Unlocking iPhone 3GS - Orange pay as you go!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mariachr87, May 4, 2010.

  1. mariachr87 macrumors newbie

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    Hi there guys. I bought my iPhone 3GS from the online Apple store, with a pay as you go Orange sim card. Is there a chance Orange can unlock my iPhone ? and officially? I desperate need to unlock it because I m leaving UK and I really need to use it abroad otherwise is a waste of my money :(:(:(:(
     
  2. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    Without Jailbreaking, no. Give Orange a call, they might just make you orange with numbers.
     
  3. Pez555 macrumors 68020

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    actually some orange shops do, i think the fee is £20, my mate at work managed to do it at an orange shop. it might vary from place to place or some places might not even do it ( i dont think they do it officially like O2). just look around :).

    if worst comes to worst just take it back and get it on O2 instead, then get it unlocked officially (£15 and an online form).
     
  4. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

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    I'm banging my head against the wall with Orange - I called up last week and asked if they could unlock an iPhone that was trhinking about buying on eBay. They said they could, i'd just need a Orange SIM card with £20 on to cover the fee. Fine I thought...

    Bought the phone, SIM card and topped it up - called them today to get the phone unlocked and now they're telling me I need to be with Orange for three months before they will unlock it for me..so I've had to file a complaint and hopefully they'll sort it out for me!

    Too much info, sorry, but hopefully it will help and give you an idea! :eek:
     
  5. androiphone macrumors 65816

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    yes if you give orange a call they should be able to unlock it to use on any network (there is no online option like on o2) the unlock is official and makes it effectively a factory unlock iphone
     
  6. achilus macrumors newbie

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    Orange France can unlock iphone if you pay 100 euro. is there anyone knows anything to confirm that money?
     
  7. palcsaky macrumors newbie

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    Orange iphone 3gs unlock

    I also bought a 4 month old iphone 3gs locked to orange off ebay. It came with a used PAYG sim card. I have a company phone which is also on Orange so I put that sim card into the newly arrived iphone and I rang customer services. I told them that I've been using this ebay iphone with my company sim card since Christmas and that I would like to have it unlocked now. First they refused because I haven't bought it directly from them and they advised me to call Apple and ask them to unlock it. So I called Apple but they told me that they only unlock iphones on the network's request. So here I am calling Orange again, this time they said I can have it unlocked but I need to have a PAYG sim registered with the phone so I did that whilst on the phone using the sim card that came with the iphone and I also topped it up with £20 to cover unlocking charge. I did all that on Fri 30/4 Now I'm just waiting for some confirmation text from Orange that my iphone is unlocked. They told me it will take 7-10 business days. Hopefully it won't take much longer. I will keep you informed when it gets unlocked.
     
  8. mariachr87 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I confirmed that today ! I called them and they told me I had to be with the network minimum 3 months. I begged them to unlock as I am leaving for home probably after a month.. But they said no! :mad: !!!
     
  9. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    Consider you guys very lucky they even unlock your phone at all. Try here with AT&T :mad:
     
  10. palcsaky macrumors newbie

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    Update

    Orange sent me an email today confirming unlocking. Plugged it into itunes and voila iphone has been unlocked. Took exactly 14 days.
     
  11. muarrif macrumors newbie

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    ORANGE refusing to unlock iPhone

    I purchased my iphone from Apple over a year ago with an orange SIM. My contract is complete with orange so I called them to unlock my phone and I was told the cost would be £20 but to my surprise the agen handeling my call told me that they are unable to unlock my phone as I did not purchase the phone from them. I was advised to contact Apple and so I did. Apple advised me that they do not unlock phones and its up to the carrier to unlock the phone which is what I understood too. I then called Orrange again and a different agent advised me that I am better off going to High Street shop to get it unlocked (yes I know that I didn't need Orange to tell me that). I am now very annoyed with Orange for not being helpfull and I will never go back to them. I am sharing my pain and the address for Orange Customer Complaints Department.

    I will be writing to Customer Complaints Department at the following address:
    Correspondences Department
    PO BOX 10
    Patchway
    Bristal
    BS32 4BQ
     

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