When i unlock my iphone is it unlocked forever?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TheLondoner, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. TheLondoner macrumors newbie

    May 24, 2011
    Hi everyone,

    I just called vodaphone and I think the guy was pulling my leg and so wanted to check with you guys. I was told by the man that when i unlock my phone, and put a sim in for another provider, the phone becomes locked to that provider, and that i would have to pay them to unlock my sim to another provider. Is that true?

    From the olden days i was under the impression that when the phone was unlocked, it was unlocked! (i.e. to all networks forever!).

    Bit worried at the moment!

  2. abz1981 macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2011
    Once you have got your handset unlocked through your carrier the handset will remain unlocked. It will not re-lock itself to the new carrier.
  3. Mercenary macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2012
    Like all good mobile providers their customer services department is full of spit!

    No it wont lock. They issue an unlock command to apple and then it's unlocked via iTunes forever. It will never, EVER re-lock. I unlocked 2 phones, one via orange and one via t-mobile and have swapped sims numerous times until I found a network I was happy with.

    Pay the money, wait for around 2 months and you will have an unlocked phone (they usually drag their heels to try and get more line rental out of you). As soon as the request hits apple's servers its dealt with immediatly. Its the provider who takes their time.
  4. TheLondoner thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 24, 2011
    Maybe the guy just wasn't interested (or just poorly informed?). I will never know. Thank god what i thought unlocking was is actually unlocking!

    Thanks for putting my mind at ease guys :). I'm not even with vodaphone - got the vodaphone locked phone off ebay and currently on asdamobile. I've been thinking of moving to giffgaff once my credit runs out as they've got a cheaper payg data plan.

    If any of you guys know any good £5 a month contracts let me know!!! My useage is far too low (£20 every 6 months) to merit getting any contract, haha!
  5. vitale macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2013
    Three UK has a deal for 200 minutes, 500 MB data, and 5000 texts for £6.90, it's a 12 month contract though.

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