New to iPhone - Unlocking?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by inverseSquare, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. inverseSquare macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2014
    Hi everyone :)

    So I have a used 4S (iOS 7) from a friend (who's upgraded to a 6).
    It's 'de-registered' with his Apple account. It was originally bought from an Apple Store on a Vodaphone contract.

    Can I buy a sim from another network - say O2, giffgaff, 3, etc - and have the phone work ok? I'm reading that it may by 'locked'?

    Currently the phone is in it's 'Hello....' state ready to be registered - it won't let me register it without having a sim.

    Any advice is welcomed :)
  2. Chatter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    Unless you know for sure if the phone is locked or not, no one can help answer. Get it unlocked and go from there. You dId mention Vodafone so my guess is that it might be unlocked ONLY because it is how international markets tend to operate. Again, just guessing.

    Find out its unlock status and go from there. Or use a friends sim to test it on their network.
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    If it's locked it will only work with voda sims.
    See if you can have your friend call the carrier and ask for an unlock or you could also try contacting them.

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