Question About My iPhone 5S........

Neverbepeace

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Curious couple if questions about my 5S.

My model number reads ME296C/A. Which is Canadian correct?

When I google that model it states it's an unlocked version. However, when I pop a tmo sim in, it asks for validation proving it's locked. Can't unlock it from att since I'm still under contract. Just found it weird that this model number is for a Canadian 5S and not att.

Do they sell these models here as well as Canada?
 

617aircav

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Curious couple if questions about my 5S.

My model number reads ME296C/A. Which is Canadian correct?

When I google that model it states it's an unlocked version. However, when I pop a tmo sim in, it asks for validation proving it's locked. Can't unlock it from att since I'm still under contract. Just found it weird that this model number is for a Canadian 5S and not att.

Do they sell these models here as well as Canada?
what website gave you that result? Are you sure its reliable?
 

thegrants82

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Curious couple if questions about my 5S.

My model number reads ME296C/A. Which is Canadian correct?

When I google that model it states it's an unlocked version. However, when I pop a tmo sim in, it asks for validation proving it's locked. Can't unlock it from att since I'm still under contract. Just found it weird that this model number is for a Canadian 5S and not att.

Do they sell these models here as well as Canada?
Yes you are correct.
 

Neverbepeace

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He didn't say where he got it. If it was used or sold on ebay or CL.
If he got it under AT&T contract then it shouldn't be a Canadian model. Unless they use the same model numbers?
Forgot to mention it was a replacement from the apple store......
 

Neverbepeace

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Your responses make it more confusing.
Is it an iphone tied up under contract with a specific carrier?
Where did you buy it and what countries Apple store did you get it replaced?

I bought my og iPhone 5S from my local mom and pops wireless store here in NY. Got it replaced at a local apple store here in NY. I live in NY.
 

Neverbepeace

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Ok, when you bought it was it locked to a certain carrier or unlocked?
I didn't buy it as an unlocked device. Just asked if it's att and he said yup. He did mention something about it being unlocked for international though which I didn't really get.
 

Applejuiced

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I didn't buy it as an unlocked device. Just asked if it's att and he said yup. He did mention something about it being unlocked for international though which I didn't really get.
No, AT&T locked iphones are NOT unlocked for international use.
So does it work with AT&T sims? And if its an AT&T locked iphone then why do you expect it to work with Tmobile?
 

Neverbepeace

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No, AT&T locked iphones are NOT unlocked for international use.
So does it work with AT&T sims? And if its an AT&T locked iphone then why do you expect it to work with Tmobile?
It definitely works with att service. Judging from the link I provided earlier with the model number details...it's states it's a Canadian unlocked device. So I thought it was unlocked.
 

Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
It definitely works with att service. Judging from the link I provided earlier with the model number details...it's states it's a Canadian unlocked device. So I thought it was unlocked.
Nope.
When you get a replacement from Apple you don't get an unlocked iphone when you hand in a locked AT&T iphone. You get the same lock/unlock properties. When they enter the serial number in their system to do the exchange is all handled automatically.
Wishful thinking:)
 

Neverbepeace

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Nope.
When you get a replacement from Apple you don't get an unlocked iphone when you hand in a locked AT&T iphone. You get the same lock/unlock properties. When they enter the serial number in their system to do the exchange is all handled automatically.
Wishful thinking:)
Clearly I was simply asking if the model number they have for Canada sell over here. It does appear to be a Canadian 5S. What is the model number for att 5S's?
 

Neverbepeace

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My next question would be how att can lock a phone that is for Canada? Lol the world may never know...


http://swappa.com/listing/QVH769/apple-iphone-5s-unlocked

Same exact phone......
 
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