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  • gokhanisnowinGeBelgium Level 1 Level 1

    Hi my name is Mustafa


    I lived in England and I moved to Ghent, Belgium (my father)
    I have a new SIM card (BASE) but I keep getting a problem (locked)
    what should I do?


    Iphone not reading my new SIM card
    and meanwhile I've updated to IOS 5
    locked ..?



  • beebee90 Level 1 Level 1

    I have the iPhone 4 white 16GB from UK. Model is MC604B is this factory unlocked??? Coz I didn't see it from the list that you post.

  • noxiousdesign Level 1 Level 1

    I have white apple iPhone 4 Model: MC318LL.

    Its bought from Apple but its Locked and its runing 4.11.08 firmware.

    Is there any possible method or unlocking procedure I can get ?



  • KiltedTim Level 9 Level 9

    ONLY the carrier it is locked to can authorize unlocking it. Talk to the carrier it's locked to to find out what their requirements are.

  • ANJOYIA Level 1 Level 1



    Can You guide me about IMEI: 01264800335XXXX Belong to which Network?


    It is IPhone-4




  • nirav584 Level 1 Level 1

    how to know this directly from the phone without connecting to PC.

    iPhone 4 16GB Black (4.3.3)

    IMEI: 01264800xxxxxx

    Serial: T3113xxxxxx

    Limited Warranty: 2011-xxxx / 2012xxxxx

    Sold to country: United Kingdom

    Carrier: vodafone United Kingdom

    SIM-Lock Status: Unlocked

  • toknivebs Level 1 Level 1

    i want to know too if my iphone 4s is also unlocked .....T_T please .....

  • Pharaoh850 Level 1 Level 1

    Kay gave the best kind of response, it looks like, though I can't speak to the accuracy. Many others seem to be giving you a bit of a runaround. There is something in one of the numbers (presumably the serial numbers) that differentiates between locked and unlocked. I've owned both...and both purchased from authorized retailers (AT&T and I knew how to unlock the locked phone, but it became a hassle with each new update, so I just bought one unlocked from Apple. I do not know of a public list where you can see the difference in identification numbers, but one does exist (confirmed by an Apple store associate when I asked about the difference between the two a few months back).


    It is reasonable to want to purchase from someone who is selling theirs on ebay or Amazon, especially if they just want to offload one to upgrade to a newer model. You can always go to reputable resellers on Amazon or Ebay who you can file grievances with if you feel cheated. But find out the information about the phone before you buy. Read the return policies, if any. Forget about warranties. And find out if it's "Unlocked" or "Factory Unlocked." I can easily sell a phone that I unlocked, but the minute you plug it into your iTunes to update it, you're going to be screwed.

  • Pharaoh850 Level 1 Level 1

    Found this Article:


    "factory unlocked" vs Carrier locked iPhones 2 Years, 4 Months ago   Karma: 116  

    Reposting my replies from philmug:

    FACTORY UNLOCKED is a misnomer. By definition, it should have been "NEVER LOCKED" iPhones since those units were actually NEVER locked, either at the factory or by Apple. Literally speaking, no iPhones are being unlocked at the factory level. Instead, unlocked iPhones simply means their serial/model number combo are NOT included in the list of serial/model numbers that are locked to a certain carrier, or CARRIER LOCKED iPhones, which is kept at the Apple servers.

    Both factory unlocked and carrier locked units still need to be activated via iTunes connected to Apple's servers prior to first use. This process is what determines if the iPhone is carrier locked or not. If it's in the clean list, then it activates whatever SIM is inserted at the time of activation. If it's carrier locked, it activates too provided a correct SIM is inserted at the time of activation. There is no unlocking done at the factory at all. And there is no difference between unlocked and carrier locked units in terms of features.

    In the case of carriers that offer unlocking, like in Australia, their iPhones are initially carrier locked, meaning the serial/model number combo is still in the Carrier Locked list at Apple servers. Now, if the customer wants his iPhone unlocked, usually for a fee, the only thing the carrier needs to do is send a request at Apple to remove the serial/model number from the list. Then it will now be "unlocked". From this moment on, no matter how many times you update the iPhone, it will now just activate regardless of the SIM that is inserted.

    If you are not sure that the iPhone you are buying is "NEVER LOCKED", tell the seller to restore the firmware to OFW and then test your Smart or Sun SIM on it. If it activates with your SIM in it, then the iPhone is "NEVER LOCKED". Another way is by looking at the Model number as I described here

    3G and 3GS unlocking is basically still the same. Before they are endorsed to you or given to you by the carrier that offers official unlocking, before it's even unsealed, it's already locked to that carrier (serial/model combo) otherwise the carrier wouldn't offer official unlocking in the first place. It will be very expensive if the carrier locking is done at the factory level.

    In the case of 2G, it's easier. Since all 2G were only sold in the US, all serial/model numbers are carrier locked, to AT&T. So it was just a matter of being activated or not.

    I guess it's safe to say that there should have been 3 kinds of officially called iPhone units; Never Locked, Carrier Unlocked, and Carrier Locked hehehe. Although Carrier Unlocked is basically the same as Never locked once the serial/model number is removed from the Locked list at the Apple server.

  • jamesfromwestminster Level 1 Level 1

    Hi all,


    I also have an iphone 4S  MD257LL - 64GB Black , which is listed as factory unlocked. I've check it with 2 different SIM cards and and it seems that it is unlocked.

  • leon_215 Level 1 Level 1

    can you please check if the below iphone 4 is locked or unlocked? is it working outside of USA, such as China?


    Model: Mc609ll

    Version: 5.1(9B176)

    Carrier: carrier lab 12.0

    Modem Firmware: 04.12.01

  • KiltedTim Level 9 Level 9

    Have you botered reading anything in this thread at all? Apparently not.


    We can NOT check the status of your phone. Call Apple. Maybe they can tell you.

  • alarconalejandro Level 1 Level 1

    hola no hay una lista a donde ver el iphone 4 a ver si los cuales estan en ella

  • Smoo_ Level 1 Level 1

    can you say abou my iphone

    IMEI 012750004345480

    model MC603CS

    Serial JF123NPBA4S

  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9

    See KiltedTim's reply above.