iPhone Replacing locked iPhone 4 with new unlocked iPhone by switching SIM tray & EMEI

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  1. helphelphelp!!! macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2013
    Basically I bought an iPhone 4 off craislist but it is locked on a canadian provider. Getting it unlocked, both through legally or at a sketchy phone store will cost about $300, and both were reluctant to do it.

    On top of this the home button does not work. I can get a replacement phone if I pay $200. The thing is they will give me a new iPhone with the same EMEI number so it will still be locked. ( I am now in Euopre so cant use the origianl provider)

    What I'm trying to do is find a way to get them to change it in for an unlocked iPhone at the apple store.

    Now my friens has an unlocked iphone 4s. What I was thinking of doing was leave mine in a bowl of water for a couple hours so i doesnt work any more and wont switch on. Then switch our sim trays and go to the apple store and pay for a replacement. At this stage I'm hoping they will give me a new iphone with his EMIE so it should be unlocked...

    I did want to see if anyone new more about this, as it does require I basically trash my iphone, so if it doesnt work out I'll be just a little upset.

    Looking for any suggestions or advice!
  2. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    Nope - the activation profile will automatically be copied over so the new phone will be locked to the same network - there's no way of overriding this.

    There are a few unlock sites around there that seem to be able to do it - it's like $20 - might be worth giving that a try.
  3. TriJetHero macrumors 601


    Oct 13, 2010
    first it is fraud!

    Second IMEI is hardware tied, you can never "keep" your IMEI number, if you return it to apple and they replace it, it will be a locked phone anyway. Apple can only replace a locked phone with a locked phone.

    Return in to the seller at craigslist as the power button is broken.
    Spent some more money and get a good phone.
  4. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
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