Resolved Unlocked SE question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by myrtlebee, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. myrtlebee macrumors 68020

    myrtlebee

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2011
    Location:
    Baltimore-Washington Metro Area
    #1
    I was able to purchase a new, sealed iPhone SE at a great discount on eBay. It has not shipped or arrived yet, however I do have serial number, model number, and IMEI number from photos.

    I messaged the seller asking if this is a factory unlocked model from Apple or if it was from a particular carrier and unlocked later on. He did not know. Knowing that the phone is now unlocked, would it matter if it was originally an iPhone from another carrier if I intend to use it on Verizon? I believe I've heard that models from other carriers may not have all of the hardware / software to operate at 100% capacity on the Verizon network.

    I apologize if this is an obvious question.
     
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

    BasicGreatGuy

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2012
    Location:
    In the middle of several books.
    #2
    Yes, it does matter. Depending on the intended carrier, the phone may not work, or not work as well due to band compatibility.
     
  3. myrtlebee thread starter macrumors 68020

    myrtlebee

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2011
    Location:
    Baltimore-Washington Metro Area
    #3
    How would I determine it then?
     
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

    BasicGreatGuy

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2012
    Location:
    In the middle of several books.
    #4
    You need to know the original carrier. Then you compare said carrier to your current carrier and their band use.

    Just because a phone has been unlocked, that doesn't necessarily mean that one can use the phone on any carrier. Consider the CDMA / GSM forward and backward compatibility issue.

    Edited to add: How was it unlocked? Is it a postpaid or a prepaid phone originally? Those things can make a difference.
     
  5. myrtlebee thread starter macrumors 68020

    myrtlebee

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2011
    Location:
    Baltimore-Washington Metro Area
    #5
    I am asking how I determine the original carrier. The seller doesn't know, but like I said- I have photos of the box with serial number, model number, and IMEI.
     
  6. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

    BasicGreatGuy

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2012
    Location:
    In the middle of several books.
    #6
    If I am not mistaken, the model number should narrow down the carrier to 2, if not the carrier itself. Look here.
     
  7. myrtlebee thread starter macrumors 68020

    myrtlebee

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2011
    Location:
    Baltimore-Washington Metro Area
    #7
    Nice. Thank you. Looks like I'm in luck because the photos of the box in the auction state that it is the MLY12LL/A model- which is the SIM free factory unlocked model I wanted. Sent an email to the seller to confirm that the photos are of the actual item I bought.
     

Share This Page