Replacement Verizon iPhone 5 is simlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by airflite40, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. airflite40 macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2009
    I bought a Verizon iPhone 5 last year at launch for full retail, and as we all know these phones were unlocked out of the box.

    My phone had network issues and was replaced in July by Verizon.

    I sold the phone on eBay and out of curiosity I checked on 2 different IMEI websites and both say that the phone is simlocked. I called Verizon and they gave me a standard line saying they cannot unlock the phone since it was designed for Verizon's network etc and said I need to contact Apple.

    Is there any chance the replacement phone was locked?
  2. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    It's impossible for it to be sim locked. Just try a different SIM card and see for yourself. Those websites are not entirely reliable.
  3. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    It will be unlocked. When the phone went though it's set up process and the apple tech selected verizon as the carrier, it unlocked the sim tray.
  4. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    verizon reps are clueless. its an FCC mandate for their LTE phones to be sim unlocked lol.
  5. airflite40 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2009
    Thanks everyone the phone is on its way to Russia so I just didn't want an angry Russian after me

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