Unlocked iPhone 5 - activate sim?

sohaness

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Jul 8, 2004
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Toronto
so I just received my brand new unlocked iphone 5.
went to boot it up, selected my country, wifi, then was presented with a screen saying my iphone cant be activated because there's no sim.

does it need any old nano sim? or is the phone actually locked?
i was gonna go to the phone shop tomorrow to pick up a nano sim, as i dont have one with me.

am i freaking out over nothing?
 

ar93

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Sep 29, 2012
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LA
so I just received my brand new unlocked iphone 5.
went to boot it up, selected my country, wifi, then was presented with a screen saying my iphone cant be activated because there's no sim.

does it need any old nano sim? or is the phone actually locked?
i was gonna go to the phone shop tomorrow to pick up a nano sim, as i dont have one with me.

am i freaking out over nothing?
you could just get any sim card and cut it down to fit the phone. but how do you know its unlocked??
 

Minhimalism

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Jan 6, 2012
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Texas
so I just received my brand new unlocked iphone 5.
went to boot it up, selected my country, wifi, then was presented with a screen saying my iphone cant be activated because there's no sim.

does it need any old nano sim? or is the phone actually locked?
i was gonna go to the phone shop tomorrow to pick up a nano sim, as i dont have one with me.

am i freaking out over nothing?
If it's unlocked, all you need is any old nano SIM in there for it to activate.

you could just get any sim card and cut it down to fit the phone. but how do you know its unlocked??
If it was purchased full price, off contract from AT&T or just purchased from Verizon, it's unlocked.
 

ar93

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Sep 29, 2012
35
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LA
If it was purchased full price, off contract from AT&T or just purchased from Verizon, it's unlocked.
oh ok. well i knew that the verizon iphone 5 was unlocked out of the box but i didnt know about the att ones i thought you had to fill out that form on their website...
 

kthnxshwn

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Jun 17, 2010
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If it's unlocked, all you need is any old nano SIM in there for it to activate.



If it was purchased full price, off contract from AT&T or just purchased from Verizon, it's unlocked.
The off-contract AT&T ones aren't unlocked. Just off contract, but still locked into AT&T only.
 
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