Verizon iPhone 4S SIM UNLOCK Tutorial

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  1. b24pgg, Oct 13, 2011
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    b24pgg macrumors 65816

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    Verizon has confirmed (here, here and here) they will unlock the SIM on the iPhone 4S, allowing for use of foreign SIM cards while traveling abroad, or for use of foreign SIM cards roaming on GSM networks in the United States (this will not allow for AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card use.) This is different than the jailbreak unlocking method; SIM unlocking through Verizon is permanent, free, and will not affect your warranty in any way.

    1. Meet the following requirements:

    * Must be a Verizon Wireless customer.
    * The iPhone 4S being unlocked must be active on a Verizon Wireless line of service.
    * The line of service must be active at least 60 days.
    * The line of service must be in good standing for the past 60 days.
    * Only one SIM Unlock per line every 10 months.

    If you don't meet one or more of the above requirements, call anyway. You may still get lucky.

    2. Insert a foreign SIM into the SIM card slot on the side of your phone (only needed to confirm the unlock is successful.)

    3. Call 1-800-711-8300 (Verizon Global Support), select option 2, and ask the representative for a SIM unlock. Occassionally a representative may not know exactly what you are referring to; make sure you are not transferred to a different department. You are in the right place. Explain that they should have a walkthrough on how to do this, and that it allows for the use of local, non-Verizon SIM cards while traveling abroad.

    4. Get confirmation from the rep that the unlock has been applied to your account, then check your phone to make sure it recognizes your SIM and can connect (if successful it will roam on AT&T, assuming you are calling from the USA.) You will NOT see an unlock confirmation in iTunes as that is for a factory-applied unlock only.

    5. Enjoy your new unlocked iPhone 4S!
     
  2. eMace macrumors member

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    What does this mean? don't you only have to unlock your phone once?
     
  3. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    They want to prevent people from reselling unlocked phones so they limit the number
     
  4. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the article you cited is mistaken about Sprint though.
     
  5. amckimmey macrumors newbie

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    So can I request to have it unlocked, even if I don't really plan on it? but would just like the phone to be that way in the very slim chance I need to use it like that?

    Also this wont affect any part of my plan right? like my unlimited data plan?
     
  6. E3BK macrumors 68020

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    This is great. I just read the slash gear article. I guess my next question is...how's the service on Verizon? Lol. No really...is it good? Mainly I need service in NYC, North & southern CA, and Seartle for domestic service.

    I wonder if they can unlock for my trip to London in Dec?
     
  7. iBreatheApple macrumors 68020

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    I mean that depends on more than just matching a city with a coverage map. Ask people in your area. Where is there spotty coverage? What is the average bar? You may have great coverage in the main part of the city, but how about in your house? Etc.
     
  8. b24pgg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes :)
    It won't affect any part of your plan whatsoever.

    But just to be clear, you'll definitely want to use a local SIM at your destination for data. VZW charges $20/MB for pay-per-use data outside North America ($2/MB and $5/MB in Canada and Mexico) unless you sign up for one of their global data plans which aren't much better (50MB for $30, 150MB for $75, 300MB for $125)
     
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    I know there has been a lot of question of whether the Verizon iPhone 4S could use a US sim card when unlocked. I know for the world BlackBerry phones, when it was sim unlocked you could throw in an AT&T sim card and use it here just fine, 3G and all. Technically it would be possible to do the same with the 4S. Whether they've implemented some kind of software block or something has yet to be seen. I would guess not because it all goes by GSM bands. Can't wait to find out.
     
  10. b24pgg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Verizon restricted US GSM carriers on the Droid 2 Global last year. Even if you got the unlock code from VZW, it wouldn't work on AT&T/T-Mobile.
     
  11. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502

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    going to try this when i get home.

    so far i just get the invalid sim when i put in my AT&T sim card.
     
  12. E3BK macrumors 68020

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    Well....that's what I'm asking here. Most people I know don't have Verizon otherwise I would have asked.
     
  13. iMrNiceGuy0023 macrumors 68000

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    this is how T-Mobile is with their unllock policy for their phones
     
  14. b24pgg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The cities you mentioned (NYC, Seattle, NoCal, SoCal) all have extensive Verizon coverage.
     
  15. MachAF macrumors newbie

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    You don't even need to call them. Its unlocked to begin with.

    You just need to plug it back into iTunes after you swap sims, which is pretty annoying. Maybe the call to Verizon and the unlock screen prevent having to do this?
     
  16. niteriderxp macrumors member

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    It is definitely locked, in fact they are having a hard time unlocking it for me.
    Keeps saying pending on their side but it does not want to work.
     
  17. niteriderxp macrumors member

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    Currently on hold with Apple trying to get it resolved.
    They confirmed that it is locked to Vodafone (which is part owner and international roaming partner of VZW).
     
  18. b24pgg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for calling them...keep us posted
     
  19. niteriderxp macrumors member

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    They told me to do a restore and call them back.
    So I am doing a restore, they think it will trigger a carrier update.
    I have a senior adviser assigned to my case.
     
  20. TheDude73 macrumors member

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    Hey, I made the "here and here" link! ;-)

    I hooked up again this morning and still didn't see the notification on my supposedly-now-unlocked SIM 4S. I didn't have a chance to call them back today, but will this weekend.
     
  21. b24pgg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Haha...gotta give credit where credit's due!
     
  22. MachAF macrumors newbie

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    Wonder why my foreign SIM's work if its suppose to be locked?
     
  23. b24pgg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Really? You were able to connect to a different network without unlocking?
     
  24. E3BK macrumors 68020

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    Screenshot?
     
  25. b24pgg thread starter macrumors 65816

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    x2...that'd be awesome
     

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