Unlocking my iPhone 4

Komentra

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Hello everyone. I purchased a 32gb iPhone 4 (GSM AT&T) which was factory unlocked and when it arrived it was running iOS 5.1.1. I planned on using it on a different network and was just waiting for my sim card to arrive in the mail.

Now, i'm pretty new to this and didn't realize if I updated to the newest version of iOS that it would relock the device. Now it keeps asking for a sim to activate, I had the idea in my head Unlocked meant that I didn't need a sim card to proceed. (Obviously wrong)

I been doing a lot of reading and it seems that you can't unlock iOS 6 and you can't downgrade to 5.1.1 without SHSH Blobs (which, honestly, i have no idea what those are). I downloaded the 5.1.1 IPSW and tried various things to downgrade but nothing has helped.

Spent nearly 400 bucks when you add in the sim card I purchased and the first month of the plan and now it looks like It just a waste. Anyone have any ideas on how I can unlock it on iOS 6 or go back to iOS 5.1.1 from iOS 6 without the use of SHSH blobs or anything else that might help? I'd really appreciate it.
 

Applejuiced

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What do you mean you purchased it factory unlocked?
If it was really unlocked it would never lock to any carrier. No matter how many times your restore or upgrade.
You sure you didnt use a gevey sim adapter to unlock with 5.1.1
Something doesnt make sense here.
Also a factory unlocked 32GB iphone doesnt go for $400, that's the price you pay under contract and its locked to AT&T.
If you bought it full price for $749 plus tax it would have been unlocked.
 

r6girl

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Buy a factory unlock. I bought one for $16 for my iPhone 4S from seller Unlock Fusion on eBay. They promise an unlock within 24 hours or something (mine took a little longer but didn't bother me since it wasn't urgent). All they need is your iPhone's IMEI number and it doesn't matter what version of iOS it's running.

EDIT: As Applejuiced pointed out, it wasn't factory unlocked to begin with if it relocked after you updated the firmware. You may want to revisit that with the seller since it was misrepresented to you.
 

Mliii

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Hello everyone. I purchased a 32gb iPhone 4 (GSM AT&T) which was factory unlocked and when it arrived it was running iOS 5.1.1. I planned on using it on a different network and was just waiting for my sim card to arrive in the mail.
Do you know for certain that you iPhone was unlocked when you got it? What network were you planning to use it on? Have you tried using a sim on it from THAT network?

Now, i'm pretty new to this and didn't realize if I updated to the newest version of iOS that it would relock the device. Now it keeps asking for a sim to activate, I had the idea in my head Unlocked meant that I didn't need a sim card to proceed. (Obviously wrong)
Merely updating to the new IOS should NOT lock an unlocked phone. It should STAY unlocked.
As for the sim card, you WILL need one to use it on whatever network you intend to use it on. I'm assuming that, because it's an iPhone 4, it had already been activated on AT&T. If not, it has to be first.
Do you have the sim for AT&T, or a way to contact the seller and get the original AT&T sim?

I been doing a lot of reading and it seems that you can't unlock iOS 6 and you can't downgrade to 5.1.1 without SHSH Blobs (which, honestly, i have no idea what those are). I downloaded the 5.1.1 IPSW and tried various things to downgrade but nothing has helped.
That's not accurate. You CAN, indeed unlock a phone with IOS6. If you can't get AT&T to do it (and it seems that you should be able to because you are off contract), try these guys (for example):

http://unlockfusion.com/products-and-services/iphone-special/

They are a LOT less hassle than dealing with AT&T.

Spent nearly 400 bucks when you add in the sim card I purchased and the first month of the plan and now it looks like It just a waste. Anyone have any ideas on how I can unlock it on iOS 6 or go back to iOS 5.1.1 from iOS 6 without the use of SHSH blobs or anything else that might help? I'd really appreciate it.
Don't add going back to 5.1.1 to the things on your list. Stay on IOS6, get it unlocked at an e-bay based unlocked service and get the sim from the provider you intend to use it on.
For all practical purposes, you won't be able to downgrade to 5.1.1, so don't spend effort on that.
 

