Who Is An iPhone Locked To?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wrkactjob, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. wrkactjob macrumors 65816

    wrkactjob

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    A friend bought an iPhone 3G from eBay.

    It will not accept their Vodafone sim so I guess it's networked locked, how can you tell who to?

    What's the easiest/cheapest way to get it unlocked? Not JB.
     
  2. grantsdale macrumors 6502a

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    You're going to need to jailbreak it.
     
  3. Interpolation macrumors regular

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    If the iphone was a UK model, then it would be locked most likely to O2. Have you tried an O2 sim in it. If it works then get a pay&go O2 sim, and get it unlocked via the O2 web site.
     
  4. ohaithar macrumors 6502a

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    You have to jailbreak it if your friend wants it unlocked
     
  5. wrkactjob thread starter macrumors 65816

    wrkactjob

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    Thanks for the replies can he take it into an O2 store? Will they do it there? Presume they charge?
     
  6. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    O2 will do it online for free if it's being used on a contract, or they'll do it for £15 on PAYG.

    http://shop.o2.co.uk/update/unlockmyiphone.html

    As the phone is currently "ownerless", you'll need to get an O2 SIM (a free PAYG SIM should be fine).

    Once you have that, sync the iPhone with iTunes with that SIM inserted.

    Top up so that there's the £15 in the account and fill out the form on that site.

    O2 will only be able to unlock it if they have a record of the phone being used with your SIM (that happens when it is synced with iTunes).
     

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