Unopened iphone 4 with sim other than AT&T? - curious...

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by lilrush, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. lilrush macrumors member

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    Alright so this may be the most retarded question ever so brace yourselves.
    I'm not sure how American iPhones work so that's why I am reaching out to you guys.

    I know for sure that in Canada, customers that purchase an iphone are prompted to have it opened and put a sim card in it in the store, because out of box, they are indeed locked phones, however the phone ( since it hasn't even been turned on or connected to itunes yet) does not know which carrier it is locked to. Once a sim card is inserted, it automatically locks to this carrier.

    Now, I attended the fifth ave launch of the iphone 4 in NYC and acquired an iphone 4, which I have heard to be "locked".

    Instead of letting them open and lock it instore, i insisted it was a gift and not to be opened.

    Thus theoretically, if I put in my sim card (which is not AT&T, it is Rogers) then it will automatically lock to Rogers?

    I have spoken to Geniuses and Apple iPhone specialists at various locations and they all seem to think this will work.

    Does this sound plausible or am I an idiot?
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    All US iphone are locked to AT&T and come preinstalled with an AT&T microsim.
    If you put any other simcard in and try to activate it nothing will happen.
    They dont lock it at the store, they're already locked before you even open the box. The ones sold in Canada are programmed different from the factory and operate different.
    The people that you spoke to are probably idiots for leading you to believe you can use and activate a US iphone with a Canadian sim :D
     
  3. lilrush thread starter macrumors member

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    seriously, there's an AT&T sim actually in the phone?
    this, I did not know lol :p
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yep, sealed box and everything :D
    Mine got delivered thru fedex and the simcard was alredy in, all I had to do is plug it to itunes to activate.
     
  5. lilrush thread starter macrumors member

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    So if i opened it, took out att and replaced with my sim THEN plugged into itunes, do you think i would confuse it into believing it is rogers or just make a fool of myself?

    I just had to ask lol.
     
  6. Arisian macrumors 68000

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    What you also didn't know what that when you purchased it at the NY Apple store, they stole your soul and transfered it to an AT&T sim card.

    Freaky!

    :)
     
  7. lilrush thread starter macrumors member

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    LMFAOOOOOOOO
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    LMAO :D
    I think you know the asnwer but I will let you know anyway.:D
    It wont make a difference what sim you put in before you try to activate, it will still be locked to AT&T.
    Do yourself a favor and just buy one in Canada instead. I heard they will also sell them with an option of factory unlocked also.
    So you could use it with any GSM carrier in the world incase you decide to switch provider later or sell it to someone else.
     
  9. Arisian macrumors 68000

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    But what about the "soul attached to the sim card" problem?
     
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I think thats also included free of charge with every AT&T iphone sold:D
     

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