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tonyacos Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
Hello I would like to know how I can identify a factory Unlocked iPhone 4 without taking it out of the box, is there some special serial number to differentiate a Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 from others that are not ?

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  • 1. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (90,765 points)
    Buy it from an official seller of officially unlocked iphones.
  • 2. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    tonyacos Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    So where are those Official Unlocked iPhone 4 Sellers ?? ... how can I know If they are not some kind of scammers ?? I prefer to identify the Unlocked iPhone by my self to be sure
  • 3. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (90,765 points)
    "So where are those Official Unlocked iPhone 4 Sellers ?? "

    Depends on the country from which you purchase.

    You can see what countries offer unlocked iphones here:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1937

    You can go to Apples website to see where to buy. The Apple Store and the local provider are certainly authorized resellers.
  • 4. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    tonyacos Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Ok I get the point but if I want to buy it from other retailers and not from any Carrier.... how can I know if the iPhone 4 is Factory Unlocked ??
  • 5. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (90,765 points)
    You don't. This is the importance of buying from an authorized provider.

    Also, the warranty is only good in the country of original purchase.

    Peru offers unlocking from Claro and TM SAC.
  • 6. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    tonyacos Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Yes but Claro and TM not yet sell the iPhone 4 here in Peru and the prices here are more than $1500 for any Factory Unlocked iPhone from the carrier, I wont spend more tan $1000 in a Phone that's because I want to buy a Factory Unlocked iPhone from other retailer. I don't whant to be scammed, so there must be a way to identify a Factory Unlocked iPhone.... does someone else know how to do it please ??

    This is not helping me....
  • 7. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    HorizonShadow Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    tonyacos wrote:
    Yes but Claro and TM not yet sell the iPhone 4 here in Peru and the prices here are more than $1500 for any Factory Unlocked iPhone from the carrier, I wont spend more tan $1000 in a Phone that's because I want to buy a Factory Unlocked iPhone from other retailer. I don't whant to be scammed, so there must be a way to identify a Factory Unlocked iPhone.... does someone else know how to do it please ??

    This is not helping me....


    If you can't afford it, then you're most likely not going to get one.
    And if you do, don't come here crying that it was a scam.
  • 8. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    Kay Marczoch Level 7 Level 7 (21,680 points)
    Take a look at the model number that you can find on the box:

    Locked

    Germany - T-Mobile
    MC603DN/A – 16GB Black
    MC605DN/A – 32GB Black

    Japan - Softbank
    MC603J/A - 16GB Black
    MC605J/A - 32GB Black

    Spain - Movistar, Orange, Vodafone
    MC603Y/A – 16GB Black
    MC605Y/A – 32GB Black

    United States - AT&T
    MC608LL/A - 16GB Black
    MC610LL/A - 32GB Black
    Apple
    MC318LL/A - 16GB Black
    MC319LL/A - 32GB Black




    Unlocked
    Australia
    MC603X/A - 16GB Black
    MC605X/A - 32GB Black

    Canada
    MC603C/A - 16GB Black
    MC605C/A - 32GB Black

    France
    MC603FB/A - 16GB Black
    MC605FB/A - 32GB Black

    Hong Kong
    MC605ZP/A - 32GB Black
    MC603ZP/A - 16GB Black

    Italy
    MC603IP/A - 16GB Black
    MC605IP/A - 32GB Black

    New Zealand
    MC603X/A - 16GB Black
    MC605X/A - 32GB Black

    Singapore
    MC603ZA/A - 16GB Black
    MC605ZA/A - 32GB Black

    Sweden
    MC603KS/A – 16GB Black
    MC605KS/A – 32GB Black

    United Kingdom
    MC603B/A - 16GB Black
    MC605B/A - 32GB Black
  • 9. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    tonyacos Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Thanks a lot Kay this is very helpful
  • 10. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    Kwopau Level 4 Level 4 (1,725 points)
    Keep in mind that even if you do plan on buying a factory unlocked iphone, you have to have an address over there, say i fyou are in UK then you have to have an address there to buy it if you don't they won't ship it out and most likely they will cancel the order.

    If you really want an unlocked iphone badly, then if you have a relative or friend that you know that lives in canada or UK or anywhere that sells factory unlocked then you can certain have it ordered and be sent it to their place and they can send it to you. Otherwise you'd have to go there yourself and buy one.
  • 11. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    tonyacos Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Yes I understand, but here in my country there are some retailers that are importing brand new iPhone 4 at reasonable prices but I want to know if the iPhone is Factory Unlocked before I'll buy it.

    Kay's reply will help me a lot, at least I'll know from what country comes the iPhone to infer with greater certainty if the iPhone is really factory unlocked
  • 12. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    Odds are the retailers in your country are buying hacked phones rather than legitimately unlocked phones.

    If you can't afford to buy from a legitimate source, don't come crying here when your hacked phone turns into a brick the first time you update it.
  • 13. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    I want to buy a Factory Unlocked iPhone from other retailer. I don't whant to be scammed, so there must be a way to identify a Factory Unlocked iPhone.... does someone else know how to do it please ??

    You can't tell unless you open the box, connect it to a computer with iTunes, and update to the latest version. If it still works with your SIM, it's OK. If you don't open the box, how will you know what you are getting. It may not even be an iPhone. Some fake iPhones ship in boxes identical to Apple iPhone boxes.
  • 14. Re: How to identify Factory Unlocked iPhone 4 ?
    tonyacos Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Yes you are right, I'll be more cautious with this, thanks.

    But I have the advantage that the iPhones 4 are here in Peru and I can see them in person and I'll try it before payment also payment is in person with the seller
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