Sim free iPhone 5s advise needed

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tollickd, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. tollickd macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2010

    I live in Cyprus and will be heading to the UK at the end of October and will be picking up 5s.

    I will get my sim converted to the new one when I get back

    I am wanting to use the camera while I am in the UK so if I buy it in the Apple store and use my brothers sim from his iPhone 5 to activate it will it lock the phone to his network in the UK or will it remained unlocked so I can use my new card in Cyprus?

    Thanks in advaince
  2. MorphMan macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2013
    If you buy it unlocked at full price (non contract) from Apple it will always be unlocked.
  3. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Do you need to activate an iPhone in order to start using it? Shouldn't an unlocked, SIM-less iPhone just act like an iPod touch?
  4. tollickd thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2010
    Thanks for the reply!


    Well that is what I thought, can anyone say?
  5. jkeating2005 macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
    You're still going to need a SIM card in the device to activate it. Even an unlocked Phone. Your brothers SIM shoulg so the trick
  6. ant1298 macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2011
    Following this advice will do the trick.

    Just don't get it from Carphone warehouse as that is sold unlocked and then locks to the first sim inserted. Get it from Apple :)


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