7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 15, 2011 7:47 AM by 4kidsat147
Starsky72 Level 1 Level 1

Bought an unlocked iphone and got Vodafone to replace my sim with a nice micro one

Alas I get "emergency calls only" on the phone.. I was then told it needed activation through iTunes, so I connected up only to get the "sim card not supported" message

Tried ringing Voda but they just wanted to send a new sim (I know the sim works ok as I used an adapater and tested it in another phone)

Any hints/tips/solutions would be good!!

Thanks in advance


iphone, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 4kidsat147 Level 2 Level 2
    Where did you get your unlocked phone from?
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10
    You bought this unlocked iPhone where?
  • Starsky72 Level 1 Level 1
    I bought it from a guy who is a part of a car club I was a member of, a trustworthy chap.

    I did wonder whether he was simply mistaken and the phone wasn't unlocked at all... I have dropped him a message but as of yet heard nothing back

    Is there a way of telling what network a phone is locked to without the relevant SIM card?

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10
    If the iPhone was unlocked when this guy was using it, this means this guy hacked the iPhone to be unlocked, or it was never unlocked officially or unofficially. This guy should know which carrier the iPhone is carrier locked with - with whatever carrier he was using it with. If he hacked the iPhone to unlock it, he should now this as well.
  • Starsky72 Level 1 Level 1
    The phone was brand new, box still sealed etc

    I guess the best thing is to ask him where HE got it from and why he thought it was unlocked, then talk about the price I paid

    I have just searched around on the model number and it does seem to indicate that this model MCB603B/A is indeed a "locked" model - but I guess that could still mean locked to any one of the phone companies in the UK supplying the iphone.

    Oh the joys....
  • Kwopau Level 4 Level 4
    On the back of the box, there should be an indicator, telling you which carrier it is. Well in U.S at least on the back of the box, it has an AT&T logo or a Verizon Logo telling which carrier it belongs to.
  • 4kidsat147 Level 2 Level 2
    That's not the case in the UK.

    All you can do is try sims from Tesco, O2, Orange, 3, T-Mobile and Vodafone......or wait for your friend to get back to you.

    Orange do have their sims attached to the side though I'm guessing that would have been removed anyway.....