Currently Being ModeratedApr 30, 2012 11:13 PM (in response to MDEV_)
A minimal forum search would have shown the answer thousands of times. The long answer is no.
ONLY THE CARRIER THE PHONE IS LOCKED TO CAN AUTHORIZE UNLOCKING.
Apple never unlocks iPhones without a carrier authorization - NEVER, EVER.
No one put a gun to your head and forced you to buy and a US locked phone.iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1
Currently Being ModeratedApr 30, 2012 11:30 PM (in response to MDEV_)
"is it possible to ask Apple to remove the sim lock directly?"
Yes, of course you can ask. The answer will be "no". It's up to you to contact the foreign carrier and ask for it to unlock the iPhone.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2012 12:26 AM (in response to modular747)
A maximal forum search show me: never came answer by Apple directly. Who is not work for Apple, or no have
rights to speak in the name of Apple, the answer still untrusted. As you can see, no answer had accepted
To repeat template answers only good to raise post count, nothing else.
Yes, no one put a gun to my head, and as you can see, that's a theoretical question. In EU, Apple products
are overpiced, and no reason to buy them. If they will provide acceptable prices for simple people, I will the
first who will buy (Its not a mistake by Apple, lot of taxes and stupid rights in EU)
US providers requiments: be a customer, present good standing for 60 past days, etc.. These are requiments,
but why not make it simple: unlock it for an extra charge, like $100. to be a customer and present good stan-
ding, it cost some $ only. If you pay more, but not a customer, they not unlock it. Of couse, they can check
the device history, and refuse the request, but they fully refuse any request without contract (I talk about simple
contract, not fixed 1 or 2 years one).
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2012 12:30 AM (in response to MDEV_)
Hey you bought the phone... your problem. We are only users here and do not represent Apple. If you have a problem take it up with whoever sold you the phone!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2012 1:11 AM (in response to Ocean20)
Theoretical question.... Ahh.. Why only write-only users here, and no one try to UNDERSTAND the question.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2012 1:35 AM (in response to MDEV_)
6. Apple involvement. Apple does not formally provide technical support on the Site. However, any information that is provided by Apple or Apple employees is offered on an "AS IS" basis without warranties of any kind.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2012 2:03 AM (in response to MDEV_)
You said "in Europe the iPhone is overpriced", this not completely true: the price for the Unlocked iPhone from Apple is approximately the same everywhere.
Only the subsidized prices calculated by the providers are different, as well for the contract specification and duration of the contract as for their monopoly position. And their iPhone is locked.
Before you buy you should realize that the warranty situation is different too for an iPhone bought in a foreign country, and (officially) you have import duties to pay too.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2012 2:32 AM (in response to LexSchellings)
Not completely true, right. I'm now in Hungary. The hungarian price of unlocked 4S/16 is about $800.
A hungarian employer earns $250 in a month. I mean overpriced related to monthly income. The joke,
hungarian providers offer nearly same price for a locked iphone. That's robbery When income will
raise to EU standards, or price will less, that will good. Until only banks earn money
@BT: "as-is" is a good point for start
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2012 2:43 AM (in response to MDEV_)
A jaguar car and a Dacia car collided in Boekarest. The cars were damaged seriously. The Jaguar car owner said " this damage will cost me more than a month of income". Then The Dacia car owner lamented "this damage on my car will cost me more than 2 years of income". The Jaguar car owner replied "you should not buy such an expensive car".
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2012 2:51 AM (in response to LexSchellings)
Fully true That's why I never buy a Dacia or Jaguar. I'm an Opel fan But making parts for all kind of car
Currently Being ModeratedJul 16, 2012 11:10 PM (in response to modular747)
i have a question... two actually. my iphone was a gift sent from the US.. I assumed it was an unlocked phone...its a 3GS.. anyway, i tried to upgrade to software to iOS5.. I'm now stuck with the error 'there is no sim card installed in the iphone you're trying to activate'... i have been using it for almost a year... called my country's Apple customer service number.... and was told the phone is locked with a UK network...the guy on the line just kept repeating this...Are there any options for me? any way to restore my phone to it's original software?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 17, 2012 4:56 AM (in response to kharay)
No. ONLY the carrier that the iPhone is "locked" to can unlock it. And you have to be in his country obviously.
Hope this helps