Unlocked or Locked, the model # doesn't matter.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lifetree, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. lifetree macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2011
    I have bought three iphone 4S recently.

    1) an AT&T upgraded, discount ($199) contract one (locked for sure)

    2) and off contract Device only one (unlocked, still unlocked after upgrade to 5.01, and i think it will be always unlocked for sure),

    Both are MC918LL/a.

    3) The office unlocked one I just ordered from Apple Store online is MD234LL/a.

    So I think the model # really does NOT matter!!! As soon as it is not locked in apple system.
  2. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Thats right they flag them when sold, hardware is the same.
  3. yrchern macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2007
    Not technically true.
    For MD models, they are flagged as unlocked by default in Apple's database. For MC(ATT) models, they are flagged as locked by default in Apple's database but changed to unlocked if it is purchased as "device only" from Apple.
  4. corruptfate macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2011
    wait so if my iphone 4S is MD237C/A, it means it's factory unlocked, and not locked? Cause when I bought my in the Canadian apple store, he gave me a sim card too.
  5. bluemonkeyguy macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2010
    This whole unlocked from beginning thing is weird. Why would apple advertise an unlocked version in november when some user started with unlocked iphones.
  6. yrchern, Nov 12, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2011

    yrchern macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2007
    Looks like it's factory unlocked 16GB/White model.
    By the way, there's some mistakes in my previous post. I just checked Apple website, not all MD models are factory unlocked. Here are the models I pulled out from Apple store US.

    Factory Unlocked:
    MD234LL/A 16GB Black
    MD237LL/A 16GB White
    MD241LL/A 32GB Black
    MD244LL/A 32GB White
    MD2257LL/A 64GB Black
    MD260LL/A 64GB White

    AT&T (Unlocked if purchased "device only" from Apple store)
    MC918LL/A 16GB Black
    MC920LL/A 16GB White
    MC919LL/A 32GB Black
    MC921LL/A 32GB White
    MD269LL/A 64GB Black
    MD271LL/A 64GB White


    MD276LL/A(16GB/Black) MD277LL/A(16GB/White)
    MD278LL/A(32GB/Black) MD279LL/A(32GB/White)
    MD280LL/A(64GB/Black) MD281LL/A(64GB/White)


    MD377LL/A(16GB/Black) MD378LL/A(16GB/White)
    MD379LL/A(32GB/Black) MD380LL/A(32GB/White)
    MD381LL/A(64GB/Black) MD382LL/A(64GB/White)

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