Will Restoring Unlocked Phone Re-lock Phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by legaleye3000, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2007
    I unlocked an ATT iPhone 5C and started using it with T-Mobile. If I restore it through iTunes by downloading 9.3.3 firmware file, will this relock the phone? Thanks.
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    No, it won't.

    Here is the process and hopefully that explains to you why…

    Carrier sends unlock request to Apple and Apple inserts your IMEI in to their database. Apple's iTunes activation server issues a new activation policy ticket for your IMEI that unlocks your phone.

    The next time your phone checks in with Apple the policy is applied and your phone is unlocked. Once your IMEI is inserted in the database it can't be revoked - it's permanent.

    So, when you restore, your phone will once again check with the activation server and find it's unlocked still. Life proceeds as normal.

    Now if you ever replace a phone your old IMEI gets replaced with the new IMEI and that phone becomes unlocked (assuming the old one is unlocked as well) under the new IMEI. Then it's the same as I just described.

    So, no worries. Once unlocked an iPhone is always unlocked.
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Like said above once unlocked it will never lock back again to any carrier.

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