Unlock 6+ via iTunes not working?

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  1. PNutts macrumors 601

    PNutts

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    I do not have another carrier's sim card. I took the published steps below to unlock my 6+ but did not receive the message that the phone was unlocked. I have never been able to determine the lock status of any phone on the imei website. How can I determine my phone is unlocked?

    • Waited about 36 hours after receiving confirmation from AT&T
    • Made an encrypted iTunes backup
    • Performed Erase Content and Settings on the phone
    • Restored my iTunes backup
    • No Congratulations message in iTunes
    • No additional options in the Cellular Settings

    Any assistance is appreciated. Thx.
     
  2. drubie macrumors member

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    Same thing here. I received an email that my phone was unlocked and I followed the exact same steps as you did, but nothing, no acknowledgement of any kind, just a restore.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3

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    The best way to confirm that it's unlocked is to insert a different carriers SIM card.

    Additionally, I don't believe the previous instructons that have you restore the phone to finish the unlock process are even necessary anymore.
     
  4. PNutts thread starter macrumors 601

    PNutts

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    I may try a Restore as New in iTunes before restoring my backup. Nothing to lose but the lock. :D

    IMEI.info: This service is temporarily not available, check again ina (sic) few days or try paid version which works well.
     
  5. wxman2003 Suspended

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    When I got my Verizon iPhone 6 Plus and used iTunes on my iMac the first time to set up, I never got the message stating my iPhone was unlocked. Put in a different sim after initial setup and it worked.

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    I get that same message everytime I use that site. Of course you can pay them get it right away. I think they are going away from giving info out for free.
     
  6. Allthings-I macrumors 6502

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    Rather than wasting your time on trying fee website's just insert a new SIM into the iPhone and see. Otherwise purchase a paid report or better yet, just insert any other carrier SIM (active or non-active) and see if the iPhone says "Invalid SIM" if it doesn't then you are good to go.

    ONLY LOCKED iPHONE = INVALID SIM when other carrier SIM inserted

    lastly, no website will tell you lock status of the iPhone 5/5C/5S/6/6+ for free, only up to 4S are supported for the free service(s).

    Its only a $1, unless your time is not as valuable then keep restoring and hoping to get that message.

    Ever since iPhone 5 and up, there has been no need to restore the iPhone via iTunes to complete the unlock, simply connect to WiFi and insert new SIM (or just insert new SIM as long as its from a official iPhone carrier and has data plan active on the SIM)....but still people continue to waste time restoring for the sake of the message.
     
  7. PNutts thread starter macrumors 601

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    No need for the lecture. I understand the alternatives and simply tried the current instructions published by Apple and AT&T because it is convenient for me to do so. It's not a waste of my time to do backups and restores (a few clicks and come back later) while doing chores around the house instead of finding and driving to T-Mobile or some other carrier. If a non-AT&T sim is the *only* way to unlock it then I will, but that's not what both Vendors publish. I'll try one more time with an additional step and post back the results. I still have more chores to do.
     
  8. Applejuiced, Nov 22, 2014
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    Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You will not always get that message with itunes.
    Matter of fact with verizon iphones even though they are fully gsm unlocked (i5 and higher iphone models) you will never see the unlocked message.
    And you don't need to restore the phone to unlock it. You can just connect to wifi and stick another gsm sim card inside and it will bring you to the activation screen.
    Dont waste your time backing up, restoring and syncing everything back for no reason.
    Those days are over even though many carriers still have those steps on their unlock process that haven't been necessary for years now.
    Buy another carriers gsm sim on ebay for $1 and you will know 100% if its locked or unlocked.
     
  9. PNutts thread starter macrumors 601

    PNutts

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    It turns out I was doing it wrong. Instead of activating wireless I needed to plug into iTunes during activation.
     
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Lol:D
    Duh:D
    You were just activating it on the phone?
    There is no such message on the phone itself. Its just on the itunes screen:D
     

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  11. PNutts thread starter macrumors 601

    PNutts

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    Understood. :) I was simply doing it wrong. Unplugged I would do the Erase all content and settings, activate OTA, then plug in and do a restore. I didn't know it was the activation process itself that did the unlock and then only while plugged into iTunes.
     

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