Questions about iPhone 5 factory unlock

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MK25toLife, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. MK25toLife macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2007
    I was told by AT&T that my phone is eligible for a factory unlock but it would require me go through the steps below.

    My question is do I need another SIM to unlock it? I just want to have it unlocked b/c I am going to be traveling abroad and most likely buying SIM's in other countries. But according to step 5 below, I need insert a new SIM as part of the restore/unlock process. Can someone help clarify for me?

    To complete the unlock, simply:
    1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC and verify that you have internet connectivity.
    2. Connect your iPhone using the dock connector to USB cable that came with your iPhone.
    3. Backup your iPhone.
    4. Erase the contents of your iPhone.
    5. Swap the old SIM card with one for the new carrier.
    6. Complete the Setup Assistant.
    7. Restore your backup.
    8. After restoring, your iPhone will be unlocked.
  2. MK25toLife thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2007
  3. PsstGreek macrumors 68040


    Oct 21, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    Just restore it in iTunes and you'll be good to go.
  4. EDH667 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2009
    Northern California
    Just restore through iTunes and you should see the message "Congratulations you iPhone has been Unlocked" you do not need another SIM.
  5. Daniel L macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
  6. craig45 macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2008
    It's been a year since I unlocked my AT&T 4S, so don't recall all the steps, but didn't have any problems. It was a day later I went to T-Mobile and inserted the new SIM.

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