon SIM in there, you can restore the phone and it will be unlocked; Verizon recently unlocked all iPhone 4S devices so that they can be used with any provider, but they have always been internationally unlocked.
 

sk3pt1c

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Original poster
Nov 29, 2005
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5
a simulacrum
Let's say your telling the truth. There's no way around aside from the original owner assisting you. But sounds like it won't happen.
Usually these topics are people looking for assistance on stolen phones.
Yeh, I understand that this sounds fishy but i'm being honest, i already have a 5S and getting a 6S soon, i have literally zero need for a locked 4S :)
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
So, I work at a travel agency and one of our customers forgot their iPhone 4S on a trip and he didn't want it back (it'd cost more to send than he cared for and they probably got the 5 or whatever).

So, the device had been sitting here turned off. Now I was asked if we could use it for an employee as a company phone. Thing is, it's locked to a US network (don't know which) and I only have a Greek SIM card.

Is this thing now a paperweight?

Some googling into unlocking brought up some dudes called dulci that have an activation bypass but that seems sketchy and i don't know if it's even what's needed here.

We basically want the phone to be unlocked and used with an Exchange account for emails/calendars etc.

Is there any hope for it?

I said I'd look into it but I don't wanna brick it and then pay for it :)
Your post is very confusing.
You have a phone that someone left back.
Is it activation locked?
Is it asking for the owners icloud ID and password?
If yes there's no way to bypass that.
Its an anti theft feature and you have a pretty useless door stopper/paperweight.
Does the screen look like this below?
 

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sk3pt1c

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 29, 2005
914
5
a simulacrum
Your post is very confusing.
You have a phone that someone left back.
Is it activation locked?
Is it asking for the owners icloud ID and password?
If yes there's no way to bypass that.
Its an anti theft feature and you have a pretty useless door stopper/paperweight.
Does the screen look like this below?
Sorry, never done this before :)
Nope, it just says that the phone can't be activated with the SIM inside it, so it's carrier locked.
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
Sorry, never done this before :)
Nope, it just says that the phone can't be activated with the SIM inside it, so it's carrier locked.
Ok, its just carrier locked then.
First thing you will need to do is find out what network its locked to.
Then try to contact the carrier to request an unlock, purchase an imei unlock or buy a gevey sim adapter to hardware unlock it.
But those turbo sims are not very reliable and the phone can lock again if updated to newer ios version.
 
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