Question for Apple employee(s)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bacong, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. Bacong macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2009
    Westland, Michigan
    Just a quick question out of curiosity. I bought a full price 5s from the Apple Store a few months ago, and of course it was unlocked. But this is what I'm curious about. Is the model I was given unlocked already before it was sold? Or is there something that happens software side with the IMEI/Serial that unlocks it as soon as it's sold? Just a curiosity, haha.
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    What model iphone did you buy?
    Did you get a factory unlocked version, or a full priced verizon iphone?
    The unlock portion is usually tied up software wise to the IMEI number and the way you made the purchase. If purchased under contract with a specific carrier then the lock is put in automatically with that specific carrier.
    Also certain carriers iphones have different model numbers like the cdma enabled iphones and Tmobile or AT&T iphones are different.

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