Strange sim-locked iPhone

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by jmmo20, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. jmmo20 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2006
    About 11 months ago I bought a sim-locked iPhone from my local operator.
    Last march I got 2 replacement iphones (first came with dead pixels, Apple sent me a second one that worked fine).

    However, this third iPhone is really strange regarding the sim LOCK.
    So, it's supposed to be locked to my operator (Movistar Spain).

    If I put any other spanish sim card (Vodafone, Orange), the iPhone asks to be activated thru iphone, and the process logically fails.

    HOWEVER; If I put my old italian sim card (from TIM, one of the official carriers in Italy that sell the iPhone), I can successfully activate it thru iTunes.

    That means that I can use my TIM simcard and my MOVISTAR simcard in a phone that is supposed to be sim-locked to movistar.

    Moreover, I borrowed a friend's iphone, also locked to movistar, and I put in my italian sim card. The iphone directly said "incorrect SIM" it didnt' ask for activation. So I reckon there's something different about this replacement iphone since it doesn't reject other sim cards (never shown "incorrect sim") but activation fails.

    Any explanation for this?
    (I've been told maybe I was given a replacemtn iphone meant for the italian market where iphones are sold unlocked - but as I've said, my iphone is not unlocked to all operators, only to TIM. I guess I would need to try a Sim card from another country that sells iphones but I don't have any at hand).
  2. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (BB 8900: BlackBerry8900/ Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/301)

    Was your replacement a new or refurbished unit? Often they are refurbished... If it is, maybe it was a refurbished unit for TIM that was redone improperly, and there is a lingering hw/sw/fw issue allowing you to use that one company's sim?
  3. jmmo20 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2006
    refurbished. From what I gathered back in March, the iphone's serial number meant it was a refurbished which originally was an AT&T iphone..

    also, TIM iphones are sold unlocked.. completely 100% unlocked.

    I wish I could try a different sim card..

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