Komentra

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Jan 27, 2011
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What do you mean you purchased it factory unlocked?
If it was really unlocked it would never lock to any carrier. No matter how many times your restore or upgrade.
You sure you didnt use a gevey sim adapter to unlock with 5.1.1
Something doesnt make sense here.
Also a factory unlocked 32GB iphone doesnt go for $400, that's the price you pay under contract and its locked to AT&T.
If you bought it full price for $749 plus tax it would have been unlocked.
No, The phone itself was $306 with shipping. I'm saying it came out to nearly $400 after I bought a Micro SIM and a the first month of a different carrier.

I have have no idea what a "Gevey Sim Adapter" is. I didn't unlock it myself when it was on 5.1.1. I purchased it and it claimed to be factory unlocked.
 

Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
No, The phone itself was $306 with shipping. I'm saying it came out to nearly $400 after I bought a Micro SIM and a the first month of a different carrier.

I have have no idea what a "Gevey Sim Adapter" is. I didn't unlock it myself when it was on 5.1.1. I purchased it and it claimed to be factory unlocked.
Lol :D
Ok, then its 100% it wasnt factory unlocked.
The $300 price is for the locked subsidized model.
The unlocked one is $749 plus tax.
What made you think its factory unlocked bought under contract?
 

Komentra

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Buy a factory unlock. I bought one for $16 for my iPhone 4S from seller Unlock Fusion on eBay. They promise an unlock within 24 hours or something (mine took a little longer but didn't bother me since it wasn't urgent). All they need is your iPhone's IMEI number and it doesn't matter what version of iOS it's running.

EDIT: As Applejuiced pointed out, it wasn't factory unlocked to begin with if it relocked after you updated the firmware. You may want to revisit that with the seller since it was misrepresented to you.
Thanks for that. I bought it from a seller on eBay who claimed it was factory unlocked and I didn't think twice about it because he has nearly 1000 positive feedback at 100%.

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Okay, I'm a bit confused. I'm talking to the seller on eBay now and he's telling me that it is unlocked but ANY sim card will work. He's just saying since I updated it to iOS 6 it's asking me to activate it because I have no sim card in the phone.

Like I said in my original post, I'm waiting for the Micro SIM that I want to use to arrive in the mail. Which should be tomorrow.

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Also just purchased a unlock from Unlock Fusion and whenever I insert my IMEI it says "Duplicate IMEI".
 

BFizzzle

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Thanks for that. I bought it from a seller on eBay who claimed it was factory unlocked and I didn't think twice about it because he has nearly 1000 positive feedback at 100%.

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Okay, I'm a bit confused. I'm talking to the seller on eBay now and he's telling me that it is unlocked but ANY sim card will work. He's just saying since I updated it to iOS 6 it's asking me to activate it because I have no sim card in the phone.

Like I said in my original post, I'm waiting for the Micro SIM that I want to use to arrive in the mail. Which should be tomorrow.

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Also just purchased a unlock from Unlock Fusion and whenever I insert my IMEI it says "Duplicate IMEI".
then it is unlocked lol
 

Meybora

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Oct 27, 2012
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Thanks for that. I bought it from a seller on eBay who claimed it was factory unlocked and I didn't think twice about it because he has nearly 1000 positive feedback at 100%.

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Okay, I'm a bit confused. I'm talking to the seller on eBay now and he's telling me that it is unlocked but ANY sim card will work. He's just saying since I updated it to iOS 6 it's asking me to activate it because I have no sim card in the phone.

Like I said in my original post, I'm waiting for the Micro SIM that I want to use to arrive in the mail. Which should be tomorrow.

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Also just purchased a unlock from Unlock Fusion and whenever I insert my IMEI it says "Duplicate IMEI".
What is Duplicate IMEI mean? Is it mean that u wanna unlock a unlocked phone?
 
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