Vodafone UK won't unlock my device, What options do I have?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dj9928, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. dj9928 macrumors member

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    I bought a 3GS of eBay, Vodafone will only unlock it for the original person who bought the phone, I'd be using it on Vodafone ok but having moved house I need to change carrier as have no signal. Any ideas guys?
     
  2. DerekRod macrumors 6502a

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    Contact the seller and ask him/her to contact Vodaphone to get the phone unlocked
     
  3. sparky1499 macrumors regular

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  4. localboy28 macrumors 6502a

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    Get it done on eBay for £20
    I've done a few with no problems and only takes 24 hours.

    Make sure user has good feedback
    Search eBay for Vodafone iPhone unlock.
     
  5. DerekRod macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah unless his phone doesnt have an unlockable baseband...
     
  6. qtaran111 macrumors member

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  7. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    I would go with the asking the owner to get it unlocked. I would even pay the small fee involved to do so.
     
  8. DerekRod macrumors 6502a

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    If you put the iPhone on a Vodaphone pay monthly plan you could then request the unlock as well
     
  9. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Would he be able to do it straight away? I think here in Ireland you have to be on a pay monthly plan for 6 months then they'll unlock it for you.
     
  10. dj9928 thread starter macrumors member

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    I filled it in, got a reply that it will be unlocked with 48hrs:eek: Be interesting to see if it actually happens, didn't even have to pay anything
     
  11. DerekRod macrumors 6502a

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    From what my cousin in Slough told me he haveto be on for a month but alas he got it unlocked Ive never heard of only the original owner being able to request an unlock
     

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